Saturday, April 28, 2018

Saturday Showcase - Fabric Paper

It is Cec here and I am presenting the Saturday Showcase this week showing you how I make fabric paper.

I started with a piece of cotton canvas-like fabric and painted it with acrylic paint. For this piece I used a brayer to add Lemon Zest and Squeezed Orange Acrylic Paint (Dylusions) and I purposely left some white space.

Next I used some Jet Black Archival Ink (Ranger) to stamp some flowers from a set called Flower Garden (Tim Holtz).

Once the stamping was dry, I crumpled up some tissue, opened it back up and glued it over the fabric using Mod Podge. While it was still wet, I carefully patted it down so it was completely attached to the fabric. Do not pull on it while it is wet because the tissue will tear.  Once it was dry, I trimmed the tissue away.

Now that my fabric paper was ready, I decided to make a purse card with it so I trimmed it down to 5" wide x 12" long and then adhered it to a piece of yellow card stock. In the future, I would attach the card stock in sections and leave the area where the folds are free of card stock.

I wanted the flap of my purse to have a fancy edge so I traced a fancy edge on the card stock side using a template that I picked up at the dollar store and then fussy cut it.

Next I added a "strap" made from a string of pearl trim (my stash) and covered the area with a strip of the fabric paper.  If I had not put card stock in the crease area, the trim would have fit better, I think but it is still fun.  I added a pair of adhesive Velcro circles as a fastener.

Using some paper from Voyage Beneath the Sea (Graphic 45) and the Pinwheel Posies die (Tammy Tutterow) I cut several flower petals and layered them.
I also cut a strip of the same paper to add to the edge of the portion that folds up and used a lace edge punch to give it a fancy edge.

To finish my purse card, I inked all the edges with Rusty Hinge Distress Ink (Tim Holtz), added a strip of venise lace on the front of the flap, glued seed beads to the flower centre and then adhered it to the flap.

Here are a couple more examples of fabric paper that I made:

For this one, I used a brush and painted Melted Chocolate Acrylic Paint (Dylusions) on my canvas.

Because the brown is so dark, there is no stamping this time but after the tissue was dry, I ran it through a Pinwheel Embossing Folder (Tim Holtz) to give it a bit of a faux leather look although any embossing folder with a repetitive pattern would have worked. Tip:  If you don't crumple the tissue too tightly, there will be less texture from it and the embossing will be more pronounced.  A lighter brown paint would also look great but after it was embossed, I would go over the whole thing with some Distress Ink in Walnut Stain or Gathered Twigs Distress Ink for example to make that embossing pop.

For this one I used a sponge to add Mermaid Lagoon and Cracked Pistachio Distress Paint to the canvas.

Jet Black Archival Ink was used again to add some shell stamps before I added the tissue. I used some individual stamps from my stash but a border stamp would look great too and I have linked one below. You can use it along one edge or use parts of it randomly over the fabric paper piece.
Note:  If you want your stamping to be more vibrant, add it on top of the tissue but be aware that you will not be stamping on a smooth surface so bits of the stamp may disappear.  You can also use stencils to add pattern to your fabric paper - either under or over the tissue layer.

There you have fabric paper - fabric that is still flexible but has the feel of paper.  I have plans to use the brown and blue samples in future projects so even small pieces are useful in creating and I hope you will give this a try.


  1. Love, love, LOVE it Cec!!! I absolutely adore the floral purse and there are so many possibilities for using this fabric paper once you've made it... you have my mind racing!

  2. What a wonderful idea! I love that it remains flexible and there are endless possibilities for style just by using different stamps or stencils or even embossing. Thanks for sharing!

  3. Brilliant! Love the beautiful purse you created and all the cool techniques with the fabric paper!