Friday, May 27, 2016

Technique of the Week: More fun with Vellum

Last week on the Art 'n Soul blog, Pam showed a great way to color a beautiful stamped image on vellum. You can view that post here.

This week I’m showing you another fun way to color vellum. With this technique you can make an easy, fast card that has beautiful pops of color. I got this from Jennifer McGuire, and changed it up just a little.

You will need dye based ink, vellum, stamps, Versamark, and white embossing powder. I think White Diamond embossing powder would work very well for this also, but I needed to make some sympathy cards, and I didn’t want them to be too sparkly. I used Distress inks for this because at 60 colors, they have a huge range of colors to choose from, and they worked very well. For stamps I used Magenta Dogwood Branch 0643.P and With Sympathy 07.928.I. 

I took a piece of 48# vellum and cut it to 4” x 6”. I scored it at 5” and made a flap to fasten it around the top of the mat card after I finished coloring and stamping.

I used the Distress cubes to add the color, since you can color smaller areas with them. Using the Wilted Violet color first, I rubbed the pad directly onto the vellum.

I then rubbed the color with a clean cloth until it was no longer shiny and wet. I did this in different sections with each of the three colors.

Making sure the panel was dry, using my new mini MISTI, I stamped the Dogwood Branch, and the sentiment onto the now colored vellum with Versamark ink. I embossed the stamping with JudiKins White Opaque embossing powder.

To enhance the Dogwood Branch image, I colored the inside of the dogwood petals with a white Prismacolor pencil. I went over the top of the coloring with a Wink of Stella clear glitter marker for just a touch of shimmer.

I made two more cards in this same way, using the same stamps, but different colors. They were amazingly fast and easy to do. 

To finish the cards, I attached the panels to a piece of cardstock cut to 5.25” x 4”.  For the green/blue and the blue/purple ones, I used white as the backing, but for the orange/pink/blue one, I found that a piece of orange Stardream looked the best. I folded the scored flap over the top of the mat and attached it with scor tape. I put a little vellum tape along the sides and bottom of the colored panel. The entire matted pieces were attached to a base cards, which were cut and scored to an A2 size. 

This technique was a lot of fun to do; I hope you'll give it a try!

Magenta Products Used:

Dogwood Branch 0643.P

With Sympathy 07.928.I

Other Products Used:
Distress Inks: 
Card 1: Wilted Violet, Mermaid Lagoon, Picked Raspberry
Card 2: Spiced Marmalade, Abandoned Coral, Peacock Feathers
Card 3: Wilted Violet, Twisted Citron, Peacock Feathers
Versamark Ink
Judikins White Opaque embossing powder
White Prismacolor pencil
Clear Wink of Stella
So Silk White, Passion Purple, Glamour Green cardstock
Stardream Flame cardstock



  1. Dianne,
    Thank you for your clear step by step directions, pictures, and list of products. It makes it possible to be successful in reproducing the cards on our own!

  2. Dianne, perfect technique and so perfect for sympathy cards which are so difficult to make!!!

    1. Thanks so much! I agree, sympathy cards are very hard to do.

  3. You really make what appears to be a difficult card simple, thank you!


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