Today I had a rare afternoon all to myself, so of course I sat down to make cards. I stared at my empty craft table for quite a while trying to figure out what to do. Tea bag folding? Embroidery? Iris Folding? I just couldn't make up my mind, so I decided to rummage through a stack of paper I hadn't looked at for quite a while and discovered a few sheets of vellum with a weave texture.
I have had the vellum for quite some time. It was given to me several years ago and I never seemed to come up with an appropriate use for it because it is not nearly as transparent as most vellum used for scrapbooking. Today, I decided to try stamping on it.
I have a very pretty butterfly stamp from Stampin' Up. I stamped it on the vellum using dark blue ink and then embossed it with holographic embossing powder. you can't tell from the scan, but the effect is really pretty.
I punched a one and one half inch strip of vellum with my Fiskar's border punch for the left side border. The flowers were punched with a mini-flower punch from Provo craft. The "Thinking of you," stamp is from a Create A Card set I bought at Michael's. I embossed the letters with silver embossing powder.
After finishing that card, I decided to try printing on the vellum. My first couple of tries were not very successful and I was about to give up when I happened to set my printout down on a piece of bright orange paper. The difference in background paper really brightened the image and enhanced the colors.
Here is the card I made using an image from PCCrafter. I adjusted the brightness of the image as the colors in images printed on vellum tend to be fairly muted.
The border on this card was done with another Fiskar's border punch. After punching the paper, I glued red paper to the back of it to make the leaves stand out. The vellum is matted on a square of red scrapbooking paper, which in turn is matted on the same orange I used for the border. I used the same "Thinking of you," stamp as before, but stamped and embossed it with red this time.