Senior DT Challenge: Fun With Fabric!

I've mentioned many times in the past how fascinating it is to me the way so many handcrafts and their individual supplies are now merging into one another.  One of which is fabric.  This pliable medium is SO fun and easy to incorporate into paper crafting, offering you so many new levels of exploration with the supplies you already have on hand.

The challenge this month was to stamp on fabric and then integrate it into a project. While I was experimenting with some different techniques, I accidentally left the cap off of one of my Copic markers and it had bled onto the fabric I was working with.  At first I was frustrated with what I had done to my work in progress, but then decided that I actually liked the look and would embrace the technique!

Marker stripes

The fabric I used was an old white bed sheet that I have been saving for ages, thinking I would one day have a good use for it!  If you don't have any old ones, you can get a new sheet at any big box store for a bout $5.  I used a ruler and various Copic markers (aqua mist, ocean tides & spring rain) to create a series of stripes.  I chose to use the broad tip, but either one would work depending on the final look you were going for.  One thing I LOVE about this technique is the color coordination.  Since I have Copics that coordinate with our colors, I am able to create stripes in dozens of different combinations that coordinate with our products too.  What's not to love about that!

Adhere to cardstock

I love how *artistic* the stripes look, almost like some kind of watercolor paint technique, only without the mess!  After I completed the stripes, I adhered a piece of white cardstock to the back of the fabric using Heat n' Bond.  If you don't feel like getting the iron out, you could also use wide pieces of Scor-tape.

Die cut

The cardstock provides some stability so that you are able to get a more defined cut and a bit of the embossed look when using Nestabilities.  Here I have used Labels 1.  You can run the fabric back and forth through your machine several times for a clean cut or just a few times for something it bit more rough, like I did here.  I used my fingernail to pull a few of the threads loose around the edges to help reinforce that.

Happy For You Card  

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Once the die-cut shape is integrated into a project, it really adds a little bit of zest that it would have been lacking without the pretty patterned fabric.  The aqua mist cardstock was embossed with a paisley embossing folder from ProvoCraft.  Spring Rain Twill was used as a border through the center of the card.  Polka Dot Basics & Fresh Snow ink were used on the lower portion of the card. 

Fabric closeup  

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Spring Rain buttons and embroidery floss with a few bitty cardstock leaves thrown in, make up the focal point created on top of the die-cut fabric.  The sentiment (from Vintage Picnic Sentiments) was stamped in True Black ink directly onto the fabric.  Overall, just a fun little card to brighten someones day!


I challenged the senior design team to take a new look at fabric in their stash and incorporate it into a fun project.  You won't believe some of the incredible things they have come up with!

To read more from Heather Nichols, CLICK HERE.


To read more from Lisa Johnson, CLICK HERE.


To read more from Michelle Wooderson, CLICK HERE.


To read more from Lauren Meader, CLICK HERE.


To read more from Becky Oehlers, CLICK HERE.


To read more from Wendy Sue Anderson, CLICK HERE.


Want more?  Here are a few other projects I personally have done in the past that execute some of the ideas surrounding today's challenge…


To read more about these rustic fabric flowers, CLICK HERE.

Fabric purse

To read more about how to construct this simple fabric purse, CLICK HERE.


To read more about stamping your own custom t-shirts, CLICK HERE.

I hope you enjoyed all of today's inspiration!  So what are you waiting for!  Go grab some fabric, experiment and have fun!  You never know what you'll come up with!  I'd love to see what you create!  Please feel free to leave a link in the comments section!


Stamps: Polka Dot Basics, Vintage Picnic Sentiments
Ink: fresh snow, true black
Paper: aqua mist, spring moss, classic kraft, stamper's select white
Other: spring rain vintage buttons, spring rain twill, scalloped scissors (Fiskars), DMC embroidery floss, Labels 1 Nestabilities.
Finished Size: 4.25" x 5.5"

Nichole Heady

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Join the discussion 23 Comments

  • 1
    Debbie Olson says:

    Fresh and fabulous, as always, Nichole!

  • 2
    Geny says:

    Love love love it Nichole!!! Such a pretty result from a simple idea, can’t wait to try it out!

  • 3
    Brooke says:

    Looks great, very fresh. I used this technique only last week for my son’s first birthday card. I stamped onto felt and was SO happy it worked! I only have ONE copic marker so I used that to write on the inside of the card as the entire card was felt.

  • 4
    Ann says:

    Brilliant post as usual Nichole – you and the team are so talented! I want to try it all…

  • 5
    Jane says:

    What eye candy! Just love the texture fabric adds! Beautiful!

  • 6
    CrazyCurl says:

    Beautiful projects! I linked over to Becky Oehlers blog from one of the others… it seems like she was inadvertently left off your list.

  • 7
    Heidi S says:

    Such a cute card! I love what the fabric adds to it! All the dt projects are fabulous also.

  • 8
    Kathleen says:

    Nichole—I LOVE, this. I had just told myself this morning it was time to use that template you gave us! I am doing something with fabric today! LOVE the inspiration!! Thanks so much~

  • 9

    Love the color combo on your project today Nicole. You are so good with color! This is something I struggle with.

    The stitching and button flowers are awesome!
    Thanks for coming up with all these great, unique ideas. You have the BEST IDEA gallery!

  • 10
    Norine says:

    love the colors design stitching well everything and thanks for the links

  • 11
    Julia Aston says:

    Thanks for all the great projects using fabric – a fun way to add another dimension to our stamped projects!

  • 12
    Helen F. says:

    Hey Nicole, Welcome back! Hope you and David had a wonderful Ten Year Anniversary Honeymoon!!!
    These fabric projects are wonderful ~ I need to get back into it. I used to make Baby Congrats and/or Baby Shower cards out of all the cute patterned fabrics years ago. Thanks to you and the DT for the beautiful reminders of how to incorporate fabrics in all-occasion cards again :o)

  • 13
    Amy says:

    Seriously…your killing me here. That is the CUTEST idea I love love love it! Of course I JUST moved and sent a bunch of sheets to the good will…

  • 14
    Niki Estes says:

    Absolutely adorable, Nichole!! I love your card!

  • 15
    Karla K. says:

    I have been a huge fam for long time! Adorable card! Thank you for the inspiration!

  • 16
    Julie E says:

    Wonderful creations as always. Ironically, I picked up Heat n Bond a couple weeks ago to incorporate some of my fabric stash into cards (I am a former quilter and my fabric is just sitting in storage right now). Hopefully this will inspire me to pull it all out.

  • 17
    Efrat K says:

    What an inspiring post! Thank you so much! I think I am going to try to do something like that *today*! 🙂

  • 18
    Leslie V. says:

    You and your staff are AMAZING!! I have a question will you ever have a pack of cardstock with all the colors you offer? It would be cool if there were 2 sheets of each color and this can be some type of mega pack. I saw your flip book and thought it was GREAT!
    Keep up the good work!

  • 19

    OMGoodness Nichole….that is absolutely adorable! Great job.

  • 20
    Paula says:

    Brilliant ideas as always.Thanks

  • 21

    Amazing! And it couldn’t be more on time! I have been yearning to incorporate fabric into my paper crafts, and the idea to use cotton that has been custom colored w/copics is just PERFECT! Thanks!

  • 22

    Love the combo of color on your project today Nicole. You are so good with color! It is something I struggle with that. I used this technique only the week the first birthday of my son card last.

  • 23

    This blog is very nice. I Love the color combo on your project today Nicole. You are so good with color! This is something I struggle with.

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