To do the Stained Glass technique, first stamp your image on vellum with VersaMark ink.
The next step is to choose an embossing color for your creation. I chose gold. So, go ahead and emboss your stamped image in your chosen embossing powder. Once it has cooled, tip the embossed side downwards and get to work with Stampin' Write Markers. You can also do this with other media, such as colored pencils, but the results will be more ethereal. While coloring within the upside down embossed lines, you don't need to be particularly careful. I used three shades of red/coral on the flower and three greens on the leaves. Oh, yeah. Also a few yellows/oranges on the little centers.
After finishing the coloring on my poinsettia, I realized I should have left more pronounced white splotches so they would have shown up better in my final card.
The photo below shows my work in progress.
Once your coloring is finished on the back side, let it sit awhile to dry. As always, when working on vellum, ink tends to sit and not dry too readily. You can hit it with the heat tool, but you do risk some warping with the addition of the heat.
A close-up of my poinsettia shown from the correct side:
Tilt the card towards the light
and you pick up the incredible richness of gold embossing:
To continue on in the gold embossing on vellum, I did the sentiment on a strip of vellum in the same manner. To attach this strip, I applied a few glue dots to the back of it right behind the letters to disguise the adhesive.
To use this vellum poinsettia in my card, I first attached it to a layer of Whisper White cardstock that was cut to about the same size. No need to be careful how this is adhered; it will be covered up.
I then adhered this layer to a 4 1/4" x 5 1/2" card base of Cherry Cobbler. My poinsettia layer was cut slightly smaller than the base.
To hold everything in place, I cut a window in a 4 1/4" x 5 1/2" piece of Cherry Cobbler for the poinsettia to show through. Once this frame is attached to the card base around the edges, it holds everything securely and neatly in place.
Have you ever given this quietly impressive technique a try?