Faux Batik Technique How-to

Faux Batik Stamping

Oh, my…we are going to have FUN!  For those of you who have never played with Faux Batik before, you are going to love the technique I’m sharing with you today.  It’s been around for a long time, it is simple to do, and adds a ton of visual interest to any stamped project. 

What is Faux Batik?

Batik, as defined by Mr. Webster is ” a fabric printed by an Indonesian method of hand-printing textiles by coating with wax the parts not to be dyed; also : the method itself.”  That’s as clear as mud, isn’t it?  But a picture is worth a thousand words: 017 (2) Want to learn how?  Read on!

Faux Batik Technique

Begin with a stamped image.  For this project, I used Stampin’ Up’s Sweet Floral Background Stamp.  I used my Distress Markers to color directly onto the stamp. You can use whatever color palette you like, but I chose Dusty Concord, Stormy Sky, Broken China, and Shabby Shutters.  Once the stamp was fully inked, I lightly “huffed” over the ink to re-moisten and stamped onto a sheet of vintage dictionary paper.  I immediately covered the inked page with clear embossing powder and used my heat gun to emboss the image.  Then, I used Distress Markers to add some contrasting colors to the centers of the flowers and the leaves.

Oh, the IRON-y!

Sorry…I love puns.  For this part of the technique, you will need an old iron.  You can use your good iron if you want to, but bear in mind that there is a chance of ruining the iron.  Of course, if you hate to iron, and are looking for a good excuse to quit ironing, by all means, use your good iron.  I found an iron for $2 at a yard sale, and I use it for my messy, crafty, ironing needs.  You will also need clean newsprint, or brown paper (like lunch sack weight, or the kind used for packaging. ) I , of course, have about a mile of brown paper saved in the Closet of Shame, so this is what I used.

  I set an old towel on a countertop, heat the iron to high and lay my stamped/embossed image between two pieces of brown paper.  I then iron over the top sheet of brown paper.  This will melt the embossing powder, and the brown paper will absorb it.  You may have to move to a fresh section of paper as you repeat this step until all embossing powder has been remelted and absorbed.  You will want to remove the brown paper quickly and carefully.  If the embossing powder cools, it will stick to your image! If it sticks, just reheat with the iron. It should look like this: 016 (2)

This is one of those techniques that is addictive!  It also looks more impressive in real life, but I encourage you to give it a whirl.  It’s a ton of fun, and gives you a lot of bang for your buck, so to speak.  Here are some more images of the card I made using this technique: 015 (2) 021 (2) 020 (2) 019 (2) 018 (2)

Coming soon: Emboss Resist Technique

Join me tomorrow for another great embossing technique.  If today’s post didn’t send you running out the door for a fresh supply of embossing powder, then tomorrow’s post featuring an “emboss-resist” will for sure!  In the meantime, I’m happy to answer any questions you might have about the faux-batik technique I’ve shared with you today.  As always, I thank you for taking the time to read my little blog.  I greatly appreciate your comments and thoughts, and will do my best to reply to every comment you leave for me.  Until tomorrow,








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9 thoughts on “Faux Batik Technique How-to

  1. Anita Houston

    I love faux batik! It’s one of my favorite techniques, and I am always happy with my pieces! Yours is no exception…FABULOUS! Love the flowers on the newsprint background! Worthy of the wall for sure for all to see and love! Gorgeous!

  2. Carrie

    Oh this is beautiful! I am so excited to get started on so many things – thank you for the inspiration!

  3. Marlene (cards4u)

    WOW this is absolutely beautiful!!! Love your stitching – I was wondering how you did this? I too was wondering about your sentiment and the phrase on the front of your card : )
    Have A Great Day!!

  4. Tanya

    I may have missed this part but how did you manage to get the saying onto the page? Did you hand write that or is that printed from the printer, then worked over by your magic? You may have explained that earlier and did not understand the card talk. I really like this card….very much. What an incredible gift for a friend.

    1. kathycNC Post author

      No, Tanya, you didn’t miss anything. I don’t always put all the details into a blog post because I don’t want folks to get bored! I’m so glad you asked the question! The sentiment “bloom” is from a stamp sold by Red Lead Studios. Here’s the link: http://www.redleadpaperworks.com/servlet/the-4690/rubber-stamp-stores%2C-st./Detail. It is called “Small Talk” and has lots of little words on it. I stamped it using Ranger Archival Ink in Jet Black, and then embossed with clear embossing powder. (You need a heat gun to emboss with. Use a coupon and you can pick one up at the big box craft stores for about $12. It’s a worthy purchase…you will use it all the time!) I cut the phrase out from the stamp, cut the little flag end on it and glued it onto an old scrap tag I had in my junk box. That’s it! You could print it out on the computer, as you suggested, but then you couldn’t get that nice raised letter effect the embossing give you. Hope that answers your question, and feel free to ask if you have any others! I’m happy to help!

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