31 March 2018

Dragonfly - embossing on vellum

To everything there is a season... and the season to create is every day. This card features Stampin' Up products and embossing on vellum.

Putting It Together

As part of my "don't just buy it, use it" mantra, I try to do a project with mostly just Stampin' Up products at least once a month. Last year I got the focal stamp at a local garage sale sponsored by a local scrapbook shop. I only got the dragonfly of the set with the others not even offered. I actually got it as a bundle with a couple other stamps which weren't Stampin' Up. The dragonfly was the starting point for my project today.

I started with an idea to use embossing and so stamped Versamark on white cardstock. While thinking about the embossing powders in my stash, I side tracked and decided to use Perfect Pearls Turquoise and then I thought about using it on black. Since I already stamped the Versamark on white, I decided to do a comparison picture. So, I put the Turquoise Perfect Pearls on the white, stamped on black, and brushed the Turquoise on it, too. Same colour, two different backgrounds. So dramatic. But...

I decided to use the really cool leavy foiled paper from the Sale-A-Bration Spring Time Foils and matte it with Tranquil Tide. I decided not to use either the white or the black I just made. I mentally debated stamping on Tranquil Tide and either embossing or using Perfect Pearls but..

I decided to use vellum for a lighter look. I had intended to use a Stampin' Up embossing powder but only have four and none were the look I wanted, so I used Simon Says Stamp Rose Gold.

I recently got this Core'dinations vellum because my Strathmore vellum had run out. The Core'dinations vellum is -very- thin. I was actually a bit surprised by the thinness since it's the lightest weight vellum I have run into. It's not bad, but it cannot stand on its own at all. It is likely not good for using with embossing folders. It did handle the heat embossing well. The vellum pack was inexpensive but its use will be more limited than other vellums I've had.

I poked about in my stash of Stampin' Up dies and the border from the Flourish thinlits caught my eye. I used a Spellbinders square die to precisely trim the dragonfly, then my eye was caught by a die set I recently acquired, the Pop-Up set from Queen and Company. Hmm.. says I, I wonder how that would look under the writing. Oooo, says I that's cool. It anchors the image while still keeping it light.

I fished about in my stash for a sentiment and the sentiments from Crafting Forever made me smile. They also fit with the verse in the script around the dragonfly in a quirky way. To everything there is a season... yeah, crafting always :) I used a stitched oval from CC Designs to trim the sentiment. I popped up the dragonfly with foam mounting tape on the frame beneath it. I also popped up the sentiment oval. I decided to use a black card base because the black made it all just 'pop'.

 When I use a dark card base, I like to put a white or light coloured panel on the inside to make it easier to add a personal sentiment. I didn'ty want to leave it plain so I used the fancy corners from a Fiskars punch. I also stamped another sentiment inside.



Feeling Sketchy: Sketch 189
Just for Fun Rubber Stamps: Die Cuts
Tic-Tac-Toe: Die Cut, Gold, Green
Crafting From the Heart: Anything Goes
Penny's Paper-crafty: Anything Goes
Simon Says Stamp Wednesday: Anything Goes
The Sketchy Challenge: Anything Goes
Crafty Gals Corner: Anything Goes


  1. WOW lady, you've been a busy crafter! Oh...I need to start chanting your mantra! The embossing is gorgeous on the vellum. I love the copper and gold together. Thank you for sharing! Wendy DT Coordinator JFF Rubber Stamps

  2. Beautiful card you made. I like the way have you used our sketch :-)) Embossing results is very good.
    Thanks for playing with us at Feeling Sketchy.

  3. Thanks for joining us at Penny’s Paper-Crafty Challenge blog. Very nice and Good luck!
    Bye, Groetjes van Ine (DT)

  4. Lovely work Thank you for joining the challenge at Feeling Sketchy. Hope to see you again next time.

  5. Beautiful card...you've combined all the elements in such a creative way. Thank you for sharing it at the Tic Tac Toe challenge this week.

  6. What a great card! I love your interpretation of our sketch! Thanks for sharing your work with Feeling Sketchy. I hope you'll be inspired by our next sketch too!
    Maja DT at Feeling Sketchy You can visit my blog: Rilcek in Kljuncek


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