Vellum Overlay: How to Add One to a Handmade Card [Tutorial]

 What is a Vellum Overlay?

I have always loved the look of vellum on a hand stamped card. It gives your card a soft, elegant look. What is vellum you ask? Modern ‘paper vellum’ is made of synthetic plant material and imitates actual vellum. Actual vellum is a prepared animal skin or “membrane” used as a material for writing on. Vellum is often a much underused card stock. Perhaps because it is “see though” you often miss it in your stash of card stock. There are so many ways to use vellum. Today I will discuss how to add a vellum overlay. It will add instant elegance to your projects!

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 The Technique:

The Vellum Overlay technique is simple when you know how to do it right! The biggest problem is that it’s hard to hide the adhesive, since the material is see through. You don’t want to see the tape or glue dot through the vellum (We don’t do ugly. as my friend Jackie says).

The secret is multipurpose liquid glue and a stamping sponge!

First, stamp on the front of the card and fold and score the vellum. Then turn the CARD over and squeeze a little multipurpose liquid glue onto a stamping sponge and lightly spread over the BACK of your card. Before the glue dries you need to place the card inside the folded piece of vellum card stock and rub over the surface to adhere the vellum to the card. The glue dries clear and I promise you won’t see any glue!

 The Color Palette:

 Recipe: Paper. Images. Embellishments.

Paper: Thick Whisper White, Vellum, Peekaboo Peach & Lemon Lime Twist card stock

Images: Oh So Eclectic Bundle & Peekaboo Peach, Lemon Lime Twist & Night of Navy Ink Pads

Embellishments: Tutti-frutti Adhesive-Backed Sequins

Extras: Classic Label Punch, Stamping Sponges, Stampin’ Trimmer, Big Shot, Mini Dimensionals & Multipurpose Glue

 The Video:

 The Project:

Step 1:

Cut your pieces.

  • Thick Whisper White card stock: Cut the card stock to 5 ¼” x 8” and score at 4”.
  • Vellum card stock: Cut the Vellum card stock to 8 ½” x 5 ½” and score at 4 ¼”.
  • Banner: Use the Classic Label Punch and a scrap of Whisper White card stock to punch the sentiment out.
  • Die Cuts: Cut out a flower from the Peekaboo Peach CS (PP) and a leaf from the Lemon Lime Twist CS (LLT).

Step 2:

Stamp your images.

  • Stamp the front of your card with 5 flower images in PP first. Then stamp 4-5 leaf images with LLT. To fill in the space, stamp the “duck foot prints” using LLT. Using Night of Navy, stamp the flower outline and flower centers on some of the images to add variety. Tip: Create a mask of the flower image and use it to mask the flowers while stamping the leaves. This prevents the leaf stamp from stamping on the flower images. Watch this video to see how.
  • Banner: Stamp the sentiment in Night of Navy on a scrap of white card stock.

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Step 3:

Putting it all together.

  • Vellum: Apply multipurpose glue to a stamping sponge and spread over the back of the card. Then, before the glue dries insert the card into the vellum and rub the back to attach card base to vellum.
  • Banner: Use 2 mini dimensionals to adhere next to the flower you want to accent on the card front.
  • Die cut flower: Use mini dimensional to adhere to left end of banner.
  • Die cut leaf: Cut off the stem and using 2 dimensionals place next to flower.
  • Add a LLT sequin to the center of the flower.
  • Place a small amount of multipurpose glue behind the sentiment banner to hold the vellum in place.

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I hope you enjoyed this tutorial on how to add a vellum overlay. Leave me a comment!!

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My mission is to teach you how to find your inner artist so you can create beautiful works of art to give to family and friends. I have a simple “recipe” that will make creating cards Easy As PIE.

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• P: Pick your Papers
• I: Pick your Images
               • E: Pick your Embellishments

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