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Wednesday, June 10, 2015

Stamped Scarf

Hi Crafters:

For this month's manufacturer's challenge, we're creating with ink pads and quilt-themed stamps from ColorBox™ Crafters by Ann Butler.

This is the generous sample that I received to create my design.  Thanks, Ann!


Ann Butler Designs

Stamps and Ink Pads
I've seen some wonderful designer scarves for summer, but I can't bring myself to pay those prices, so I decided to use the stamps and ink pads to create my own designer scarf!

I wanted a lightweight summer scarf so I used a white cotton gauze fabric. I cut the fabric about two yards long and 18" wide.  I straightened the edges and fringed the short edges to finish the scarf ends. The long edges curled under nicely so I didn't hem them, but you could hemstitch the edge.  Then, the stamping fun began!  I chose the Aquamarine stamp pad and the Picnic stamp.

I practiced on scraps of cotton gauze and found I had "problems" with stamping.  First, gauze fabric has wrinkles and nice, clean outlines that you get from stamping on paper or even a smoother fabric are not happening.  Second, lining up stamps takes time and precision and patience, and I was running short on all of those.  And, third, getting the stamp evenly covered with ink turned out also to be a problem.  So, I turned my "problems" into opportunities!  So, what I created here is a randomly stamped scarf with a watercolor edge.  


Stamped Scarf
Here's a couple of close-ups of the edge and the body of the scarf.

Personally, I like the look of the uneven blocks with faded spots and extra ink here and there; I think it suits the fabric and style of a casual summer scarf.  The watercolor edge was a lot of fun and adds to the uneven look.  To make this edge, stamp the edge with the ink pad and take a damp brush to the ink to spread it.

I learned a lot from this challenge and I'll definitely be trying these stamps and inks on on other surfaces in my crafting.  I'm looking forward to using it on some polymer clay for jewelry and on backgrounds in a mixed media piece I'm working on as well as more scarves!

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Happy Crafting!
Terry


2 comments:

  1. What a wonderful fun scarf Terry, thanks for being part of the hop!!

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  2. Very pretty. :) Thank you for sharing.

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