Hey, glad you’re here! I’m working on Christmas cards, trying to get a head start, and vellum is perfect to give cards a snowy look. But it’s not always easy to work with, so I have a few tips on how to make vellum a focal point on your next card.
I’ve trimmed my vellum down with the Stitched Rectangle Dies from Simon Says Stamp. Then I used embossing folders to add texture and dimension to the panel. You need to die cut the vellum before you emboss it, or the die cut machine will flatten out the texture. I’ve also learned that embossing can tear the paper, so it took me a couple tries to get the pressure right with my machine. You might need to add a piece of paper or two under your cutting plate for more pressure. I used embossing folders from Darice, and Bazzill’s 40 lb vellum, but use whatever you have.
I decided the trees didn’t show up enough, so I’m adding color with Picket Fence Distress Ink and a Waterbrush. I rubbed the ink pad onto my craft mat, and used the Waterbrush to pick up the color and apply it to the back of the panel. By putting it on the back of the vellum, it won’t rub off, and it helps hide any mistakes I make. If you don’t have a Waterbrush, you can use a paintbrush and water.
The water warps the vellum, so use as little as possible. If you have Copics, or other alcohol markers, they add color without warping. But I don’t have white (do they make white?) so I used Distress Ink instead. I love the watercolor look of the white trees. I tried adding white behind the snowflakes, too, and I love it with and without the paint.
Vellum is challenging to attach, because you don’t want the adhesive to show. I glued Iridescent Jewels from Little Things By Lucy’s Cards to each snowflake, and now I have lots of places to hide adhesive! I added drops of Glossy Accents behind each snowflake, and centered my panel on my card base. Don’t forget to lay a couple of acrylic blocks on the panel until the glue dries. Then I stamped my sentiment (this is from the Hip Holiday stamp set by Catherine Pooler) in Versamark, and heat embossed it in white. I attached it to the card with foam tape, and I’ve got one Christmas card ready to mail!
On this panel, I didn’t add any color to the vellum. I die cut a frame from white cardstock, like I did here, and I used the frame and a pencil to mark the center of my card base, so I could add sequins from Neat & Tangled inside the frame. Next I attached the vellum to the frame with B Creative Tape, a very strong adhesive. When I attached the frame to the card base with foam tape, I didn’t cover any of the sequins. I used Hero Arts’ Winter Scene for the sentiment, and I heat embossed it in white.
With this last card, I ran into a little bit of trouble. I attached the vellum to the card base with spray adhesive, and it left small dots that showed through the panel. Note to self: when attaching vellum with spray adhesive, use a busy background! So to distract from it, I added snowflakes with a toothpick and white acrylic paint. The cardinals are from Memory Box, cut from velvet paper I bought at Michaels. I added a small white frame, and another white sentiment from Hero Arts’ Winter Scene stamp set.
Do you make your own Christmas cards? Have you started already? Let me know in the comments, and I’ll be back again soon.