I taught a class last week at a major quilt show on the possible uses of cutting machines in quilting. My goal is to bring the convenience and custom work we can do with cutters to the art quilter. One of the many topics was fabric printing with custom foam stamps.
I chose a simple shape from my files to cut from craft foam. It is best to keep the shapes simple when using this material as it is difficult to cut intricate designs since the foam can tear when releasing from the waste material.
Craft Foam – from the Dollar Tree store
Grafix Craft Plastic Sheets, 12-Inch by 12-Inch, 25/Pkg, Clear .020 from Amazon
Lumiere Fabric Paint – Dharma Trading Company
Adhesive to glue the foam to a stamping base
Maxx Air Settings
- Blade Offset = .35
- # Passes = 1
- Velocity = 200
- Force =20 – I started at the recommended 10 from the manual, but got a much better result at 20
- Blade = Blue Blade, Blade height = 13
After cutting the shape from the foam I ran the foam shapes through my Xyron 1200 Sticker machine to apply an even coat of permanent adhesive to the foam shapes. Using the Grafix plastic, I cut squares larger than the shapes to use as stamp blocks and adhered the foam shapes to the plastic.
Loaded up the new stamp with the Lumiere paint using a foam brush.
Positioned the stamp on my fabric and pressed firmly into the fabric. Since I made my stamp base out of clear plastic I was able to see where to stamp the next image in my design easily.
Cleaning any excess wet paint from the stamp base between stampings, helps to keep the stamped images clean and not transfer paint to any unwanted areas.
Once all the images are stamped, cover with a clean paper towel and press with a hot iron to heat set the paint.
The end result is unique original fabric to use in your next project!