Faux Fabric

by Karen Barber

Turn stamped cardstock into faux fabric by embossing it with an embossing folder.


  • Cardstock with stamped image
  • Big Shot™, or other die cut machine
  • Embossing folder
  • Distressing tool, or scissors


  1. Step 1

    If you are using scissors to distress your stamped cardstock, do this step first. Run the scissors along the sides of the stamped image as shown to give the edges a distressed appearance.

    If you are using a distressing tool go straight to step two.

  2. Step 2

    Place the stamped image in the embossing folder.

    Make sure you put the bumpy side of the embossing folder against the back side of the stamped image. This ensures that the fabric texture is raised on the stamped image's surface.

    For more information on how to create the look of the main image, check our Bleached out Image tutorial.

  3. Run the embossing folder with the cardstock through the Big Shot or other die cutting machine.

  4. Step 3

    If you are using a distressing tool, rough up the edges of the embossed cardstock.

  5. Step 4

    Roll the edges slightly for an even more distressed appearance.

  6. Step 5

    Finish the card.



  1. Add Vellum
    Adhere vellum to the top of the stamped image and run the whole thing through the Big Shot for a more frosted look.

Your Turn

You've seen the tutorial, now you try it! We've got a section of the gallery set aside for Faux Fabric. Try this technique, then upload your artwork to the gallery. Show us your creations!

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Questions and Comments

We'd love to get your feedback or questions. Leave your comment below.

Wonderful job on the tutorial, Karen! I want to try this RIGHT NOW ~ thanks so much smile
Emma F  |  Wed Apr 13, 2011 at 4:27 AM
Great job with the tutorial, Karen!! I'll be trying this later! It's so fun to hear your voice. Nice to " meet you".smile
Debzi333  |  Wed Apr 13, 2011 at 4:43 AM
I love the tutorials! Keep going.
lizette  |  Wed Apr 13, 2011 at 5:32 AM
Karen, Great tutorial. Good to hear your voice. Hope to see you at convention.
Dale Morin  |  Wed Apr 13, 2011 at 5:44 AM
Thanks Karen! I've never dried embossed over a stamped image before -- only to texture plain cardstock. I love the faux fabric look!
Leanne  |  Wed Apr 13, 2011 at 6:10 AM
I love this technique, but I never thought of the velum so thanks so much
Debbie Sheets  |  Wed Apr 13, 2011 at 6:29 AM
How did you get the white flowers on the colored cardstock?
Jan Smith  |  Wed Apr 13, 2011 at 6:40 AM
YAY!!!! Karen, it looks AMAZING!!! Enjoy your week!! You are going to have TOO much fun checking out the Faux Fabric gallery and reading all the comments!!~
jenna barber  |  Wed Apr 13, 2011 at 6:57 AM
The way I got white on blue background, in answer to question - is I used the brushed bleach technique where you emboss in black ink and then paint with bleach. smile It's so fun! I included it in my original wording but it got cut for lack of space~~ I think I say it in my tutorial though! smile Thanks for your comments everyone!
Karen B Barber  |  Wed Apr 13, 2011 at 7:02 AM
FABULOUS my friend... Love this.. Can you give a tutorial on that awesome bow too..hehe. Great job Karen.
Dawn Burnworth  |  Wed Apr 13, 2011 at 7:11 AM
Loved the tutorial and can't wait to try this new technique!
JoanneO  |  Wed Apr 13, 2011 at 7:54 AM
What embossing folder is that I love the fine texture of it!
Thanks for the info.
Donna Polley  |  Wed Apr 13, 2011 at 8:23 AM
Where did you find the flowers that you used for this card? Did you make them? If so I would love the directions! Thanks! Love your tutorial!
Rebecca Hoffman  |  Wed Apr 13, 2011 at 8:25 AM
Karen, thankyou for this tutorial. I have always wondered how to distress an image. You really are a great teacher.
Barbara Dwyer  |  Wed Apr 13, 2011 at 8:40 AM
Great Video - Super idea - Thank-you for sharing.
Linda Ann Brunton  |  Wed Apr 13, 2011 at 9:40 AM
Great job, Karen! You are always an inspiration to me. Thanks. Marjorie
Marjorie Demarest  |  Wed Apr 13, 2011 at 12:01 PM
How awesome is this!
I love this look I don't bleach due to the smell..
I loved putting a voice to the face and awesome creations..
Cindy  |  Wed Apr 13, 2011 at 12:04 PM
I too absolutely LOVE your bow!! Would love to know how you made it so full.
Lisa  |  Wed Apr 13, 2011 at 1:34 PM
That was such a beautiful card I can't wait to try my hand an make a couple using my own stamps. Thanks for the info.
Lois Byers  |  Wed Apr 13, 2011 at 2:57 PM
Really pretty, love this smile
Debbie  |  Wed Apr 13, 2011 at 8:23 PM

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