Technique Tuesday #19

Hi everyone!

Welcome to this weeks Technique Tuesday. In these posts I share a technique that can be applied to many forms of paper crafting ~ card making, scrapbooking, albums and tags. I alternate Technique Tuesday and Tuesday’s Tip just to change things up a bit.

This week’s technique: VELLUM OVERLAY CARD.

I have never used vellum as a card base before so I thought it was worth a try. Heavy weight vellum must be used to make a sturdy card base ~ 43 lb. vellum was used for this project making it ideal for the stamping/embossing on the card base.

You will need: vellum, white card stock or water color paper, VersaMark ink, powder tool, white embossing powder, gold embossing powder {optional}, heat tool, chosen stamps/inks, acrylic block {if using clear stamps}, markers/pencil crayons/water colors, Wink of Stella brushes {I am also using an empty one as a aqua painter}, enamel dots.



Create a vellum card base {4 1/4″ x 5 1/2″} and an insert card {3″ x 4 1/4″ or whatever size you want it to be} from the card stock or water color paper.



1} On the white insert card, stamp the chosen images and emboss with clear embossing powder if using markers or water colors. 2} Color images. Please note: I am using an aqua painter and markers. Just scribble some ink on a clear acrylic block and pick up the ink with the brush tip of the aqua painter. 3} When coloring is complete and dry, center and adhere insert card inside vellum card base.



Now it’s time to stamp on the vellum. Rub the powder tool over the entire front surface of the vellum card base. This will reduce the chances of embossing powder sticking to areas other than the stamping. Please note: because vellum is not absorbent like regular card stock, care must be taken when stamping to be sure that the stamp does not slip which will end up smearing the ink. So it is best to stamp straight down and then lift straight up.



Ink the stamp with VersaMark ink and line up the stamp over the stamped image on the insert card.



3} Sprinkle with white embossing powder and heat set. *Please note: when embossing on vellum, let the heat gun get very hot before bringing it to the vellum as this may help prevent warping. As you can see, the vellum did warp a little bit. But if you just heat it slightly and put something heavy {like a large book} on top for a while this does help to flatten it {as shown in the final picture}.



The sentiment was stamped and heat embossed in gold. Line up a 3″ x 4 1/4″ panel or the size you have chosen {with the insert card} on the back side of the card to hide the adhesive that what used to adhere the insert card. The card is then finished off with some Wink of Stella applied to the front stamped image {to give it just a bit of shimmer on the outside} and some enamel dots.

The message for the recipient is written inside the insert card.




*There is no need to heat emboss the stamped image for pencil crayon coloring. But it does add a little extra dimension and shine.

*Recycle an empty Wink of Stella brush marker by using it as an aqua painter. Just fill with water and it works great. There is even a tiny bit of shimmer from the leftover glitter!


I hope you enjoyed this weeks technique. As always, please do not hesitate to contact me if you have any questions. See you next time!


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Until next time,


The Country Touch




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