How to Color On Vellum

Posted by Chrissie Tobas

You can add color to vellum! There are several mediums you can use to add either a tint or a vibrant pop to vellum.

You can add color to vellum! There are several mediums you can use to add either a tint or a vibrant pop to vellum!

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  • Versamark Watermark Ink
  • Versafine Onyx Black Ink
  • White Cardstock
  • Vellum Paper
  • Waterbrush
  • Pen Touch White Paint Marker
  • Tim Holtz Bird Crazy Stamp Set
  • Ranger White Embossing Powder
  • Heat Gun
  • Big Shot Die Cutting Machine
  • My Mind's Eye Cut & Paste 6x6 Paper Pack
  • Lawn Fawn Circle Stackables Dies
  • Tim Holtz/Sizzix Bird Crazy Dies
  • Paper Smooches Chit Chat Clear Stamp set
  • Spectrum Aquas: Gold (Primary), Sunflower (Floral), Orange (Primary), Sunset (Nature), Slate (Essentials)

Stamp the crazy Bird onto vellum using VersaMark watermark ink. Cover with white embossing powder and heat emboss. Be careful! The heat gun gets very hot and it can burn and curl the vellum since it is thinner than cardstock. Hit the vellum with the heat gun, then pull it away for a few seconds, then heat it again.

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Die cut (or trim out) the bird. Flip it over and color on the BACK. Don't be afraid to be messy! Since we are coloring on the backside, you can scribble and blend to your heart's content. When you flip it over and look at the front, the look is nice and soft. The vellum hides any harsh tones that didn't blend. Spectrum Aqua markers were used for this since they are so vibrant.

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If you make any mistakes or the embossing comes off when you die cut (this can happen), remember you can use a white paint pen to correct any errors.

Die cut a white circle out of cardstock.

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Stamp the sentiment on the circle in black ink. Also trim out the front panel (4.25 x 5.5) and a strip of striped paper to about 1.5 inches. I chose to go with some patterned papers that were a little more masculine. This is one of the reasons I like the Bird Crazy set; it can be used for both masculine and feminine style cards.

Before I adhere anything, I like to layout my card sometimes. This way, I can play around with my layout before I commit!

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Once you are happy with your layout, start adhering the pieces. You can use a regular tape runner to adhere the bird. The coloring we did will hide the vellum. But, if you are still concerned about it, there are specific types of adhesives out there (wet and dry glue) that are made to work with vellum and dry 100% clear.

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