Every once in awhile I dig into some old ideas that I had torn from magazines, marked in books, tagged in Stampin' Success or printed from the Internet. I mean I have a stash of "ideas" that you wouldn't believe.
The other day, I was sifting through them and came across an article about stained glass stamping. It sounded easy enough and very intriguing. The technique is done on vellum.
First, after stamping the image in VersaMark onto the vellum, you emboss it in white.
I chose some of our wonderful Vellum Cardstock (which isn't retiring! Yayyy!) for my creation. I love the thickness and richness of it because it really stands up well to embossing.
Anyway, after embossing, turn your piece over and, using Stampin' Write Markers, color the image on the back side, using the white lines as coloring guides.
For my blossoms, from Indescribable Gift, (page 35 in the Occasions Catalog that will be retiring June 2!) I chose a selection of oranges and pinks for the flowers. And, of course a few greens for the leaves and neutrals for the branches. Once I was finished with my coloring, this is how it looked -- from the reverse side, that is!
BUT, then when you flip the piece over to the front, this is what you get:
I wanted to keep my resulting card looking very very feminine and delicate. It took me quite some time and experimentation to choose the perfect Designer Series Paper to serve as its background.
My intent was for the background paper to show through the vellum, but not TOO much. Very subtle. I finally decided on this lovely paper.
We all know how tricky it is to adhere vellum to another surface. Don't we?? I decided to use Glue Dots to attach it to the DSP. But then, those little globby circles showed through. So, to carry through with the girly look, I covered those little buggers with our Basic Pearls!
Actually, if you refer back to the photo of the whole card, you can see that the bottom of the card was no problem whatsoever. I used the Glue Dots there also, but it didn't matter if they showed or not because I hid them with the strip of DSP on which I stamped the sentiment. But, to balance the card, I added pearls to the bottom corners also.
Thanks Paper Players for the inspiration!