Stamping and Vellum

Regular paper isn't the only surface that you can use to make a card. Vellum is an attractive alternative which imparts an airy feeling to any project.

What Is Vellum?

Vellum is a heavyweight, translucent paper (think of a piece of thick tracing paper and you'll have the right idea). It comes in pads and in sheets in a variety of sizes and weights. It also comes in several different finishes. The most popular finishes are regular (which actually looks a little grey when several sheets are packaged together), white (which is less transparent than the regular variety), speckled and lined.

How To Use Vellum

Vellum can be used just like plain white paper. You can stamp on vellum (dye based pads work best). You can emboss on vellum (if embossing, choose a heavyweight vellum-lighter weights tend to buckle because of the heat). You can color it in with markers, colored pencils, chalks, or whatever medium you like best. The main difference is where you apply the coloring. On paper, because it is opaque, you must color on the front side of the image (the same side that you used to stamp the image). With vellum, you can color on the front or the back of the image. When you stamp on the front it creates an effect much like that of regular paper but the background is semi-transparent. When you stamp on the back side of the image, you get a delicate pastel effect that is perfect for weddings, anniversaries, births and birthdays. A very popular vellum technique called Pergamano uses white inks and a variety of fancy edging techniques for special occasion cards such as these. You can stain vellum with an ink covered brayer. You can layer vellum over another image and the image on the bottom will show through. Your imagination is really the limit with this versatile paper product./P>

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