It’s supposed to be summer here in the UK, but April, which traditionally is the rainy month, just will not give way to the sun. So, all those beautiful summer dresses I’d bought at discount rates during the winter and stockpiled for summer are just hanging limp and forlorn in my wardrobe.
Instead, of all things, I’ve found myself wearing a scarf. It’s not what I’d planned for my summer attire but the fact that it’s adorned with some pretty cool sugar skull images means I still manage a smile when I wear it.
I’d had this scarf for years and liked the colour but always felt it was a little bland so it seemed well suited as a canvas for fellow blogger, Slyvita Handmade’s cool stamp. Slyvita makes a range of hand carved rubber stamps of characters including The White Stripes, The Beatles, killer bunnies and cute pugs. I chose a female sugar skull because I’m particularly fond of them.
What you will need:
An old scarf to print on
Fabric ink (I used black ink by VersaCraft)
A rubber stamp (I used one by Sylvita, you can buy her stamps at Etsy)
A hard surface and plastic bag or cardboard to protect it
To print the image, I used the same method when stamping my geometric t-shirt and bird tote and I stick by the simple tips I told you about then:
- Make sure you’re stamping on to a hard surface as this will make for a better print.
- Remember to protect the surface from ink that could bleed through. To do this, place a card or a plastic bin liner under the fabric.
- Practise makes perfect! You might want to do a few trial stamps on a scrap bit of fabric.
- Let your stamps dry fully and then remember to iron both the front and reverse side of the fabric to fix your ink to seal the ink
Here I am, mid June, still with a jacket and scarf – but also smiling! It’s a shame that the fabric is a little too dark to show off the print but I know I’ll be using the stamp on plenty of other projects (I’m already planning a Halloween party just so I can use it to make some amazing invites and perhaps I can rustle up a sugar skull print summer dress for the beautiful sun we’re owed later!)
This DIY tote saves lives. Okay, it doesn’t but I’m at least confident it’s environmental friendly and it definitely banishes the guilt of taking plastic bags from shop staff, which I’m guilty of doing almost daily.
Of course, it’s not like totes are new inventions. I almost have as many as I do plastic bags. I shabby tatty ones; I have gorgeous ones that are too nice to use. In fact that’s the issue, I have so many but rarely use them.
I figured a small, simple but pretty tote, which could I keep in my handbag, would be something I’d actually use… And of course, it was an excuse to do my new favourite thing – stamping!
The tote cost me £2 and the stamps were a fun, quick and easy way to jazz it up. I picked the bird stamp for under £2 and made the heart stamp as I explained here.
The stamping involves the same process I used for this geometric t-shirt… Which I like so much, I may have to make a matching tote!
I’ve wanted to buy stamps for a while but found they were either too pricey or too childish. It turns out they are so fun and easy to make there’s little point buying them anyway. (The exception here is Slyvita’s stamps, which are seriously amazing and really so much better than I could make so they’re worth the money).
Slyvita uses rubbers, cutting into them with a craft knife.
I used a different method: I cut a double layer of craft foam (it comes in A4, A3 and other size sheets) and stuck that to a wooden block. I recommend using embroidery scissors or a craft knife to get your detail.
I’ve used really simple shapes: a moustache and heart, but hopefully I’ll get a bit more adventurous as I try more.
I’ll use these stamps to decorate cards, notebooks and all sorts. Here I used them to jazz up a homemade paper bag. I used the stamps on masking tape as a quick and simple washi tape.
I’m hoping to move on to fabric after a little practise. Elsie at a Beautiful Mess (who deserves Dame hood for her creative genius) used fabric paint and a horse stamp to bring this plain dress alive. I think it looks fab.
I also think my stamps look cute next to my tea cup and saucer – kind of like crafty sugar lumps! I love using crockery to store my craft bits and have posted on it here.