Tuesday, July 14, 2015

{Spotlight Project} Monika Does Vellum Bird and Simple Doodles

Hello, everybody. It's Monika, and I am back with another fun project for you using STAMPlorations' current stamp club set, The Birds and The Blooms. If you're not a stamp club subscriber yet, now might be a good time to join, as the July Release stamps have just arrived in the shop at a 10% discount until Friday, 17th July. If you are a stamp club subscriber, you can use your personal discount code to get another 15% off. If you're interested, check out the stamp club here and the July stamps here.

Now back to today's project. Sometimes attaching vellum can be a little tricky given that it is transparent, which means any hint of glue will be easily spotted. Well, I had a brain wave -- have a look:

I simply stamped and embossed the black hooded oriole and partially fuzzy cut the bird, leaving a ribbon like strip which was easily attached on the reverse of my panel before layering on my base card.

It is really quick and easy to make:
  • Stamp the sunflower on a piece of white card using two shades of yellow. (I used daffodil delight and crushed curry.)
  • Die cut an oval shape from matching card (crushed curry) and layer on top.
  • Heat emboss or stamp the oriole on a piece of vellum and fuzzy cut, leaving a ribbon like strip before attaching to your panel.
  • Stamp sentiment from the Bloom Sketches set and attach panel to the base card.
  • Finish off with some doodles. For my first card, which was actually the second one I made, I simply added some dots using a white gel pen. For the card below, I doodled some borders using a black fine liner pen.
I quite like how the natural movement of the vellum adds dimension to this card. It almost looks as if the oriole is turning its head towards you.

TIP! Embossing on vellum makes for a bolder, more striking look; simply stamping gives a softer more subtle look. You can use dye ink to stamp directly on vellum; it just takes a little while to dry.
As always there is a craft along video showing you an easy way of cutting the vellum. It includes a few tips on doodling too.

That's it from me for today. Hope you feel inspired to add a vellum ribbon to your stamped creations. Please share your makes with us; we look forward to seeing them.

Have a lovely day!

Monika xxx

Products Monika used in today's project:


The Birds and the Blooms (June/July 2015) and Bloom Sketches (August/September 2014) are two of our premium 5x7 sets offered in the STAMPlorations stamp club. We've got lots of perks, including free worldwide shipping, a free 4" by 6" stamp set sent every 3rd shipment (or immediately after signing up for the semi-annual subscription), 2 personal discount coupon codes, and choice of 2 ARTplorations stencils ($10 value) in every stamp club package mailed out to subscribers! For more info and to sign up, click here.

Prize alert! Leave a comment in this post for an entry to our Spotlight Projects random drawing for July. We'll pick ONE (1) commenter to win a $10 gift certificate or her choice of 1 ARTplorations stencil. We'll announce the winner on the first week of August!


  1. Oh, I love the yellow background and circle the bird is sitting in. The bird on vellum really looks nice.

  2. Oh wow! I LOVE how this card looks! Fabulous job!

  3. Monika, I love your card, the yellows really make the bird pop. Love seeing how you cut the vellum around your image, makes a striking card. Thanks for sharing your talent.

  4. Love the simple oval behind the oriole. This is a beautiful card. Hugz

  5. I love vellum, and this is a way to use it that I've never thought of. Love how the bird is framed by the oval.

  6. Beautiful card Monika!!! LOVE the vellum bird with the ribbon...

  7. I have faced this problem as glue showing through vellum look real bad ! loved your idea ad card too :)

  8. Really loved the yellow flower background and stunning bird. Hugs.

  9. oh what a well done bird card... love it !!!
    the first is my fev, it looks to me very proud and shiny
    CU hellerlittle

  10. Oh..I simply love the background and the use of vellum! :)
    Suchi xx


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