Hello again! Well, it’s time for another Technique Tuesday, and this week I want to share several cards that I made recently to highlight the Dry Embossed Vellum technique.
Dry Embossed Vellum: Create an embossed vellum piece by using vellum, a stylus, and a piercing mat OR vellum and an embossing folder. Stamp an image on vellum (cardstock vellum works best). Turn the stamped image over and place on a piercing mat. Use a stylus to rub over the open areas of the image to create a raised white area within the stamped image. *Rub a piece of wax paper over the vellum before using the stylus to allow for easier movement of the stylus and help prevent tears in the vellum. Adhere the vellum to a piece of cardstock making sure the embossed side faces up. Place adhesive where it will not be visible. *As a second method: Use vellum in an embossing folder to create another great embossed look.
This is a great technique and has a great dimensional look too. A fellow demonstrator shared a card that she had made similar to this one, and I just fell in love with the look of the card. The Swallowtail stamp (p.71 in the new catalog) is perfect for this technique too. I began by stamping the image on vellum card stock with black Stazon ink and then turned the vellum over to the back side. I rubbed a piece of wax paper across the back side of the vellum to help prevent “dragging” and tearing of the vellum. Lay the vellum onto a piercing mat and use a stylus to rub over the open areas of the image or anywhere you would like to have it slightly raised on the right side. I added a piece of Basic Gray card stock cut with the Labels Collection Framelits (p.186 in the new catalog) behind the vellum to make the butterfly pop even more. The vellum piece is attached to a layer of white card stock with mini silver brads (p.170) in each corner.
This card features The Open Seas stamp set (p.101). It is hard to appreciate the raised areas on these images, however wherever you see the whiter areas on the vellum pieces, it is also raised in those areas. This is so much more impressive in person, but trust me….you will love the look if you give it a try. I used Sahara Sand as the card base and Not Quite Navy as the layers. There are some circles punched out of Not Quite Navy behind the vellum embossed images. This makes them show up a little better, I think. I will certainly miss Not Quite Navy, since it is now a retired color…but fortunately I have a small stash of card stock.
I used the Fabulous Florets stamp set (p.93) on this card. I stamped the single flower on vellum using Early Espresso ink. It takes a little bit for the ink to dry on the vellum, so be careful to make sure it is dry before turning it over to emboss. I just cut the image out with my paper snips and attached to the card using mini glue dots under the center of the flower. The card base is Early Espresso and the layered with Whisper White and River Rock (also another retired color). I stamped the flowers in Early Espresso and then used a mask over them before stamping the stems and leaves. This also creates a little dimension by making the flowers jump to the front of the stems. The sentiment is from the So Sorry stamp set (p.68).
This card features a retired stamp set Elements of Style….it is one of my favorites…so I am sad to see it go, but it is also a perfect stamp set for this technique. The butterfly is from the Papillon Potpourri (p.90) and I punched it out with the Bitty Butterfly punch (p.183). The color combination is Wisteria Wonder and Whisper White.
This card shows the two variations of this technique. The flower is stamped and embossed as in all the previous cards, however the background piece within the oval was just embossed by using an embossing folder with the vellum. I just ran the vellum through the Big Shot in my Elegant Lines embossing folder (also retired), and WAH LAH a beautiful embossed piece to add some texture to this card. The card base is Island Indigo. I used the Oval Framelits (p.186), the Polka Dot embossing folder (p.191), the Blossom punch (p.183), and the Blossom Petals Builder punch (retired).
Finally, this card is also using the Flower Garden embossing folder (p.191) AND I then used markers on the back side of the embossed piece of vellum to add some color to the piece. This would be similar to the Stained Glass technique, however rather than using embossing powders to heat emboss the image and then color, I used the folder to emboss. You can see more on the Stained Glass Technique on a previous post. I used Pool Party as the card base and Island Indigo DSP.
Well, that is it for this edition of Technique Tuesday. Hope you get out some vellum and try this new technique! Thanks for looking and Happy Stampin’!