Wednesday 20 July 2011

Using vellum for things that fly!

I've been having lots of fun with things that fly today! Sadly I'm not talking about a Boeing to the Bahamas but come and see the cards I've been making:

If you're wondering why I photographed this card when a bee had just landed on it, have a closer look! Of course it's not real - it's a vellum bee!

They're really easy to make: you just stamp the bee in black Stazon onto vellum card stock, turn the vellum over when it's dry and colour the back of the bee's body with a Daffodil Delight marker. Then you cut it out and mount it with a glue dot - that's it! Of course, if you don't fancy a bee, you can use this technique with other things that fly too...

... like this gorgeous butterfly!

The markers on the back of the stamped vellum gives a stained glass effect and makes the wings look translucent. I think it's really effective! Here's the same technique with a dragonfly this time:

And zooming in...

... just like a real dragonfly! I think these vellum creatures make great embellishments for my favourite sponged scenes. Today's scene was sponged into a mask made by punching into the centre of a post it note with the decorative label punch. I added plants from the Pocket Silhouettes set and this gorgeous flower from the Afterthoughts hostess set before finishing off with the sentiment positioned with my stamp-a-majig.

Supplies needed for these cards:
Stamps: Pocket Silhouettes, Afterthoughts (hostess set), Nature Walk (for the bee), All a Flutter (butterfly), Nature's Nest (dragonfly)
Ink: Pear Pizzazz, Old Olive, Always Artichoke, Bashful Blue for the sponged scene, Elegant Eggplant, Cherry Cobbler or Pacific Point for the flower and the sentiment. Stazon black.
Card stock: Confetti White, Vellum
Other: Decorative label punch, markers
You can buy any of these supplies from me and I can have them delivered to your address in the UK. Just send me an email or give me a call on 01280 820593.

Stazon is a brilliant invention - an ink which stays on, even when stamping on shiny surfaces! Now, if only someone would invent Stazon on for the memory... There's such a lot to remember at the end of term - I'm off to have a quick panic now!

Thank you for popping in today and I'm sorry I didn't have photos of the Bahamas to show you! Tomorrow it's Three Minute Thursday here so I shall be back with a quickie card then. I hope you can join me!


  1. Oh my gorgeousness, Vicky! You have really floored me with these beauties. I really need to try this now. Not only do I love the vellum insects, I love those masked scenes. I do love Stazon for what it's able to do but it smells so bad! LOL

  2. Absolutely gorgeous! I hadn't even noticed that sweet little flower in the Afterthoughts set (isn't that terrible?!). Love the little scenes you've created, and I'm impressed with your precise cutting, Vicky. Thanks for sharing these little beauties.

  3. Hi Vicky
    Love all your designs...all amaze me with your ideas....
    hugs sylvie

  4. Very effective, indeed. I need to give this a try. The vellum is perfect for your lovely flying insects!

  5. Wonderful stamping, Vicky! Your bee, butterfly and dragonfly look so realistic stamped onto vellum...Gorgeous!! x

  6. These are bee'utiful Vicky! Love the effect you get from these vellum insects!
    Hugs, Victoria ~x~

  7. Hi Vicky

    How wonderful your little flying creatures look .. .. I am definitely going to have to have a try at this!!!

    Thank you for the inspiration.

    Love Jules xx

  8. Wow! I just love your flying things the are fabulous ! But how did you cut them , I could'nt see to do that or even hold my hand that still. Looks like old age is catching up with me ( 51 tomorrow ) the slinging is amazing too, perfect combinations am in awe


  9. Hi Vicky,
    photos of the Bahamas ?! I prefer looking at your cards :-)
    They are brilliant. I love your vellum fellows.


  10. Absolutely beautiful, these cards have a certain Victorian feel to them.

  11. What a sensational idea, espacially for all kinds of Insects!


  12. Hello Vicky

    I am totally gobsmacked again, your little embellishments are just amazing and gorgeous,
    and your card just perfect.

    Re my card, unfortunately I used flower design paper, a little piece I found lurking in a plastic cover.

    Thank you so much for your kind comments.

  13. Utterly gorgeous Vicky. Great idea with the vellum.

    Hugs, Sandra

  14. WOW these little creatures look so life like. Beautiful cards Vicky. A xx

  15. Love these! I also love that you used the cut out shape as a mask - such a great idea.

  16. Uhooi,,
    Wow, This is a very nice card design, beautiful and sweet,,

  17. Just waiting for MIL to arrive so I thought I'd hop around some blogs...
    These are wonderful Vicky the stamping on vellum looks so realistic and they go so well with your inked scenes. In contrast to Emily...I love the smell of Stazon :)
    Jenny x

  18. I am amazed by your talent, they are all beautiful. I think I like the butterfly the most but the bee is cute too as is the dragonfly!
    I am sure that we will be seeing these flying around all over people's blogs very soon!
    Linda x

  19. Vicky - just adore these sweet vellum insects - I can imagine warm meadows!! I just love the dragonfly!

  20. Love your vellum insects Vicky and the little vignettes behind:)
    Val x
    ps I've used your link to the voucher wallet for my DIL graduation. I'll post it after next week:)

  21. Wow Vicky these are amazing and such a clever idea. Absolutely stunning!!
    M x

  22. so vibrant, fantastic! Have a lovely day, Janna

  23. Hi Vicky, really love the idea of the "Window"
    - would love to use this idea for my Stampers 10 thank you cards this month - if thats OK with you? Will link back to your blog and give due credit!!

  24. I could hardly believe my eyes when I saw these cards. Those are the most gorgeous insects I've ever seen! And believe me, I have never said the words "gorgeous" and "insects" in the same sentence before! Wow, wow, wow! I don't know what else to say.

  25. Oh Vicky you never cease to amaze me with your beautiful cards but these are superb!!!I just love your little 'creatures' stamped onto vellum ( what a great idea....might be copying that lol).:O) Viv xx

  26. Brilliant use of vellum, Vicky. The wings are so delicate and pretty.

  27. I am new to your blog and love it! This vellum technique is amazing and so are your cards! You also make me smile when I read your comments about your family...they sound very lovely!

  28. Wow these are fabulous little flying thingys, so beautiful

  29. Thank you for taking the time to look at my blog - your card are gorgeous - what a good idea to use vellum for the 3D insects - best wishes Lesley x

  30. I adore this card. As soon as I saw it I wanted to have a go. You are an education Vicky. I learn so much from your beautiful cards. Thank you ;0) xxx

  31. Your work is gorgeous! Thanks for dropping by my blog and for your comments. Yvonne

  32. Oh they're all gorgeous Vicky! Lovely colours and love your little sponged scenes, and your vellum creatures look fab :o) Lisa x


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