This Fabric Inked Book Cover project is sponsored by Plaid Crafts and Blueprint Social. All ideas and opinions are my own. I was just settling in for a much needed nap one day when I heard my doorbell. I found a package on my front porch and I couldn’t help but open it right away. Inside was a large assortment of Fabric Creations™ Block Printing Stamps and Fabric Ink. I was so excited to examine my goodies that I forgot all about my nap.
I received a generous amount of Fabric Creations™ Block Printing Stamps and Fabric Creations™ Fabric Ink colors.
The Fabric Creations™ Block Printing Stamps are beautiful and look like they are hand carved. They can be used to create unique clothing, accessories, quilts and stitching embroidery. As an avid scrapbooker, I also think you can use them on your scrapbook pages.
The Fabric Creations™ Fabric Ink (which is machine washable, water-based and non-toxic) is specially formulated for stenciling, stamping and brushing on fabric. The Fabric Creations™ Block Printing Stamps and Fabric Creations™ Fabric Ink are available at Hobby Lobby and www.plaidonline.com.
I bought a black stretchable book cover for $0.33 at a thrift store a few weeks ago with the intention of dressing up one of my favorite hardcover books. When I saw the Parade Elephant stamp, I knew I wanted to use it to make my Fabric Inked Book Cover.
Here’s a list of my supplies.
- Fabric Creations™ soft Fabric Ink in White
- Fabric Creations™ Cleaning Brush
- Fabric Creations™ Foam Printing Mats
- Fabric Creations™ Sponge Cubes
- Medium Parade Elephant Fabric Creations™ Block
- Border Tribal 1 Fabric Creations™ Block
- flexible jumbo book cover
- paper plate
1. Prepare the book for stamping. Fold the book in half and place it pages down on a surface. For best results, there should be a Fabric Creations™ Foam Printing Mat underneath the fabric to be stamped. I placed a foam mat on each of the book covers. My book covers happen to be exactly the same size as the foam mats. Stretch the black jumbo book cover over the foam mats and the book.
2. Stamp the images onto the book cover. For block printing, it is important to get enough Fabric Creations™ Fabric Ink on the stamp but not over saturate it. I practiced using the Fabric Creations™ sponge cubes to apply the fabric ink to the stamp. Then I stamped on a piece of scrap fabric. On my first attempt, I put too much fabric ink on the stamp and got fabric ink in the recessed areas. I promptly use the Fabric Creations™ Cleaning Brush and water to remove the fabric ink and then dried the stamp with a paper towel.
After a few tries I figured out a method that worked for me. I squeezed the fabric ink onto a paper plate and dabbed the Fabric Creations™ Sponge Cube into the fabric ink. Then I pounced it on the plate until the excess ink was removed.
I used the sponge to pounce the fabric ink onto the stamp. Once the stamp was inked, I used even pressure on the stamp to apply the fabric ink to the fabric.
3. Clean the stamps. Once stamping is complete, use the Fabric Creations™ Cleaning Brush and water to clean off the stamp. The fabric ink washed away quickly off the stamp and my hands with minimal effort. It is best to wash the stamp off before the fabric ink dries.
4. Let the fabric ink dry. Depending on how much ink you used, it will take from a few hours to 24 hours for the ink to dry. The ink will be cured after 72 hours. You also have the option to heat set the ink after it dries overnight.
After 72 hours, I ran my hand over my Fabric Inked Book Cover and the inked areas didn’t feel any differently than the stretchy material of the book cover. I can’t wait to play with the other Fabric Creations™ Block Printing Stamps and Fabric Creations™ Fabric Ink colors.