Add an exotic touch to any fabric or surface with these simple stamps. Use them to create a decorative star design in just a few minutes.
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Download and print two copies of the Star Patterns and Layout. Cut out the two patterns from one of the copies and use the other as a reference for the design. Trace around the patterns on a felt pad.
Use a utility knife and metal straightedge to cut out the stamp patterns from the felt pads. Then cut out four 1-inch squares from scraps and the other pad.
Remove the adhesive back from two of the 1-inch squares and stack them centered on the back of a stamp. Repeat for the other stamp to create simple handles.
To center a design on a contoured surface, such as a seat cushion, lay two diagonal strips of painter's tape from corner to corner on the cushion. Where they cross at the center, push the tip of a pencil through the tape. Then remove the painter's tape.
Use a small foam or bristle brush to apply paint to the felt bottom of the star stamp. Avoid getting any on the sides of the stamp. Test your stamp on a piece of scrap cloth and experiment with different amounts of paint before moving on to the cushion.
Orient the stamp so the points of the star follow a centered line from the front to back of the cushion. Stamp a single star firmly at the center of the cushion, but don't push hard enough for the fabric to touch the sides of the stamp.
Repeat the same technique to apply paint to the arrow stamp. Begin with the arrow pointing toward the front or back of the cushion and press the stamp against the fabric. Reload the stamp with paint for each arrow and continue in a circle around the star.
Wait for the paint to dry before touching up any gaps within a stamped area. To touch up bare areas, mask straight lines along the design and dab the surface with the tip of a brush. Allow the paint to dry for about a week before using the painted surface.
Stamped fabric isn't the same as a printed design. Rough edges and uneven coverage within the stamped areas provide a hand-crafted look that's part of the technique's appeal.