Make Vellum Accents

One of my very favorite materials to work with when I’m creating just about anything is vellum.  Vellum is a translucent paper that comes in a variety of opacities.  I particularly like vellum with a very low opacity…so that when I layer it over an image I can still see the image underneath.  For example, the Venus & Psyche image in the picture above is stamped very crisply with black ink.  When I layer the vellum over it, the image has a much softer, muted look.

You can do many things with vellum.  You can stamp it, emboss it, tear it, sponge it, just to name a few things.  To adhere vellum, you also have several options.  The vellum accent above is adhered with eyelets.  You can also use brads.  There are several manufactures that make tape that is especially made for vellum.  Be conscious of that because regular double stick tape will show through the vellum so that you actually see the tape!  I am particularly fond of running the vellum through my Xyron so that it has an even coat of adhesive across the underside of it.  When you stick it down you can’t tell it is there at all!

Another cool effect with vellum is picture printing!  I love to print photos onto vellum and then attach the vellum picture over white or cream colore cardstock.  It makes your picture look much softer.  Plus, it looks awesome in color or black & white!  Give it a try!

What are  your favorite uses for vellum?

Artfully yours,


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