There’s no denying, I’m one of the most girly girls I know! So I’ve been dying for a dress or a top with heart prints. I saw a great idea on one of my favorite blogs abeautifulmess.typepad.com for using block printing on a dress, so I decided to try it myself. I started with a basic white cotton fitted shirt and some basic tools.
My husband dabbles in screen printing so I had intended to grab his fabric ink, but instead grabbed the screen printing ink. It turns out, it worked just fine. You could use regular fabric paint as well.
I carved my own little heart out of some rubber carving block that I bought at Hobby Lobby for about $1.50. I wanted to start with a basic design to see how it worked. Next time, I think I might get a little bigger and more detailed with my design.
I started practicing on a piece of card stock to make sure I got the right amount of ink on the stamp. I did a couple stamps on the paper to get the perfect amount of pressure.
When I started stamping the shirt, I just placed the hearts in a random staggered pattern. Some of the hearts are solid, and some have a slight transparency to them, which I like. I didn’t want them to look like perfect little hearts all over, it gives it some much appreciated character!!
This was such a simple and fun way to dress up something that I already had with out spending any money except for the $1.50 carving block. I felt like a little kid just stamping away, and I was so proud to have really transformed my white shirt into something fun and girly, and I did it myself!