Dry Embossed Vellum

Dry Embossed Vellum


– [Jennifer] Well hello
there, and welcome. This is Jennifer McGuire, and I’m very thankful that you stopped by. Today I’m going to show
you several variations of a dry embossed vellum technique. Now I briefly showed this technique in a video a couple weeks ago, where I shared five different techniques with one stamp set. A lot of people asked questions about it, so I thought I’d come and do a whole video dedicated to dry embossing on vellum. I have several variations for you, and I’m hoping that you have some products at home that you can
use with this technique. I enjoy this process because you can get a completely different
look out of your stamps, and add some fun texture to your vellum. Now in my other video I just showed how to take an outline stamp and do dry embossed vellum with that. Well in this video we’re gonna look at different types of stamps. And let’s start with this card here. For this one I used the Concord & 9th Uplifting
Thoughts stamp set. This is a beautiful set
with nice sentiments. And you’ve got that cluster of leaves and the cluster of flowers. And I’ll do a card with
both of those today. We’ll start with the leaves first. Before we do our stamping, I did want to mention there is a die that coordinates with this set. It’s really unique because what it does is it either cuts the leaves or the petals to give them dimension. And it lines up with either
of these stamped images. So all you do is stamp either of them, and then line the die up, run it through your die-cut machine, and it gives some dimension to either the petals or the leaves. Such a brilliant product so I wanted to share it with you, although I’m not using
it for today’s video. Okay, so I’m starting with
the leaf cluster first. And I have some heavy weight vellum. You can use any vellum for this. I prefer a heavier weight. And I’ll link to the ones that I use in my description below. I’ve put it in my MISTI stamping tool, and I have my large image ready to go. You don’t need to use a
stamping tool for this, I just find it handy. Now I’m going to ink up my stamp with Hero Arts Shadow Ink
in the soft green color. Any dye or pigment ink would work here, but this will stay wet for some time. So there are three
things that you could do. You could just gently
tap off the excess ink with a dry cloth. You could carefully heat set it, being careful not to warp your vellum, or you could let it dry on it’s own. I usually do a combo of the three. Now you need a mousepad for this. I just use the insert and
my MISTI stamping tool because the backside is like a mousepad. Next you need a Stylus. A Stylus just has a sharp, but rounded point. There are many on the market, and I’ll link to some below. Mine happens to be an old one that I don’t even think they make anymore. If you do not have this tool, just look for something in your house that has a fine rounded point. You could even try a toothpick. Now directly onto the stamping I’m going to trace the images. You’ll see that I kind of go light first and then go back over
it a little bit heavier. You’ll want to test out your vellum and see how heavy you need to press. You don’t wanna press so hard that it pokes through the vellum, but you wanna press hard enough that you leave an impression. Basically you’re stretching the vellum wherever you run the Stylus, and it creates that white ridge. So we’re gonna go ahead and trace all of our stamping. I’m even putting those
little veins in the leaves. And when you flip this over you’ll see some of the green show through. And you’ll have a raised white outline that is super cool. In my other video I stamped
with a light gray ink and then traced over it with
my embossing with the Stylus, and then wiped the gray ink away. In this case I’m going to
leave that green ink there so it shows through on each of the leaves. So once you get the hang of it you’ll know how much pressure
you need to put on the Stylus, and it becomes pretty quick. I did this in about 15 minutes, which for me is super fast. So I traced all of the leaves, and then I have this great
textured embossed vellum. However, it warps the vellum some because we’re stretching it in different placed with the Stylus. So to flatten it back out, what I like to do is just
run it through my laminator. So all this is doing is applying pressure and heat, which helps to
flatten the vellum back out. Thankfully the texture
from the embossing stays. But you don’t have as much warping. You could also just use heavy
books on top for overnight, and that will flatten it too. Now to finish off the card
I use My Favorite Things Tropic Flowers. This stamp set has been sitting
on my desk for some time ’cause I’ve wanted to use it so much. And I use it on a couple cards today. It’s a super easy to layer, layering stamp set, but I was having trouble
finding just the right ink, so I thought I’d do one of my tricks that I’ve shown in videos before. I stamp the bottom layer, the first layer of the flower with an ink, and I used Hero Arts Fresh Peach Ink. I wanted to make that lighter so I stamped the same flower again with Hero Arts Unicorn white pigment ink, which as you can see
made the flower softer. So basically we’re just
softening that first layer so it’s a lighter color of ink. Then I come in with the
second layer of the flower, line that up, and I’ll stamp this with the same Hero Arts Fresh Peach Ink. So it’ll look darker on top of that because we put that white
pigment ink layer in there. This is a great way to stretch your inks and get two shades from one ink pad. All you need to do is stamp one layer of the white pigment ink in between. I’ll link to the video where I show more about this here because this
is a really helpful technique when you’re limited on what inks you have. So I completed stamping that flower along with the other flowers
that you see on my card. I did the same technique
for the blue flower and the yellow flower
to get two shades out of one color. Next I wanted to create that long label that says hugs to you. For that I’m using the Stamp
Market Lovely Label Stamp Set and the coordinating dies. Now you’ll notice that on the stamp set you have labels that are kind of like a fancy square, but on my card it’s a long label. So I wanted to show you a
quick trick that you can do with label stamps and dies to change how long it is or the shape of it. So I’m starting with the die itself. This will coordinate
with the stamp I choose. And I’m putting it into
my die cutting machine. This is the Platinum six. And I’m making it so that
top plate doesn’t cover the whole die. So anything under the top plate will cut. Anything hanging out to
the right will not cut. This is a partial die cutting technique. So there you can see
how it’s partially cut. Now I’m going to use my scissors just to cut the sides of this so I end up with a long label, with the fancy edge on the bottom of it. Now it’s time to add the stamping. I’m putting down a piece of tape so I mask off the top of the label stamp. So I’m lining it up with the bottom, and then we’re going to stamp
this with VersaMark ink, and then silver heat emboss. This will allow us to have the bottom of our label formed. And now we just have to get creative to stamp the rest of it. This is a great way to get more out of your products, different
shapes for your stamps and coordinating dies. So now we’re gonna mask off the top, and I’ll take the stamp and position it so that
the lines on the side line up with what we’ve already stamped. I’ll stamp that with VersaMark Ink and again silver heat emboss. So now we have a different shape label, it’s longer than originally intended. Now I can do partial die cutting to cut that other end to the same, or I could cut it by hand. But for my particular card design I’m just gonna cut it straight across so it looks like it’s coming down from the top of our card. It’s time to assemble the card. I trimmed my vellum piece down to four by five and a quarter, and I have a green note card that’s four and a quarter
by five and a half. On the back of the label
piece that we created I’m putting some strong double-sided tape from Lawn Fawn. That’s definitely my new favorite because the price point is great. Now I’m using two pieces of temporary tape to hold the vellum onto the
center of our note card. Now I’m going to place our
label on top of the vellum and that will glue the
label to the vellum. And we have it in the perfect placement. Now I’m going to flip my vellum over, add some more double-sided tape behind the label, and then add it to our card, that way we can be sure that
all of our adhesive is hidden. We don’t want it to
show through the vellum, so by only having it behind the label we won’t see it at all. So here’s a look at the completed card. You can see that embossed vellum on the background, it’s
such a cool technique, and a fun way to add a little texture and a different look from your stamps. Now I did use a stardust glitter pen to add some sparkle to the center of each of the flowers. And the hugs to you is
from that Stamp Market Lovely Label Stamp set, the same one that I used
to create the label. Okay so let’s do another example. This one uses the flower image from the same Concordinite stamp set but I changed the image up a bit. So for this I, again, started by stamping directly onto the vellum. This time I used Hero
Arts Fresh Peach Ink. After I stamped it I
tried it with my heat gun so that I wouldn’t smear it. And you can see it gives you a
nice soft look on the vellum. However, we’re gonna add so much to it by doing the dry embossing. It’ll completely change it. I did stamp the addition leaves with Hero Arts Lime Green Ink, as you can see here. So now, right on the
stamping, I am using my Stylus to trace around it. I’m not being super careful, it doesn’t have to be perfect. That’s some of the fun of this technique. So you just wanna trace around it as easily as you can,
as quickly as you can. And it gives great embossing. Now I decided I wanted
to add some more to it, change it up, give it a
little more dimension. So I’m going in with my Stylus, and I’m just drawing some curved lines on all of my petals. This just gives more look of dimension and changes up the image a bit. So you can take any simple outline image or solid image, and give it even more detail by drawing little lines or
little dots with your Stylus. Here you can see how I do little dots to the background, just
add some more fun details. And it’s easy to do with a Stylus. Once I’m done, I’m run
it through my laminator just to flatten it out. You really don’t have to do this, but since I am not using much adhesive on the vellum I want it to
lay as flat as possible, so I like doing that. For this sentiment I’m
using the Paper Smooches Hallow Hello Die Set. So this comes with the outline hello and the shadow. And check it out, when you layer them together
you get this fun look. It’s so unique. Really like the style of it. And I did this with white
card stock on the back, then the outline stacked
die cuts on the top of it, use a white shimmer card stock, which I’ll link to below. I used the same white shimmer card stock for the note card that’s
four and a quarter by five and a half. I glued the hello onto the vellum, and now I’m going to add
a few little white pearls around the little flowers. So I’m using Gina K
Connect Liquid Adhesive, putting drops down and adding the Lucy’s cards pearls. Now I’m flipping that over, putting strong tape
behind the hello die cut, and also drops of that strong liquid adhesive behind the pearls. That way there are several
points where there’s adhesive but you won’t see that
adhesive through the vellum on the front. Okay so here is a
completed look at the card. Again, that white note card
has some shimmer to it, which I think really
adds a lot to the card. You can see that texture that we get because we did that dry
embossing on the vellum. It’s really cool to the touch, and it looks really nice in real life. It’s definitely worth the effort to add that to those stamped images. That stamp set is one of those that you can do a lot
of fun techniques with because the images are simple and solid. And these are just two of the examples. Okay let’s do another example
of embossing on vellum. In this case I used a layering stamp set along with the embossed vellum technique. This shows you can use just about any stamp
that you have to do this. I again am using that My Favorite Things Tropic Flower Stamp Set. I told you I loved it so much. And I created a note card from vellum. So this is a four and a
quarter by five and a half inch vellum note card that
I’ve taped open inside of my stamping tool, and I masked right up
against the crease line. I am not stamping the first layer of all of my flowers
right onto the vellum. You’ll see that I’m
starting with one flower and then I’ll move on to other flowers, until I fill the entire front of this card with the first layer of flowers. And I’ll heat set along the way just so I don’t smear my ink. You’ll know that your images are dry when they’re no longer shiny. They become kind of matte looking. Then you can put your piece back into your MISTI Stamping Tool, and then stamp the second layer. And I’ll use slightly
darker inks for this. You, as you can see, don’t need to use the
stamping tool for this. You can definitely use an acrylic block. And you’ll see me do
that for the third layer. You could do the trick of using the white pigment
ink in between the layers to make the first layer softer, but in this case I
decided just to break out a darker color ink and stamp that second layer. Okay after I’ve done the second layers I’m coming in with the third layers, and I’m just using an
acrylic block for this. Each time I make sure
that my stamping is dry because I don’t want to smear it as I move on to the next layer. And by the way, all of the
colors of ink that I used here are from Hero Arts or Gina K. Okay now onto the stamping. I am tracing around the
images with my Stylus to add that dry embossing. So I’m tracing around the first layer and the second layer, and the third layer, so you’re adding a lot of
detail to this layered image. Okay once I finish this
I’m going to go ahead and add my die cut letters
that spell out hello. I wanted to show you how I got the perfect placement for this. I die cut each of the letters three times from black card stock and glued them together for dimension. Now I have a piece of temporary tape that I have sticky side
up on my work surface, and I’ve lined it up with
the grids on my work surface. Now I’m going to take each of the letters and use the grid to make sure they’re straight, and place them evenly separated. And of course I’ve got
my letters upside down. Now I’m putting liquid
adhesive on the back of each of these, and then I can pick them
up together with the tape, and put them right onto my vellum. And notice that I’m
making sure it’s centered and straight, and pressing it all down, and then I can remove that temporary tape. By the way, you’ll notice I decided not to go with the vellum card on this one, so I had trimmed it down to
four by five and a quarter. On the back of each letter I put some of the narrow eighth of an inch Lawn Fawn double-sided tape, and I’m putting that
onto a white note card that’s four and a quarter
by five and a half, and that’ll hold it in place. I did come back with my
Tonic Aqua Shimmer pen and added shimmer to each of the hello die cuts, which really makes them sparkle. That shimmer aqua pen looks great On black card stock. I added some pearls to the background, and there you can see
close up the fun texture that we got by outlining our stamping with dry embossing. And by the way, that sentiment strip is from this Simon Says
Stamp Sentiment Strips set. These are pre-printed sentiments that you can just cut down
and add to your cards. And they have a bunch of
different sets available. The coolest things about these is that you can use them with foil and run them through your laminator. I decided to leave mine
just black text on this one, but I like that you have both options and they’re quick to use. Okay my next example I actually
made into a vellum card. I had planned to do the last one that way, but changed my mind. But this one’s a vellum card, and I used a plaid stamp as a guide for some vellum embossed lines. So here we have a vellum note card that’s four and a quarter
by five and a half, and I have it open and taped
into my MISTI stamping tool. I’m stamping the Concord
and 9th Woven Plaid Stamp with Hero Arts Fresh Green Ink. I stamped it once, but didn’t do a great
job pressing it in place so I’m inking it up and stamping it again. Once I have that stamped
I will heat set it so that I don’t smear any of my ink. Now it’s time to add the dry embossing. This time I will be using
a T-ruler as a guide to make sure that my lines are straight. You could, if you want to, use a scoreboard as I’m using here to create the crease on our card. But I find that using
a Stylus and mouse pad is much easier. So there’s my mouse pad and I’ve got my T-ruler, and I’m just running
along that straight edge. Any kind of straight
edge would work for this, and you can see how I’m adding
those embossed white lines to the pattern. So this really enhances
that stamped plaid. And I’m just kind of
randomly adding the lines to just add more to the pattern. After I completed my dry
embossing on the vellum, it’s time to create the piece that’ll go on the front center of the card. I used both the Concord &
9th Friendly Farms stamp set and the die set. These can be used together or separately, but I thought it would
be fun to use together. I die cut the little pieces to make a basket full of apples. You could stamp this
instead if you wanted to, but I thought it would be fun to create this with die cuts. I love assembling die cuts like this. So after I created my
little basket of apples, I created a label die
from the same die set and added the stamp sentiment. I then glued my apple basket to the center and then glued that onto
the front of our card. Now I die cut three labels of the same size. I’m gluing one to the inside back of the front of the card. Then I’ve got another here
with adhesive already on it. I’ll line it up and close the card onto it so that’ll be the inside of the card, and then glue the fourth one to the back of the card. They’re all lined up so
you don’t have to worry about your adhesive showing through. I finished it off by
putting glossy accents onto the apples so they had
some fun red shine to them. So here’s a look at the completed card. You can see the dry embossed
vellum lines in the background and how that adds interest
to the plaid stamping. This card is see through, but because we lined up
all those label die cuts there is a spot to write your message on the inside, and even to stamp your
hand stamped bye message on the back of the card. Okay, we’re onto our last example. With this one I’m going
to use outline images, do some dry embossing with vellum and then add some color in. Now for this I used a stamp
set from the Ink Blot shop. I really like that company and the owner. She’s a great woman, who works great with
others in the industry. I have this Leaf it To Me Stamp Set that I really like, and the sentiments are so cleaver. So what I’m going to do is do embossing of these stamped images onto vellum. So I decided to use a light ink for this. This is Simon Says Stamp Fog Ink. And I stamped one leaf at
a time onto the vellum. And then I just traced the
stamping with my Stylus to make that dry embossed impression. So you won’t actually see
the stamping when we’re done, you’ll just see that raised white line. I wanted to add color into these so I’m using Copic Markers. Any permanent marker would work here, alcohol inks would too. And I’m just adding color to the backside of this. So the side where I did the impression, or the embossing, is the same side where
I’m adding the color. Now you could spend time
trying to get a perfect blend, but I just really scribbled color down. I don’t feel it needs to be perfect because when you flip it over it kind of looks smoother anyways. So I put the colors that
I use up there on the top. I repeated this process until I covered this entire vellum piece with a dry embossing and then the coloring in
with my Copic Markers. The cool thing about this technique is the look changes completely depending on what color card
stock you put behind it. So you can get creative
with that if you want. After I finished all my dry embossing of the leaves and adding the color, I wanted to create a focal point that was extra special. I used the Concord &
9th Sew Seasonal Dies. I die cut two of the solid leaves with the stitching holes
added to the center, and I glued those together
just for some stability. You can see in that die set
there are many different dies so you can create solid pieces, stitching pieces, lots
of different things. And I love to stitch on my cards. So I started my stitching. I’m not gonna show all of that here. I have a video that
shows all about stitching on your die cuts, and I’ll link to it here
in the top right corner, and in my description below. But basically I did a fun stem stitch, I think it’s called, just to add stitching to
all the holes on this leaf. You definitely could have
left the leaves solid if you wanted to, or even left the holes open. The fun thing about these little holes is you could do them
without the leaf shape, right onto your card, and it looks like a fun Christmas tree. But anyways, I went ahead and added the stitching to all of the holes, and then I had my focal
point die cut for this card. I added it onto a four and a quarter by five and a half inch note card. And then I added a Thanks
die cut to the center from Simon Says Stamp. So you can see in the background how we have that raised and dry embossing, with the color inside. I used pretty bold colors. You could use softer colors if you prefer. So in this video I showed you how you could do dry embossing of vellum with a variety of stamps. If your a creative artist
you could definitely free hand your patterns also, but I rely on my stamps
to get it just right. If you’re interested in any of these products that I use, I always put them in my
YouTube description below. My blog has a lot more information there on the top right. In the middle are two other videos that you might find helpful, and they’re related to this one. Thanks for spending time with me. I’m always appreciative of that. And we’ll see you again very soon.

100 thoughts on “Dry Embossed Vellum

  1. Perfection as usual ma'am! I would like to try dry embossing with a cutting die & embossing pad…running it through the Big Shot with no pressure and slowly adding shims until just the right pressure is achieved. Has anyone tried it?

  2. These are all amazing! 😍😍😍
    You are awesome! And I love how you mixed from multiple companies – we're all in this together! πŸ’œπŸ€—

  3. Hi Jennifer, these techniques turned out beautifully. Thank you for always sharing…I truly appreciate it 😊

  4. Hi Jennifer. I love your videos? Can you tell me if the Copic markers and/or the Copic Stretch marker colors blend into each other? Thanks!

  5. Love having you in my email on a Monday morning Jennifer! This is a great technique and I thank you very much for going more in depth with a special video for it.

  6. Another amazing technique to try with our stamps. Thank you, Jennifer, for always making crafting/card making fun! You are truly one-of-a-kind, and your videos are always APPRECIATED 😸

  7. I haven’t done dry embossing on vellum for a long time. Thanks for sparking a new take on an old technique. Can’t wait to give it a try πŸ™‚

  8. Dry embossing is a technique I have not thought about in a long while. I remember using stencils. I really like this idea. Thanks for sharing. Great cards. Great supplies.

  9. A little tip for your dry embossing on vellum, I do this all the time. Rub a dryer sheet on the back of your vellum
    it helps the stylus move more smoothly while you are embossing.

  10. I read most of your posts, regardless the format, but I do like the new format of the video/blog post better πŸ™‚ Thank you for trying something new. Beautiful cards (as always) in this week's video. Happy back-to-school, Lila!

  11. Thank you so much for bringing this back. This used to be a popular technique years ago when I first started crafting. They used to actually sell die-like designs that were designed for dry embossing. You used them with a light box. They were so beautiful. I guess techniques are like clothing. If you keep them long enough, they will eventually come back in style.

  12. I loved this video! I haven't done any dry embossing on vellum for years …. but want to try it again now πŸ™‚ Thank you for a great tutorial!

  13. Jennifer- Hello WOW this video needs a love button.❀️ Thank you for sharing these lovely card with us! These are some great products as well. You are so creative with your cards. We appreciate you sharing your beautiful items with us so much. Many thanks to you!

  14. Thanks for sharing this technique. It's beautiful when it's combined with stamping.
    So much fun to see this "old technique" is making a come back. ❀
    Years ago it was called "pergamano". At least, that was how it was called in the Netherlands.
    I've still got my stylus and other tools. So I'm ready to go!

  15. Jennifer, β€œThank you” for all of the little hacks that you give us to get more use from our stamps and dies. I love all of your videos. Take Care. ~Barbara

  16. I always like your videos because they are full of great technique and wonderful cards…..Jennifer you teach well……tfs

  17. Wow, I think this was the first technique I learned when I started scrapbooking sooo many years ago. We used to use stencils, which I still have. Thanks for bringing it back.

  18. What a wonderful dry embossing technique! Your cards are beautiful! Thanks for this very informative tutorial! God bless!!!

  19. Oh my gosh!! You have so so many wonderful ideas for making fabulous things! I get so much from your videos and your instagram stories and posts. I want to be like you when I grow up. hugs, treen

  20. Lovely! I also read on your blog that you were going to do less written description, which I think is fine. I usually watch the YouTube then read the blog…I love that you are bringing back pergamano.

  21. Stunning projects as always. I do not have a laminator but I am going to try using an iron (have to dig it out!!!) with a tea towel over the paper to protect it. Hopefully it will work.

  22. That is outstanding! …. dry embossing on vellum is something I love doing! Thank you for more inspiration (cuz I learned it from you in the first place!)

  23. Love the dry embossing, Jennifer – so inspiring! And the stitch you used is a basic chain stitch. Great creativity with each card!

  24. Thanks so much for sharing Jennifer. I can’t wait to try the dry embossing on vellum. You give me courage to try!

  25. Wow Jennifer…each card is so beautiful! Girl, God has so graciously gifted you with the sweetest, most generous heart. Thank you for sharing your amazing talent with us. God bless you and yours!

  26. I used to do this technique with thin, brass templates around 20 years ago. It is such a beautiful look πŸ™‚ Also, if someone is looking to buy styluses and can't find any, try looking under nail painting supplies. There are sets of 10 different sizes (2 per each wand, totaling 5 wands per set) that are a really great investment for all the sizes you get. Hope this can help someone πŸ™‚

  27. Love all the cards! Thanks Jennifer for continuing to show us so many techniques and you do create such beautiful cards! x

  28. Jennifer THANK U so much !!.. U made me realize that I don't have to buy every fancy Groovi Plate.. All I have to do is use my stamps & Vellum to get fancy, I absolutely LOVE this tutorial TFS πŸ’Žβ€οΈπŸ˜˜πŸ™πŸ½πŸ‘πŸ½

  29. Definitely a new technique for me. I have everything I need to make it work. Thanks for the great inspiration!

  30. This so reminds me of Pergamano! I took a class in that many years ago and absolutely loved it. Beautiful cards, Jennifer, stunning technique!

  31. These are absolutely gorgeous, Jennifer!! Holy Moly! Awesome Sauce! This looks like so much fun! I LOVE the stitched leaf!! So very creative!!

  32. So many describers and so low on thumbs up???? Getting 1000000000000000 thumbs up from me, always learning new things, so many many thanks for that, xxxx

  33. Some advice from a parcher. Before you use your embossing tool, run over the back with a tumble drier sheet, it makes it easier for the tool to glide and means you are less likely to getthe double lines.

  34. Thank you for sharing!! I always find the best alphabet dies from your videos!! Not good for my pockets πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚

  35. I love your blog (and videos). I have sometimes used crochet hooks instead of a sylus. They work great, and also come in a variety of sizes. πŸ™‚

  36. You’re my hero! What a clever girl you are. Whenever I watch I want to go right to my craft room and try out your technique.

  37. My gosh, Jennifer! You never fail to inspire and motivate my ability to garner knowledge from your amazing videos!πŸ‘πŸ€©you are definitely a favorite star in my galaxy! Thank you for sharing your beautiful inspiration with all of us! Your knowledge and ideas seem so boundless to me! I appreciate you so very much ! ~ Katz Baugh

  38. I love, love your cards and especially how you list all the products you used in case we want to do one too.πŸ’–πŸ’–πŸ’–πŸ’–πŸ’–πŸ’–πŸ’– THANKS for all the work you do to produce these informative videos.

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