DIY Craft: Cat Tee

DIY Craft: Cat Tee
DIY Craft: Cat Tee
Make your own cat-patterned t-shirt with this DIY rubber stamp project!

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What You'll Need:

  • One SpeedyCut rubber pad
  • One Speedball linoleum cutter handle and blade
  • Speedball Fabric Block Printing Ink* in your desired colour
  • A shirt to stamp on—whatever style you fancy!

(All of the above should be found at your local art supply store.)


How-to:

  • Using a ballpoint pen, draw or trace your design on your rubber pad.
    >> Find an assortment of adorable cat‑head silhouettes like the one pictured in this DIY at moderncat.com/stamp.
  • Using the linoleum cutter, create your stamp by stripping away the rubber surrounding your design. When you’re done, the cat-head design will be raised and everything else will be in relief.
  • Ink your stamp and start stamping!
  • Let dry at room temperature for at least a week before washing.

*Speedball's Fabric Block Printing Inks print on a range of fabrics (cotton, poly blends, linen, rayon…), dry to the touch overnight, and remain permanent through the wash with no heat-set required. After the ink is dry (4-7 days), you're ready to wear and wash normally! How cool is that?


Tips for Success…

  1. Make sure you’ve created a “clean” stamp. Before you start stamping on your t-shirt, ink your stamp and test on a piece of paper. If anything other than the cat-head design transfers to the paper, strip away more of the rubber surrounding your stamp.
  2. Put a piece of plastic or paper inside your t-shirt to ensure none of the ink transfers through to the other side.
  3. Wait until the front side is dry before flipping over to stamp the back.
  4. To make extra-sure your finished t-shirt design is set and washable, iron it before laundering.
  5. Wear with pride!

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