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Remember a few weeks ago when I teased this sneak peek of a pair of ’80s inspired stamped shoes that I made? Well, then I got busy re-branding and redesigning my blog, and I haven’t even had a minute to edit the rest of the photos until today (some have watermarks from the old blog since they’ve been sitting around for so long). Better late than never, right?
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80’s Inspired Geometric Stamped Shoes
I originally wanted to create a pair of vintage skater-style slip-on shoes for one of my boys, but I couldn’t find any inexpensive Vans or Toms knockoffs in their sizes. When I spied this white pair in MY size, I figured that I could totally rock some old-school kicks myself.
For this project, I used Tulip Soft fabric paints and Tulip Puffy dimensional paints. I carved a basic triangle stamp from a carving block and mixed my own paint colors from the ones that I had on hand and available.
Tightly packing the toe of the shoes with newspaper gives a firm surface for stamping.
I poured a small amount of black fabric paint onto a paper plate, dipped my stamp, and started placing triangles onto the toe of the shoes in a staggered pattern. I tried to keep the same number of triangles per row and left space to add a few colored triangles later.
I used the herringbone stamp that I carved a while ago to add a fun detail to the heel of the shoes.
When the black paint was dry, I went back and added some pops of color with bright coral, aqua, and lime triangles. If you have keen eyes you might notice that I messed up on the second row from the top and only did 3 triangles when the other shoe has 4. It drives my OCD nature CRAZY, but I still love them! 😉
Perfect for kicking back on a hot summer afternoon (bonus points if you wear them with a splatter-painted shirt as well!). I think I’m in love with fabric stamping! In fact, I just might have picked up two more pairs of shoes that are eagerly awaiting a makeover!
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Heidi Kundin has captivated the hearts of millions with her colorful and inspiring approach to crafting, celebrations, and family fun. With over 15 years of experience, Happiness is Homemade has become a must-visit destination for those seeking quick and easy creative ideas and last-minute solutions. Heidi’s warm personality shines through her posts, inviting readers to join her on a creative journey that’s fun, rewarding, and achievable. Heidi is also the author of Homemade Bath Bombs & More and DIY Tie-Dye.