Coloring On Vellum

Hi! Have you ever tried coloring on vellum? Today, I’d like to share how to color on vellum, along with a few other tips that will make you love using it!

I used the fabulous Across the Miles set for this.  I thought it might be really fun to color in the entire U.S., so I stamped it onto a sheet of vellum using VersaMark (watermark ink).

Then I heat embossed it with white embossing powder.  I knew this would really make it pop!

I gathered up some markers and flipped the paper over.  That’s the trick – color on the BACK of the vellum!


I also decided to blend a few colors with my alcohol markers.  I scribbled the first color that was laid down onto a clear block.  Then I picked up that with the second color I decided to use.  In this case, I chose orange.  With the orange marker, I had a touch of red on it, so it blended from the red to the orange.  I’ve only tried this with the Spectrum Noir brand of markers, but I think it will work with all alcohol markers!


I blended them all the way across the back of the sheet.  It looks a little splotchy, but since it’s the back, it looks much softer and more blended when it’s flipped over.


I fussy cut it out.  Having the thick white lines from the embossing powder made it really easy to cut!


I grabbed the Cheese Please set and combined the adorable word bubble with the “I Miss You” sentiment from the Across the Miles set.  I love how so many of my Sweet Stamps work so well together!


I knew I wanted to cut a strip of paper to lay across the middle of the sheet to ground the main image of the U.S.  I lightly drew some lines across a sheet of cardstock so I stamped everything straight.


I used two different sentiments from the Perfect Panda set.  I stamped one in black and one in grey.


I cut apart the main image.  It just wasn’t quite large enough to take up the entire panel.  I spaced it apart just enough to make sure it was the right size to be the focal point, but not too far, so it looked disproportionate.


The awesome thing is that since the image is colored and we are going to have a strip laying across the top, the adhesive will be hidden! One of the hardest things about working with vellum is that adhesive shows through.  There are certain types of glues out there that work, but if you don’t have those, you can easily hide it by coloring on it.


Once the ink was dry on the strip, I simply erased the lines.  I stamped it in a perfect line and no one needs to know that I had a little help to keep it straight!

And here is the finished piece:



So, what do you think? Are you ready to give coloring on vellum a try? Let us know how it goes by uploading your projects to our Facebook Page or tagging us on Instagram!

Sweet Stamps: Perfect Panda, Across the Miles, Cheese Please
Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black, VersaMark, Lawn Fawn (grey)
Markers: Spectrum Noir
Embossing Powder: Ranger White
Cardstock: Recollections (black), 80# Cougar (white)

3 Responses to Coloring On Vellum

  1. Linda in Tennessee says:

    Great technique!

  2. Casey Thrush says:

    I love it!!!! All of it!!!!!

  3. I bet its been 5 years since I used Vellum, guess I’ll try it again real soon.

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