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Thursday, March 03, 2016

{Spotlight Project} Becca Tones Down Bright Patterned Paper

I don't know about you but I have a giant stack of patterned paper scraps left over from previous makes and I'm on a mission to make that stack dwindle.

Sometimes I'll come across a piece of patterned paper that I love, but is just a little too bright to stamp anything over it. I came across this bright, funky pattern and really wanted to showcase it.

One of the ways to tone down this type of paper but still make it pop is by doing a simple overlay of vellum.

For this card, I embossed a sentiment I created using the Sketchy Alphabet set onto a sheet of heavy weight vellum. This type of vellum is thicker so you can emboss on it without fear of it curling under the heat.

I embossed it in gold and then I added a little bit of visual interest by using a gold Pitt artist pen to make little dots around the outside edges.

I added some simple twine and a little button to finish the look off.

It's sweet and simple which is great because - speaking of things that are dwindling - my thank you stash is getting pret-teeee low.

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  1. great Idea Becca
    now that paper look not so bright more but it is soft
    great card Becca

  2. Becca, the vellum overlay is a brilliant idea. Totally changes the feel of this paper. Great job! Hugs, Autumn

  3. Love how the vellum softens the paper. Love the embossing on vellum as it looks so elegant!

  4. So elegant with the vellum overlay Becca, great tutorial!

  5. Love the gold embossing on the vellum. Thanks for the tips. Hugz

  6. Such an effective idea and liking the idea that the thicker vellum doesn't warp with heat. Thank you for the inspiration x

  7. wonderful card Becca - i put vellum over a watercolored piece one time that we too bright for me and it was a great solution.

  8. Very pretty and I love those gold dots - the perfect touch!

  9. Beautiful. How do you attach the vellum so the adhesive does not show?

    1. Heya! I wrote a reply a couple comments below for you! :) for some reason it didn't attach to this comment.

  10. What a perfect way to tone down the paper Becca, this is just beautiful!

  11. Marsha, for this I used Beacon 3-in-1 craft glue and put little dots on each corner. It's a strong adhesive so I only needed tiny dots. Since this is a heavier weight vellum it doesn't show glue stains as much. For lighter weight vellum, if you use a glue stick instead of traditional glue then it will dry clear and not result in unsightly smudging.

  12. Love the way this toned down the bold colors! Pretty card!

  13. What a sweet card Becca - love vellum used like that

  14. I always forget about vellum but what a great way to showcase a card especially if the paper is bright. Lovely card:)

  15. What a difference the vellum makes! FABULOUS tip & something I'd never thought of doing....thank you:):)!!!

  16. Vellum makes everything perfect in my book. Love the ethereal quality it can add as it did on your card. Love your sentiment, as well. Can't have too many thank you card...unless you're really an ungrateful person...which we aren't.

  17. What a great idea! So easy and quick and beautiful!

  18. Fabulous card Becca! Love the gold with that pretty floral paper!

  19. Beautiful card, Becca! Love the velkum idea :)


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