You may not know this, but my Big Fabric stamp was created from a photograph of a wonderful piece of vintage fabric with handmade lace along the edge. I wanted to find a way to add some added texture to the stamped image for a background, so I turned to embossing powder. I created a tag, but you could easily adapt the technique to a card design or small canvas.
Place the Big Fabric stamp face up on a craft sheet. Ink the stamp with a clear embossing ink.
Place your tag (or cardstock piece) face down onto the inked stamp. Run your hand over the back of the tag to help transfer the stamped image.
(Note- if you use cardstock, be sure to use a heavier cardstock that can withstand heat and ink sprays. I recommend a coated cardstock like Ranger’s Manila or Mixed Media Cardstock.)
The stamped image will be very faint on the light colored cardstock since the ink is clear. Don’t worry about the image being a perfect impression, the stamp design is very imperfect which makes it very forgiving of stampings “oopses”.
Sprinkle white embossing powder over the wet ink. Tap off the excess. For fine details, I recommend Ranger’s Super Fine Detail embossing powder.
Melt the embossing powder with a heat tool.
Mist the tag with Antique Linen Distress Spray Stain to create an aged tea dye-like background.
Allow the spray ink to set for a few moments. Blot the ink from the tag using a dry cloth.
Select a few places on the tag to add a few more puddles of spray ink. Allow the ink to set for several moments to soak in. This will create places with deeper color, just like you would see on vintage stained fabric.
Use an ink blending tool to apply Antique Linen Distress Ink randomly to the tag. This layer of ink will add another layer to the depth of color.
Use an ink blending tool to apply a darker brown Distress Ink (I used Gathered Twigs) around the outer edges of the tag. The darker ink will settle into the cracks in the embossing powder and really make the fine details jump out.
Use a baby wipe to blot over the dark ink to create water spots to the ink.
Buff over the embossing powder with a dry cloth to remove any ink from the surface of the embossing powder.
Wrap the tag with the ribbon, tying a bow along the left side toward the middle. (Need help with bows? I have a tutorial on my blog that will help! Find it here: Fluffy Bow Tutorial.)
Wrap the tag with the ribbon and tie in a bow. Need help tying bows? I have a tutorial that can help! Check it out here: Fluffy Bow Tutorial.
Create two flowers with stems using the Shabby Posies and Pom Pom Posies dies. (Want to learn how to make these flowers? Check out this tutorial: Pick Me Art Tag Tutorial.)
Slip the two flowers under the bow. Add a dollop of strong glue under the flowers and bow to help keep it all in place.
Die cut a frayed tab from cardstock. Brush the edges with a brown Distress Ink. Add a handwritten sentiment.
Fold the tab in half along the score line. Add a drop of glue to the inside to hold the tab closed. Adhere the tab to the tag, slipping it under the edge of the ribbon.
I absolutely love the way the background turned out! I think it really captures the look and texture of an old piece of vintage fabric. The embossing powder made it so easy to dimension to the fine details of the stamp
Stamps: SBS-045 Big Fabric
Machines: Platinum, Platinum 6, or Prizm.
Surfaces: Ranger Ink Manila #8 tag, Mixed Media Cardstock
Ink: Tim Holtz Distress Ink- Antique Linen, Gathered Twigs, Distress Embossing
Spray: Tim Holtz Distress Spray Stain- Antique Linen, Broken China
Embossing Powder: Ranger Ink Super Fine Detail- White
Ribbon: Tim Holtz Crinkle Ribbon
Flowers: crinoline, stamen, floral wire, floral tape
Tools: Ranger Ink Craft Sheet, Heat Tool, Ink Blending Tool, Distress Sprayer
Adhesive: Therm O Web Mixed Media Adhesive