Sunday, August 31, 2014

Vellum Circles (Projects 2 and 3)

I'm back with my next 2 projects. And clearly the shopping moratorium is working with regard to posting.  This makes 2 posts less than a week apart.  A first for me.  Course part of me wished I waited until after the Labor Day Sales to impose the moratorium. Oh well.
This first piece I created for a challenge on the new message board I'm hanging out on. The challenge was to use vellum on a card. One of the big challenges with using vellum is how to attach it without the adhesive showing. The sample the challenge host posted had a die cut vellum circle layered on a piece of colored cardstock cut with the same die (check out Stampwilly's awesome blog: Stampwilly Designs). That got me thinking of my Spellbinders lacey circle die. You can lace ribbon though the cut outs for a really cool effect. And thus was born the idea for this card.

I started with a piece of glossy cardstock that I had colored with alcohol inks like I did for Acornia (for list of colors see the bottom of this post). I die cut the circle out of the middle. Then I die cut a piece of vellum with the same die. I stamped leaves in Stazon black on the colored piece. The stamps are by Scrappy Cat and Inkadinkado. I forgot to take a picture before assembling. You can kinda see the leaves in this close-up and how the ribbon is threaded.

I stamped the sentiment by Inkadinkado with Versamark and embossed with gold embossing powder. It seemed fitting given the sentiment. I layered the vellum on top of the colored piece and then threaded the ribbon through the dies, leaving enough for make a bow at the end. It needed one more thing, so I used my silhouette to cut a leaf charm from shrinky dink material. I colored it with colored pencils. I had a little trouble with the stem when I shrunk it. I used some brown twine to attach it to the bow. Finally, I used foam squares to attach the circle to a plain green base.

Since I cut the glossy cardstock a bit bigger that absolutely necessary for the die, I was left with a square piece with a scalloped circle cut out of it. So I figured I would use that to frame an image and create another card.
The image is by Technique Tuesday. It is one of those sets that has the tree and different leaves for the branches and other stuff to go with the tree, including the ground. I have another set like this, but this was the first time I've used this set.

Before I stamped the tree, I lined up the alcohol ink colored piece and lightly traced the scallop circle onto the cream cardstock.  That way I could be sure the tree was mostly centered in the circle and nothing would be cut off when I attached the alcohol ink colored piece.  

I stamped it with Stazon in brown (I think) but it might have been Memento Rich Coco. Either way the pad needs some reinker. I then water colored the ground and leaves with Distress Inks (for list of colors see the bottom of this post). I also inked the edge where it would show through the circle because it was just too much cream cardstock showing.
Here's a close-up of the tree:


Since the alcohol ink colored piece was too short to just be the whole front of the card, I pulled out an EK Success punch and punched some scrap pieces of paper and inked them with Distress Ink Wild Honey.  Here's another close-up:

Alcohol inks: Butterscotch
                         Sunset Orange
                         Peach Bellini
                         Red Pepper
                         Sunshine Yellow
Distress Inks:
       Tree leaves: Dried Marigold
                              Mustard Seed w/ Peeled Paint on top
                              Spiced Marmalade
                              Barn Door
                              Fired Brick
       Grass:           Peeled Paint
                              Forest Moss
Thanks for looking and please come back again.



  1. Hi Sarah...popping by to have a catch up. Started to eread this post and then the phond rang...finally got back over here!

    Your cards are pretty. I have that lacey circle die and just love it. It certainly is versatileas you have proved! The velum enclosure for the leaves is pretty.

    What a great use of the scraps for the second card. You should enter it at Pixies Crafty Workshop. She is a friend of mine. We have met up in England and email all the time. She has lovely prizes and there are usually under 60 entries, so a good chance to sin. You just link this blog post and add a hyperlink to her blog stating that you are entering her challenge.
    Off to check out your other post.

    Sorry I haven't made it over to visit the gang...but we have bought a new house, and I am frantically trying to get this one ready to list, as we will need to sell it. We keep our houses looking nice the vast majority of the time but the last trip home from the lake brought home a ton of stuff that needs organized.
    Then a summer away from home left the garden needing two full days with both us us working like the dickens.
    We added a fresh 2 cu yards of black bark mulch just to freshen everything up and I was racing ahead of DH and daughter spreading it...trying to weed and prune ahead of them. We were a sight! teeehee

    1. Wow, mo, you've been a busy girl. And I've noticed that you've been posting regularly to your blog. Good luck with selling your house.

    2. Two more very pretty & interesting cards using your vellum. Loved each one, and was very intrigued to read you had used the shrink plastic with your cameo. Made a terrific charm to finish off this pretty card. Also loved your idea of lacing the ribbon through that die as you did. A very effective & unusual treatment. Your alcohol colors are exactly what I love...that rich fall color palette. A lovely way to finish off the 'too short' piece. I love reading about the saves that bloggers come up with, and it surely made a pretty finish to an already pretty card. TFS & Hugs. (Forgot to say I admire your moratorium discipline too!) Miss Scrappymoi (above commentor) is a terrific example to emulate.