Saturday, May 30, 2009

My Time to Create TECHNIQUE Challenge

Well it's time for another challenge from Lauren Meader. This time (since it's a 5th week in the month) Lauren is featuring a technique challenge where we were to dry emboss vellum then color it. This is a long post since I took the time to show the steps and a bit of my thought process as I did this new-to-me technique. SCROLL DOWN to see what the Design Team came up with for this challenge then please join us and share what YOU create using this technique. Be sure to link your creation to Mr. Linky on Lauren's blog.

First - here's the final project I came up with. It's not a traditional card size - it's 4x8 (folded) and fits a standard #10 envelope. But sometimes I just gotta get out of the A2 rut. :-) I wanted a big bouquet of flowers and my tulips out in my front yard were just calling to me so the flowers are from Gina K Design's Year of Flowers (illustrated by Melanie Muenchinger!) Sentiment is from Melanie's Say it With Flowers.

Here are the steps I followed. First I stamped (and masked) images with Memento ink on vellum. I let it dry a little then flipped the vellum over and used an embossing stylus to trace over all the lines of my image. Be sure your vellum is on something "cushiony" for the embossing step - I used my paper piercing pad. (Sorry I forgot to take a pic of these steps. oops)

Then I used my copics to color the BACK of the vellum - the side where I just traced with my stylus.
Here's a picture of the freshly colored back of vellum.

I let that dry for a bit then turned it back over to the front side. Here's what the coloring looks like when the vellum is laid on a white piece of cardstock (more subtle colors than on the reverse.)

Next I laid the colored, embossed vellum onto a piece of Berry Sorbet CS. I didn't like that look - it was too dark for me so I tried the vellum over Lemon Tart instead. (Hmm maybe I was still in Blog Hop mode!)
That was a much softer look that I was trying to achieve. Final steps were to actually assemble the final card which is at the top of the post. I used my adhesive on the colored parts of the flowers so it wouldn't show through the vellum. I layered the Lemon Tart with Berry Sorbet and Plum Pudding papers and added a bit of Berry Sorbet dotted swiss ribbon. A sentiment below the image, a flourish from the new Fancy Flourishes set from Papertrey and a little bling! This was a tough challenge for me to figure out what I was doing and what it was supposed to look like when I was done. I did like the final project, especially since it was a unique size. Gee Lauren - thanks for PUSHING me out of my comfort zone :-)

One final funny note - when you are embossing you are supposed to lay your vellum on something kind of soft so I used my paper piercing pad - perfect cushion to do my embossing BUT when I picked it up after my first trial - guess what - I had a perfectly stamped rose image on my pad! LOL SO I learned to let the stamped vellum DRY before embossing. (BUT the ink actually did come off with my Ultra Clean and a paper towel!)

Now - hop over to the other Design Team members to see what they have come up with you for this challenge. Please play along - we LOVE to see what YOU come up with. Hugs n Smiles!

Lauren Meader
Maria Levine
Tamara Harder
MacKenzie Bruckler


Kristin Bueter said...


This is beautiful! Love the tulip bouquet and your coloring...the unique card size is perfect for the main image! LOVE IT!

Have a great weekend :O)

Maria Levine said...

Nice job! Love those flowers.

Cat said...

Pam, you did a great job on this project! Your card is absolutely gorgeous!

Tamara said...

Your bouquet is fabulous. Great job on the challenge!

Brenda said...

Pam you card is gorgeous!! Wonderful coloring. Thank you for the tutorial I will have to give this a try.

Tracey Cuccia said...

Gorgeous Pam!! Love the different size of the card, the colors -- and you made it perfect with the embossing! WOWWEE :)

Yvette said...

This is just lovely! Cool technique!

the PaperTemptress said...

Guess what is going on sale in June, VELLUM! What a great technique and wait until you see all the amazing colors and types of vellum PaperTemptress carries when you go and spend your $25!!

Check out PaperTemptress's blog
and June's specials!

we do not inherit the EARTH from our ancestors; we borrow it from our CHILDREN!

the PaperTemptress said...

Oh BTW, I am from Illinois, spent my whole life there until I was 30. Most of it was in Springfield.

Check out PaperTemptress's blog
and June's specials!

we do not inherit the EARTH from our ancestors; we borrow it from our CHILDREN!

catdidit said...

So awesome Pam! I love the coloring of them flowers, very pretty! I went to dig out my vellum after seeing your picture and IM OUT!! omg....

The Wired Angel said...

great job with the challenge Pam... !! 'Love what you did.

Patty said...

Hi Pam, this is georgeous too! I love the copic markers that you used!
Thanks for sharing and for visited my blog too!

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