Make an Impression!

I’d like help you Make an Impression by learning how easy it is to make and print on fabric with your very own custom made stamps.

As you probably know if you’re familiar with my work, I like to create pattern using stamps. I also love teaching students how to print with foam, rubber and wood stamps in many of my acrylic inks classes. Unfortunately, we rarely have time to make stamps in class. Instead I always give a brief verbal lesson on how to make foam stamps and share a few tips on carving rubber stamps, but at the end of the day my students are often overwhelmed with information, I pack a lot into each class. I know it can be hard to remember all the things we cover, so I decided to write a little book with all that info and more.

Make an Impression, is a 28 page, 5″ x 8″ paperback that you can easily slip into your tool box.

I love working with a combination of foam, rubber and wood stamps. Some stamps work well as focal points and others are perfect for background pattern.

Sometimes I have a particular theme I want to work with for a project that requires designing a new stamp and depending on the complexity of the design I will choose either to carve it out of rubber or make it out of foam, so I really like having the skills to make both kind of stamps.

Foam stamps are inexpensive, easy to make and print beautifully. In my book I show you all the supplies you need, how to transfer the design, cut it out with craft knife, or decorative scrapbooking scissors, add additional details with a stylus, and then how print with them.

You can also make several stamp variations based on one design that can be printed separately or in combination.

On the blue fabric below the green leafy plant with the blue border is printed with foam stamps, the green tree is a hand-carved rubber stamp, and the delicate blue plant is a purchased wood stamp.


Rubber stamps require a few more tools than making foam stamps and have a minimal learning curve if you’ve never held a carving tool, but they can also be very fun to make and with a little bit of practice you’ll be cranking out stamps in no time.

I cover the basic steps for carving rubber stamps, how to repair broken ones and discuss some of the different brands of stamping materials you can buy.

The most important thing to keep in mind when carving a rubber stamp is not to carve too deep to begin with. You’re better off making shallower cuts, gradually going deeper, and always carve away from yourself.

Each type of stamp has slightly different requirements for successful printing, so I have a few tips on surfaces, padded or not, and different types of ink.


In the stamping ideas section I share many samples with tips on color, different ways you can apply ink to a stamp, and combining stamps with printed thermofax screens.

Here’s a few more samples of stamped fabrics:.

The yellow fabric on the left is printed with 2 different wood stamps.

The two samples below are printed with foam stamps. On the left, the red crosses are a repeated pattern made with one stamp of four crosses and the sample on the right uses the same stamp printed in purple and a second stamp made of four circles in an overlapping grid.

I hope this gives you a sense of how easy and fun it is to make your own stamps and to incorporate them into your various textile arts.

Make an Impression, a textile artists guild to printing success is available in paperback and instant gratification ebook. 🙂

Keep creating,


I’d love to spark your creativity at one of these upcoming events:

May 4-6 Nadelweldt, Karlsruhe, Germany
Exhibition and workshops

June 1-2 Meissners, Sacramento, Blooming Inspiration

July 27-28 Meissners, Santa Rosa, Blessings in the wind; mixed-media prayer flags

August 14-18, 2018 Woodland Ridge Retreat, WI
5 – day Paint and Print-a-palooza retreat

October 19-21 Ephemera Paducah, Paducah, KY
Tea and Ephemera and Blessings in the wind: mixed-media prayer flags

October 27 Meissners, Sacramento, Fiesta Ornaments

IMG_5538Judy is an artist, explorer, image wrangler, knowledge seeker, instructor, speaker, creative alchemist, and purveyor of inspiration, helping others channel creativity on a daily basis.


4 Responses to “Make an Impression!”

  1. Julie says:

    So how do we get this new book?

  2. Rebecca in SoCal says:

    Looks like a must-buy. I have been watching you and others use stamps, but have thought that they were too expensive or limited to pursue. This certainly expands the options.

    • JudyCoatesPerez says:

      Hi Rebecca,

      for many years I didn’t use stamps in my work and really wasn’t interested in using the stamps I saw in stores, but when I started making stamps and using them on fabric, and I began exploring creating pattern with them, I was hooked. Since then, so many other types of stamps have become available, like the gorgeous carved wood ones from India, I love combining those with stamps I make myself.

      Happy stamping!

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