💗Stamped and Distressed Velvet Technique💗
💗Stamped and Distressed Velvet Technique💗

Hi! It’s Heather from Thicketworks, and
today I’m going to show you just how easy it is to create stamped and
distressed velvet! For this technique you’ll need a hard smooth, heat –
impervious surface like a thick pane of glass: and of course velvet! Make sure
that you use actual rubber stamps – not the clear polymer stamps: they won’t
withstand the kind of heat required for this method. I’m using a household iron
set on the “Rayon” setting, because that’s the main ingredient of the velvet that
I’m using. BNe sure to test the heat tolerance of your velvet before
continuing with this method. The thick pane of glass is holding the stamps
securely because they’re cling back stamps, meant to be used with an acrylic
block…and I’m lifting and replacing the iron without moving it from side to side,
so that I can press down from several different angles. Pressing straight down
onto the back of the velvet, and then applying firm steady pressure onto the
iron (and repeating this process again and again) until the nap of the velvet
has been forced into the contours of the rubber stamps is what will result in a
beautiful finished product. Make sure not to move the iron back and forth in a
typical ironing motion. Just place pressure straight down.
This will result in the nap of the velvet being forced into a single
direction and it will create this beautiful reflective quality when you
turn the velvet over and check it against the angle of the light. I’ll be
using my piece of stamped velvet to cover this typical wooden plaque that
you can get at any craft store. I’ll be gluing the fabric directly to the wooden
plaque and then adding embellishments on top. To glue the fabric onto the main
flat surfaces and the contoured edges I’m reaching for regular Aleene’s Tacky
Glue and then spreading it all over the surfaces with a dampened brush…trying to
keep as even a coat as possible. Once the Tacky Glue is in place, it’s time to
carefully position the velvet over the plaque and then press it firmly against
the glued surface. I begin by just using finger and hand pressure to firmly press
the velvet into the glue. Using the correct amount of glue is key
for success here: too much, and it will begin to seep through the velvet ruining
that soft beautiful feel. Too little, and the fabric won’t adhere properly…so
there’s a happy medium there that experience teaches you, but that’s very
difficult to explain. It’s important to take your time with this step, and make
sure that you’re using lots of pressure to force the fabric into the contours
along the edge of the plaque. Here I’m just using all the parts of my hands and
fingers to make certain that the fabric is pressed tightly into those contours. I
like to use a Bondo spreader for this process, because it has a flexible, smooth,
rounded contour and it makes it possible for me to press very firmly against the
contours of the edge molding here without marring the surface of the
velvet. Once the upper portion of the plaque has been completely covered with
the fabric, it’s time to turn it over and adhere the loose flaps to the back of
the plaque. The first step in this process is to trim away most of the
excess fabric – there’s far too much here and it would create a huge bulky ugly
result. So, I’m trimming it about 3/4 of an inch away from the edges of the
plaque. For this portion of the process I’m using Beacon’s 3 in 1 Glue. Now, you
could use E6000 or FabriTack: both will provide the kind of instant “grab” that
you need in order to have success here. Continuing with Aleene’s would be
possible, but it doesn’t grab the fabric as quickly, and so you’d have more
difficulty pulling everything tightly and getting it to adhere.
It takes a little more trimming and some finesse to get the corners to lie flat,
but once they have, it’s time to begin the distressing process. For this, I’m
using an ordinary emery board, and I’m concentrating my sanding efforts along
the edges of the contoured molded sides of the plaque. This creates a beautifully
aged and distressed the feel. For the next stage of this project, I’m reaching
for pre-made Dresden trims. Now, if you haven’t worked with Dresden before –
you’re in for a treat! This particular Dresden trim was created by a company
that’s been in this business since 1872! Here, I’m snipping apart all of the
components of this particular Dresden set that I’ve purchased. There’ll be a
link in the description if you would like to grab one too – and I wouldn’t
blame you! Once you’ve chosen the components of the Dresden trim that
you’d like to work, with it’s time to start playing with design. Here, I’m just
testing out whether or not I like these pieces at the top and the bottom of the
plaque, and I do… so now it’s time to start thinking about how to adhere them
properly. For this task, I’ll be turning to a Zig 2-way Glue Pen.
I love the fine tip on this glue pen: it allows me to make certain that I’m
getting the adhesive everywhere I want it to and nowhere I don’t! And the second
quality that makes this an ideal choice is that we can allow the adhesive to dry
on the back of each of these components and then press it firmly into place onto
the surface of the velvet without risking any glue squish out! This
beautiful crown motif is not actually Dresden –
it’s made from Do-it-yourself Metallic Cardstock (there’ll be a link in the
description). Once the glue has dried on the back of
The Dresden and the Do-it-yourself Metallic Cardstock trims, we can press
them firmly onto the face of the velvet. It feels a little awkward at first
because the pile of the velvet must be pressed flat and it tends to sort of
wiggle around as you initially place that pressure, but once you’ve applied
the pressure the bond is permanent. Although the gold tones in the Do It
Yourself Metallic Cardstock and the Dresden are different, they’re very
harmonious. Here, I’m placing trims (again made of Do-it-yourself Metallic
Cardstock) along each of the edges and using a scrap piece of cardstock to
press down over the top to ensure that firm bond. I love the fact that we can
intermingle classic Dresden trims and our own homemade embellishments for a
beautiful one-of-a-kind result! Now that the metallic trims are in place, it’s
time to allow this to set up for a few minutes before we come back and
embellish it even further! The final phase of embellishing on this project
involves using Triple Thick and multicolored rhinestones. I use Triple
Thick as both the adhesive and also as a sealer for the rhinestones. I like to
pick it up with the tip of a fine-tipped brush, as you see here, and also use it to
pick up each of the rhinestones and then place them on the areas that have had a
triple thick applied. Once the rhinestones are in place,
I grab further dollops of Triple Thick and place them right over the top of
each of the rhinestones: this will ensure a tight, life-long protected bond for
each of those gems – and it won’t obscure the sparkle in any
way whatsoever! And that’s all there is to this technique! It’s very simple, but
it results in such a luxurious finish to the velvet…
Can you imagine creating altered book covers with this technique? Not to
mention the possibilities for Mixed-Media!
I love working with velvet – especially when it’s been stamped and distressed!
Thank you so much for hanging out with me today! Until next time… Bye!

20 thoughts on “💗Stamped and Distressed Velvet Technique💗”

  1. vickie west says:

    Oooo Heather, that’s gorgeous! Another one I’m gonna have to try! Thank you so much for sharing 😁

  2. Anastasia's Hole in the Holler Creations says:


  3. Kimberly Siddons says:

    This is so awesome! My parents do upholstery and they have so much old antique velvet laying around. Reckon I’m gonna give this a try. Do you think crushed velvet would work? Probably not since it’s already crushed. They have some beautiful black crushed but I have never thought of using it in my projects…….until Heather! 🙂

  4. María José Soriano says:

    This is wonderful proyect, so beautiful thank you very much for sharing 💕💖💕💖🤗❤️💗💜😊💡😊💡😊💞😍💋👌😉

  5. maplestoryftw12 says:

    I love, love velvet. Yesterday I was talking to a friend about how much I love the feel of velvet and how I made a dress in royal blue velvet…back in the day! Your work is amazing. Definitely going to try this out! TFS!

  6. Laurie Larson says:

    Another awesome tutorial miss Heather! Thanx so much for showing us so many wonderful ways to create beauty darl'in.
    Btw, I tried that caulk I asked you about and it works great!

  7. Sylvia Costello says:

    Thank you for sharing this technique is fabulous xxx

  8. Rosemary Maris Art says:

    Thanks for the links to The Dresden trim, got a whole heap of it, will have to search for the gold foil in cooking shops here in Australia as the exchange rate make it hugely expensive. Did not even know you could get gold foil, so thanks for the tip. Do you have the link for the crown die would love that too. Thanks for another great project.

  9. Kathy van Gogh says:

    That is totally cool!

  10. blonde lebanese says:

    Absolutely luscious!! Love it!💜🖤🧡

  11. Roz Willoughby says:

    OMG…so gorgeous Heather…must give this a go😊 Yes it would be awesome for journal covers…many thanks 💜💜💜

  12. ThePickyPainter says:

    Your work.is stunning. Your voice is mesmeriIng…lol You make these impossibly intricate pieces look so easy !! Thank you so much !!!

  13. Stefanie Pettis &The Rolling Studio says:

    Wow!!! Really?? Your killing me Smalls!!😎😎😎 🔫🔧🏹🗡🛠⛏🔫
    With AMAZING!! I mean… around the world and back!!
    You dear lady are freakishly taltented!! I can't wait to go through some of your courses!!! 💜💜💜💜💜

  14. Alshaimaa Alshafeay says:


  15. SUZAN GRACIA says:

    I love your work Thank you

  16. Moon Gaia says:


  17. HFS' The Artist's Haven says:

    I love all your videos, Heather! They open up worlds for me in my creativity! One question on this one though… do you think this embossing would hold up on a pillow or other upholstery type uses? I would love to do this on a pillow or on the cushion of a chair…

  18. MixedUpMargie says:

    Beautiful piece 💜💜 i got some velvet in that color too, still need that beautiful gold trimming.

  19. Debbie Deanne says:

    LOVE the purple velvet. Fabulous piece!

  20. Zena Morgan says:

    I love velvet too

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