Making the stamp
Step 1 Using a photocopier, enlarge the Horse Stamp Diagram to 400% so scale line measures 200mm across. Cut out template using scissors. Use craft knife on cutting mat to carefully cut out throatlatch (gap under chin of horse).
Step 2 Use spray adhesive to stick 2 sheets of craft foam together. Place on flat surface and leave a heavy book on top until adhesive dries.
Step 3 Mark up template on 1 face of foam assembly using marker pen.
Step 4 Cut around outside of shape using scissors. Again, use craft knife on mat to carefully cut out throatlatch.
Step 5 Use craft glue to stick horse head to MDF placemat. Place book on top and let dry.
Step 6 To make handle for stamp, cut a long 3cm-wide strip of craft foam from offcuts.
Step 7 Flip assembly over and use craft glue to stick handle on back of MDF. Allow some slack in handle to slip hand underneath. Let dry.
Stamping the quilt cover
Step 8 Spread out quilt cover and pillowcases on a large, clean and flat work surface. Ensure top face of cover and cases is facing up.
Step 9 Slide sheet of plywood or similar firm board inside cover and position below area to be stamped.
Step 10 Squeeze small amount of pink fabric paint into paint tray and load roller with paint. Use roller to apply even layer of paint to stamp
Step 11 Press stamp onto first position on quilt cover. Gently rub back of MDF to ensure good contact between stamp and fabric. Carefully lift away stamp.
Step 12 We stamped our horse heads in a random pattern. To mimic this, repeat Step 11 to stamp other pink horse heads, ensuring you move sheet of plywood below stamping position each time. To prevent paint seeping though fabric to other side, let each stamp partdry (about 5-10 minutes) before moving plywood. Repeat this process to stamp pillowcases, too.
Tip Work with 1 colour at a time. When finished with a colour, stamp excess paint onto a sheet of scrap paper, wipe excess paint off stamp with a slightly damp cloth and let stamp dry before swapping to new colour. Don’t run stamp under water.
Step 13 Wash painting tools with mild soap and water, repeat process from Step 10 using black fabric paint to stamp quilt cover and pillowcases. Let dry for 48 hours.
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