Thursday, April 21, 2016

DIY It - Mud Cloth Inspired Photo Mat

You may have seen last week's post where I talked about the new Mint machine Silhouette sent me and how I used it to create my own watercolor business cards for the blog conference I just attended, as well as to stamp fabric for my own fruity snack pouches that help keep me snacking healthy. I'm having a lot of fun creating my own stamps! Silhouette asked me to create something awesome with the Mint, but I couldn't limit myself to just one idea. So, in true Kara fashion, I kept on crafting, and came up with this amazing mud cloth inspired photo mat.

DIY Mud Cloth Photo Mat using the Silhouette Mint Custom Stamp Machine

I've been kind of obsessed with the simplicity, yet visual interest of the repeating black and white patterns in traditional mud cloth (remember my ornaments from last year?). Using the Mint, I was able to make a photo mat for my picture frame that is perfect to have up year round. The great thing about the stamps I made is their simplistic design can be used for a variety of purposes. Stamped mud cloth kitchen towels anyone?

DIY Mud Cloth Photo Mat using the Silhouette Mint Custom Stamp Machine

Now, if you've been reading my blog for awhile or know me in person, you may be taken aback by the stark black and white of this project. Where is the color you ask? Well, that's what accessories are for! Add a few eclectic pieces with subtle pops of color and you have a pretty awesome "shelfie".

To the instructions!


The Supplies:
If you are new to using the Mint, you can view my post here where I go into more detail and reference a video I watched that helped me. But honestly, this is a very user friendly machine.

I started by creating three different designs that when put together would give a simple mud cloth pattern. The were 4 lines, a 4 by 4 grid of dots, and a triangle X shape. You can save the .png files for these below that you can then import into the Mint studio.


DIY Mud Cloth Photo Mat using the Silhouette Mint Custom Stamp Machine

Once you have the designs imported, make a stamp for each of the three designs. When your stamps are all made and added to the sticky stamp mount, you are ready to begin.

DIY Mud Cloth Photo Mat using the Silhouette Mint Custom Stamp Machine


You'll want to start by loading black ink onto the three stamps. Just follow the design and add your ink, it will bubble up and sit on the stamp like this:

DIY Mud Cloth Photo Mat using the Silhouette Mint Custom Stamp Machine

Then, after letting it sit for 4-5 minutes, it will look like this:

DIY Mud Cloth Photo Mat using the Silhouette Mint Custom Stamp Machine

You can see how the ink on the design portion of the stamp was absorbed into the stamp. Go ahead and stamp the design on a piece of scrap paper a few times until it stamps clear and the extra ink is removed. Repeat with all three stamps. Now you're ready to create your photo mat.

DIY Mud Cloth Photo Mat using the Silhouette Mint Custom Stamp Machine

Start wherever you think best depending on the size and shape of your mat. I took the old tile laying technique and started in the center on each side and worked my way down and up from there.

DIY Mud Cloth Photo Mat using the Silhouette Mint Custom Stamp Machine

Simply line up your stamp, press firmly, and remove. Continue by alternating the stamps and direction of the line stamp to create your own unique mud cloth pattern.

DIY Mud Cloth Photo Mat using the Silhouette Mint Custom Stamp Machine

DIY Mud Cloth Photo Mat using the Silhouette Mint Custom Stamp Machine

Because the photo mat has a lot of detail, I kept the center artwork very minimal with a black and white "hello" print.

DIY Mud Cloth Photo Mat using the Silhouette Mint Custom Stamp Machine

What do you think? I love this technique! And now that I have my three stamps, I can create a mud cloth pattern on anything. I am seriously considering make a few napkins or kitchen towels or maybe even a place-mat. The possibilities really are endless!

DIY Mud Cloth Photo Mat using the Silhouette Mint Custom Stamp Machine


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