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Tips for Using Vellum

To add some interest to my cards, I have been using more and more vellum specialty paper. This semitranslucent paper is fun to add to the layers of my projects. It can help mute the background patterned paper or allow you to simply add a stamped sentiment layer. Vellum is very versatile and may become one of your favorites after you give it a try for the first time.

Vellum is a translucent but not clear paper that is smooth and not as porous as cardstock. These properties make it perfect for layering over colorful patterned papers, and it can be used creatively to create your own embellishments or add a stamped sentiment layer.
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The easiest technique, and the way I personally like to use vellum, is to use it to mute background patterned paper. Simply adding a piece of vellum over all or part of your background patterned paper takes it down a notch but still lets the colors and design peek through. By adding this layer, you can highlight your next layer of embellishments or sentiment. The tricky part can be how to attach the vellum layer. Because it is semitransparent, you may need to find a way to hide the adhesive or use clear mini glue dots. Even stapling or stitching the vellum in place is a great solution.

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When adding a stamped sentiment on vellum, the slick surface needs special inks or techniques to make sure that the image isn't smeared and thus ruining your card. When stamping on vellum, use a fast-drying dye ink or solvent-based ink. You may want to use a heat gun on the stamped image just to ensure that it is completely dry before finishing your project. You can use pigment inks on vellum if you add embossing powders and then melt the embossing powder with a heat gun. This will make the stamped image permanent and create a raised design or sentiment on the vellum. Be careful not to get the heat gun too close or direct it in the same area for too long; the vellum can melt and warp a bit if you aren't careful.

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Can I tempt you to pull out that forgotten vellum that you bought years ago? It's time to exercise your creativity to see how you can use vellum in your card making. You could cut a window in your card and cover it with a piece of vellum. Or you could make a shaker card with vellum instead of a transparency for a more subtle look. Another option is to use your punches, dies or embossing folders with vellum to make custom embellishments. There are so many different possibilities for this specialty paper!