November 29, 2022


Recently I was visiting my mom, and she had a card on display made by my sister several years ago. I picked it up to examine it because I'd noticed that she had used vellum on it. To be perfectly honest, the vellum didn't look just too healthy in that the torn edges had all curled quite unattractively. This had happened because the piece of vellum had been attached to the card front with brads, leaving too much freedom for the edges to curl. 

I liked the look of the torn vellum, took a photo of the card, and decided I was going to create a card with the same look, but with the vellum edges covered.

A closeup so you can see the torn edges, not of the vellum, but of the DSP.

After I'd attached the vellum to the two torn pieces of the DSP, 
I cut a strip of white cardstock to add to the back of the vellum. Big mistake.

How I put everything in place:

The finished look. 
At this point, I asked myself why I put the white behind the vellum? 
Stupid. Stupid. Stupid. 
Doing it this way, it was nearly impossible to tell 
that the embossed greeting was on VELLUM. 

I decided to change things up a bit and not include white cardstock, 
so the Poppy Parade cardstock showed through, 
making it obvious that the red was showing through vellum.

New and improved:

I really don't know why the photos for this blog post were of the card with the white cardstock, and not with the red showing through. One of life's little mysteries, when living inside my wonky head.

Here's a tutorial. If you make a card like this one, you can do it either way. If you want it to be obvious that you are doing a good trick with vellum,, do it  the new and improved way, and forget the extra piece of white cardstock:

White cardstock
Poppy Parade cardstock
Celebrate Everything Designer Series Paper (page 87, Mini Catalog)

Happiness Abounds stamp set (page 109, Annual Catalog)

VersaMark ink

Heat Tool
Black Embossing Powder
Green Gems

Fold a 5 1/2" x 8 1/2" piece of white cardstock in half, creasing it well with a bone folder.

To this, add a 4" x 5 1/4" piece of Poppy Parade cardstock.

Cut a piece of vellum to 3 3/4" x 2 1/2". About halfway up and centered, stamp "happy birthday" in VersaMark ink. With black embossing powder, heat emboss this sentiment.

Tear a 3 3/4" x 4 1/2" piece of Designer Series Paper about an inch or so from the bottom.

Adhere the top of the vellum to the back of the bottom of the largest torn piece of DSP.

Adhere the top of the DSP onto the Poppy Parade leaving even borders at the top and sides.

Add adhesive to the back of the smaller piece of DSP. Making sure everything is even on the sides and the bottom border is good, adhere this piece to the card.

Add two glittery embellishments to either side of the sentiment.


A winner never quits, and a quitter never wins.
- Knute Rockne -




  1. I do like it both ways but agree that with the white background you can't really tell the sentiment is stamped on Vellum. Even though it can be challenging to work with I just love using vellum on cards! Pinned.

    1. I am with you on vellum. A challenge, but beautiful!

  2. What a beautiful card. I appreciate you sharing this tutorial.
    Visiting today from Hearth & Soul #4

  3. What a joyful card! You've instilled exuberance into the paper!
    Thank you for sharing at

  4. I think the card is beautiful both ways. I love the colors in the leaves. Thank you for sharing this post in the Talent-Sharing Tuesdays Link-Up 44.