Make stamps with FIMO clay to embellish fabric.
The irregular, imperfect nature of handmade stamps
makes them perfect for stamping one-of-a-kind textures.
- FIMO soft polymer clay
- soft rubber brayer or wooden rolling pin
- parchment paper or aluminum foil
- sharp knife
- found objects to mold clay
- stamping ink or fabric ink
- cotton fabric
1. Start with "FIMO soft" polymer clay. Knead by hand to soften, then place a small amount on parchment paper or aluminum foil and flatten to desired size with a soft rubber brayer, smooth object or wooden rolling pin. The size needed to make the round stamp above was about 2" x 2" and about 1/8" thick. Note: some FIMO colors stain surfaces (learned my lesson using a white cutting board).
2. Consider the shape you'd like to stamp. Here's how the shapes above were made.
- Round stamp (stamped in red above): Carved lines with a V-shaped lino-cutting tool (typically used for block printing). The FIMO carves like butter with no resistance. I aligned the cutting tool with a ruler to keep the lines straight. You can carve any shape into the FIMO. I used a cup to cut it into a circle.
- Rectangle stamp (in blue): Imprinted with a tiny wooden square to make the pattern. Cut it into a rectangle with a knife.
- Circles stamp (in lime): Cut the FIMO into circles using found items like medicine cups and small jars. Pressed the little circles onto a flat piece of clay. Added dots with pencils.
- Swirl stamp (used for art journaling) was made by rolling a thin snake of FIMO and dropping it in a swirl pattern on a flat square of rolled FIMO, then turning the stamp over and pressing lightly on the back with a book to flatten.
3. Kids can carve FIMO with anything that creates a mark or texture. Search your kitchen gadget drawer, your garden, use a pencil, fork, etc. If you mess up, just roll again and start over!
4. Place the clay on aluminum foil on a baking sheet and bake in the oven per package instructions. *Warning: FIMO is HOT when removed from the oven*
5. After baking you wind up with not-perfectly-flat handmade stamps, so they'll work better on fabric than on paper! To test on fabric, I inked the stamps with regular stamping ink and stamped on cotton fabric. Brilliant!
6. Find handmade stamp ideas in the stamping category. Stamping ink is not typically permanent, so if you plan to wash/wear the fabric be sure to use appropriate ink/paint for fabric.
Ideas for FIMO polymer clay stamps...
- Stamp unique backgrounds for art journaling
- Stamp fabric strips to use as ephemera in art journals.
- Print t-shirts to tote bags
- Sew stamped fabrics together
- Weave stamped fabric
- Greeting cards and Artist Trading Cards (ATCs)