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Did I mention I am really glad I got the Tags in Bloom Sale-a-bration stamp set? I was wondering what it would look like when heat-embossed on vellum. I grabbed a few different colors of embossing powder and a bunch of vellum pieces. I wasn’t disappointed. I was even amazed at how well the new Black shimmer embossing powder looked, because I wasn’t convinced I needed it when it first came out last year.
My favorite is usually gold embossing, so I started with that one. I stumbled upon a blog post somewhere (for another crafting company) that mentioned that colored pencils work really nicely on vellum. Since we don’t have those, I dug out my Watercolor pencils. I totally loved how it came out!
Stamp: Tags in Bloom (SAB)
Ink: VersaMark, Calypso Coral
Paper: Whisper White thick and regular, Pear Pizzazz, Vellum
Accessories: Gold embossing powder, Watercolor pencils, Petal Pink striped organdy ribbon, Magnolia Lane ribbon combo pack, Metallic pearls, Label Me Lovely punch
See, didn’t that come out so nicely? I backed the vellum with the same size of Whisper White. I added bits of SNAIL in the opening of the frame and in the corners. The ribbon helps to hide some of it, but the bits on the bottom corners are not terribly obvious.
I definitely recommend coloring on the BACK of the vellum. I tried coloring it on front of the black shimmer embossed piece and ended up scraping off some of the embossing. I guess I was pressing too hard with the watercolor pencil, oops. The color is a bit softer when you color on the back, but you don’t lose that much vibrancy. So, be safe and color on the back. 🙂
Here’s a closeup of the flower so you can see the coloring I did.
I even tried coloring (on the back) with Blends. I think the watercolor pencils look better. The solvent in the Blends makes the color spread out too much, making it hard to build up color.
The ribbon treatment is a bit of a departure from what I normally do, but I love how it came out! Here is a closeup of the linen thread bow on the ribbon. I did have to encourage the ribbon to curl to the back, since I liked that look better.
I got this idea from a card on Stesha Bloodhart’s blog. She tied a bow around a loop of the same ribbon, with a pearl on top. Isn’t it a cool look? That’s a gold pearl, in case you wanted to know.