Too Kind – A Clean and Simple Card with Vellum

It’s been a crazy few days around our house here in freezing cold Washington… surprizingly it has been actually hanging out in below freezing temperatures here (normally we are cold but not this cold!) My stamping and blogging time has been put on hold a little bit as we’ve celebrated my daughter’s 2nd birthday this weekend as well as dealing with serious health issues with our oldest cat.  But, I wanted to stop on by and share another card from my recent vellum class.

This is one of the simplest ways to use vellum and it is a great way to add an elegant touch to your cards.  In this case, I stamped the flowers from the Too Kind stamp set and kept the card pretty simple so the flowers would really be the main focal point.  But when I wanted to add the sentiment (also from the same set) I wanted it to fit in with the feeling of the card… so vellum to the rescue!

I stamped my sentiment directly onto the vellum and held it in place with Silver Mini Brads so that it wouldn’t go sliding anywhere.

It is a great way to add a fun touch without adding a heavy layer to your card.  You should definitely give it a try!

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Alright, time to tend to the kitty… have fun stamping and I’ll be back tomorrow with more!

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Pretty Snowflake Fun with Vellum

I recently held my Vellum technique class and one of the favorites from the class was this holiday card:

One of my favorite things that I love to do with vellum is run it through the BigShot because it makes the coolest bright white image over the frosted white of the vellum cardstock.  Then I love sponging on the back side of my embossed image to add a pop of color.

Turns out it is perfect for using with the Northern Flurries embossing folder for snowy snowflakes.  Though next time I think I would add a bit of glitter and sparkle to the front of the card for an extra magical touch!

In this example, I attached a piece of embossed vellum to the top of a Whisper White cardbase with it only being adhered to the left edge of the card front.  By only adhering it to one side, the vellum pops up just a little and gives you a softer look.

Project Supplies Used

So give it a try and let me know what you think!

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Sponged Vellum Flowers Make Great Cards!

I finally got some time this weekend to play for a while in my craft room and it felt great!  I was finishing up samples and projects for today’s Creating with Vellum class and once again ended up with way more samples and ideas than I had time to create to share, let alone everyone have time to do in the class.  But, I guess that just means some extra videos (and maybe creating with vellum round 2) is in order!

But this is the first card I created to show at the class and it got such a popular response on my Facebook page when I shared it yesterday that I decided to make it one of the class projects for today.

Sponged Vellum Flowers card

Vellum is a great medium for sponging and getting a beautifully soft look for whatever your project is.  In this case, I used the same base piece of vellum and punched out with the Pansy punch three times and then sponged with Daffodil Delight, Rich Razzleberry, and Strawberry Slush.  Add a pearl on the middle of each flower to hide the glue dots that I used to adhere the flowers to my card, and they are secure without glue everywhere.  Pretty, right?

I can’t wait to see how everyone likes it today since it is even nicer in person! 

And if you are in the Seattle area, I am running this class today at 2pm (at my home) and at 7pm (at Panera in Redmond) and due to some last minute cancellations, I still have some spots – so if you are interested in coming, let me know ASAP and I’ll get you all the details!  Email me at jennifer@nwstamper.com

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Playing a Bit with Stamping on Vellum

What is that item in your craft room that you completely forget about and then when you find it, you suddenly remember how cool it is?  For me, I always do that with vellum!  I never think to pull it out, but when I do, I have the best time with it.

Take today’s card for example:

It is simple card, but the vellum gives you a way to add a little extra pop without worrying about finding the exact right color designer paper.  Its like a frosted window in a way. Smile 

Plus, don’t you love this message?  I need to make something for my desk with this sentiment reminding me to everyday live the life I want to be living, not doing the same old thing wishing things were different.  I love my life but I know there is always room to grow and make things even better!

Stampin Up! Supplies Used

Stamps: Everything Eleanor, Really Good Greetings
Ink: Coastal Cabana, Basic Black
Paper: Very Vanilla, Whisper White, Basic Black, Coastal Cabana, White Vellum
Accessories: Scallop Trim Border punch, Basic Rhinestones, 2-way Glue Pen, Stampin’ Dimensionals

Have an item in your craft room that you need inspiration or a reminder how to use?

I want to start up a new feature on the blog where, based on suggestions from readers, I highlight some fun ideas and uses for an often forgotten or unused item in your craft room. 

So, if you have a great candidate, shoot me an email at jennifer@nwstamper.com or leave a comment and I can feature your favorite soon!

 

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Frosted Glass Butterfly Technique and Card

As I get ready for Monday’s Terrific Techniques: Fun with Washi class, I was looking over a card I made recently using the Best of Butterflies stamp set.  (You know, because it was one of my few samples right now that uses washi)

I was playing with Vellum and thought it would be really pretty to create a softly colored butterfly image.  Its super easy to do too!

All you have to do is:

  1. Stamp your image on Vellum using Stazon Ink
  2. Flip over your Vellum paper (so inked side is down) and start coloring using markers. 
    I recommend coloring with your darker color first because the first color you ink will be the top layer you see when you flip over the stamped image.
  3. Cut out your image
  4. Adhere to your card base using a glue dot behind part of your image that is solid black.

And TA-DA!  You have a totally cool looking butterfly!

 

Stampin’ Up Supplies Used:
Stamps – Best of Butterflies, Seasonal Sayings
Ink – Stazon, Crumb Cake, Calypso Coral, Daffodil Delight marker, Pumpkin Pie marker, Cajun Craze marker
Paper – Calypso Coral cardstock, Very Vanilla cardstock, Vellum cardstock
Accessories – This and That washi tape, Glue dots

 

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Vellum Fun with Everything Eleanor

How about a clean and simple card for today?  🙂  This is one of those cards that started out SUPER simple but I kept thinking it needed just a touch more here and touch more there until I made myself stop with this:

 

This card all started because I was going to CASE a card that used vellum over the Pleasant Poppies stamp set (which I didn’t have at the time).  So I grabbed Everything Eleanor and the card just started going in a wildly different direction from there.

But the highlight here was to stamp the flower head and stem using the NEW Firm Foam ink pads on Very Vanilla cardstock.  The new ink pads give such a strong and saturated image, that I liked using the vellum to soften the look.  Then I stamped the sentiment directly onto the vellum using Early Espresso ink (stamping it onto the vellum so you could actually read it easily!)

Then, I used sticky strip and some Gumball Green stitched satin ribbon to cover up where I attached the vellum to the Very Vanilla cardstock.  Plus a gold brad in the center of the flower to help keep the top part of the vellum secure.

And then, it is really hard to tell in the picture, but I also rounded the corners of the cardbase itself, sponged the edges with Crumb Cake ink, and then – when the cardbase was still too plain – I spritzed the cardstock using my Color Spritzer and the Crumb Cake marker.  I love how that combo makes for a soft speckled look, kind of like the “natural” cardstock you used to see.

So, as you can tell, it was a little bit here and a little bit there… but it was all fun and easy stuff to do and I hope you got some ideas too!

 

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Vellum Everything Eleanor Card Recipe
Stamps:
Everything Eleanor, Petite Pairs
Ink: Raspberry Ripple, Early Espresso, Gumball Green, Crumb Cake, Crumb Cake marker
Paper: Very Vanilla, Early Espresso, Raspberry Ripple, Cardstock Vellum, First Edition Specialty designer series paper
Accessories: Gumball Green stitched satin ribbon, Sticky Strip, Gold brads, corner rounder punch, sponge dauber, color spritzer, Stampin’ Dimensionals

Progressive Scrapbook Page using Spice Cake DSP

So, yesterday I shared with you the first part of my progressive scrapbook page.  I had created an 8.5” x 11” scrapbook layout and so today I wanted to share how with a few simple touches you can turn that into a 12” x 12” scrapbook page.

Day of Gratitude Pumpkin Patch Scrapbook Page

You can see how the original 8.5” x 11” page looked here, but pretty much all I did was layer some extra Old Olive grosgrain ribbon on a piece of Spice Cake designer paper so that it would line up with the ribbon on my smaller layout.  Then I added a different pattern of the Spice Cake paper behind one side of the original layout to give some contrast to the page.  Finally, I added some felt letters down the side for my title.  Overall, a pretty simple page; but since I knew I was going to be adding a bunch of pictures to the 2nd page of my layout, I figured simple was good. 

So, want to see the full spread? Smile

Day of Gratitude Pumpkin Patch 2011 Scrapbook 2 Page Layout

I actually started from the same 8.5” x 11” page kit only I flipped it to be landscape instead of portrait orientation.  I still stamped the leaves and flowers from the Day of Gratitude stamp set so that it would tie in with the left page.  Then I added coordinating ribbon to the Spice Cake designer paper.  I loved all my pictures of Nicholas stomping in the puddles, so I trimmed them down so I could lay them out filmstrip-style on the right hand side of the page leaving me just enough room to journal at the bottom of the page.

IMG_3623Oh and the journaling, I had to try something different here too.  I started out journaling on Vellum cardstock so that it would blend into the page.  Unfortunately, it blended too much, and so I had to put a piece of Very Vanilla cardstock underneath so it was easier to read.  then I attached the vellum to the page using some Early Espresso brads.

I had a lot of fun coming up with how to create a progressive scrapbook page using my 8.5” x 11” layouts and turning them into 12" x 12” layouts.   Hopefully these gave you some ideas for different sizes of pages!

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Progressive Scrapbook Page Recipe:
Stamps: 
Day of Gratitude
Ink:  Old Olive classic, Cajun Craze classic, Early Espresso marker, Cajun Craze marker
Paper: Old Olive cardstock, Cajun Craze cs, Early Espresso cs, Very Vanilla cs, Spice Cake designer paper, Vellum cs
Accessories:  Old Olive 5/8” Grosgrain ribbon, Decorative Label punch, Paper Snips, Adhesive Rhinestones, Stampin’ Dimensionals, Brown felt, Neutrals Brads, Corner Rounder punch, Paper Piercer & Mat Pack