Inspired by Stamping Guest Artist – Stamping + Double Embossed Vellum.
Hi there, stampers! It’s Shaz here – from Calligraphy cards – Shaz in Oz,
“Oz” because I live in Australia. I am a Christian, have been card-making for many decades, stamp embossing since 1990, working with many varied card styles; I also do calligraphy.
I really want to thank Joanna for the honour of being one of her Guest Artists, and for the pleasure of working with her beautiful images & great quality stamp sets.
My card today uses a technique, new to me, that I’ve called “double embossed vellum”, using two of Joanna’s stamp sets – *Australiana *Fancy labels 3.
Use heavy weight vellum and dust anti-static embossing powder tool over the vellum. Next is the Versamark inking and heat embossing, with Mini Misti. Ink & heat emboss the Fancy Labels 3 stamp set – using the label stamp first. With Misti, line up the accurate sentiment placement, inside the label.
From the same Labels set (has two greetings) chose the thanks verse for inside the frame, test right spot with Mini Misti first.
TIP: Ink stamp several times with Versamark on each of stamped image for clear impression -> add gold embossing powder -> heat emboss.
Use Tombow watercolour markers in soft green and lemon, alternating the shades, colour the diamond grid pattern on the lovely frame. With Ranger Multi-matte medium glue put dots on the back of vellum frame. Glue the stamped coloured frame to some scrap white card. This gives a base colour and firmness to the translucent vellum.
Lay the matching die over the image, attach with repositionable tape, die cut in Cuttlebug, through both the vellum and adhered backing cardstock.
Next, after using anti static powder tool, stamp the Cook Town orchid image from the Australiana set, with Versamark on same heavy weight vellum. Heat emboss with Gold Embossing powder.
I haven’t seen quite this way of double embossing that I can recall, but when I saw this image, I thought of doing this technique. I am using artistic license here, as the Australian Cooktown Orchid is a dendrobium variety which is actually purple-pink. However there is an Alba form of the dendrobium orchid, which is white with lime -green touches, so that’s what I chose.
Turning the vellum with orchid image over to the back on the embossing mat, use embossing tool and start to shade in the flower image, to give texture and dimension to the flower. I really do love my images to have texture and dimension.
Use both large and smaller ends of tool, with gentle, even pressure in circular motion to press vellum into image shape on shaping mat. Take care to stay within lines, and turn it over often to check your progress on right side. Vellum looses its translucency with this pressure.
Because it is no longer translucent, the colouring will need to be done on the top. Use Tombow pens (olive green, soft green plus lemon) colour in areas of leaves and flower centres. Then with fine scissors and fussy cut the vellum with Alba form of dendrobium orchid. Take care to trim around outside of gold ink-embossed edge of image, use the ridge of gold heat embossing for your cutting guide.
I chose a soft green spot designer paper from one of Joanna’s lovely pads to match the colours, inked it around edges for highlight with ink and ink duster.
To assemble – add the frame and orchid in together, lining up for best balance on the frame. Attach the orchid image with 3D clear gel adhesive, as this gives great support. Attach the frame (and attached orchid) with mounting tape, to the inked base of designer paper.
To finish off the card, simply add some of the very luscious ribbon with a bow from Joanna’s Vintage Floral collection. Ribbons match the pad perfectly; mount all this onto a base soft green cardstock from stash.
I have really enjoyed working with Joanna’s stamps. As said, I’ve been stamping since 1990, and these are really such quality images – a great pleasure to use them. I do hope this post has been helpful to some fellow crafters out there in blogland! Thanks so much for popping over, and please say hi to let me know you’ve been by!