Vellum Windows

Water color washes and vellum makes for layers and layers of fun!

I originally made this watercolor wash for a background on a different card, but it was too exciting to just sit nicely in the background. There is a lot of contrast to it, and it drew too much attention away from the part of the card that was supposed to be the focal point.  That meant it needed to be its own card.

I also got some vellum recently and wanted to play around with it. Vellum is like paper made out of fog. You can see through it, but it has a cloudiness to it that adds mystery. I thought it would be fun to try making a window you could look through to see all the way to the inside of the card.

For layout ideas, I looked through some old Mojo Monday sketches for ideas. I often look at these (or other card makers galleries) for ideas on layouts I haven’t used before. In this case I found this Mojo Monday sketch and thought I’d give it a try:



Here’s how the card turned out. The balloon on the inside is just peeking over the top of the card’s front in this image.


In this image, you get to see a side view of the card’s front. I used lots of dimensionals to give the layers of this card a lot of lift. The balloon on the inside is my favorite part!


Tips on watercolor washes:

  1. Use actual watercolor paper. It is thicker and it holds up better than even the thickest cardstock when you completely soak it.
  2. Use tape to hold your card flat. Put it on before you do the wash and don’t take it off until after the paper is dry. This keeps it from curling. Painters tape, masking tape, and even washi tape work well; they will peel off the paper without damaging it.
  3. If your paper curls, never fear! Placing it inside a book for awhile will flatten it out again. You just won’t be able to finish your card until tomorrow… or maybe the next day.
  4. Get the entire paper a little wet first.
  5. Add your colors to the water and let the water do the work of blending it.
  6. There are several ways to use your ink pads like watercolors. With Stampin’ Up pads: One is to squeeze the lid of the ink pad while it is closed. When you open it, there will be excess ink on the cover. This is perfect for water coloring!
  7. For starburst-like effects, I added a drop of clear water to my brush and let it fall onto the paper.
  8. Coarse ground sea salt also makes an interesting effect on top of a wash.
  9. There is no wrong way to do a watercolor wash! They all turn out different and beautiful!

Good luck and happy papercrafting!

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Materials Used:

Dies and Punches: Circle dies, Balloon Bouquet Punch (c) Stampin’ Up

Papers: Pretty Petals Designer Series Paper (c) Stampin’ Up, Watercolor Paper

Cardstock: Very Vanilla, Elegant Eggplant

Ink: Pacific Point, Elegant Eggplant, Bermuda Bay

Other: Paintbrush, Dimensionals

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