Hi everyone! I’ve received a few comments recently from new followers about basic steps. I plan on doing some blog posts to cover these important subjects in the next few weeks.
I’m going to start with the very basic steps of stamping. I know I posted some of this information a while ago, but it is always worth a new look.
First… What is a template stamp?
A template stamp is a rubber stamp with piecing and cutting lines.
All my stamps come mounted on hard wood with finger holds that are placed parallel to the lengthwise grain of the fabric.
Ink up your stamp with VersaCraft ink. I carry brown and white on my website. Mostly you will use the brown, but occasionally you might need the white.
You can reink the pad about 50 times with a reinker, so do not throw the ink pad out if it gets a little dry. Just order a reinker when you need it. The pad has ink when you purchase it, it will last for at least 2 small quilts, one large one without having to reink.
Now just press the stamp by lining up the finger holds on the lengthwise grain on the back of the fabric. Give it a push, but don’t push so hard you get ink in the middle of your image.
Lift up your stamp and your image should look like this…
Now just cut out your image and use!
The really great thing about stamping is that the seam allowances are consistently a perfect quarter inch!
Next time I’ll cover basic hand piecing!