Want to stamp on fabric? A useful comparison of stamp pads

Want to stamp on fabric?  Many of the people who want me to create a stamp for them also wish to use their stamp on fabric to create tags and stamp their fabric products.  I don’t have a lot of experience stamping on fabric but I do know that some stamp pads claim to work on a variety of surfaces including fabric.  So this week I decided to do a bit of research to find out which stamp pad might work best on fabric.

Image from: crafttestdummies.com

I found this great article on crafttestdummies.com which compares a whole range of craft stamp pads commonly available in crafting and scrapbooking/paper craft shops and of course online.  All the stamp pads were stamped on fabric, ironed to set them and then washed.  You can read the article here:

http://www.crafttestdummies.com/craft-product-reviews/comparison-of-stamp-pad-inks-on-fabric/

There also seems to be a new stamp pad available which is specifically for stamping fabric.  I haven’t yet been able to find anyone who has “tested” it and reported back on how well they work.  These ones are apparently permanent, machine washable and non-toxic.  You can see the colour range and buy them online at Createforless and other online craft stores:

http://www.createforless.com/Scribbles+Fabric+Stamp+Pad/plid15970.aspx

Selecting the right stamp mount for your situation

For anyone interested in the different types of stamp mounts available from Firefly Stamps here is a quick overview to help you select the best mount for your situation:

Art stamp solid maple timber handles– these are the more traditional way to mount a stamp. The stamp is securely attached to the

wooden handle.  A spongy cushion layer is sandwiched between the stamp and the timber handle to help you achieve great impressions with your stamp.

Clear acrylic mounting block and a transparent stamp – if getting the image from your stamp impression precisely positioned on your stamping surface is a priority then a clear acrylic block and transparent stamp is the perfect solution.  All the layers in this method are transparent so you can place your stamp exactly where you need it.  This type of stamp and mount are used commonly by crafters.  There are 3 layers in this system:

1)      The clear acrylic block at the bottom

2)      A ‘clingy’ layer of ‘instagrip’ in the middle

3)      Your transparent stamp on top

The stamp is not permanently attached to the mounting block but clings securely to it, thanks to the layer of instagrip.  This system is also useful if you are interested in more than one stamp as you can attach and remove each stamp from the block and use another stamp quickly and easily.  If the ‘instagrip’ appears to lose its adhesiveness it is simply a matter of washing it in mild soapy water and drying it with a lint free cloth, so stamps can be attached and removed from the block an infinite number of times.

If you like the idea of the transparent stamp but would prefer your stamp attached more permanently try using clear mini double sided dots (I’ve found them in cello brand, but other brands might be available).

The clear acrylic block and transparent stamp does not have a cushiony middle layer like the traditional wood mounted stamp, some people suggest using a thin foam mouse pad under your stamping surface to create the same effect.  These can be purchased for only a dollar or two from department stores like K-Mart or Big W.

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