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Ikat is my new fave. In another life, I would own a wardrobe of ikat caftans and wear them around my estate. In real like, I make ikat cards with fabric…sort of like a caftan. But not really.

Making fabric front cards is uber-duber simple. I tried several techniques and finally settled on this one.  I tried using iron-on, double-sided fusible interfacing; it didn’t adhere well at all.  I tried brushing glue onto the card front, then adhering the fabric. Way too messy. I’m still peeling glue off my craft desk from that one. Finally I came up with this….

Fabric Front Cards in Stamped Ikat | Damask Love Blog

Fabric Stamped Ikat Cards Set | Damask Love Blog

{1} Medium-weight fabric cut slightly larger than an A2 card.

{2} Non-stick scissors

{3} A2 card bases in the same color as the fabric choice.

{4} 1″ Simple Adhesive

{5} Craft Glue (e.g. Aleen’s Tacky Glue)

{6} Clear & Simple Stamps Hybrid InkWhat-You-Do-Ikat-Cards

{1} Apply Simple Adhesive to the front of the card, keeping each strip snuggly next to the one placed before. This will create a solid layer of adhesive on the card front.

{2} Use the non-stick scissors to cut away the excess adhesive from the edges.

{3} Remove adhesive backing and place card front onto the fabric.

{4} Trim away the excess fabric from the card front then apply a thin strip of glue along each edge and smooth with your finger. This will secure the edges and prevent any frayed edges or unraveling of the fabric.

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{5} In the end, you’ll have blank fabric canvases on the front of your cards. You can stamp these with Hybrid Ink in any pattern you want.

TIP: Once you stamped on the fabric, gently wave a heat gun across your stamped pattern to set the ink. This will prevent smearing.

With my blank fabric card cavases, I decided to stamp some ikat patterns in bold tones. To get a more authentic-looking ikat, I find that swiping the stamp on the inkpad, adds some texture to the pattern that appears more ikat-y. That’s a word, ya know.

Stamping Authentic Looking Ikat | Damask Love Blog

Fabric Front Cards Set : Stamped Ikat |  Damask Love Blog

Fabric Front Cards Bag: Stamped Ikat |  Damask Love Blog

SUPPLIES:

Papertrey Ink Irresistibly Ikat | Papertrey Ink Mini Blooms | Papertrey Ink Vintage Cream Cardstock | Clear & Simple Stamp Creamsicle Cardigan Satin Ribbon | Medium-weight canvas fabric | Clear & Simple Stamps Hybrid Ink

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7 thoughts on “Fabric Front Cards: Stamping Authentic Ikat

  1. I don’t get how you made it so uniform. I guess I’ll have to check it out again, because I LOVE the look! Thanks. sharon dot gullikson at gmail dot com

  2. Beautiful cards! However you didn’t say how you made the stamps that made the ikat patterns? Or maybe I missed this? How did you make these?

    1. Hi Marta! The ikat stamps are available through Papertrey Ink. The stamp set is called “Irresistibly Ikat” – the link is in the supply list at the end of the post. Are you a stamper?

      1. Ahh, this makes more sense! Such a cool stamp set! I have done some in the past. I have made my own Christmas card stamps using linocut material and cutting tools! Thanks for the clarification!

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