There are 2 ways to make your park stamper pattern. For both, you must scan your stamps into your computer. I have found that the easiest method uses a free Canva account, the other method uses PowerPoint or Canva with Spoonflower. You can use Adobe Illustrator if you have it, but it’s not necessary. (I have included instructions for using Spoonflower prints as well).
Start by scanning in your park stamps as a .jpg in the highest resolution. I have tested saving as a pdf, and it doesn’t work. It had to be a .png or jpg.
Create a free Canva account. I tested the paid version to remove the background, and it wasn’t worth it.
Choose whether you are going to use iron on printable, or are going to upload your design to Spoonflower.
IRON ON PRINTABLE INSTRUCTIONS
Download the iron on file. You’ll see that there are 6 blank boxes; you will fill these boxes with your park stamper scans.
Open or create a Canva account. Click “Create a Design” (currently, it’s in the upper right hand of the screen, and a purple button). First select inches (on the right), then enter the dimensions for a letter paper (8.5 x 11″). Then click “create new design”.
Upload the iron on file. Make the image the same size as the paper.
Upload your first set of park stamper images.
Drag the first image to the document. Don’t worry about there being multiple stamps on one page, you’ll repeat this process. Click crop, and crop the image so there is very little of the outside of the ring showing. This will be the outer limits of the image. The pattern is designed to fit the park stamp, so you don’t want too much extra showing, and you don’t want to cut off too much of the ring. Click done, then drag to a box. Resize if needed. The stamp should fit inside the box, and not go over. Any part that is outside the box, will be outside your pattern. Err on the side of SLIGHTLY smaller, and not larger. Some stamps are not perfect circles.
You can change the brightness a bit, but I would not be concerned about entirely removing the background. It is futile, and you’ll be frustrated. For best future practices, use the whitest paper you can find, rather than the Passport book. As you increase the brightness, the rest of the image becomes lighter, and you might not get a good transfer.
You may need to reverse the image so it’s mirror, depending on the transfer paper you use. To do this, click “flip”.
Once you finish uploading the 6 stamps, and arranging them on the sheet, be sure to click on the background, and delete it. This will remove the black lines so they don’t print.
To download the file to your computer, click “share”, then “download”, then “PDF Print”, then download. Print your stamper page out.
Repeat these steps (starting from making the iron on file the same size as the paper) as many times as needed.
For the iron on product I used, I cut the stamp iron on in a circle, then pressed according to the directions.
When you press after each segment of sewing, make sure that you cover the iron on with parchment paper, so it doesn’t stick to your iron. This is the only downfall to this method, but it still turns out beautifully!
Pay close attention to which file you download. There is one for Petal Signature Cotton, and another for Organic Cotton Sateen. I prefer the weight of the sateen, and find the print is nicer. I used the sateen in my testing.
Be sure to use these settings: Petal Signature Cotton: create a design that is 21″ x 18″ . Organic Cotton Sateen: 28″ x 18″.