Better Backgrounds: Melting Synthetic Fibers

By  Lynn Roberts 

  • Melting Synthetic Fibers


  • Cold Press Watercolor Paper, 140 lb. (Strathmore)
  • Cardstock: silver; black; white; bright navy
  • Synthetic fibers and/or yarns


  • Christmas Light stamp (Penny Black Inc.)
  • Adirondack Pitch Black pigment ink pad (Ranger)
  • Black Sparkle embossing powder (Ranger)
  • Claudine Hellmuth Studio Paints (Ranger): Dash of Red; Sky Blue; Smidge of Blue
  • Inkssentials tools (Ranger): Heatit Craft Tool; two Non-Stick Craft Sheets; Glossy Accents
  • Sea sponge
  • Iron
  • 1. Cut black or blue cardstock to 6-1/4"x9"; score and fold in half. Cut 3-1/2"x5-1/4" watercolor paper piece and 3-3/4"x5-1/2" silver or white mat.
  • 2. Sponge paints onto watercolor paper as desired to create background; dry with heat tool.
  • 3. Scatter fibers and/or yarns over painted paper. Sandwich paper and fibers between two non-stick craft sheets; iron at maximum setting. Let craft sheet cool before lifting it.
  • 4. Use fingertip to smooth tiny amount of Glossy Accents over any fibers that do not adhere completely to paper.
  • 5. For blue card, stamp Pitch Black image over paper; heat emboss with Black Sparkle powder.
  • 6. Adhere card layers as shown.