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How to Use Vellum as a Focal Point on Your DIY Card

Posted by Chrissie Tobas

This card making tutorial will show you how to add vellum to your next handmade card.

Use vellum on your card as a focal point and to soften the background.

Supplies You Will Need:

  • Spectrum Noir White Cardstock
  • Vellum
  • Black Pearl Shimmering Cardstock
  • VersaMark Watermark Ink
  • Chalk Pouch/Powder
  • Ranger Gold Embossing Powder
  • Ranger White Embossing Powder
  • Heat Gun
  • Tuxedo Black Ink
  • Distress Ink Mowed Lawn
  • Staz On Cloudy Sky Ink
  • Therm O Web XL Tape Runner
  • Tim Holtz Stencil THS034 Lace
  • Spectrum Aquas: Sea Green (Nature Set), Begonia (Floral Set)
  • Avery Elle Bonjour Clear Stamp Set
  • Scissors
  • Post It Notes
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Stamp small macaroon on an angle in VersaMark ink on Vellum sheet trimmed to 4 x 5.25. Cover with gold embossing powder and use a heat gun to activate.

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Stamp same stamp on a Post It Note in Tuxedo Black and trim out.

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Place trimmed out Post It Note over small macaroon to cover/mask it. Then, stamp the larger macaroon next to it. Make sure to stamp this straight, so it looks like the smaller macaroon is leaning against the big one. Heat emboss again.

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Flip the vellum over and color in using Spectrum Aqua markers. Since this is the backside, your coloring does not need to be perfect. What shows through the front will be the same colors, but toned down.

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Place a stencil onto a panel trimmed to 4 x 5.25. Adhere down using washi tape. Using a foam applicator, add Distress Ink to the panel. Add more ink at the top and then, in circles, keep pushing ink out as you move towards the bottom. This creates a clean ombre effect from top to bottom.

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Place the vellum on top of the panel. Adhere using a tape runner. Then trim out a piece of Black Shimmering Cardstock to about 3/4 inches high by 4.25 wide.

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Stamp the sentiment onto the black strip using VersaMark and add white embossing powder. Activate with a heat gun, then adhere to the front panel of the card with a tape runner.

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Adhere everything to a card panel (4.25 x 11, scored at 5.5 inches) using a tape runner.

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The contrast of the softness from the vellum and the boldness of the gold embossing powder creates the perfect balance for this card! And remember, if you ever feel like you need to soften up or remove color from a background, add some vellum.

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