Monday, June 4, 2012

Fabric Stamping - Poppy Wall Art

Hi Dreamers,
I have been so busy working in my yard.  I will share some photos of all my hard work in my next post.  Today I want to share a project I made by stamping on fabric.  I have a lot of great fabrics and love adding them to my cards and other paper artwork.  But, for this project, I also stamped on the fabric.  I added a ribbon hanger to this piece so it can be hung or sat on an easel.  Here we go.

Materials List:
Flowers Full Sheet (Poppy image) Blockheads Stamps
Real Black Versa Magic 
All Purpose Ink - Tsukineko:
Tropical Lagoon
Rose Pink
Oasis Green Versa Magic Dew Drop Pad
Unbleached Muslin and Teal Cotton
Mat Board (or heavy card stock, chip board)
Fantastix Applicators
Narrow Ribbon

I used unbleached muslin to stamp on.  Any 100% cotton fabric will work too.  Keep in mind what color ink you would like to stamp with and pick a fabric that is lighter.  I have also had really good results with 100% silk.  Press the fabric before stamping.  Stamp the image with Real Black Versa Craft (designed for stamping on fabric).  

I found that I get better results if I heat set the black ink before coloring.  Place a piece of scrap paper on your ironing board and press with a hot iron.  This will set the black ink and it won't smear when you color.  To color the image I used All Purpose ink and Fantastix applicators. 

Dip the Fantastix in the ink.  Scribble a bit on scrap paper to remove some on the ink.  Then just color in the image.

To make the stems stand out more I mixed the Tropical Lagoon with Celadon to make a darker green.  

A paint brush can be used too.  I did like the results of the Fantastix better though.  I got a bit carried away with the brush as seen below.  I was thinking that the image might look cool with just a wash of color over it.  But, then I went back and filled in the flowers and leaves with more ink on the brush.  

Here are the two all colored.  Go back to the ironing board.  Use the scrap paper under and over the stamped and colored fabric.  Iron on a hot setting to set the inks.  

Tear your fabric to the desired size.  Pick out a complementary fabric and tear it slightly larger.   I mounted my fabric on a piece of white mat board.  I inked the edges with Oasis Green Versa Magic  ink.   Dry with a heat tool.   Now, the fabrics can be glued to this mat board.  

And, there you are!  Add some embellishments and ribbon.  I made the ribbon crinkly by running some hand stitches down the center of the ribbon and pulling the stitches just a bit.  Secure the thread.   Add a loop on the back with the same ribbon if you would like to hang your project.
Here is another look at the finished project.

My Fabric Poppy Wall art is entered in the  Simon Says Stamp is having a Anything goes Challenge!!
Stayed tuned for more garden pictures!!
Have a super Monday!  Love ya.


  1. Such a great tutorial.....and love how you have stamped onto fabric and even coloured it. Beautiful

  2. Absolutely Stunning Karen!!!!! I haven't played with my all purpose inks in a while and I'm inspired to dig them out again :0)

  3. Saw this on the Blockheads site--really gorgeous, Karen!


  4. Yep, I really like this one too. I see now that I used the wrong types of ink - I tried three and they all bled. I need to find some Versacraft. Thanks for sharing - your tutorial is great! :)


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