Good morning! Emily Midgett here with you today to share this week's video, in which I share three different techniques to incorporate Hero Arts Vellum into your cardmaking! Vellum is an extremely versatile product that can be used in numerous ways, but in the video, I've shown how to use it to highlight, to soften, and to create a stained glass effect. Here's the video:
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For my first project using the fantastic Hero Arts Vellum, I chose to create a very simple, easily reproduced project using vellum to highlight the sentiment. One of my favorite ways to incorporate vellum into my projects is to use it as a highlight for my sentiment. Sometimes, you just want a subtle halo behind your sentiment to help make it pop that much more. For this project, I chose to add the sentiment to a solid Snowflakes and Ornament panel using silver embossing powder. Adding the sentiment to the vellum helps to highlight it from the vibrant turquoise background, as well as adding an elegant element of texture to the card front.
For my second project, I show how the vellum can be used to soften a bold, busy background in order to allow the greeting to be more visible. I started by ink blending using Orchid, Deep Ocean, and Indigo inks over a silver-embossed Hand Drawn Snowflakes background. Normally, this background would be the star of the show, but you can see how easily the vellum snowflake (from the Snowflake Infinity Dies) provides a subtle and smooth canvas for the greeting from the new Wishes Stamp & Cut to be the center of attention on that busy background. The die cuts also provide an important place for the adhesive to "hide," so as to avoid those unsightly splotches of adhesive. A few Winter Sequins accent the glittery sentiment die cut nicely.
For my third project, I wanted to show my favorite way to use vellum: with my Copics. This is a fairly simple technique that has been around for awhile, but it's one of my favorite uses for vellum. I began by silver heat embossing the Holiday Florals Bold Prints onto an A2 panel of vellum. I then chose four very deep, saturated shades of Copic markers, flipped the embossed vellum panel over so that the embossing was face down, and began coloring the images. Choosing intense shades of Copics is an important part of this technique; just as the vellum has a softening effect on the busy background pictured above, it also has a softening effect on the Copic coloring, so those dark, saturated colors are not nearly as intense when the embossed panel is flipped over. After I finished coloring the image, I used a frame die cut using the Rectangle Infinity Dies to help "hide" the adhesive again. I added a greeting created from the Peace Stamp & Cut and covered it with some Crystal Clear Lacquer to add another element of texture to the card front.
Well, that's all for me today! I hope you found these tips and tricks on how to incorporate vellum into your cardmaking useful. Vellum can be intimidating because it is transparent and thus difficult to adhere to your card front neatly, but if you use a little creativity, it can be an elegant addition to your card front! Thanks so much for stopping by today, and have a marvelous week!
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