Aged Faux Batik Paper Quilt

This is another project made with Artistic Outpost stamps.  This utilizes the amazingly beautiful "Serenity" stamp set.


To make the paper quilt I used a variation of faux batik and reverse embossing.  I randomly stamped images from the stamp set on Whisper White card stock with Pretty in Pink and Certainly Celery craft ink (pigment ink), and heat embossed the images with clear embossing powder.  Place a piece of newsprint (I used a piece of newspaper) on top of card stock, and press with an iron (no steam) until the embossing melts into the newsprint.  Make sure not to scorch the card stock.  When the embossing powder is suffieciently melted, the newsprint paper should easily peel off.

I then randomly stamped other images with various colors of ink (pink, purple, blue, etc.) on the card stock.  The areas where there was embossing will repel any other ink, so you can stamp other images right over them.

For the last step of the technique, using a piece of sponge, pounce Distress Ink (Tea Dye and Vintage Photo), gradually building up color until the entire piece is aged. 

I cut the 8 1/2 x 11" piece into 2" squares, mounted them on an 8 x 10" piece of Whisper White card stock, pierced faux stitching, used gold ink to draw the faux stitches, and outlined with purple and off-white May Arts ribbon (I mitered the corners). 

The fabric behind the paper quilt is the faux batik fabric I’m using to make curtains for my studio, and the paper quilt is another inspiration piece for my studio as well.  As soon as I find my hoard of vintage frames I’ve purchased at second-hand stores, I’ll frame it!

Again, thanks for looking!


  1. Wow this is so gorgeous.

  2. What a neat look. I’m looking forward to trying it! Thanks for sharing.

  3. great technique, gorgeous card

  4. Wow, gorgeous & looks like a lot of work!!!
    Marge SBS8

  5. this is fab, not done this in a long time. Must give it a go again sometime. Love your new banner too.

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