Friday 20 October 2023

Using Vellum for AYSI 310

 Welcome to the new challenge at As You See It! This time, it's our 'fill in the blank' challenge and it's a good one!

This one really got me thinking because vellum has so many uses: alcohol ink blending, as a 'softening' panel, die cut pieces, heat embossing, colouring, stamping.... what IS my favourite? Well, I came down on... EMBOSSING. Vellum looks lovely when you run it through an embossing folder. 

I had an as-yet unused folder sitting on my desk, Christmas Tidings. So I cut a piece of vellum, embossed it with Christmas Tidings and started building!

And it did kind of build as it went. I stamped and coloured the image from Festive & Fun, then dithered around about what to do with it. Solution - cut it out with one of the rounded corner rectangles from Nested Essentials dies. Problem - the die was not wide enough. Solution - extend the die cut.

Next problem - did placing the rhino image need something to ground it, or could it sit bare on the vellum? This lead to quite a long time of trying different slips of paper in various combinations - a ten minute speed challenge this was not! 

Next problem - I got my heart set on having stitched banner ends on the bits of DSP I'd chosen. I don't know why as life would have been much simpler if I'd just cut strips and shaped the ends with scissors. 😂
Solution - cut two banners with Nested Essentials and create the illusion that it was all one.

Next problem - did all the wording on the vellum constitute a sentiment, or did I need something else? Solution - much moving sentiments in various permutations on and off. On and off. On and off. Did I mention that this was NOT an under-ten minute card??

Next problem - embellishment. Solution - thankfully, pretty straightforward. Some silver Festive Pearls. 

Make sure you visit the As You See It Challenge page to see what other interesting things the team have done with vellum and to link up your own entry. You can join in with us until Wednesday November 1, 11.59pm PST.

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  1. That really made me laugh! I thought only rookies like me dithered about so much in deciding what to do.

    1. Nope, it's all of us newbie or not. Especially when you launch into something without a real plan! :-)

  2. Jan, this is so festive and happy - I love it! I need to look more closely at those pearls, they make brilliant points of light on this fun card! Now I need to try embossing my vellum, too!

  3. Well, despite all, I think it's apparent that your diligent search for solutions paid off with an absolutely brilliant card! The difference is in the details if you don't mind my paraphrase!

  4. We were clearly on a similar wavelength with this one Jan - albeit our decisions took us in different directions as to how to decorate it! The vellum panel does look great behind the coloured image for sure and the banner 'anchors' are a winner and a great way to cover adhesive too. You card has made me want to create something with that image too - just lovely!

  5. You're coloring is perfect and I'm with you...I love embossed vellum! My usually has a weird fold somewhere though....amazing job on yours! Also, thanks for visiting and commenting on my blog, I appreciate the time and support...

  6. Beautiful and fun Jan! This is a great way to use that embossing folder - you softened the boldness of it. But the truth of your post says it all - I often get a certain look in my head and then struggle to put it together. I could feel your struggle on each element! You conquered all of your issues with this one!