Saturday, December 24, 2011

Super Saturday: Embossing on Fabric

Merry Christmas Eve!  Can you believe Christmas is tomorrow?  Hope you’re ready!!

Today’s Super Saturday Tutorial was inspired by experimentation, play and, well… a little desperation!  Although I have most of my posts planned for the forthcoming week, I didn’t have a planned Super Saturday Tutorial!  1.SuperSaturdayLighthouse_card_By_Sharon_Field

This is the card made with a piece of embossed denim… deciding to emboss the fabric was actually because of a creative opportunity… or a mistake, LOL.2.embossed_denim_Sample-On_Card

If you look closely at the photo above, you can view remnants of the filigree stamped with Lucky Limeade Classic Ink.  I thought since I had applied Whisper White Craft Ink to the denim, perhaps it would stand out more. 

There were two problems though… even though I had heat set the fabric with my embossing gun and allowed it to dry overnight, it apparently was still wet.  Some of the ink transferred to the fabric, but mostly the craft ink just transferred to the background stamp… oops!

So… stage 2, heat set the fabric using parchment paper and iron, then used Versamark ink and embossing powder instead… much better results!3.Uncharted_territory_lighthouse_Focal_image

Then embossed the lighthouse from Uncharted Territory as my focal image using more gold e.p…. and my card was done!  (Don’t look too closely at the photo… must have digitized it while editing, LOL.)

I decided the process was a bit too complicated, so opted to simplify, instead using a plain piece of denim.4.Filigree_Pewter_embossed_Denim_On_Createdbyu_Blogspot

The denim was stamped with the filigree background stamp using versamark ink and embossed using pewter stampin’ emboss powder from the Holiday Mini Catalog.  After inking the edges with a Versamark Pen, the fabric was embossed a second time with Pewter embossing powder too!

I did have a piece of Stampin’ Up! Holly Berry Bouquet Christmas fabric free which I received from Stampin’ Up!  I’m a quilter, and a total fabric snob… and prefer very tightly woven fine cotton fabrics and consider Stampin’ Up! fabric better suited for crafting than sewing.5.Stampin_Up_Fabric_WithoutEmbossing

So I’m going to walk you through clean and simple embossing on fabric to show you the variations which may be produced.

Super Saturday Tutorial:  Embossing on Fabric


  • Versamark Ink
  • Embossing Powder
  • Heat Tool
  • Background Stamps*
  • Iron and Ironing Board
  • Parchment Paper
  • Craft Ink**
  • Embossing Buddy***

* Used in today’s Super Saturday Tutorial: 

  • Filigree
  • En Francais

** If you don’t like the color of your fabric, apply craft ink, cover with parchment paper and iron to set.

***This item is not currently available through Stampin’ Up!

Step by Step Tutorial – Basic Embossing on Fabric:

    1. Iron fabric if it is creased or wrinkled, to flatten.
    2. Ink background stamp using Versmark Ink, stamp directly to fabric.
    3. Apply desired color of Embossing Powder, and set with heat tool.

This sample was stamped with the filigree background stamp, and embossed using gold stampin’ emboss powder.6.filigree_gold_Embossed_FaBRIC

I thought it was still a bit too plain and uneventful… so embossed a second piece with the En Francais background stamp, and embossed using gold Stampin’ Emboss Powder:7.EMBOSSED FABRIC EN FRANCAIS SAMPLE

Better… but what if?  So, I got a little crazy, LOL… and used both background stamps…8.DOUBLE_EMBOSSED_FABRIC_SAMPLE

A little too much maybe?

Next weekend’s posts will feature fabulous, fresh and fun sneak products and ideas from the Occasions Mini Catalog and a Blog Hop too! 

I hope you have a wonderful Christmas Eve and a Very Merry Christmas filled with Happy Memories!



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Dellis70 said...

Hi, Sharon! I've embossed on fabric, but not with stamps! Always used a glue pen and EP. It's difficult keeping the EP where I wanted it. How did you remove all the little fly away specks after brushing off the unwanted EP?

Lisa808 said...


Merry Christmas!

Sharon Field said...

Hi Donna... basically, I dusted the surface with an embossing buddy (corn starch and talc filled sack) first.. so nothing else stuck to the surface. HOWEVER, if you have a lot of fly away specs it means your embossing powder is very old.. needs to be tossed and replaced!