Saturday, May 16, 2009

Vellum Collage

Hi You fabulous people You,

Sorry I've been away so long. I've missed You! I'm okay, but I'm still feeling really run down. It'll be a while until I'm back in full swing. Here's a post though (and maybe a vellum technique that's new to you?) to hopefully inspire a little...

Adela, my talented fellow Caardvark made this stunning tree card that made me want to experiment with vellum & layers like crazy! On it, she's sandwiched leaves between the vellum & cardstock. Brilliant, hey? So this is the result of my playin' around: vellum collage... to create a vellum collage
2...make a stitched vellum sentiment tricks for snazzing up vellum


...create a vellum collage

It felt SO artsy to play with these layers...the possibilities are endless and it seems like a funky way to use up your treasured scraps. I even started a box to save all my really extra nifty scraps in. The basic process is so simple: just glue bits to your mat & the back of your vellum to make layers.

  • Vellum Cardstock
  • Stamp, ink, embossing powder & colouring medium
  • Cardstock for mat (Black used here)
  • Collage elements (gaffer tape used here)
  • Contrasting paper for collage images under vellum
  • Adhesive: Tombow Monomulti & doublesided tape (or your fave)
  • Paper piercer, thread & needle, seed beads
  • Zig Painty pen (metallic silver)

Step 1)
Cut a mat for your image & adhere collage elements to it (stamped or other nifty items)--this is gaffer tape from 7Gyspies.

Step 2) Stamp your image on Vellum Cardstock & colour it (I've embossed the birdcage "Sweet Z's" stamp from Unity Stamp Co. and coloured and shaded with Copics, silver Zig Painty pen & a white CTMH marker.)

Step 3) Stamp more images & adhere them face up to the back of the vellum (i like to use a thin coat of Tombow monomulti)

Step 4) Add adhesive on the back of the paper elements (they'll hide the adhesive)

Step 5) Pierce vellum edges (if stitching it on)

Step 6)
Adhere vellum to your collaged mat

Step 7) Stitch vellum on & add beads, if you like.


...make a stitched vellum sentiment

If you want to try this out, but don't want to fuss with glue, just sketch out your sentiment on regular cardstock instead of vellum & sew it (using double-sided tape on the back to hold the thread ends)

Stitched Sentiment:
  • Vellum Cardstock
  • Needle & thread (turquoise embroidery floss)
  • Paper piercer
  • Marker
  • Scrap paper
Flower & Button:

Step 1) Write out your sentiment on a piece of scrap paper (or type & print it out)

Step 2) Lay Vellum Cardstock over your sentiment

Step 3) Pierce vellum to create holes for sewn sentiment

Step 4) Thread needle & thread through & use adhesive to affix the end of the thread (I used Crystal laquer & the end of a big safety pin to glue the ends down & keep them behind the letters so they would show less)

Step 5) Stitch letters & glue ends down between each letter


(for snazzing up vellum)

I always seem to go at things backwards, so here are some ways to alter vellum edges as an afterthought...

A) Add a silver edge with a zig painty pen (or other metallic pen edging)

B) Add a coloured edge with markers (water based markers may curl the vellum a bit, but the sewing here prevented that. Copic markers are great for not curling vellum cardstock.)

Hope your craftin' mojo is in full gear
(and i can't wait until mine is back) ;O)

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Cazzy said...

Wow Mel, that is lovely and thanks for sharing. I may have to try this soon.

Hope you feel better soon.

Cazzy x

Tracy said...

wow! I am amazed at your detail! I am blog hopping tonight whilst hubby watches tv....can I link you to my blog? thank you so much for sharing ;)

Anonymous said...

I am fairly new to your blog and I am always blown away by what you do and how much you share. I hope you are feeling okay. I think it takes me some time to process all your info! You are an amazing creator!

Anonymous said...

Mel, you are so generous and talented. i am printing out today's post to take right down to my work space and try out with my vellum. I never seem to get it quite right, and your post sounds like it addresses several of my problems. Thank you! And I'm sending lots of positive energy to you to help you feel better. Kathy

Dawn said...

love it...oh, you knew I would! *wink*

Chrissy's Creations said...

WOW! Beautiful!!!

Anita said...

Wow! I am amazed at all your wonderful tips. TFS!

Deepa Gopal said...

Beautiful works Mel!!! I went thru many of your works and its delicious!!!

Will try it out sometime...very unique method as far as I am concerned. You've a lovely blog!!

Have a Wonderful, arty Weekend:)

ps:Pls do chk out my blog when time permits.

Jaime Benavides said...

WOW! Mel, this is GORGEOUS! Thanks for sharing your beautiful creations...They are very inspiring. I have a question for you however, where did you get your clear ruler with the small holes in it(for piercing paper in a straight line, I assume)?

Anonymous said...

Hi Mel, love your blog and am so glad i found you via FB. Thanks so much for sharing.
Feel better real soon.

Deepa Gopal said...

Mel, Thank you so much for visiting my blog:)

Mel, Your comment has taken me to heights..(floating!!!) I am so honored to feel that my writing has inspired you. Thanks a ziliion!!Thanks for ur Wonderful comments on my art..from a GREAT Artist like you... BTW, Ia m following you since the past two weeks.

Pls do visit my blog whenever you've time.

Annie said...

Hope you're feeling tons better now Mel - love what you've done with vellum and your friend's tree is amazing too.

Totally inspiring.

Ann xxx

the PaperTemptress said...

Mel you just can't believe how thrilled I am that you did this tutorial. I had seen a collage done like that but it was done with glass in a wood box and at that time I gave some thought to doing the same thing but with cardstock but never got around to playing with it. This is fabulous and I am sure it looks great! And I might add that PaperTemptress carries the largest selection of vellum weight and colors that can be found anywhere (just had to throw that in there LOL) Again thank you for providing us with inspiration with great detail and thought! I hope this comment finds you doing better, you know I am ALWAYS sending good karma your way!!

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and May's specials!


Anonymous said...

just so u know i was here!lady

Elena said...

Your vellum collage is amazing! I love the tiny stitched words on the vellum a lot! You are so talented, Mel!

Etha said...

oh wow this is just amazing! love the visual depth of the different layers and all the little details, super!

~Lori Roop said...

Whata cool technique Mel!! Fabulous tut too!

Kim Etherington said...

That birdy cage suits you. Antiquey looking like you like. Love the repeat in shadows of the image. Such spectacular creativity!