Hi and happy Monday!! This is Stephanie Bryan and I'm going to be with you all week! This week we are talking all about VELLUM! It seems like vellum ebbs and flows in this industry. Some years it's in, and some years it's out. I think it's making a comeback, don't you? You can find vellum and transparent layers in many new collections these days.
This week, I thought I would show you some fun and interesting ways to incorporate vellum into your projects.
Vellum is a translucent paper material that has many uses. Originally, vellum was used by architects and designers as a tracing medium. For paper crafters, it can be much, much more.
You can purchase vellum at most office supply stores, or through online distributors, such as Amazon (which is where I purchase mine). I find that a pack of 50 sheets of vellum lasts quite a while.
Many manufactuers are now including vellum and other transparent supplies with their new collections. You can find vellum papers, tags, stickers and pockets. Below is just a sampling of some of the new vellum products from Crate Paper, Chic Tags, American Crafts and Studio Calico.
Okay...what do you say we find out how I and other write.click.scrapbook team members use vellum? I will be mostly focusing on using a plain sheet of vellum this week. The supplies you can purchase are totally amazing and fun to use, but it's also fun to play around with paper and see what you can create!! Let's get started!!
Using Vellum as a Background
Adding vellum to the background of a layout can have a very visually interesting effect. For the first two layouts, I used my star punch to punch out a lot of vellum stars.
I started by laying the punched vellum stars all over my background. To add a little color and interest to the design of the page, I punched out stars from patterned paper to add underneath some of the vellum star. The translucent nature of vellum softens the colors ever so slightly. I added some sequins here and there and then stitched each star into place.
I did a similar technique with this layout, except I kept my vellum stars at the bottom of the page to draw your eye down to the photo. I stitched these stars together in rows. I love how the vellum adds a fun dimension and texture to a page.
Amy Sorenson did an amazing job with this page!! She painted directly onto her piece of vellum and then let it dry. I've never tried this technique, but I know I will be soon!! Amy mentioned that the paint dries differently on vellum than it does on cardstock! How fun is that??
Francine Clouden used vellum on her background layer to frame her grid pattern. The vellum softens the background, which is so perfect for sweet baby layouts.
Layering vellum onto your background papers or paper layers can also soften or tone down busy patterns.
Diane Payne added vellum over a few floral papers to soften the pattern and keep the main focus on the photo.
Jennifer Larson did the same thing and covered the entire background paper with vellum to tone down the busy background. Adding the vellum keeps your eye drawn to the main focus...the photos.
Laura O'Donnell used a similar technique for some of her beautiful cards. The vellum serves as a beautiful surface for embellishments.
And that's it for today!! Be sure to stop on by every day this week for more fun and interesting ways to use vellum!