Fusible Webbing, also known as ‘Bond-o-Web’ or ‘Heat ‘n’ Bond’ is traditionally used to fuse 2 pieces of fabric together using an iron.
Stampers have utilised it for some time to create interesting artistic backgrounds using embossing powders.
For the benefit of those of you who have never tried Fusible webbing before I will explain how it can be used traditionally to create backgrounds, then further along share with you my recent experiments into using this wonderful crafting medium!
Traditional Fusible Webbing Backgrounds:
1. Take a sheet of fusible webbing, peel off the protective backing and place it on top of a sheet of card stock. Fusible webbing melts clear, so you can use it on any colour card stock, I like to use darker colours for a striking effect.
2. Pick up your heat gun and apply heat source UNDERNEATH the card, so that the webbing doesn’t blow off. Heat until the webbing melts on the card stock. You will notice the webbing blisters and bubbles in funny spidery like patterns. This is normal.
3. Quickly while the webbing is still hot, sprinkle on embossing powder in as many or as little colours as you wish. Tip: I tend to sprinkle on several metallic colours on together as they match and compliment one another, especially if you use dark card stock.
4. Tap off excess powder, the embossing powder will stick to the hot webbing. Now reapply heat source until all the powder has melted for a wonderful enamel like background.
Stippled Fusible Webbing Backgrounds:
It occurred to me that instead of using fusible webbing to emboss with to create patterns, that I could also apply PAINT to the fusible webbing!
You can see a card I created below all using Fusible Webbing:
To achieve this effect, I took a sheet of Fusible Webbing, and stippled on various colours of metallic acrylic paints, the paints I use are by Inscribe, but you can use any brand with the same success, for example plaid paints.
1. To start off with, I placed a good sized sheet of fusible webbing onto my work surface, at this point I left it still attached to the protective backing.
2. Next I squirted blobs of acrylic paint in various colours all over the surface. And used a stiff stipple brush to move the colour around and blend them together. Some areas looked a little bare, so I sprinkled on tiny amounts of pearl ex to give it a pearlescent sheen. Once I was happy with the over all look I set it aside to dry.
3. Normally when you heat fusible webbing it goes clear, so with that in mind I decided that the painted fusible webbing background would look better on black card. I opted for gloss for extra sheen. Peel off the protective backing and place the painted fusible webbing sheet onto card stock, painted side up. Using a heat gun, gently apply heat on the REVERSE of the card to allow the fusible webbing to melt and stick to the card. Set aside to cool.
Once cooled, I stamped celestial designs using ‘memories’ inkpad directly onto the surface, trimmed then mounted onto card to finish.
While playing around with this technique I discovered you can use it on Cds too!
Abstract Fusible Webbing Cards:
These two cards below where created in the same way described above by painting the fusible webbing. Once the paint had dried, I tore the fusible webbing into little strips and placed onto black gloss. Heat was again applied from underneath to prevent the strips from blowing away. Once the fusible webbing had melted and stuck on, I set aside to cool off. The little glitter dots you can see are created using stickers for nails art.
Faux Enameling with Fusible Webbing:
The cards below are similar to the torn strip cards I created above, with one exception, I applied heat using the heat gun from the TOP of the card, this made the pieces of fusible webbing move around and created textures. I then added metallic embossing powders to accent it, and interference utte, finally I edged the squares using a Krylon pen. See the samples below:
More cards can be seen below: