September 27, 2022


OK, all of you Paper Seedlings readers. Let's get a conversation going on this card. I have worked with vellum a million times. Alright, maybe that's a bit excessive. But, I have had a lot of experience with vellum. So I feel a bit flabbergasted about all of this.

This card was somewhat complicated to figure out and put together. But, when I finished, I was quite satisfied with the result. 

Shortly after I finished the card -- uhem, after the glue dried -- I discovered something that made me go "OH NO!" THE VELLUM HAD BUCKLED! 

It's so noticeable that I can barely stand to look at it.

I'm sure lots (most?) of you have used vellum in your papercrafting. I know it's a challenge workiing with it so the adhesive doesn't show. With vellum, that's a given. We know we need to be creative with the adhesive aspect. This card is no exception and I guess I wasn't successful.

I thought I'd done everything right on my card, but apparently that is not really the case.

Have you ever had buckling vellum occur with any of your creations? If so, how did you rerctify it? Let's get a vellum conversation going in the comments.

For what it's worth, here is a tutorial on making this card. Maybe, as you're working through it, you will have a better way of handling the vellum portion.

White cardstock
Blackberry Bliss cardstock
Designer Series Paper (from Sale-A-Bration)

Rich Razzleberry ink

Watercolor Shapes stamp set (page 102, Annual Catalog)

Die cutting/embossing machine
Brilliant Wings dies (page 169, Annual Catalog)
Stitched Rectangles dies (page 174, Annual Catalog)
Iridescent Purple Sequins

DIRECTIONS (flawed as they may be)
Fold a 5 1/2 x 8 1/2" piece of white cardstock in half, creasing it well with a bone folder.

Cut a piece of vellum to measure 3 3/4" x 5".

Choose a color palette for your card. My main color was Rich Razzleberry.

Find a piece of Designer Series Paper that coordinates with this chosen palette (or choose your DSP first, then coordinate your colors to that), and cut it to 4: x 5 1/4".

Grab the Stitched Rectangle die that measures 2 5/8" x 4" and cut a rectangle into the center of this DSP. Be sure all the outer edges are the same width.

Carefully adhere the vellum to the back side of this rectangle.

From the Watercolor Shapes stamp set, select the rectangle that measures 1 5/8" x 3". Ink this stamp up well with your chosen color and stamp it in the center of the vellum that shows through the diecut window in the DSP. Set this aside so it can dry completely. Ink on vellum has a tendency to smear if it's not dry enough. You can also hit it briefly with a heat tool.

Add this piece to the white card base.

I used Blackberry Bliss for the butterfly, which I die cut using the largest detailed butterfly die from the Brilliannt Wings Dies.

After checking that the ink is completely dry, add the butterfly by putting glue only on the body. This will also take a little bit of time to dry on the vellum.

Once the butterfly is firmly in place, add an Iridescent Purple sequin near the head of the butterfly.

If you are displaying this card, gently tilt the wings into an upward position, as if he is ready to take off.

I seriously hesitated about putting this card in a blog post. But then, none of us are perfect, right? And I thought maybe someone would come up with a really great idea so this doesn't happen to me or anyonne else again. Thanks in advance!


I like living. I have sometimes been wildly, despairingly, 
acutely miserable, racked with sorrow, but through it all, 
I still knew quite certainly that just to be alive is a grand thing.
- Agatha Christie -







  1. I know it wasn't what you were shooting for, but even with "buckled vellum" it looks lovely.
    Thank you for sharing at

  2. I have absolutely no knowledge or experience in card-making. So, I can't contribute any ideas about the vellum. But, I think this card is beautiful. I especially like the 3-D aspect and the gorgeous butterfly.
    Thank you for sharing this post at Talent-Sharing Tuesdays Link-Up 36.

  3. Your card is beautiful! I use a product called Wacky Tac Repositionable Tape for Vellum for my cards. I believe it has been discontinued but you may be able to still find it on the secondary market. :-)

    1. Thank you! But why oh why do they discontinue good products that really work??

  4. They used to be big on QVC - that's where I got mine - but I believe they eventually got bought off and then when the scrapbooking marketing died down like many good products it wasn't as profitable for them to continue. I always wonder what I'll do when the stuff I rely on that's no longer available runs out... but I don't get to craft as often as I used to so hopefully it will be a while before I have to cross that bridge!

    1. I actually did find the product in a few places. I will have to keep it in mind!

  5. I've only used velum with split pins to hold it in place or as a wrap so I've not got any great glueing tips I'm afraid. If you do find an answer do please let us all know! :-)

    1. Yes, vellum is definitely tricky to work with, lovely as it is. What do you mean by split pins?

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