Friday, 7 December 2012

Giveaway Winner

Wow this was fun!
Thanks to SewMamaSew for hosting.

Thank you all for taking the time to leave such lovely comments, so are you ready for a winner??

There were 366 eligible entries, Random did the honours and the winner is.... 

which is Ducks and Rabbits who chose the hexadots, congratulations!
I'm e-mailing you for your address, so expect a parcel heading your way soon.

I so enjoyed reading all your comments I thought I'd share the love and happiness and offer you all 15% off all purchases in my shop for the next 10 days, enter the code happy15 at the checkout.

We are putting up the tree tomorrow, I'm finally starting to feel Christmassy and get a wee bit excited, yay! Have a great weekend. x

Thursday, 6 December 2012

hand stamping fabric - tutorial

I have wrapped a few presents for crafty friends this year with handprinted fabric. I know they will love these, and I've had great fun doing it! So here's a little 'how to' if you want to do the same.

You will need:

-washed and ironed fabric to print on (yes, you have to wash it first to remove the size (coating) so you're actually printing on the fabric)
-shop bought craft stamps (I'm using clear ones with an acrylic block)
-Versacraft ink pad for printing on fabric, which are available in lots of colours
OR fabric paint and some foam / sponge / sponge roller (I used Setacolor which I got from Hobbycraft)
-old sheet or something to protect your work surface

Choose a stamp, I used mostly non Christmassy ones, so the fabric can be used all year round.

If you are using a Versacraft ink pad you should be fine using any design. 
If you are using fabric paint and the sponge method try out different stamps on a scrap of fabric first, I found the solid designs (the star) were OK but the stamps with a finer detail were a bit splodgy).

test piece, with varying results

Apply ink to your stamp, by either pressing onto your inkpad, or if you're using fabric paint, apply a little paint to your sponge and dab until you get a thin, even layer on your stamp - too much paint and you'll get a splodge. Practice on scrap fabric first.

If you get paint on your acrylic block edges, wipe it off before you print, it'll get messy otherwise.

To get a clear print, press firmly where the actual stamp is.
Now repeat in your chosen design, random, straight lines, stripes...

When you're finished allow the fabric to dry. Follow the instructions on your inkpad / fabric paint to set the inks to make your fabirc washable. I ironed these for a few minutes to set them. I've used these inks many times and found they wash very well.

Then wrap up your present and share the hand printed love.

Joining in with My Creative Space this week.

Monday, 3 December 2012

Hand Printed Fabric - Giveaway

I so enjoyed doing the Sew Mama Sew giveaway back in May I could hardly wait to do it again. 

This time I'm giving away my own designs. This is so exciting for me!

These are available in my Etsy or Folksy Shops (and of course would make a lovely Christmas present for your crafty friends!)

But on with the giveaway...

The winner will recieve one set of 3 hand screen printed panels in each colour, emerald, raspberry and yellow, all are printed on pale grey.

You can choose from the Circles design (top) or these Hexadots. The printed area measures 36 x 25cm (14 x 9.8").

to enter:

- leave one comment telling me which design you would choose

- for a second chance Like my Facebook Page and leave a second comment here telling me you've done so

If you are a no reply blogger please include your email address.
A winner will be chosen by and announced at the weekend.

I will post internationally. 
Giveaway ends Friday 7th December, 9pm GMT (UK)

Don't forget to pop over to SewMamaSew to see all the other goodies being given away.

Good Luck!!

Giveaway is now CLOSED.

You can find the winner here. Thanks for entering!