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What are Fabric Creations™ Soft Fabric Inks?
Fabric Creations™ Soft Fabric Inks are specially formulated to be used with Fabric Creations™ Block Printing Stamps. Formulated with the perfect consistency that is not too thick and not too thin, Fabric Creations™ Soft Fabric Ink applies perfectly onto the raised face of the stamp design without flooding the recesses of the molded block stamp
These fabric inks are non-toxic, waterbase, manufactured in the USA and are available in a wide range of colors from the basic color palette to metallics, as well as current on-trend fashion colors! Clean up is easy with mild soap and water. Once cured and heat set, Fabric Creations™ Soft Fabric Inks can either be hand-washed or machine laundered. However, as with all hand decorated items, it is always best to hand wash in cold water and allow to air dry which will increase the life of your project.
How thick should I apply my Fabric Creations™ Soft Fabric Ink to the stamp?
Apply Soft Fabric Ink to the face of the stamp so that the white design area is covered. Be careful not to apply too much ink as this will flood the recesses of the design.
How long does it take for the Fabric Creations™ Soft Fabric Ink to dry?
Depending upon how much you’ve stamped on your project, the ink will air dry within a couple of hours up to 24 hours and will be cured in 72 hours.
How thick should I apply my Fabric Creations™ Soft Fabric Ink to the stamp?
Apply Soft Fabric Ink to the face of the stamp so that the white design area is covered. Be careful not to apply too much ink as this will flood the recesses of the design.
What is the best way to apply Fabric Creations™ Soft Fabric Ink to block printing stamps?
We recommend using our Fabric Creations™ Sponge Cubes.
Simply squirt a generous amount of Soft Fabric Ink onto a foam plate or palette. Load the sponge cube by firmly holding it in your hand, then dabbing into the puddle of ink. Off-load excess fabric ink onto a clean spot on the plate and then apply ink to the stamp design using a soft, pouncing up and down motion. Continue pouncing over stamp until the entire raised design is covered.
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Should I use water to thin the Fabric Creations™ Soft Fabric Ink?
No, Fabric Creations™ Soft Fabric Inks are formulated in the perfect consistency to be used directly from the bottle.
Thinning these paints with water will not only dilute the paint possibly causing bleed through when stamping; it will also lessen the adhesion properties of the paint and possibly create a dirty unusable stamp because the thinned paint will flow into the delicate recessed areas of the stamp rather than sitting on the raised design lines.
Is it necessary to heat set my block printed project when using Fabric Creations™ Soft Fabric Ink?
Heat setting is recommended for best durability.
Heat set the painted surface using a dry, hot iron and a pressing cloth. Lay pressing cloth over the stamped fabric and iron the stamped design for 30 seconds, lift the iron and move it to another section of the stamped design. Your iron should be set at the highest setting allowed for the decorated fabric, no steam.
What types of fabrics can be block printed using Fabric Creations™ Printing Block Stamps and Soft Fabric Ink?
Smooth, low textured fabrics such as cottons, poly cotton blends, woven blends, denims, and home décor textiles can be used as surfaces for soft fabric ink when using Fabric Creations Block Printing Stamps.
How should I clean up my supplies?
Fabric Creations™ Soft Fabric Inks are non-toxic and water soluble. Clean up of block print tamps is easily accomplished using mild soap, water and the Fabric Creations™ Block Stamp Cleaning Brush.
We recommend using a light, soft brushing technique over the fabric ink covered stamp under running water to remove the excess fabric ink. The bristles of the cleaning brush will not harm the face of your stamp when used properly. Do NOT soak your block stamps in water. If exposed to water for an extended period of time the stamp’s protective coating will soften. Do not allow ink to dry on your block stamp as it may stain the front of the stamp making it difficult to clean. Clean excess Fabric Creations™ Soft Fabric Inks from sponge cubes using mild soap and water.
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What is the best technique for stamping the surface?
Position your wrinkle-free fabric directly over the Fabric Creations™ Stamping Mat.
Once the block stamp is loaded with Soft Fabric Ink, and the stamping mat is directly under the fabric to be decorated, press the ink side of the stamp onto the project surface firmly. Be careful, do NOT rock the stamp; lift the stamp straight up to reveal the stamped design. Continue stamping until the block printed design is complete. For consistent design prints, apply additional fabric ink with each individual block print.
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