September 15, 2018


I'm sure you all know how tricky it is to work with vellum. It is a <lovable> beast all its own.

This charming sextet of birdies on a wire is one of the vellum sheets that comes in the Graceful Glass 6" x 6" Designer Vellum pack found on page 188 of the annual catalog. Just check out the wonderful array of designs in this pack! So diverse.

Even though I recently added a few more duos to my selection of Stampin' Blends, my collection is still not huge -- at least, compared to the colors that are now available! Even in the new Holiday Catalog. So many to choose from. 

So, to color these birds I didn't have all that much to choose from. The stripes in the background  alternate between the Light and the Dark Crumb Cake Blends. One thing that I did notice about working on vellum with the Blends, especially when using the darker hues, is that they streak and produce darker areas in splotches. I tried to even them out, but to no avail. I simply embraced this phenomenon and went with it. 

Now, if you take the time to color one of these sheets, you are going to want to use it. Right? I decided to use mine on the front of a card. In the first place, the sheet was 6" x 6", too large for an A2 size card. So I trimmed off the top and bottom of the design so it measured 4" x 5 1/4". 


A common vellum problem is attaching it to anything. If you use any of the traditional ways of adhering it, it will most certainly show through. I have tried all the specialized vellum adhesives out there -- that I could find -- but have never discovered one that does the job the way I would like it to. 

Thus, you need to get creative.

Since I was placing my birdie vellum over a Poppy Parade card base, I needed to first attach it to a matching size piece of Whisper White cardstock. The way I opted to attach it was to use a very thin -- 1/8" -- gold metallic washi tape. I simply wrapped it around each of the four corners, securing the ends on the back of the white cardstock. I then adhered the Whisper White as I normally would, with my fave green glue.


In the photo below, the splotchiness of the Dark Crumb Cake ink is apparent. 
You can also see how I put the washi tape over the corner.


Since the design outline had a very subtle embossed look, I echoed that feeling by embossing my sentiment in black. To tie things together, I secured a bit of the matching washi tape across one end of the sentiment before attaching it to the card.

The past few days, I have used the Blends to color in four of the sheets that are background designs. I plan to cut them into 3" squares and use them on cards. I will be sure to share them with you when I have something to show!

Have any of you gotten this beautiful vellum set -- and used it yet? What are your thoughts?



  1. This is so pretty. I've never tried coloured vellum but that blotchy effect you have ended up with is pretty cool - It looks like one of those that you'd never be able to do if you tried!

    1. The vellum itself is white, like regular vellum. The design was printed on the vellum in a shiny, slightly-raised black ink, almost like it was embossed. I used Stampin' Up! Blends to color the image. It's the Blends that give it the blotchy effect. But, like you, I think it's cool. Thanks, Julie!

  2. I love this, it's very cute #inspareationspotlight@_karendennis

  3. I love the look of this card and the color combinations you chose. Thanks for sharing with Creatively Crafty Link Party. #CCBG

  4. Love this look! Thanks for sharing at the To Grandma's House We Go DIY, Crafts, Recipes and More Wednesday Link Party! I pinned this! Hope to see you again next week.

  5. I love seeing birds sitting on a wire. Your card is perfect! Thanks for sharing with SYC.

    1. I love seeing birds on a wire too! LOVE it! That's why I was so drawn to this image. Thanks, Jann!