Tuesday, December 11, 2012

Tutorial Tuesday: Faux Fabric Technique

Using fabric on cards and other paper crafting projects adds texture as well as interest to the project.  I want to show you how to make faux fabric with paper.  This technique can be used with a stamped image that will be the focal point of the project or with patterned cardstock that will be the background of the project.  Let’s look at it both ways.

First, gather your supplies.  You will need:

  • ·        Stamped and colored images
  • ·        Patterned cardstock/paper
  • ·        Dry embossing folders
  • ·        Big Shot or other die cut machine
  • ·        Edge Distresser or scissors
  • ·        Embellishments and cardstock for the finished product                       


I chose a new RRD stamp release called Sunshine for my project.  After stamping and coloring it, I placed it in a Spellbinders M-Bossabilities folder and ran it through the Big Shot to emboss it.

The next step is to rough up the edges of the embossed, stamped image with an Edge Distresser or the edge of a pair of scissors. 

It doesn’t matter if the edge tears slightly or rolls forward.  This gives it more of a look of fabric.  When you finish, it should have a faux fabric look – as if the image were on fabric.

 Now the card or crafting project can be completed as desired.

 Here is my completed card.

Supplied used:
Stamps – Sunshine, Label Lingo, Cha Cha Patterned Cardstock, Memento Tuxedo Black ink pad, ribbon, pearl, Copic Markers (YG91, YG93, YG93, YG95, YG97, YR21, YR23, YR24, Y38, E13, E15, E19, E07,BV00)

Now let’s look at a card with the background patterned cardstock/paper made into faux fabric.


I have used a piece of paper from the Tuscany Spice Paper Stack.  I embossed it twice – once using a Cuttlebug Swiss Dots embossing folder, and then through the same Spellbinders M-Bossabilities folder used above.

Rough up the edges with an Edge Distgresser or scissors, as before.  Don’t you think it has a fabric look to it?

 Finish the project.  I made a card using the faux fabric piece as the background and another stamped and colored image from Sunshine.

 Supplies Used:.
 Stamps – Sunshine, Tuscany Spice Paper Stack, Cha Cha Patterned cardstock, Memento Tuxedo Black ink pad, Copic Markers (YG91, YG93, YG93, YG95, YG97, YR21, YR23, YR24, Y38, E13, E15, E19, E07,BV00), Scrappers Spool (Tawny).

This project was made by Paula-Kay Bourland for Red Rubber Designs

Thank you for looking at this tutorial.  You may download a FREE PDF of the tutorial at the Red Rubber Designs store.  Come again for Tutorial Tuesday.

1 comment:

  1. So beautiful, and it really does look like seersucker fabric! Awesome technique and fab coloration!


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