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Written and Created by PaperCraftCentral Susan
Try out the faux velvet technique the next time you want to make a soft element for a hand made card, scrapbook page or other papercraft project.
I saw this technique described in the Australian Cardmaking, Stamping and Papercraft magazine and just had to try it out. Thanks to Jane Clark for the inspiration ☺
Scroll down to see the instructions below.
It is a little hard to tell what the faux velvet looks like in the image posted above showing the whole card, but I have given you a detailed picture below.
It really is a very pretty and subtle stamping method with the added appearance of soft texture. It's really an optical illusion! The technique is done with stamping only, and it LOOKS like a three dimensional technique due to white shadow stamping. I just love it when we can use our stampin' supplies to create something that mimics another material.
I love that it adds a visual element to our crafting that makes a person want to touch it and see if it is real fabric or paper.
Let's walk through it step by step. This step is where you will take the cardstock layer you want to use as a background on your card.
You will have traces of the white inked images showing through your solid fill images, just as though the image had been stitched like velvet sometimes is.
I think this technique makes your decorated layer very soft and pretty!
The closeup image shows how the background comes through the solid fill images and how much like fabric the paper now seems.
One of my card class ladies even said she thought the background WAS made of fabric when she saw my card for the first time.She was keen to try this technique out! So we did.
To add to the softness, I used a pretty Needlepoint Border embossing folder (retired) for the unstamped edge of my white background layer and added a piece of velvet ribbon, along with a faux suede flower. The flower has a flower brad in its middle, topped with a Pearl Basic Jewel.I just thought the velvet ribbon added to the idea that I had used velvet as a background layer.
I chose some of the Cream Confetti cardstock (retired) for both the flower and for the card base.In fact you may find Very Vanilla cardstock is a great alternative to Basic White cardstock for this card. It would give your card a more antique feel.
Another idea is that you could make some flowers using this technique then punch them out or die cut them, or try the tearing technique to finish your images off.
Faux velvet elements would look so sweet on a scrapbook page or as decorations for a gift box, don't you think?
I hope you do try the faux velvet technique sometime and show me the result! All you need do is to add your project photo and a few comments to the form below:
Do you make greeting cards? Please do share it with me.