Using Stamps to Create Fun Gifts
18 March 2009
Author: Nicole Ratzlaff
Teaching your kids how to stamp and allowing them to experiment with them is a fun creative exploration. Stamping allows kids to improve their dexterity and increase their imagination at the same time. There are so many fun gifts that you can create using rubber stamps. With stamps you can create thank you notes or greeting cards, party invitations and decorations, or even a one-of-a-kind gift for a friend or family member.
A great gift idea involves stamping on fabric. This is a fun technique and really opens up the creative possibilities for your child. They may be inspired to personalize their jeans, jacket, hat or shirt with stamping. Maybe they want to make their new baby sister a cute onesie or their good friend at school a new headband to wear for their birthday. Or, maybe even a fun make-up bag for Mom for Mother’s Day.
To stamp on fabric you have to use a pigment based ink or a type of ink that is specifically designed for fabric. If you use a pigment based ink, which is more readily available, there are a few tips that go along with it. First, your fabric or item you are stamping on needs to be prewashed with no fabric softener. Then the item will need to be ironed. To ensure no bleeding of ink colors, place a piece of cardboard behind where you are stamping. Then, once the ink has been absorbed you will need to place a clean towel on top of the project and heat set the ink on your design.
Aside from stamps, another great medium to assist in adding detail to your final designs are textile markers. These markers are the perfect accessory for anyone working on decorating fabric pieces. When combined with stamps and pigment ink, they add the last touch of pizzazz to finish off any project. While there are other fabric safe mediums you can use with your stamps on fabric they are not all considered safe for children to use. You’ll be amazed at how many fun gifts our kids can create using stamps and some embellishments once they master the basic technique. Maybe the first project you make with your kids should be a stamping apron since the ink accidents are better left on the apron than on them, right?