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Tutorial: Wine Cork Button Stamp

Tutorial: Wine Cork Button Stamp | The Zen of Making

Crafts and booze? What could be better?! Imbibe, then get your make on with this quick and easy wine cork button stamp tutorial.

Supplies:
* Wine cork (If you don’t drink wine, you can buy recycled corks here.)
* Button, slightly smaller than your wine cork

Tools:
* Stamp carving tool with a #1 (small v) tip
* Tailor’s awl
* Ultra fine point permanent marker

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Tutorial: Wine Cork Button Stamp | The Zen of Making

Step 1
Select a wine cork with a smooth, flat end. Clean it thoroughly and allow it to dry completely before use.

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Craft Tip: 4 Ways to Cross-Stitch Stamp on Fabric


In addition to paper crafting, did you know that you can use your mini cross-stitch stamp to print on fabric too?


In this post, I’ll show you four ways to print on fabric with your stamps. To make the designs, we’ll use fabric markers, disappearing/water soluble fabric ink with real stitches, fabric markers with real stitches, and fabric paint.

Supplies:
* Embroidery floss and needle
* Fabric for stamping (cotton and natural fibers work best)

Tools:
* Mini cross-stitch stamp
* Permanant fabric markers (I used STAINED by Sharpie)
* Disappearing ink fabric marker or water soluble fabric marker
* Fabric paint
* Small sponge brush

A note before getting started: Instead of poking holes in paper to make a grid like we did in the perfect cross-stitch stamp placement tutorial, you can use a piece of graph paper behind lightweight fabrics as a guide, or just line up the stamps with the grain of the fabric to keep the stamped stitches straight.

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Preparing to Apply the Ink and Paint:
• When using markers, use the tip to apply the ink directly to the stamp.

• When using fabric paint, apply the paint to the stamp with a sponge brush until you have a light, even coat covering the stamp.

• When printing, press the stamp firmly onto the fabric, then pull the stamp straight up to avoid smudging.

• Place a layer of cardboard or paper underneath the area to be stamped to keep the ink/paint from bleeding through. If stamping on clothing, insert a layer of cardboard or paper between layers of fabric.


Method 1: Permanent Fabric Markers
Use the marker tip to apply the ink directly to the stamp. Press the stamp down firmly upon the fabric, then lift it straight up. Reapply the ink between each stitch print, working in horizontal rows from top to bottom.
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Craft Tip: Perfect Cross-Stitch Stamp Placement


You’ve carved your cross-stitch stamp, so now it’s time to learn how to position those stamped stitches. My method for perfect cross-stitch stamp placement for cards and paper crafts may take a little time and planning, but the results are well worth the effort!

Supplies:
* Cardstock or decorative paper
* Graph paper, 4 squares per inch
* Stamp ink pad

Tools:
* Mini cross-stitch stamp
* T-pin
* Fine point marker
* Paperclips

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Step 1
Plot your design on a piece of graph paper (4 squares per inch).


Step 2
Position the graph paper on top of your card stock or specialty paper, then secure it in place with paperclips. Once the graph paper is in place, use a sturdy t-pin to poke a hole in all four corners of each marked square to transfer the grid to the paper underneath.
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Tutorial: Mini Chain Stitch Stamp


The second stitch in my embroidery stitch stamp series is chain stitch! Carve your own mini chain stitch stamp to add pretty borders and textures to paper and fabric crafts. Use it with your mini cross-stitch stamp for even more embroidery-inspired goodness!

Supplies:
* Speedy-Carve block or a large, flat eraser
* Graph paper, 4 squares per inch
* Mini wooden spool
* E-6000 adhesive

Tools:
* Speedball Stamp Making Kit or stamp carving tool with both a wide and a fine u-shaped gouge
* Pencil
* Ruler
* Craft knife
* Toothpick

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Step 1
Draw an upside down U shape in one square on the graph paper, then draw a second U shape directly below it, making sure the curve of the second U intersects with the open end of the first. To give the shapes a chain-like appearance, curve the open ends slightly toward the center.

Before moving on, use a ruler to make sure that your shapes are the same size. Once you’re satisfied, go over the lines several times with a pencil to make sure that they’re nice and dark. (Your shapes don’t have to be perfect—slightly imperfect curves look more like real stitches!)

Step 2
With a craft knife, cut a 1″ x 1″ piece from the carving block.
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