Monday, September 30, 2013

Fabric Embossing Tutorial

Several weeks ago, Stephanie Severin posted this fabulous tutorial on her blog and we couldn't wait to share it with you!

From Stephanie's blog...

A few weeks ago during my Quilt Walk, I bought a package of lovely Moda Fabric Squares by Basic Grey.


When I read the instructions on my new Collall Tacky Glue, I saw that its uses included textiles, and the instructions said it would dry transparent & remain flexible, so I decided to give it a try.  I used my fingers to adhere a thin coating of the glue on a piece of thick watercolor paper and then adhered my fabric.  There was very little *bleed* through and it dried perfectly.

Since my fingers were already gluey, I tried a second piece for good measure.

For several days of thinking about what I wanted to do with my now dry and flexible fabric squares.  I decided to try a little stamping.  I started with the texty butterfly stamp from Birds & Butterflies and Teal Zeal Memento ink.
You can see at the top left, that my spacing was a little off (I pretty much eye-ball everything I do), so I added the bird from the same set to help fill in the space.
I'd like to say I had a plan at this point, but I really didn't.  I just like to try things as I go and let creativity take me wherever it wants.  The next step was to do something with my second fabric square ... I decided to see if it would emboss ... and turns out it embossed beautifully.
The embossing is a gorgeous 8" folder from Crafter's Companion called Regency Swirls ... only one problem, I don't have an 8" embossing machine.  So I did what any ingenious crafter would do, I Used my Tim Holtz Serrated Craft Scissers to trim one inch off each side, so it would fit through my 6" Cuttlebug opening ... and I still have the two beautiful swirls right down the middle.

Turns out my Teal Zeal ink didn't quite match my teal solid fabric, so I added a bit of the ink to the embossed texture.
The sponged ink worked great to coordinate my two pieces, but unfortunately, the ink kept rubbing off on my hands.  I went searching for a sealing spray, but instead decided to see how my new Gold Sray & Sparkle Glitter Varnish would work ... the answer, fabulously.
I held the sold piece closer to the spray bottle to get more solid glitter coverage (and better sealing).  I held the stamped piece a bit further away from the spray to get a lighter glittery effect.
After drying overnight I used strong double-sided tape to assemble my fabric panels.  I used a scrap of my stamped panel to stamp the Home sentiment in Rich Cocoa Memento Ink (trimmed from the Home Sweet Home sentiment from Jingle Bells).
I love how my inky fabric play turned into this wonderful finished project.
I will certainly be using my Collall Tacky Glue to play with more of my fabric stash.

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Janet Nelson said...

This is why we non-creative thinkers appreciate peeps like you. This is amazing and I will save this for a future try. Where did you purchase the gold spray?

SmilynStef said...

You can get the spray at Crafter's Companion:

Spray & Sparkle Glitter Varnish

May Carlin said...

luv it...thanks for shareing :-0 x

barbara macaskill said...

Oh Mother Goose! This is awesome!!! Going to have to give this a try! I have an idea forming in my head as I am typing this! I am going to have to remember to keep my pen and notebook close tonight so that when I wake up at 3 am with more ideas I can write them down! Thanks for starting my inspiration train! Can't wait to see if it is a Yay or Nay when it is all done! LOL