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Fabric Card Designs

Color palettes I choose are often inspired by my favorite fabrics. I took this idea to the next level, by incorporating fabric into these card designs. 

Add fabric to your cardmaking

This quick video shows how to add fabric to cardstock with a couple of different adhesives along with some tips on getting the fabric smooth and adhered well.

Let’s talk fabric. If you’re crafty, you may already have some fabric scraps laying around. I’ve been holding onto these scraps for about 8 years so I was happy to put them to good use. If you’re looking for color coordinating patterns, buying precut quilting fabric is an economical way to do it.

Fabric lines are sold in precut sizes such as charm packs (5′ squares), layer cakes (10″ squares), fat quarters (18×22″ pieces), etc. What’s great about these sets is that you get all the patterns and color ways of the fabric line in manageable sizes for smaller projects. Of course you could put all the pieces together and make a huge quilt too!

Fabric Die Cuts for handmade cards

The piece of fabric above is a 10″ square layer cake piece from Joel Dewberry’s Aviary 2 line. Below are all of the fabrics included in the layer cake I purchased. This is an older line of fabric, but it’s still available on the market.

Aviary 2 by Joel Dewberry

If you saw my Angelique Motifs card then you may have guessed the color palette from that card was inspired by this fabric. I used orange, teal, and purple. I find loads of inspiration from color, and fabric designers put together some sweet palettes!

Using Fabric with Altenew Gradient Stripes Cover Die

In the video, I demonstrate using double-sided adhesive such as Stick-It and spray adhesive to adhere fabric to cardstock.

Tips

  • Place the fabric on your mat and bring the cardstock to the fabric
  • Run a bone folder over the back of the cardstock (not the fabric) to set the adhesive
  • Run your die cuts through your die cutting machine twice and/or use a shim
Using Fabric with Altenew Gradient Stripes Cover Die

Cover dies are a great choice for fabric as you can create 2 cards with the negative and positive pieces.

Fabric Die Cuts with Altenew Dainty Bouquet

Flower dies that are easily recognizable are another good choice. Covering a full panel with a neutral fabric is great for a background panel or to create fabric covered frames.

Fabric Die Cut Frame

And of course coordinating your inks with the fabric is so fun! This Altenew Dainty Bouquet flower was stamped with Mountain Mist for the base layer, Lavender Fields and Midnight Violet for the flower layers and Olive and Moss for the leaf layers. I LOVE this combination!! It looks just like something you’d see on fabric!

Adding Fabric to your greeting cards

As always products are listed below. I hope you feel inspired to give this technique a try and I sure would love it if you subscribed to my blog and youtube channel. Thanks so much for joining me today! Be creative and Breathe · Ink · Inspire

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3 Comments

  1. Annette Reed says:

    I’ve never seen a video showing how to use fabric although I have seen posts mentioning in. These fabrics look great and made beautiful cards. The Dainty Bouquet is one of my favorite sets too.

  2. Mindy Drummond says:

    Oh wow, what a cool idea!! I had not thought of die cutting fabrics for cards, I
    am excited to try this. Your cards are gorgeous! Thank you for making
    the video as well and for the awesome inspiration. (mardy14@bellsouth.net)