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.

Great tutorial, Karen!
Kittie  |  Thu Apr 14, 2011 at 4:46 AM
Cool video Karen. I am new to the big shot and embossing and so far have only used solid cardstock! Wow, you have given me some great ideas! Thanks for sharing!
Norma Jean Rahn  |  Thu Apr 14, 2011 at 7:12 AM
I would love to know what embossing folder you used also! Great technique.
Yvonne  |  Thu Apr 14, 2011 at 1:11 PM
Embossing folder is square lattice from Stampin' Up! smile
Karen B Barber  |  Thu Apr 14, 2011 at 1:52 PM
juat aweeeeeeeeeeeeeesome but wthat they can do who dont have die cut machine and
Embossing folder?
Priyanka  |  Fri Apr 15, 2011 at 12:17 AM
Beautiful! I haven't really thought about the heat embossing tool, but I think I just changed my mind!
Melody  |  Fri Apr 15, 2011 at 4:02 PM
Wow, it felt like the old days when we were in your workshops! Beautiful job as always! Hope all is well.
Vicki Brooks  |  Fri Apr 15, 2011 at 8:56 PM
loved the faux fabric idea, can't wait to try my hand at it also, thanks.
kathy  |  Sat Apr 16, 2011 at 5:15 PM
I never thought of heat embossing before I ran the card through the Embossing folder - I'm going to try that! great technique
Lynn Koepke  |  Tue Apr 19, 2011 at 7:39 AM
Great tutorial - what a fabulous effect. Thanks so much!
Jocelyn aka JoBear2  |  Wed Apr 20, 2011 at 11:13 PM
I have a tip that I learned - sometime the paper tends to crack when using different embossing folders, and if you're using printed designer paper then the cracks show up white. If you mist the paper lightly before you put it in the embossing folder this prevents cracks from happening. Hope this tip helps some of you!
Mary Overson  |  Fri Apr 22, 2011 at 10:53 AM
I am sorry but I had my sound up and I still could hardly hear you.
Diana Laabs  |  Wed Sep 14, 2011 at 7:41 AM
Ahhhhhhhhh! I so enjoyed listening to your tutorial, Karen! I feel as though I just spent a few minutes in one of your classes! Thanks for this big smile on my face this morning!

Bev Gerard  |  Mon Sep 16, 2013 at 9:41 AM

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