Stamping on fabric is a fun alternative to stamping on paper to create unique embellishments for all types of projects. My favorite fabric to use is inexpensive cotton muslin. Just like white or cream cardstock, it is a must have staple item for every craft room. It is so easy to color using mists, sprays, and inks.
Begin by stamping your image on a piece of fabric. I stamped this image (my own design created with the Teresa Collins Stampmaker) using Ranger’s Coffee Archival Ink.
Next, generously mist the fabric with the desired colors of Glimmer Mist. (Shown: Yellow Daisy and Peach Delight)
Use a dry cloth to blot the surface of the fabric to remove excess mist. More layers of color can be added to intensify the color as desired. The glimmer effect from the mist adheres to the fabric and leaves a subtle shimmer to the fabric once it is dry.
To apply color to specific areas, lay something over the areas to be protected. I like to use clear stamp blocks. They are heavy and hold the fabric in place and wipe clean easily.
Move the masks as needed to apply color to other areas.
Allow the fabric to dry. Once dry, layer the stamped piece with a piece of cotton batting and a second piece of fabric, both cut to the same size as the stamped piece of fabric.
Stitch around the stamped design, lining up your stitching right next to the stamped design. In addition to solid fabrics like the plain muslin, you can also stamp on fabrics with designs. The fabric shown is an inexpensive piece of white fabric from the quilt fabric section of my local fabric store. It is white with a white printed design. The printing on the fabric acts as a resist and stays white while the fabric below accepts the color of the mists.
After sewing, trim around the stitching leaving about a 1/8″ inch border. The fabric may fray slightly, creating a shabby vintage look. You can minimize fraying by applying a fusable interfacing to the fabric before stamping or misting.
To adhere the piece to a project, apply liquid adhesive to the back. I like to apply adhesive right up to the stitching so that when it is adhered to the project it is loose around the outside but adhered from the stitching inward, just as if it were sewed in place.
Keep in mind that Glimmer Mist is not permanent on fabric so it would not be suitable for wearable crafts.