Tips for Embossing on Vellum

Below I’ll discuss something that many crafters don’t realize they can do. Did you know it’s possible to emboss on vellum? With a heat tool??? I’ll be discussing how to do it later in this post. Embossing on vellum is a great way to add subtly to a card.

Masculine Cards

Is there a type of card that’s hard for you to make? For me, there’s one type that I struggle with – but it’s a doosie: masculine cards. About a quarter of all of my cards (should) go to the men in my life, but I have a very difficult time making masculine cards.

This is a surprising problem because I’m generally a no-frills kind of person in my non-crafting life. I don’t wear much makeup. I’ve had the same inexpensive purse and shoes for years. I’d rather save my money for crafts and tuition, not the latest frills. It’s therefore odd to me that I have so much trouble making masculine cards. But I do! I love to make cards delicate and frilly. The colors I like are usually soft pastels and pinks.

For the card below, I decided to leave my comfort zone and do a card that I could give to anyone. The Jar of Love stamp set is great for all kinds of occasions.

Jar of Love, stamp set by Stampin' Up! Embossing on Vellum

Tips for Embossing on Vellum

When making this card, I decided to play with vellum. Have you ever embossed on vellum? If you think it can’t be done, take a closer look at the card! It was my first time using the Copper Embossing powder and I love the richness that the copper gives to the bottle.

Here’s how to emboss on vellum:

  • Clean off the vellum with an embossing buddy so that any stray static won’t make the powder stick. Powder loves to stick to vellum, so try not to forget this important step!
  • Stamp your image in versamark, as you normally would. Sprinkle embossing powder over it. Brush off any stray powder using a dry paintbrush.
  • Here’s the most important part: Heat your embossing tool before you aim it at the vellum. I like to “preheat it” for about a minute. Preheating it brings the temperature up so that you’re not melting the vellum while the tool gets to the correct temperature.
  • Aim the heating tool at the image in small spurts. Don’t leave it on the image for a long time or the vellum will curl. This also lets the vellum cool down a bit so it doesn’t get overly hot.
  • Watch the powder turn into a solid. It’s always fun to see the transformation, but it’s particularly neat when seeing it on vellum. It almost appears to be melting into it. Such fun!

Jar of Love, stamp set by Stampin' Up! Embossing on Vellum

After embossing the image onto the vellum, I cut it out using the matching framelits. I also cut a piece of Whisper White cardstock out, so I could stamp my images on it. The Whisper White is glued (carefully, using tombow) so it is directly behind the image.

Since it’s a masculine card, I got out my new Black Metallic Thread and it reminded me of fishing wire. Not that I know anything about fishing, but it looked to me like it fit the theme of the card. I was excited for an opportunity to finally use the Black Thread!

The Seaside embossing folder put the card together with the water scene. I’ve used this embossing folder twice this week and I know it’s just the beginning – I’ll be getting a tone of use out of it.

I hope you enjoyed my masculine card. Perhaps you’ll give embossing on vellum a try? If you do, be sure to send me a picture of your card! Send it to:

Happy Stamping. Maybe this heat will send you indoors, into your stamp room? I sure hope so!


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Supplies Used:
Stamps: Jar of Love
Paper: Pacific Point, Brights DSP
Ink: Versamark, Pacific Point, Soft Sky
Other: Embossing Buddy, Copper Embossing Powder, Black Metallic Thread, Seaside Embossing Folder, Metallic Sequins

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