DIY Stamped Tea Towels

April 23, 2014Sarah Khandjian

Create unique stamped tea towels using your Silhouette Cameo. Tutorial includes mod flower download!

After creating cute little mod flowers for the June wallpaper (yep, this design hints at next month’s wallpaper!) I just loved them too much to not use them in another project. So I decided to create stamps using the floral shape and make stamped tea towels.

Kevin got me the rubber stamping kit for my Silhouette Cameo for Christmas, but I never got around to giving it a try. I thought this project would be the perfect use for it since I had already created the flowers in Illustrator and I had some plain towels laying around. The stamping material was really easy to use and I just love the results! The towels are imperfect and a bit messy but I’m ok with that. I think I actually prefer it that way.

If you want want to make your own mod flower stamped tea towels, check out the tutorial below.

Create unique stamped tea towels using your Silhouette Cameo. Tutorial includes mod flower download!

Supplies:

– Silhouette Cameo or Portrait
– Stamping Starter Kit
– Craft paint (this is my favorite)
– Foam brush
– Tray or paper plate
– Tea towel, ironed (I used these Ikea ones)
– Scrap paper, placed under the towel
– Download: mod flower template

Create unique stamped tea towels using your Silhouette Cameo. Tutorial includes mod flower download!

1. Start by downloading the mod flower template in open it in either Silhouette Studio or Silhouette Connect. Here are some tips on how to transform it into a cut file. Place a sheet of stamp material onto the stamp cutting mat. Then adjust the blade to the 9 setting and set the material to “stamp” in the cut setting (on the computer). Then cut out the floral design.

2. Once cut, carefully remove the cut shaped from the cutting mat.

3. Place the cut shapes on the stamp blocks. Since the material is tacky on both sides, it doesn’t matter which side adheres to the blocks.

4. Since the Silhouette stamp material is less than 1/8″ thick, it can’t be placed directly into the paint without it getting all over the block too, so you’ll need to use the foam brush to cover the stamp with craft paint. I didn’t mind a messy, handmade look so I didn’t care if a little paint got on the block. If you prefer a cleaner look, you may want to use a smaller, flat paint brush to apply the paint.

5. Place it on the towel and apply pressure to all the areas so it stamps evenly. Carefully remove the stamp.

6. Repeat this with the other stamps until you have the look you want. Allow the paint to dry completely then place it in the dryer, on high, for about 30 minutes. This sets the paint and allows the towel to be washed. If you are using another brand of craft paint, you may need to add fabric medium to make it washable, though you may want to test it first on a scrap piece of fabric.

Create unique stamped tea towels using your Silhouette Cameo. Tutorial includes mod flower download!

Create unique stamped tea towels using your Silhouette Cameo. Tutorial includes mod flower download!

Wondering what else you can make with a Silhouette? Check out all my Silhouette projects.

3 Comments

  • Amy @ Homey Oh My!

    April 23, 2014 at 1:20 pm

    I looooove this, Sarah! Super cute!

  • emily

    April 23, 2014 at 2:18 pm

    darling idea! very orla kiely-ish.

  • Amy W

    April 23, 2014 at 5:08 pm

    Well, I’m in love. Love the graphic nature of it!

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