Vellum card stock is a wonderful option for stamping and coloring. The opacity of the vellum provides a soft subtle look to your stamped and colored images. In an effort to achieve a professional look to your stamped images, I thought I would share some “tips” for helping you learn how to color on vellum.
Tips For Coloring on Vellum
Coloring on Vellum With Stazon Ink
Vellum is less porous than regular card stock. Therefore, it takes longer for inks to dry. When stamping an image on vellum, it is recommend to use either Stazon ink or Versamark ink with embossing powder. Stazon ink is a solvent based ink and works well with water-based markers such as Stampin’ Up! Stamp & Write Markers. When using Stazon, ensure that the ink is dry prior to coloring. Water-based markers can be used directly on the front of the vellum where you stamped the image for a darker, richer color. However, alcohol-based markers, such as Stampin’ Blends can be used with Stazon ink when coloring from the back of the stamped image. This allows you to a softer, lighter image with a professional appearance. Also, you avoid any streaking of the color with alcohol-based markers. When coloring from the back, you want to use rich, vibrant colors as the color appears lighter due to the opacity of the vellum.
Coloring on Vellum With Versamark Ink and Embossing Powder
When stamping an image with Versamark ink and embossing powder, prep the vellum with an antistatic powder such as an Embossing Buddy. This prevents loose powder from sticking to the vellum. With heat embossing, you can color the front of the stamped image, however you have to be careful as alcohol and water based markers can stain images embossed with white powder. Even here, I like to color my images from behind.
Below, is the same image stamped with Stazon Ink but colored from the front using Stampin’ Write Markers which are water-based. The colored image is darker than the image above that is colored from behind with Stampin’ Blends which are alcohol-based.
The video below demonstrates tips for learning how to color on vellum card stock. You will find measurements, supplies, and instructions with a downloadable PDF further down in the post. Leave me a comment, I would love to know your thoughts on coloring on vellum!
Coloring on Vellum With Dainty Delight: Measurements
- Basic White
- 5 1/2″ x 8 1/2″ scored at 4 1/4″ (card base)
- 3 3/4″ x 5″ (layer 4)
- 3 3/4″ x 5″ (inside layer 2)
- scrap (sentiment)
- Mossy Meadow
- 4 1/8″ x 5 3/8″ (layer 1)
- 3 7/8″ x 5 1/8″ (layer 3)
- 4″ x 5 1/4″ (inside layer 1)
- 1/2″ x 5″ (inside strip 1)
- Melon Mambo
- 4″ x 5 1/4″ ( layer 2)
- 3/8″ x 5″ (inside strip 2)
- scrap (matte sentiment)
- 3 3/4″ x 5″
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