Practical Scrappers Feature – 10 Things to do with Vellum

If you received my newsletter the other day, I hinted that I’d have a project featured on the Practical Scrappers Blog today. I’d love for you to go on over there and check out all the gorgeous cards and layouts my fellow Designer Team members have created. Really truly amazing things can be done with humble vellum!

Here’s what I made.

A quick confession before I talk about the Stained Glass Technique … the large butterfly stamp and the sentiment are NOT Stampin’ Up! stamps. I looked for an image I could use with this technique but didn’t have anything large enough so I had to dig into my other stash. The butterfly is from an older Martha Stewart (I think) set and the sentiment is Studio AE by Technique Tuesday.
Okay, now that that’s out of the way, how do you get this look? It’s ridiculously easy (the colouring on the other hand … let’s just say I’m colouring challenged and leave it at that!) First find an image with lot’s of white space. Ink it up with Versamark and stamp it onto your vellum. Choose your colour of embossing powder (I chose black to mimic natures own colouring) and heat emboss it. Depending on the quality of your vellum, you may have to be careful at this stage. Stampin’ Up! Vellum Paper is really good and did not warp or burn. If your vellum is thinner you may want to use a Staz-On ink instead of embossing it.
Once your embossed image has cooled, flip it over and colour away. To get a more natural gradation in my colours I used the Blender Pen after using my Stampin’ Write markers. The Blender Pen is great! Not only can you blend the colours together so you don’t get harsh lines, but if you are like me and never learned to colour inside the lines, they even take OFF colour if you need to. Awesome, right? 

I’m not sure if I was able to capture it on film properly, but once your image is coloured and you flip it back over, the embossed lines resemble the lead used in real stained glass windows to separate each individual piece of coloured glass. 
I then mounted my vellum image onto Whisper White card stock and framed it with a piece of Tempting Turquoise patterned paper from the Brights Collection Designer Paper Stacks. The frame was created with the Labels Collection Framelits dies.
As an added embellishment I embossed an image from Papillon Potpourri onto Wisteria Wonder and punched it out with the matching Elegant Butterfly punch. I topped it with a Vintage Faceted Designer Button threaded with some black embroidery floss. I left the tails long to mimic the antennae.
Well, thanks for coming by to see my project today. Hope you liked it. It was a lot of fun to make! Here are your links for today.

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2 Responses to Practical Scrappers Feature – 10 Things to do with Vellum

  1. Nancy says:

    Lovely card, your butterfly is gorgeous 🙂
    Thanks for the reminder, I have vellum sitting around and haven’t touched it for ages, may get to try this 🙂

  2. Roxy says:

    First of all, just wanted to say thanks soooooo much for your last comment on my blog, it made me feel so good to read it, and I had actually cracked a cold one just before I read it, so it was like mental telepathy or something! Secondly, if I had this assignment, I would be completely stumped – vellum bamboozles me! It is something I used to buy, then never used, and now I avoid it like the plague, haha! But I absolutely love your technique, it looks really incredible!!! I may have to give it a try. Actually, I’m going to pin this idea so I can revisit it, it’s that cool! Hugs, Roxy.

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