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
- 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!)