Here's what I learned at a recent class: How to make your own rubber stamp.
The first step was to rub pencil all over the back of our black-and-white image. Then the instructor gave us a piece of white, soft rubber. We placed the pencil-side down on the stamp, and taped down the image. We then traced over the lines of our black-and-white image, which transferred the image to the rubber. Next, we used a tool to carefully carve the rubber away from our lines. When we thought we had carved out enough, we tested our stamps using an ink pad. We could easily see where we had to carve more.
When our hand-carved stamps were complete, we rolled a water-based block printing ink onto a piece of glass (which the instructor got from a Dollar Store picture frame--brilliant!) with a roller. Then we stamped our stamp into the ink and pressed it to the fabric (and held it for approximately five seconds). We repeated the stamping across our entire fabric.
I quickly realized that a piece of fabric stamped with bloodhounds is pretty much only good for one thing: a bandanna for my bloodhound.
On a side note: Sorry to be so dog-obsessed. I can only imagine what will happen when Matt and I add a non-furry child to our family.