Learn How To Create Cards With Versatile Vellum

by Elina Stromberg

Learn How To Create Cards With Versatile Vellum

As a paper crafter, I’m sure you’ve come across a material called vellum. Hundreds of years ago ‘vellum’ was used to describe a thin, yet durable paper made from calf’s skin, but today this translucent, parchment resembling specialty paper is made from cotton and pulp. Vellum is usually white, but it is available in various other colors, too. Vellum’s unique characteristics have made it a popular material among paper crafters. However, some crafters consider vellum to be a bit tricky material to work with and knowing a few tips and tricks may help in the process. The best way to get familiar with the versatility of vellum is just to start playing and experimenting. Let me share with you a couple of ideas of how I like to use this great material.

Layering vellum on patterned paper

Vellum is translucent so it can be placed over a patterned background without completely hiding the underlying pattern. This characteristic is a great way to calm down a busy background, and if you place other elements on the vellum layer they will not blend into the background pattern.

Layering vellum on patterned paper

Transparency of vellum has its pros and cons. The background pattern will show through, but so will most of the adhesives that you need to use for attaching vellum on the background. However, lightweight vellum does not require too much adhesive to stay in place, and the trick is to use glue only on spots that you can cover later with other elements like frames, cut-out images or sentimetns, flowers, sequins, enamel dots, buttons etc. For some projects, a stapler is a good option for fastening, and on other projects, a metal brad will do the trick.

In my card sample, I die-cut a paper frame that I used for hiding the glue marks.

In my card sample, I die-cut a paper frame that I used not only as a fun layout element, but also for hiding the glue marks where the vellum is attached to the background.

 

Heat embossing

Vellum is a great material for heat embossing. Same supplies (VersaMark and Embossing Powders) can be used for vellum and for paper, and the melted powder will stick as it does on paper.

Simply heat emboss the text on a piece of vellum and attach the strip on the card.

Translucent vellum takes heat embossing to a new level, providing new possibilities to layer stamped elements. This is especially the case with stamped sentiment texts that in some cases are tricky to position on a card. Simply heat emboss the text on a piece of vellum and attach the strip on the card. While the vellum will highlight the raised text, its translucent background will let the underlying pattern to show through too.

Coloring with inks or watercolors

Vellum can be colored with markers, pencils, paints, inks, and watercolors. Vellum does not absorb wet media too well and a watercolor painted vellum surface may start to curl. However, this vellum characteristics can be utilized for creating beautiful vellum flowers where you can use the curling as an advantage:

I started with stamping and heat embossing simple flower images on a piece of vellum.

I started with stamping and heat embossing simple flower images on a piece of vellum.

 

I colored the flowers with All-Purpose Ink in Cherry Pink, adding with a water brush quite a rich amount of water on the petals

I colored the flowers with All-Purpose Ink in Cherry Pink, adding with a water brush quite a rich amount of water on the petals. While vellum was still a bit moist, I cut out the flowers and dried the color with a heat gun.

On this card the background is heat-embossed also, using clear embossing powder.

Using the heat gun to dry the wet inks curled up the flower petals, and by layering two stamped flowers I created a beautiful 3-dimensional flower to be used on a card.

If you are not big on heat embossing, Delicata and Brilliance inks will dry on vellum without heat embossing. Remember though that it will take longer to dry on vellum than on standard cardstock.

Dry embossing

Vellum has a smooth finish that can easily be dry-embossed. The result looks amazing, as the embossed lines turn from frosty white to bright white. If you’re using embossing folders and a die-cutting machine, make sure that you’re applying as little pressure as possible on the folder. A detailed image and heavy pressure will easily break the vellum. I prefer using a stylus for dry embossing vellum. In this technique, I place the piece of vellum on a surface that is a bit soft, like the Imagine Craft Mat or a mouse pad, and trace the lines with a stylus. It’s important to apply just enough pressure to change the vellum from translucent to white, as a stylus can also tear or punch the vellum if too much pressure is used.

With a stylus, you can write texts, doodle swirls or draw

With a stylus, you can write texts, doodle swirls or draw. Instead of free-hand drawing, you can also use a stencil as your guidance. Just place a stencil on the vellum and trace the pattern with a stylus:

Instead of free-hand drawing, you can also use a stencil as your guidance.

I attached the vellum panel on the card with a few stitches on each edge as I did not want to frame it for this layout. Instead of hand-stitching, I could have used a sewing machine for attaching; it works just as well!

I used this dry-embossed vellum background for a simple card project. The dry embossed pattern adds a whimsical element that does not compete with the bold sentiment.

Hope these ideas inspire you to use vellum on your craft projects. I’m sure you will love the versatility of it!

Supplies

Imagine
Other
  • American Crafts – Vellum
  • Stamps: Carabelle Studio – ‘Little girl with ball’, Visible Image – ‘Somewhere In Time’, Honey Bee – ‘Congrats’, Stampin’Up! – ‘Diagonal Stripe’, Jasmine Jones+Studio Calico – ‘Happy Birthday’, Altenew – ‘Freeform Greenery’.
  • Other stamps: “Thanks” sentiment, Flowers
  • Sizzix – Nesting dies
  • Fiskars – Stylus
  • Dot stencil
  • Water brush
  • Cardstock
  • Card bases
  • Embroidery yarn & needle

Making the Most of Your Imagine Sprays and Inks

by Melissa Andrew

Making the Most of Your Imagine Sprays and Inks

Do you feel limited by the sprays and inks you have or want? If you feel like you get one look consistently and want something new with products you know and love, try switching up your paper. In today’s video, I show you how a simple change can make a large difference in the appearance of your creations.

Skill: Advanced
Time: 1 hour

Directions

Supplies

Imagine
Other
  • Whimsy Stamps – Shine Bright Stamp Set, Wavy Edger Die Set
  • Mini-Stencil Set – Tim Holtz set 31
  • Paper – Watercolor, Bristol Smooth, Hammermill
  • Paper Trimmer
  • Water bottle

September Color of the Month is Sangria

September Color of the Month is Sangria - Imagine Crafts and Tsukineko USA

As we get closer to Fall we enjoy seeing some of the rich Fall colors come into fashion. For September we felt the deep reddish purple of a Sangria Wine would be perfect for the Color of the Month. Inks from the Imagine Shop that resemble Sangria include All-Purpose Ink in Vintage Wine, VersaFine Clair in Chianti, and Memento in Rhubarb Stalk. Be sure to collect some of these fabulous colors! In the meantime, we have a lovely tutorial for you to kick off September!

Sangria Colored Birthday Wishes by Elina Stromberg

Our beautiful September Color of the Month is ‘Sangria’. That warm red color is a perfect choice for Christmas crafts, but it can very well be used for various crafting projects throughout the year. My ‘Sangria’ inspired project was a monochromatic dimensional flower card, on which the pretty red color really stands out!

Skill: Intermediate
Time: 1 hour

Directions


Step 1

Stamp flowers and leaves on watercolor or mixed media paper using ‘Chianti’ VersaFine Clair. Dab red ‘Rhubard Stalk’ Memento ink on the craft mat. Using the craft mat as palette paint the stamped flowers and leaves. Let dry. Fuzzy cut flowers and leaves and bend the petals gently with your fingers.


Step 2

Place a circle stencil over a sheet of white mixed media paper. Secure with small pieces of masking tape. Ink circle with two Memento colors; ‘Rhubard Stalk’ and ‘Sweet Plum’ stamp.


Step 3

To create patterns on the inked circle keep the stencil still in place, dab water drops on the ink. Memento inks are water-soluble so the inked surface will react with water. When you’re happy with the pattern, lift the excess water with a paper towel and let dry.


Step 4

Trim card front to the desired size. Heat-emboss the sentiment on the card, mat card front on a piece of matching ‘Sangria’ colored paper. Attach card front to a white card base. Glue painted and fuzzy-cut flowers on the card front. Decorate flowers with metallic seed beads.

Extra: To create a more dramatic look with the large flowers, bend them in the center and work the paper until the petals pop forward off the card!

Supplies

Imagine
Other
  • Mixed media paper – White
  • Card base – White
  • Cardstock – Red, Brown
  • Paintbrush
  • Heat gun
  • Stampin’Up – ‘Birthday Blossoms’ Sentiment and flower stamps
  • Glue
  • Metallic Bead seeds

Craft a Paper Cupcake Birthday Card

by Kyriakos Pachadiroglou

Craft a Paper Cupcake Happy Birthday Card with Delicata Ink and Amplify Texture

What a better way to wish someone Happy Birthday than with a card in the shape of a cupcake! Unfortunately, it is not edible. This handmade card is colored with Memento, VersaColor and Delicata and topped with Amplify in White which all come together to create a fun look and feel. See the instructions below for a step by step breakdown of how I made this lovely card.

Skill: Intermediate
Time: 1 hour

Directions


Step 1

Print both pages of Kim’s Digi Templates free pattern from Buddley Crafts on cardstock. Cut the shapes and fold.


Step 2

Use the second page to cut a piece of corrugated paper to make the base of the cupcake.


Step 3

Use a sponge dauber to distress the top of the cupcake with Memento Desert Sand and VersaColor Pinecone. Spray with Ink Potion No 9. to blend the ink colors.


Step 4

Cut in half a spun cotton ball and color with Delicata Ruby Red.


Step 5

Use the mini pattern stamp and Delicata Ruby red to decorate the cupcake.


Step 6

Stamp a Happy Birthday message with Delicata Ruby Red and distress the edges of the paper with VersaColor Pinecone.


Step 7

Glue first the corrugated base, then the top and continue with the “cherry” using the On Point Glue.


Step 8

Use the Amplify! White to make frosting effect all over the card and use a heat gun to activate the volume. If you have never used Amplify then test on a separate piece of paper first.


Step 9

Finish the card by adding washi tape to the corrugated base, ribbon and the “happy birthday” sentiment.

Thank you for checking out today’s blog post. If you found this project inspiring then please leave a comment below or share on Facebook!

 

Supplies

Imagine
Other