Use Your Stash: Vellum

by Lain Ehmann on June 27, 2011

Another in a series on h0w to use what you already own! Today, we’re focusing on VELLUM.

First, a little bit of history…

According to Wikipedia, vellum was originally made from calfskin (ick!) that was wet, stretched, and scraped. Double ick. Thank goodness, modern “paper vellum” is vegan-friendly and is made from plasticized cotton (I have no idea what that means!). Anyway, it’s often used for tracing because of its near-transparency.

Nowadays, vellum is available in a variety of colors, prints, and sizes. It’s often used to lend an air of formality to things like wedding invitations. But we scrapbookers know it’s good for more than that!

I have a stash of vellum going back to my early days of scrapbooking when I used it on baby pages. But just to entertain you all, I’ve come up with a lot more ideas for using vellum, all of which I will tell you about now. ;)

Simple Scrapbooking Projects with Vellum:

First, the cards. I immediately thought of using white vellum for a winter-type treatment. I sent it through my Big Kick with my snowflake embossing folder. Then I used it on two different cards. Here’s the first:

After I embossed the vellum, I trimmed it to 4.25×5.5″ and went over it with a blue chalk to bring out the edges. Then I adhered it to a light blue card, and tied a pretty ribbon. Simple, of course!

Here’s the second:

For this one, I punched a circle from the embossed vellum, punched a slightly larger circle in the black cardstock card, and added a little bit of Stickles. Here’s a closeup:

On this one, you can see a bit of the adhesive I used to attach the vellum circle to the cardstock.

Here’s a card I created using the stamping and “fussy cutting” I showed a week or so ago in the 3-D Handmade Flower post:

Of course, I added a bit of Stickle bling to the center of the flower.

And here is my favorite cardL

This is a cute invitation for Callie’s trophy induction ceremony (for more info on how I colored this cute doggy, and our family tradition of the trophy induction ceremony, watch this Copic Coloring video I made). I used a dialog bubble stamp to create the “Yay!” button, and cut it out.

Finally, the layout…

I used silver vellum in a couple different places. First, the photo mat. Next, I punched some butterflies out of the same silver vellum and added them for embellishment.

I may add a few more layouts over the next few days. I have some great ideas for more embellishments for layouts and a mini-album. Stay tuned!

Now, for some tips on working with vellum on your papercrafting:

1. ┬áIf you’re stamping on vellum, use Staz-On ink. It won’t smear. Test any other inks before using them so you don’t end up with a big smeary mess.

2. Adhesives — the vellum adhesives aren’t always useful. I would just stick with a glue stick, or glue dots you hide under embellishments so they don’t show.

3. Try different colors of vellum. There are some awesome ones out there! I have some red I want to use on a mini-album.

4. ALWAYS have fun. :)

Now, links for your shopping pleasure:


Sizzix Snowflake embossing folders

Chalk set from Pebbles

Stickles in Stardust

Circle punch 2-1/2″

Staz-On Ink

Cotton Candy Stickles

Speech Bubble Stamps (use without the sentiment inside)

Martha Stewart 3-in-1 butterfly punch

P.S. the MotherLOAD Scrapbook Marathon starts this week! Are you in? You can still get $20 off with code load2011!!!

  • Hdubarry

    Brilliance ink pads will also work on vellum, but you have to set it aside and let it dry (or you can heat set it, but that can warp the vellum) Adds a nice bit of shine.

  • Picpoetprose

    Great ideas! I tried to create a weathered window frame, using paper and vellum for a moody layout. The jury is still out ;) It was my first attempt at a wood grain technique but I am happy with it. Here’s the link if anyone wants to check it out –

    And, can I just say, that Lain you are awesome at responding/chatting on twitter. It’s pretty fun for a newbie scrapper like me to say I “talked” to someone like you!

  • Gail Weber

    I use my Xyron’s to attach my vellum, generally i use sayings, quotes etc. so they fit thru the different size Xyron machines I have…just an fyi
    P.S. it’s nice to see you respond to us on here…

  • Amy

    Great vellum examples! I agree with your comment about how even adhesives that are supposedly designed for vellum aren’t the best. I’ve tried a lot of different kinds. There is one I used that was ok but I don’t even know who makes it because I took it out of the package. :(. But even that “good” one isn’t great so hiding your regular adhesive is the best option. Do you have any suggestions for what kind if pens work well on vellum. I made a pretty vellum journal spot in a Christmas layout and used my Zig markers. I had to let it sit practically overnight for it to “set” and not smear. Any other ideas of pens that would work better?

  • Anonymous

    Great question! Here are some of my favorites:

    For journaling: Sharpies or Bic Marks-a-Lot. The Copic Multiliner is also a great pen for journaling but is a little pricey.
    For inking: Copic markers

    Ballpoint pens can work, too, but you may have to push so hard that it dents the vellum.

  • Anonymous

    I will have to try that – thanks!

  • Anonymous

    That is SOOO cool! I love it! Thanks so much for sharing! And I love chatting on Twitter. I play Hanging with Friends too. ;)

  • Anonymous

    Hey Gail! Great idea — thank you! That even coat won’t show through in blotches. I will have to try it!

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