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: EMBOSSING VELLUM.
Vellum can add such a pretty softness to a project but it has been considered a little tricky to work with as it is thinner and more delicate than regular card stock. However, many brands of card stock are now much thicker than they used to be and therefore are easier to heat emboss.
You will need: vellum, powder tool, stamp, VersaMark ink, colored embossing powder, heat tool, small paint brush. ∗Please note: colored ink and clear embossing powder can also be used.
Cover the piece of vellum well with the powder tool. This is very important as stray bits of embossing powder really tend to stick to vellum. ∗Please note: I think applying the powder to the back side of the vellum would be a good idea as well, especially if you are using a colored embossing powder. I didn’t and a few specks of embossing powder must have stuck to the back and melted on from the heat tool 😦
Ink up the stamp with VersaMark ink and stamp the card stock taking care to stamp straight down and then lift the stamp straight up. Vellum has a slicker surface than regular card stock so it is easy for the stamp to shift or slide.
Sprinkle on the embossing powder and gently tap away the excess. If there are any stray bits left, use the paintbrush to brush them away before heating.
Preheat the heat tool so that it is very hot before you bring it to the vellum. This will help prevent warping. Heat until the embossing powder is melted and shiny. The embossing vellum panel is now ready for a project.
I turned my embossed panel into a card by layering the embossed vellum panel onto some cream card stock. Then adhered those two layers to a card base, added a die cut border strip and some enamel shapes. ∗Please note: to adhere vellum to card stock without the adhesive showing, simply put a tiny puddle of liquid glue on a craft sheet or some parchment paper. Rub a piece of sponge into the glue to pick it up and wipe it quickly over the back of the vellum taking care not to bend or wrinkle the vellum.
I hope you enjoyed this weeks technique. As always, please do not hesitate to contact me if you have any questions.
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See you next Tuesday!
The Country Touch