How to Add Gold to Vellum

Posted by Chrissie Tobas

Adding gold embossing to vellum is a stunning way to add a unique touch to any project!

Adding gold embossing to vellum is a stunning way to add a unique touch to any project!

Supplies You Will Need:

  • Vellum
  • Spectrum Noir Ultra White Cardstock
  • American Crafts Gold Embossing Powder
  • Heat Gun
  • Catch Tray (or coffee filter)
  • Waterbrush
  • Sheena's A Little Bit Scenic: Sea Shells Stamp Set
  • Avery Elle Oh Happy Day Clear Stamp Set
  • VersaMark Watermark Ink
  • Delicata Golden Glitz Ink
  • Hero Arts Dye Ink Cube (Black)
  • Spectrum Aqua Watercolor Markers: Blossom, (Floral Set) Desert, Chestnut, Kingfisher and Sea Green (Nature Set)
  • Gansai Tambi Starry Colors Watercolor Set
  • Craft Medley Sequins
  • Therm O Web Small Zots Singles
  • Therm O Web Tape Runner XL
  • Therm O Web Foam Adhesive
  • Paper Trimmer
  • Paintbrush
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Trim front panel of white cardstock to 4.75 x 3.5. Trim a second panel (this will go behind the front panel on the card base) to 5.25 x 4. Create card base by cutting white cardstock to 8.5 x5.5 and scoring at 4.25. Set these all aside.

Stamp large and small shells on a piece of vellum paper using watermark ink.

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Cover with gold embossing powder and activate with a heat gun. Make sure you are using a catch tray or a coffee filter. The embossing powder can fly everywhere and is tough to clean up!

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Color in shells using Spectrum Aqua watercolor markers and a waterbrush. Color directly onto the vellum and blend with the brush. Since the vellum is more porous, the colors are softer than they would normally look on cardstock. Trim out each shell and set aside. Vellum has a tendency to curl, so if needed, place the trimmed out shells underneath a heavy book until we are in the final step of assembling the card.

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Add some water to a few of the metallic watercolors and flick onto the small front panel. I used a fairly small and round brush so the splatters stayed small. We don't want the splatters taking away from the main design elements; it should accent the card and remain sublte in the background.

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Once the panel is dry (use a heat gun to speed up the process, if necessary), stamp the sentiment onto the panel.

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Flip over the panel and add 3D foam squares to all edges and the center. Do the same with the larger panel, too. This card will have a lot of thickness and height to it.

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Adhere both of the panels to the card base. Then, using a tape runner, adhere the shells to the lower right of the card, angling them slightly.

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Finally, add some iridescent sequins around the shells using the small Zots singles. You can also use a liquid adhesive, but the Zots are the perfect size for sequins and you don't have to wait for them to dry!

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The final result is a clean and glamorous card! The gold really makes the shells pop and the extra sheen in the background is the perfect accent! Happy Crafting!

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