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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!
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!
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!)
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!
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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