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Stamp Stencil Paint

Today were sharing an easy DIY from Anna Joyce‘s new book Stamp Stencil Paint. Anna is a textile designer based in Portland where she makes the most beautiful clutches, table linens, pillows and scarves (isn’t this pretty?). And in the book, she gives tutorials for her signature hand-printing techniques. Today we’re giving away TWO copies! You can learn how to add patterns to fabric, ceramics, paper, leather and walls! Make sure you click through below for the contest details and to get our DIY instructions for her Handmade Wrapping Paper…

Stamp Stencil Paint

Handmade Wrapping Paper by Anna Joyce

Hand-printed wrapping paper makes the gift inside even more meaningful. The patterns for this project are so straightforward that I invite you to have fun playing with the colors and placement of the shapes. This technique could easily be adapted for other paper projects, such as gift bags, note cards, or party décor. If You like to spend time crafting with your children, this project is ideal. Any pattern looks lovely when stamped by little hands, no matter how “messy.”

Materials: Moldable Foam Stamp, A Roll of Kraft Paper, Acrylic Paint, 1 1/2″ Brayer, Stamping Kit (see below), Design Template

Step 1: Cut the roll of paper into 30″ x 24″ (76.2 x 61 cm) sheets. Do not worry if the paper curls up—the moisture from the paint will help flatten the sheets after you have finished printing.
Step 2: T
race the templates and then cut out the shapes you want to use. Tape each template on top of the foam block and use a utility knife to trace around the edge, leaving an impression in the soft foam.
Step 3: 
Use the utility knife to cut into the foam using a sawing motion, carefully following the traced line. Gently peel back foam as you work and continue to saw through the remaining foam until it separates fully. Repeat steps 2 and 3 to carve as many of the designs as you would like, placing a separate design on each block.
Step 4: 
Make a test print.
Step 5: 
Take one of the sheets of paper and tape all four corners to your work surface to keep it flat while you print.
Step 6: 
Choose your first stamp and charge with paint as you did when making the test prints. Print in vertical stripes from left to right until the entire sheet of paper is covered with pattern, leaving at least 1″ (2.5 cm) between each stripe.
Step 7: 
Repeat steps 5 and 6 for each stamp and color you decide to use for the wrapping paper. Be sure to clean and dry your stamp and brayer in between paint colors as needed.
Step 8: 
Lay the sheets of paper flat to dry; store rolled or flat.

**These items are needed for virtually every stamping project. Arrange them nearby when you begin working: Canvas drop clothUtility knife with extra blades, Linoleum carving toolsScissorsSelf-healing cutting matRuler and/or yardstickPlastic or paper cups for mixing ink, Plastic spoons, Acrylic artist paletteBone folder or smooth wooden spoon, Artist tapeWhite paper for tracing designs, Scrap paper

Stamp Stencil Paint

And here’s how to win a copy of Stamp Stencil Paint for yourself:

(Giveaway is now CLOSED. Our winner will be contacted via email. Thanks!)

1) Visit Anna’s website or Amazon to read more about Stamp Stencil Paint.
2) Comment below on why you’d like to add this book to your collection!

The giveaway ends on Monday, 10/12 when the 2 winners will be chosen at random. Good luck!


Photography by Lisa Warninger
Photostyling by Chelsea Fuss

  1. Michelle

    October 7, 2015

    I really like that idea! I personally prefer using simple brown wrapping paper and then embellish it with some strong coloursor writing. Thank you for this!

  2. Jessica Rose

    October 7, 2015

    This is great, I most certainly will be doing this with my niece and nephew…

  3. jenni o

    October 7, 2015

    would love to use this to do stamping projects with my little girls!

  4. Katie

    October 7, 2015

    I would love to use this to step up my birthday card game, make table runners for parties and much more than I can’t even think of. Bring on the inspiration!

  5. Kari

    October 7, 2015

    What a fun craft!

  6. Paige Flamm

    October 7, 2015

    This looks so pretty and easy!


  7. Desiree Urbina

    October 7, 2015

    I want to do some stamped cushions without making a mess , with this book it would be perfect.

  8. Heather HS

    October 7, 2015

    I’d love to win because I have a set of 12 plain white napkins just waiting for embellishment!

  9. Aynsley

    October 7, 2015

    I love to use brown lunch bags with cute colorful string and a handmade card for presents but your technique will take gift giving to a whole new level!!

  10. Molly

    October 7, 2015

    This is a lovely book! I NEED;) it because I want to “learn new, easy skills to stamp, stencil, and hand-paint wonderful projects for my home, wardrobe, family, and friends!” 🙂 🙂 Thank You for the beautiful opportunity! XO

  11. Annika

    October 7, 2015

    I’m always interested in learning new techniques and stamping is something that I’ve wanted to get better in for quite some time!

  12. Rebecca

    October 7, 2015

    I’m always crafting, and I love learning how to do new techniques. This seems like a great way to make great designs with not too many complicated steps.

  13. monica

    October 7, 2015

    What a fun looking book, I’d love to see the technique used to create that cool pattern on an apron.

  14. Paula

    October 7, 2015

    Love it! Bright colors and craft paper are the best combination ever!

  15. Traci Barr Segal

    October 7, 2015

    I’ve added the book to my Amazon wish list!
    Traci ?

  16. Jess

    October 7, 2015

    I am a librarian by day and wanna-be-crafter at night. This book looks lovely and kid friendly to do with my daughters.

  17. Monica Lee

    October 7, 2015

    I am definitely going to buy this book to pick out some projects for my creative re-use workshops!

  18. Heather A

    October 7, 2015

    I am in need of fabric to make roman shades and I can’t find anything I love. I would love to learn the techniques in Anna’s book to create my own printed fabric.

  19. Fanny

    October 7, 2015

    I just started getting into block printing and am interested in learning more techniques. This book sounds like a great reference for me. Thanks for hosting the awesome giveaway! 🙂

  20. Aida

    October 7, 2015

    love it! this book looks so fun, I’d love to add it to my crafty library.

  21. Laurie

    October 7, 2015

    I would love to learn about how to use all the tools for printmaking!

  22. Susan

    October 7, 2015

    I love new ways to decorate Kraft paper!

  23. Elizabeth G.

    October 8, 2015

    So simple, yet so striking. I love it! Any book with such a description would be welcome on my shelf. 🙂

  24. Mojca

    October 8, 2015

    Stamping is so good! I remember doing this with a potato when I was a kid. 🙂 And this book would be definitely good start to do some new craft with my nice.
    Nice day to everybody!

  25. Mojca

    October 9, 2015

    *niece 😉

  26. Judy Havrilla

    October 9, 2015

    I hope I can pick up some new project ideas for my children’s art class!

  27. Julie D

    October 9, 2015

    I’d love to win a copy of Stamp Stencil Paint because they are so many gorgeous how-to’s for things that would be fun to make on my own or with my kiddos. The tote bags! The throw pillows! The dish towels! I love it all. 🙂

  28. Jessica Herring

    October 9, 2015

    Looks like something fun to do with the kids!

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