When I shared my favorite new items from CHA this past January, the DCWV Adhesive Fabric Stack was hands-down one of the products that I was most excited about. It’s time to dig in and see how it works!
Now, this product is still so new that DCWV doesn’t have very much on it’s site yet about it. As it states:
Try these with your personal die-cutting machines or paper-crafting machines to cut out intricate shapes. Our fabric paper is so easy to use with adhesive on the back, all you need to do is cut, peel, and stick! Stack comes with 12 sheets; 2 of each print.
The only two versions that are on the site thus far are pink and blue, but I’m betting that there’s much more to come! The stack that I received to review had purely only white and cream to work with, so that’s what I’m working with today.
I tried to get the best up-close shot that I could of the texture of the paper. It’s very similar to linen.
The first thing that I attempted to do was trim the adhesive fabric paper with my large paper cutter. You can probably tell from the picture below that that just didn’t work out for me. It cut the first 4-ish inches and then creased the paper the rest of the way. It was much easier to use my good pair of fabric scissors to cut the desired size.
My experience with the large paper cutter piqued my interest and led me to check which other forms of scissors would work. Decorative scissors were definitely not created to cut this fabric paper, but the standard scissors worked great. The most intricate pattern of the decorative scissors didn’t cut any part of the paper.
I was impressed with how well the fabric paper cut with my Silhouette SD. I set my blade to a 4 and was able to get a nice clean cut with the two basic shapes. The star burst shape did fairly well also, but you can see that it ended up with a smidge of fraying around some of the points.
Because this is fabric, I was immediately curious to know how well this works on actual fabric. I used my sewing machine to run a simple stitch around the outside edge of the banner piece, used a low temp iron to iron-on the heart, and simply stuck the star burst to the fabric. I placed the fabric in my washer on the delicate cycle and waited for the results!
Notice that the star burst is nowhere in the after picture? It wasn’t anywhere on the fabric when I retrieved the test strip from the washer. The heart was hanging on for dear life so the ironing helped keep it in place a little. The sewn-on piece was still in place, but had a super wrinkly texture to it.
Moral of this story? The adhesive fabric is meant for paper crafting, not any washable crafts.
The final set of tests I ran on the paper was to check it’s ability to be stamped and written on.
My stamp pad obviously needs to be re-inked, but the paper was a great match to stamped images. I made sure to use a pigment ink to prevent any bleeding of the images.
My favorite, Sharpie Pens, wrote well on the paper but needed to be traced over a few times to get a nice dark line. Standard Sharpies showed some bleeding.
Here are my overall impressions of the DCWV Adhesive Fabric Stack.
- perfect for paper crafting
- cuts nicely with standard scissors
- cuts nicely with die-cut machines
- accepts stamped images well
- minimal bleeding with pens and markers
- not meant for any washable crafts
- does not cut well with large paper cutters or decorative scissors
- can fray
So what do you think? Do you think this is a product you’ll use in the future? I’m loving it and can’t wait to incorporate it into my scrap booking and Project Life layouts!
Disclosure: Product provided for review, but opinions are my own and based on firsthand experience with the product.
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