Stamped Fox Tote Bag




It's super easy to make this stamp, and even easier to use it to decorate all kinds of things! I've already used it to liven up a boring canvas tote bag for groceries, as well as an envelope and some thank you notes. My next step is to use the same motif as the tote bag to make some home made wrapping paper for birthdays and holiday gifts!

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Step 1: Gather Supplies

Hint: This is easiest if you already have a basic stamp carving kit, or go out and get one. (They are cheapest if you order them online)

-carving tool
-stamp material, for example linoleum or rubber
-ink (In this case, fabric ink since I am using a tote bag. Fabric ink is higher quality and therefore more expensive than ink that is just meant for paper. It won't wash out in the wash.)
-Container to roll ink with
-surface to decorate: in my case, I used a tote bag and a plain envelope

Step 2: Make Stamp

It's best to stick to a fairly simple design for the stamp. Remember that where you cut in will stay blank, and where you make no cuts will get inked up later. I find it helpful to draw my design onto the stamp before I begin cutting.

Step 3: Ink Up and Stamp Away!

Stamp away! I have found that different materials require different amounts of ink, depending on how fibrous or porous the material is. For instance, my canvas tote bag needed a ton of ink, whereas paper requires much less. Just play around and test things out until you find a good balance.

Step 4: Helpful Hints

Helpful hints: to make fabric prints permanent and washable, be sure to turn them inside out and iron them after they finish drying. Alternatively, some people on the Internet use a hairdryer instead. I haven't tried this out, but it could work I guess! When cleaning these items, wash them inside-out so that the color lasts as long as possible.

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    9 Discussions


    5 years ago

    Nice one, greeds from Germany! Christmas can come and I ll make few bags^^ Thanks made my day!


    Reply 5 years ago

    I bought the kit on Amazon because it was the lowest price I could find:

    However, the kit is also available in stores like Michaels, Blick, Utrecht, and other art supply stores. The linoleum and rubber that you use to make the stamps are also available in most of those stores as well as online. Those are really cheap, like one or two dollars for a 4x6-ish size piece. The ink is also available in Utrecht and Blick, or of course online.


    5 years ago

    Is there a simpler version of this project? I don't have enough money for all of the stuff.......

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    Reply 5 years ago on Introduction

    Hmm well the beginner's kit is $18 and the cutter/ roller really last forever, and the ink goes a long way as well. For the same look of print, I think you really need the kit.

    However, there are definitely cheaper alternatives if you're willing to be a bit flexible! I have cut out pieces of cardboard into cool shapes and glued them onto a larger piece of cardboard before. Then you basically have a really simple stamp! It looks pretty cool, but it's just harder to get as much detail. I think this latter method is especially good for making a simple repeated pattern: for instance, I made a bunch of triangle shapes on the larger piece of cardboard, and then printed that a bunch of times onto some paper using different colors of paint.

    Good luck/ let me know if you have any other questions!