CK Shows You How to Write and Stamp on Fabric: September 2010

by Lori Fairbanks

A few more tips

* Use a regular paper trimmer to cut both the fabric and the stabilizer. You can then fray the fabric's edges by pulling some threads loose to add visual interest.

* If you want to machine stitch your fabric onto your layout, consider cutting the stabilizer a bit smaller than the fabric so the stitched areas will have a bit of gathering and puckering. If you don't want that look, cut the stabilizer to fit the fabric.



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Q. What type of pen should I use on fabric?

A. If it's fabric that will be attached to a scrapbook page and will not be washed, you can use a variety of different inks such as paint pens or pigment ink pens. Test out the ink on a scrap so you can see how the fabric takes the ink and to make sure you like the look.


Q. Is there a certain type of pen that tends to write better on dark fabric?

A. Yes-look for paint pens with opaque ink.


Q. Do I need to heat set pen ink when I write on fabric? How do I do that?

A. Some inks may benefit from heat setting when used on fabric. Be sure to check the pen packaging for manufacturer's recommendations. If heat setting is recommended, use a heat gun to heat the fabric for a couple of seconds.


Q. How do I know which surfaces a pen will write well on?

A. Check the packaging for manufacturer's recommendations. They've tested their products on several surface types and often list them in their product descriptions.


Q. I want to write on a surface that isn't specifically mentioned on the product packaging. Will it work?

A. Test it out on a scrap to see how it works. The ink may work just fine, or it may require extra drying time, or you may need to iron it or heat it with a heat gun to set the ink, or it might not work at all.


Q. I'm nervous about writing directly on my layout. Any tips?

A. Yes! Before writing on your layout, test the pen on a similar surface to make sure the ink is flowing properly and to get a good feel for it. Also, you can first write your journaling or draw your doodling very lightly with a pencil so all you have to do is trace it.



Check out the September 2010 issue of Creating Keepsakes to learn two cool ways you can step up this technique to get even more great looks.


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