Thursday, June 9, 2011

Vellum Meets Mambo Melon!

HaHa! My post title sounds almost like the title for a monster movie - "Godzilla Meets the Embossing Gun!". Wonder how he would have stood up to the heat?! :) Hmm, if he was in Virginia today, he'd probably melt! There's an awful heat wave here right now, I wish I was back in Alaska!

Right before we left for the Alaska Cruise I had my monthly play date with my Stampin' Fools. These awesome ladies wanted to learn some uses for Vellum and one of my favorites is doing an overlay.
Here's a little close up for you:

Oooh, pretty right? Yeah, they loved it a lot! I really liked how this particular card turned out and took one on the cruise with me to share on the display boards. I've seen it on a couple of other blogs, so I guess the other demos liked it too! :)

Oh, remember yesterday I told you I'd take a picture of the antique apron that I bought in Juneau? Well, here it is:

Isn't it sweet?! I really love the pink ribbon bows that run through the crochet. Can you believe it was only $6? It was my bargain souvenir and my almost favorite one too! So now, I need to figure out how to display it in the studio. I hung it over the doors to my display cabinet - my repurposed antique kitchen cabinet - to take the photo, but I'm kind of stumped about where it should go permanently. Maybe some sort of rack thingy that attaches to the wall. Then I could add some other antique linens to it too! Hey, looks like I need to go antique shopping again!

Anyway, back to the card. Here's the full frontal view: (hey, get your mind out of the gutter!)

I used Vellum, Melon Mambo and Whisper White cardstock. Wild Wasabi and Versamark ink. The new and utterly COOL Melon Mambo Embossing Powder! Whisper White 5/8" Grosgrain Ribbon - which is retiring by the way. The greeting is from All Holidays, which is also retiring! BooHoo! Another MUST OWN stamp set - so get crackin' and go order it from my website if you don't have it!

Now, this is a super easy card. Just cut your vellum cardstock overlay to the same size as your under layer - here mine is 4" x 5 1/4". I stamped the greenery first on the Whisper White under layer. Yes, I used the Fabulous Florets stamp set AGAIN! I know - but I LOVE it!
Then match up the Vellum with the Whisper White cardstock and stamp the flowers using Versamark over the leafy areas you want to bloom.

Then, just heat emboss with the Melon Mambo Embossing Powder and your Heat Tool and voila!, you have a pretty flower garden!
The biggest question I get asked is how do you adhere the vellum to the under layer without the adhesive showing. That's a great question!
For this card, I placed Mini Glue Dots under the centers of each flower on the backside of the Vellum. That area was solid enough that the glue dots wouldn't show through.
Next, the ribbon/bow combination helped keep the top edge in place. Here's a close up:

I wrapped a piece of the ribbon around the layered cardstocks then attached my bow and greeting with Mini Glue Dots again. The greeting was punched out with the Modern Label punch and is tied on with some Whisper White Baker's Twine. I accented it with a Brights Collection Button.

So, how do you like it? Are you ready to go stamp with some Vellum now? Great! One tip is that I most often use the Vellum Cardstock not Vellum Paper. There is a big difference - the cardstock weight is heavier and I've found it to be the most versatile. I rarely, actually VERY rarely use the paper. It's just too thin for my taste and I've not had good luck with it.

Stamped blessings everyone! Stay cool today - it's supposed to be over 100 degrees here today - very unusual for June here! Whooie! Guess I'll be staying in the nice, cool studio today. Yeah, I know, what a hardship!



  1. Love it, Robin! Thanks for sharing!

    You should get a dress form to display your apron and your Simply Adorned jewelry!

  2. That is a great card. I think I will borrow your idea for stamp club this month.
    Thanks for sharing.

  3. This is beautiful and I hope to case it.

  4. Lovely card. I love the stamped vellum overlay. Thanks for sharing.


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