Coloring on Vellum with Stampin’ Blends

The other day when I was coloring with my Stampin’ Blends (see yesterday’s post), I noticed that the ink bled through the paper to the back side.  So I got the idea to put card stock under the paper while I colored to see if enough of the ink would transfer to the card stock to make something useful.  Unfortunately, not enough came through to make it worthwhile.  It was just little smudges here and there.  But I still wanted to try something different, so that’s when I got the idea to try using Vellum.  This colorful background was the result!  So here’s how I got it:

Step 1: Gather Materials

For this, I used a piece of Vellum, a sheet of Petal Passion Designer Series Paper, and Cherry Cobbler, Pumpkin Pie, Daffodil Delight, and Old Olive Stampin’ Blends markers (not shown).

Step 2: Lay the Vellum over the DSP

Since I already knew that not enough ink would transfer through, I decided to try laying it on top and coloring on the vellum itself to see how it would come out.  Plus it’s easy to see where you need to color, as the vellum is clear enough that you can see the pattern of the paper underneath.

Step 3:  Color with Stampin’ Blends

Step 4: Remove and Let Dry

Because the Stampin’ Blends ink is alcohol based, it dries super fast.   I wanted to give it a few minutes though because sometimes drying takes longer on vellum, just because it’s so smooth and not as absorbent as regular paper!

Once I knew it was totally dry, I used it to make my card.  I really like how the color on vellum came out!

Just a few things:

  1. The Stampin’ Blends colors come out much lighter on vellum than on regular cardstock/paper.
  2. Once I removed the vellum from the DSP, I noticed that there were some big spaces without any red flowers.  Since I wanted the red flowers to be the focus, and wanted the whole background to be more balanced, I went and added just a couple of extra flowers to even out the pattern a little.  If you compare the final background to the original design on the DSP, you might notice it’s off a little!
  3. I attached the vellum to the top layer with four glue dots, just in the corners.  Regular Snail adhesive shows through, so you can’t really use it on the vellum without seeing it!

For embellishments, I added a piece of the new white organza ribbon tied in a knot, and then added some of the glitter epoxy shapes to the centers of the red flowers.  Here’s a close up of the epoxy shapes:

I really love the new Glitter & Clear Epoxy Embellishments!  I think they’re perfect for when you want to add just a little something more, but need it to be really subtle!  I also decided to add a layer of vellum over the sentiment piece.  When I first made this card, I left the sentiment on plain Whisper White card stock, but the color of the regular card stock was so bright next to the vellum, that it looked funny.  So I cut another oval out of vellum that was the same size as the sentiment piece, but before doing so, I added a piece of the Multipurpose Adhesive Sheets to the back of it.  Once it was cut, I peeled off the backing, then applied the vellum over the sentiment.  Now it matches the rest of the card, and you can still see through it to read the sentiment.  I wasn’t sure if using the adhesive sheet on the back would obscure the words, but you can’t even tell it’s on there!  And now everything matches nicely!

So what do you think?  I love the way this background came out!  It’s definitely something different!  🙂

Thanks for checking in today!  Let me know if you have questions!

Nicolle