Three Vellum Techniques

Today I would like to share with you three simple Vellum techniques that you can use when you need inspiration for a card (or three!).  These easy techniques are a great way for beginning stampers to branch out to do something a little more time consuming, but totally do-able!  I used the first (which I’ll call random dots technique, for lack of a better term!) at my most recent cards and coffee class, and it was a hit!

What you’ll need:
Vellum cardstock, cut 5 1/4″ by 4″
-Circle punches (I used  1 x 7/8″, 1 and 1/2″ punches)
-a pencil with a nice firm eraser
-ink, stamp sets and cardstock!
sponge daubers

Random Dot Technique:  Using sponge daubers, daub ink in random spots on a piece of 5 x 1/4 by 4″ Whisper White cardstock.  I used Melon Mambo and Island Indigo for the bigger spots, and the new Lemon Lime Twist for the little dots-use your pencil eraser for those!  Stamp sentiment in Basic Black ink.  You’ll notice I overlapped some dots, and did some off the grid, so to speak.  Tip:  leave a corner of the vellum sheet empty of circles so you can have a good, uninked side to hold onto-keep those fingers clean so you don’t get smudges!

Stampin Up Birthday card. Birthday card. Stampin' Up! Vellum. Stampin Up Lemon Lime Twist











Bokeh Technique:  This is a little more time consuming, but I love this effect!  Bokeh is a photography term, meaning a blur or out of focus lights.  You’ll use White Craft ink for the “light” part.  To start, I used Tangerine Tango, So Saffron, and the new Berry Burst (my favorite of the new In Colors, for sure!) and some clean sponge daubers to create a background.  I recommend using Thick Whisper White cardstock as it holds up better when you apply lots of ink.  I applied the darker color around the edges to a bit in the middle, then highlighted using the lighter So Saffron and Tango.  Now, grab a fresh sponge dauber and your punched vellum and apply the White Craft ink in various spots.  This ink dries slower than other inks, so let it dry for a few extra seconds (or hit with the heat tool!) to avoid smudges.   I stamped the sentiment in Berry Burst and used a stamp from the upcoming stamp set Lovely Friends.
Tip:  to create a good bokeh background, layer, layer layer those circles!  Play around with applying just a little ink to some, but doing it heavily on others.  Make sure to leave some un-bokehed areas (pretty sure that’s not a word, un-bokehed, but whatever!)

Stampin Up vellum. Birthday cards. Stampin Up birthday. Stampin up Berry Burst. Cardmaking techniques. Bokeh technique.












Masked Vellum Technique:  To be honest, I had a totally different direction that I wanted this card to go in, but I like what I ended up with!  You’ll use the vellum to create a masked kind of image.  This works really well with flowers, leaves, and swirls!  I used the flowers and stems from the forthcoming stamp set Lovely Friends, and stamped them so they looked like they are contained in a perfect circle, without the circle on the card (if that makes sense?).  Then, using some of the soon-to-be-released pretty paper and dies from the upcoming catalog, did a simple die cut.  I am so happy they have a edgelit die now!
Tip:  let the vellum dry completely and save for another project!

Stampin Up Lovely Friends. Stampin Up Berry Burst. Stampin Up cards. Vellum cards.











I hope this inspires you to take a piece of vellum out and play around with it!  You aren’t limited to just circles either-use whatever punches you have, or take out some dies (like the Sweet and Sassy heart shaped ones!) and ink away!

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