Stamping on fabric

Fabric is such a great surface to stamp on!

I use natural or white coloured linen, calico or muslin. Muslin has an open weave and it is not easy to get a clear impression, it does give a vintage look to it. To give calico and linen fabric a vintage look you can dye it with tea or coffee. I sometimes add some vanilla for a nice fragrance :)

A huge advantage of stamping of fabric is that you can use the stamped pieces in many different projects. Cards, altered art pieces, fabric collage / books and so on. It is my favourite technique!

Draw string bag materials used:
Coffee dyed Calico 
Tim Holtz Cling Stamps - Classics #1
Tim Holtz Distress Stains - Broken China, Musterd Seed, Peeled Paint.




Fabric card / book materials used:
Calico fabric, lace and other fabric pieces
Tim Holtz Distress Stains - Broken China, Mustard Seed
Cosmic Shimmer Mist - Peacock Green
Ranger Archival Ink - Jet Black & Coffee
Tim Holtz Cling Stamps - Classics #1
Indigo Blu - Honeycomb Background
Lost Coast Designs -  Wish Upon A Star

Materials used:
Coffee dyed Calico
Ranger Archival Ink - Coffee
Stampendous cling - Bluebird Branch (CRM285)
Crafty Individuals - Chicken (CI-289), Seagull  (CI-344),  Robin (CI-357)

Materials used:
Rangel Archival Ink - Coffee
Coffee dyed muslin
Crafty Individuals - Praying Angel (CI-056)

I had some questions about this technique, this is what I keep in mind when stamping on fabric:
  • It is easier to colour the images with (distress) inks on a thinner fabric but the ink is most likely to bleed.
  • When using distress inks your project is not washable.
  • Acrylic paint is more opaque and can cover the lines, project will be washable.
  • You get the best impression when using a foam mat (for example mouse pad) as stamping underground. 
  • Contrasting colours like black on light fabric give a good and clear stamped image.
  • The tighter woven the fabric, the better the stamped result.
  • Most stamps are suitable for stamping on fabric, rubber stamps however give the best result.
  • Ink that can be used to stamp on fabric are Ranger Archival inks or Stazon.
  • To enhance the image you can outline with a black marker (I use Faber-Castell Pitt Artist pen).


  1. Wonderful tips for stamping onto fabric, and all the examples look lovely. The first few, with that fabulous Classics set are glorious, and I love the little Nature foursome further down. Great inspiration, Caroline, thank you!
    Alison x

  2. Fabulous tips! Thanks for sharing! And you items a gorgeous as usual!
    Terri G.