This one you may have already seen if you were following along on Facebook before the blog was up and running. I wanted to share it and have a place for it on the blog. It is such a simple way to add pattern and color to solid leftover fabric, giving it new life to pass on for someone else to reuse.

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I used it to wrap up this crazy good venezuelan spiced cocoa from Christopher Elbow, a local Kansas City chocolatier.

Materials

Moo Carve – available at most art and craft stores in a variety of sizes. I used the 2-1/2 square and it worked nicely for stamping.

Carving tools – this is the one that I have. You can also buy individual carving tools too and also using clay sculpting tools. Use these tools carefully, they are very sharp and I don’t recommend this for a child craft.

Color Box pigment stamp pad – I used moss green. These pigments are not washable, so if you would like it to be a washable fabric use a fabric paint. I just like how easy it is to use the stamp pad and my intent is for this to just be used again as a gift wrap.

Canvas or other fabric you may have. Be sure to test a small area of fabric to see if it takes the color well.

Directions

For carving the stamp, draw a design in pencil on your Moo Carve and carve out between your design. Clearly it does not have to look pretty (just look at the photo below).

Start applying the stamp with color onto your fabric, let dry,

and that’s it!

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The most time consuming part of the project is carving the stamp, which really does not take long, and then you can keep reusing the stamp for other projects.  Again, just be very careful and go slow with these sharp wood carving tools. Below are a couple of photos of artwork that I have created using this same stamp.

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 Enjoy creating!!

Julie