Sunday, August 26, 2007

Tutorial: Fabric Softener Technique

Between Splitcoast Stampers and subscribers to this blog, I was asked a lot of questions about the technique that I used in my last post. Since I was unaware of a tutorial in existence, I figured I'd make another card and take some photos along the way for my first "tutorial" on my blog. It's a pretty simple technique, but I figured a few pictures would help in the description.

Supplies you'll need:

A used Fabric Softener Sheet


A stamped image


Step 1: Trim the Fabric Softener sheet to be slightly larger than your stamped image (about a 1/4 inch on each side).

Step 2: Place image upside down on fabric softener and apply adhesive to the edges of the paper.

Step 3: Fold the fabric softener over the edges of the paper onto adhesive. Trim excess off corners so that they aren't too bulky.

Step 4: Apply lots of adhesive to the frame for your stamped image. Stay away from edges that will be visible. It's easier in this case to apply the adhesive to the frame than to apply the adhesive to the back side of the stamped image since the adhesive is hard to roll onto the fabric softener sheet.

Step 5: Attach stamped image to frame.

Then all you have to do is add your stamped image to your card. The fabric softener adds a soft, textured look to your project.

Here's a close-up of the focal point of the card, which makes it a little bit easier to see the fabric softener sheet texture. I hope this tutorial helps clarify how I made the projects in my last posting. Below you'll find some more details about this card.

Card Recipe:

Stamps: Looks Like Spring, Aida Cloth background, Short & Sweet (thank you)

Paper: White, Ruby Red, Groovy Guava, Chocolate Chip, Blush Blossom

Inks: Blush Blossom, Ruby Red, Chocolate Chip

Accessories: Flower and half pearl from Pretties kit, fabric softener sheet, Narrow white organdy ribbon, copper cord, corner rounder

Notes: The brown flower was created by sponging a white flower with chocolate chip ink. The stamped flower was created by inking the rubber in blush blossom and then applying Ruby Red ink to the outer portions of the petals (on the rubber) using a sponge before stamping on paper.


fran said...

This is so pretty - thanks for making a tutorial! Now I'll have to do some laundry so I can have a used fabric softner sheet!

Gerrie said...

Nice soft effect and so simple. Thanks for sharing

Rachel said...

Thanks for posting this! I always wondered how that was done. :)

beate said...

Beautiful card Gretchen! Thanks so much. I will post it on my blog soon.

I do this technique a bit different. I run the entire piece of stamped cardstock through my xyron machine. Next I add the used Dryer sheet and cut off the excess.
For added sparkle, I dump glitter over it and rub it in. Tab off access. The glitter will stick inbetween the bigger dryer sheet "pores". Very sparkly. Great for snowy winter scenes.