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

Dear Friends,

Wishing you a great week. My husband took the kids to the pool so I’m relaxing a bit. While everyone’s away, I also made the card below. I turned up Pandora to some great 80’s music and the card just came together. There’s nothing like 80’s music to get you in a great mood and inspire you, is there?  It’s playing LOUDLY now (Pat Benatar’s “We Belong”).

The flower is from the Birthday Bloom’s stamp set. I stamped it in Basic Gray and watercolored it in Flirty Flamingo and then went over it again with Watermelon Wonder.

The “For You” is cut on the top right with a bit of the decorative label punch to give it a little extra interest.

Birthday Blooms by Stampin' Up!

I have a confession about this card. I wanted to mount it onto Watermelon Wonder paper — but I’m almost out of it! Instead, I used Whisper White, cut thin strips of Watermelon Wonder and after I glued them on, I had almost the same effect as a whole piece of card stock. I decided to use some serpendipity in my design and left a little bit of the Whisper White showing on the left. I like it!  A lot 🙂

Birthday Blooms by Stampin' Up!

Supplies Used:
Stamps: Birthday Blooms
Ink: Basic Gray, Watermelon Wonder, Flirty Flamingo, Emerald Envy
Paper; Whisper White, Silver Foil Sheets, Gray DSP (Basics), Shimmery White
Other: Silver Thread, Rhinestones, Decorative Punch

Have a wonderful week,

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Happy Day!

What an exciting day today! It’s the first day of the new catalog! My guess is that Stampin’ Up!’s lines are going to be on fire today. My list keeps changing every day and who knows what my first order will include. In the meantime, I did a pre-order of the stamp set, Swirly Bird. When I first saw the stamp set, I thought it would be amazing for layering. When I looked closer, I saw that there were some cool images that would make a nice setting.

I challenged myself to use the Paper Craft Challenge (PCCC#197) using this stamp set.


Can I tell you how much I love the color, Flirty Flamingo? It is very similar to my favorite Stampin’ Up! color of all time (and I still have it) called Calypso Coral. It makes me smile every time I use the color.

Swirly Bird stamp set by Stampin' Up1

If you are like me and wondering which items to choose for your order, the Swirly Bird stamp set will be a great one. Along with its matching framelits, you’ll use it on many of your cards as layering pieces. Lots of bang for your buck — I love that!

If you have trouble getting into Stampin’ Up!’s website, please be patient. My guess is that this will be one of the most busy days they’ve ever had.

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If you need a catalog, let me know and I’ll send one right to you ( Although it’s nice to see the products online, there’s nothing like having a copy in your hands.



Fun Fold Card and Video

Dear Friends,

I have something a little unique to show you today. It’s a Fun Fold Card. It took me a lot longer than it looks to design. I started out doing something very complex, with the design in the center flipping out. My personal motto is to “keep it simple” since no one wants to scratch their head over paper crafting, right? The final method I used is so crazy simple, you won’t believe it.


To decorate the card I used one of my favorite stamp sets, Summer Silhouettes. I have gotten my money’s worth out of that set. I’ve made so many cards, I can’t count them — and since I’ve had the set for less than a year, that’s pretty impressive. Actually, a friend is coming over tonight (She’s in a bit of a bind. She needs about 50 cards by Sunday, maybe more. But we can do it!!!) I plan to lend her this set and create a simple project for her to replicate.

I made a video for the project. In the video, I also show how I did the sponging for the card.

I hope you enjoy!

Supplies Used:
Stamps: Summer Silhouettes
Ink and Paper: Cherry on Top DSP, Wisteria Wonder, Old Olive, Marina Mist
Other: Sponges, Deco Framelits

Have a happy day,


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Paper Craft Crew Design Team

Dear Friends,

I am an uber excitement announcement to make today: I have been invited to be a member of the Paper Craft Crew Design Team!!! It is a true honor to be on this team of amazing men and women. Their work is gorgeous and the sketches are some of my favorites. An added perk is that I also get to see the sketches in advance <smile> so that’s been lovely, too.


Why follow a sketch?

Simple – it’s F-U-N. Starting a card from scratch can be daunting. It’s great to have a template (also called a sketch) as a starting point. When sketches are well designed, they help your card design flow smoothly and make the process fun. I stamp because it’s fun, so anything that makes it even more enjoyable is terrific.

My other reason for loving sketches is because they help you grow your skills. Great sketches are properly designed to add interest and balanced elements to your cards. As you continue to follow sketches, you will learn to add these enhancements to your own card designs, too.

Design Sketch:

Here’s what the sketch looks like this week:

PCCCS 162-205-009

And <drumroll> Here’s my first card for the Design Team!!! It’s for PCCC193.


Since it was my first challenge project, I decided to leave my comfort zone and do some watercoloring. The flower color is a combination of Crushed Curry and Melon Mambo. I LOVE how they look together. I also used white embossing powder rather than a typical black to get a softer effect.

The stamp set, Blended Bloom is on sale right now, while supplies last. Click here.


  • To make the flower, first emboss white embossing powder onto Shimmery White paper. Using an aquapainter, color in the flower petals in Crushed Curry, then Melon Mambo directly over it. I did only a few petals at a time so the Crushed Curry would still be wet when I put the Melon Mambo over it.
  • When cutting out the flower, I cut right up to the white embossing. Usually I leave a little space, but with this card, cutting it tight to the flower looked the best.
  • I can’t get enough of Wink of Stella. Each of the dots in the background are colored with the shimmer. It adds a lot to the card.
  • The sentiment is embossed in gold on vellum. When embossing on vellum, it’s best to heat the powder with short bursts rather than holding the heating tool over the vellum for a while. This keeps it from curling.

I hope you join me and play along with the challenge. Click here to enter your card. It’s easy to upload your card to the challenge. And be sure to report back and let me know if you didn’t have fun making it!!

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Supplies Used:
Stamps: Blended Bloom, Sheltering Tree
Paper: Whisper White, Smoky Slate, Shimmery White, Vellum
Ink: Versamark, Crushed Curry, Melon Mambo
Other: Dots Embossing Folder, Aquapainter, White Embossing Powder, Gold Embossing Powder, Clear Wink of Stella, Vintage Buttons, Gold Thread, Rhinestones





Botanical Blooms – first card!

Dear Friends,


Today was a crazy day. I don’t want to go into detail since I’m sure you have enough crazy in your own life, but I didn’t think I would get a new card done using the Paper Craft Crew sketch. I kept trying to sneak down to my studio and then something would happen and I would never get a chance to start.  I had another card ready for today’s post, but I adored the sketch for this week. The reason why I like it so much is because I made another card a few months ago (without a sketch) and it had the same elements. The card pictured on the right is one of my absolute favories. I love the funkiness of the paper at an angle.  It is so “me.” There’s something very satisfying when a card fits your personal style, isn’t it?

Below is the sketch for the challenge (PCCC188). You can see why I had to do it! Isn’t it almost the same?  Such a coincidence! Finally, I begged my husband to give me a few minutes and he took care of everything so I could do downstairs. I had to rush but I’m thrilled with how it came out.


I had just received the framelits for the Botanical Bouquet a few weeks ago since they’d been on backorder for a while (can you see why?  They are so gorgeous!).  I used the matching paper, which uses some darker tones. I brightened it up with coral flowers and a vivid yellow center.


The leaves are delicate and realistic looking. I used Old Olive card stock, to match the paper behind it. It was a fun project and I’m so thankful for my husband for dealing with things so I could make it.


Hope you have an amazing time. And if you can, also try to squeeze in a few minutes to make something that will put a smile on your face, too.

Supplies Used:
Stamp set and Framelits: Botanical Blooms Bundle
Paper:  Whisper White, Botanical Gardens DSP, Calypso Coral, Old Olive, and Crushed Curry
Ink: Old Olive and Early Espresso
Accessories: Metallic sequins

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New Video – Scallop Easel Card

Dear Friends,

Sometimes it’s good to shake things up. Maybe drive to work a different way, perhaps take a few hours off work on a gorgeous day and go on a hike. What about making bread from scratch???? Doing things differently puts joy in our hearts. It invigorates us and gives us energy and happiness.

Today I’m shaking things up with a different kind of card.

The card below is a round, scallop shaped easel card (that’s a mouthful, isn’t it?). It’s not hard to do, but it sure looks different than the cards many of us make.  And why not?  Have some fun with card making.  Do something different.  And who knows.  Maybe after making this card, you’ll decide to start making bread from scratch.


To make the card, I used the Scallop framelit from the Circles Framelit collection. The flower in the front is not entirely necessary, but it holds the card more securely.  Here’s a side view of the card.


Below is a video with step-by-step instructions on how to make the card:

Click Scallop Easel Card for a pdf document with dimensions for the project and supplies.

I hope you enjoy this project.