Embossing Velvet

I’ve been wanting to try embossing velvet for some time now and finally got around to it today. (Technically, the technique is actually debossing, but no one really calls it that.) I found a great detailed tutorial on Inklings and Imprints. I thought this would be a too-easy project, but I was wrong. Although I had gathered several different velvet fabrics to try as well as velvet ribbons, I found not all velvets react the same when pressed. For small, detailed stamps, I had the best results with vintage velvet ribbon. It took many tries to get good impressions worthy of crafting with, so unless you’re just lucky, be patient with this one.

Big tip: Do NOT use the newer clear stamps, yeah, you guessed it, they melt. Stick with actual pink rubber stamps. Use store-bought ones or have custom stamps made with your own signature, logo or design.

You can see some of the stamps I had made a while back: {LINK}. If having custom stamps made, request your stamps unmounted, (unless it’s mounted on a flat non-handled backplate) as the best technique is to lay the stamp face-up for pressing. Or you can peel your stamps off their mount and glue back on later.

I used my signature stamp and monogram seal design and one that reads VINTAGE.

I framed a few with vintage embellishments I had in my supplies and embossed a ribbon for hanging one of my old watch cases.

Embossing is not only a great technique for decorting velvet for sewing projects, but on a smaller scale, it could work great for scrapbooking, jewelry embellishments and collage. You can also create patterned ribbon for decorative trim or emboss with your logo or shop name to be sewn onto your products for branding.

Happy pressing!

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30 Responses to Embossing Velvet

  1. #1 - yyam says:

    Love this Cathe! I intend to go get myself some velvet ribbon to try this technique…it would look great on a card or scrapbooking page.

    Thanks for sharing and have a fabulous weekend!

  2. #2 - dollproject says:

    I have always wanted to try this. Thanks for the tips :].

  3. #3 - La Table De Nana says:

    Your Cathe Holden ribbon is sublime!

  4. #4 - Just Me says:

    This is wonderful. I am curious to know how you got the velvet in the frames so tightly? Did you mount it on cardboard? Any direction you can give would be greatly appreciated. Thanks

  5. #5 - Pattie Cordova says:

    love the black velvet!

  6. #6 - xashee's corner says:

    GREAT job on the velvet embossing! 🙂 Thank you for sharing too! Have a FANTASTIC holiday weekend! 🙂

  7. #7 - Andrew Thornton says:

    That’s a great technique! I’m going to have to try it out!

  8. #8 - Junie Moon says:

    What a beautiful project; I would love to try this. I appreciate your tips about the stamps and everything, that’s very helpful information. Thank you!

  9. #9 - Anonymous says:

    These are beautiful!

    –Vicki K.

  10. #10 - Mrs. Jones says:

    That is beautiful … I can’t wait to try it!


  11. #11 - locuasia says:

    You have a lovely blog! I will be back often to enjoy your posts 🙂
    Greetings from Mexico,

  12. #12 - thewillowsnest says:

    These are brilliant! I have tried this and IT IS NOT EASY!!!!
    I think I melted some velvet , burnt some velvet , the stamp moved….

    Hehe , yours are fab!!
    Maybe I should try again…

  13. #13 - Lynns Lovelies says:

    Oh my Cathe, this is so elegant!Love the look…have never tried anything like this. Just beautiful!!
    Thanks so much for sharing~~

  14. #14 - Out of the Blue says:

    Wow…those turned out beautiful!

  15. #15 - Helinä says:

    I love your blog and admire your talents!! I tooked some email and comment gadgets to my blog – thank you!

  16. #16 - Vivienne says:

    Good grief! Is there nothing you can’t do?!

  17. #17 - SweetPeaknits says:

    Wow, I’ve never even heard of embossing velvet. You learn something everyday. Thank you!!

  18. #18 - Andrea says:

    You are absoluetly AMAZING!!!!

  19. #19 - Caroline Alexander says:

    Very cool, you have given me new ideas.

  20. #20 - amybluestar says:

    That’s awesome – I’m wondering how I can incorporate the Mod Podge! 😀

  21. #21 - Lady Pamela says:

    Absolutely beautiful!

  22. #22 - Nerissa Alford says:

    Just beautiful! Thanks for sharing your wonderful ideas with us

  23. #23 - Desirai says:

    Was I so excited reading that post that I missed it?? How did you actually do it? I see there was heat involved since the clear stamp “melted” but what did you do?

  24. #24 - My Journey to Hope says:

    This is gorgeous!

    I was wondering if you had any photos of your studio space. The little sneak peeks I see just make me want to see more!

  25. #25 - Cathe Holden says:

    My Journey To Hope-

    To see my studio, click on the “VISIT MY STUDIO” button in the right column of my blog, I have a Flickr page set up with them. These were shot when I first moved in, I’ll have to post updated shots soon!

    Thanks so much for your interest.

  26. #26 - iva yaneva says:

    I LOVE your signature stamp! Did you make it yourself or you had it custom made? It is really lovely, I am looking for something like that to create some flat notes for myself.

    I haven’t heard you could actually make this with velvet, it really looks beautiful 🙂

  27. #27 - Astrid Mueller says:

    Intriguing, you just inspired me. Lovely job and great photo! Thanks so much for sharing, love it!

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  29. #28 - Pauline says:

    Well, you American ladies really put us Brits to shame with your crafts! This site is really inspirational, with some really original ideas. If this is in any way an example of what you all get up to, then hats off!

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