Watercoloring on Vellum with Tombow Markers

Hello Friends,
I am so excited to share with you today my tutorial using Tombow watercolor markers on vellum.

Stamp your flower in a random pattern on the vellum with Versa Mark ink. If you are stamping in a well lit area you will be able to see where you are stamping since Versa Mark is clear. Use a fine white embossing powder like Zing(OPAQUE White Embossing Powder) to emboss your images.
(When embossing on the vellum move your heat tool more than normal around the area so the paper doesn't burn. )

Stamp two extra flowers and a butterfly with Memento black ink on some white scrap card stock.
Now it's time for my favorite part...coloring! All of these images were colored the same way. You will notice that the color moves quicker on the vellum because of the smooth surface.

I like to begin with a painters palette because it's easy for me to see and I feel like I am a watercolorists!  Lay your colors on the palette by scribbling on the white surface. I will apply the color to the side of the vellum that was heat embossed.
Before you begin  I recommend you practice on a piece of scrap paper.
Take your Tombow blender pen and rub the tip into your first color from the palette. Using the tip that now has the  color on it .... dab each petal with a small about of color on the tips only as shown below.


After you dabbed all the petals you can go back to each petal, with the tip this time color the entire petal. This movement with the tip will give you a water color look on your petals. You might need to reload your tip onto the pallet. If you are NOT getting the water color look on your petals you might have to much ink on your tip. So wipe some off as I have on the top left corner of the photo (see the scrap paper with squiggles) . It might take a little practice but, I promise you will love the look and feel of these markers on vellum.

When you are finished I like to flip the embossed vellum that you just colored and to lay onto my card. You might like your image with the embossing on the front. The neat thing is you have to different looks for one technique.
Here is the inside of the flower card.


I forward to seeing all of the entries for the vellum challenge here.  Have a great weekend! Hugs, Kathy

Supplies: (stamps available soon promise)


Simon Say Stamp New Challenge

Hello Friends, It's a two post Wednesday. If you are arriving from Penny Black Please scroll down for my SNEAK PEEK NO. 3 and my tutorial on embossing with parchment paper & vellum! FUN :)

I just love the Simon Says Stamp Challenges here. They really get me thinking out of the box. The challenge this week is to "make your own embellishments". I couldn't wait to get started. As you might know that each week you can win one of these $50.00 vouchers! Wait until you see what the DT has created to inspire you on the Simon Says Stamp Challenge blog!

I used Spellbinders NESTED POINSETTIAS from Nestabilities Dies here to create my large flower and the flower on each card in my set of six thank you notes.
Stationary Cards
I love the look of torn paper all distressed and inky! I think of this card sometimes and I wanted to create something similar but, different. I ended up making a set of thank you cards to insert into the "card".  The paper for the thank you cards I made are Basic Grey "kioshi" and the colors were perfect with all of the distress ink. Here is the link for the paper. For the thank you notes I cut out each corner of the paper with the Poinsettia die here. I had ended up with 6 cut out holes and 6 small poinsettias. I distressed each one with two different distress inks. The colors in total that I used were Bundled Sage, Crushed Olive, Broken China, Tumbled Glass, and Chipped Sapphire. Once all the parts were distressed I inserted the flowers into the top corners mixing the papers. I used some tape on the back to hold them in place. I punched some circles for the center with this punch. Then I added some white dots & stitching with my favorite gel pen by Uni Ball.

Set of 6 stationary pack
Each thank you card was stamped with this same sentiment (from Penny Black) on a different piece of this yummy paper from Basic Grey.

For the large flower I cut two medium flowers from white scrap paper & three small flowers from the Poinsettia die. I distressed them with the Broken China, Tumbled Glass and Chipped Sapphire. The leaves were cut from the last flower and used as petals. I distressed them with Bundled Sage & Crushed Olive. I stamped everything with my go to background stamp called Letter Background from Penny Black. White accents were created with the only gel pen that works 100 % of the time for me by Uni Ball.


The torn part of the card was created the same way as I did the flower so please refer to those directions. Let me know if you have any questions. The soft part of the background is lined with vellum. Speaking of vellum.... I have been sharing tips all week on different ways to use vellum so I hope you will scroll down for my Monday and Tuesday posts.
Set of 6 stationary pack

I'll be back tomorrow. Thanks again for all of your lovely comments. Hugs, Kathy

Embossing on Parchment Paper

Hello Everyone, I can't believe it's Wednesday already. I hope you are enjoying my vellum tips this week on the Penny Black Blog.

Here is  a more detailed description of embossing on  parchment paper & using parchment as an accent. My goal yesterday was to show you an alternative to vellum in case you don't have any...then you can run to the kitchen instead for your LLS. In our house I always cook our food on unbleached parchment paper. I have always loved the look of it and wanted to use it on a card. So I am here to tell you that embossing on parchment works beautifully! Layering the parchment & velum can give you a that unique twist that you might look for in your card designs.

Hugs & Kisses
For this card I am using the new Mix & Match "Sticks & Stones" Penny Black's new paper.
I stamped some PEARLustre GARNET opaque embossing powder on the brown card stock and onto the parchment paper. Cut a strip from the embossed parchment and save the other pieces for quick card some other time. (When embossing on the parchment move your heat tool more than normal around the area so the paper doesn't burn. ) Distress the edges with Walnut Distress ink.


I used a Sizzix die "Primitive Hearts" to cut the heart from some scrap paper. You can stack the parchment & your scrap paper to cut both at the same time. Stamp your  love background on the turquoise vellum. I loved the look of the Memento "Rich Cocoa" on the colored vellum. Rich Cocoa is used for the sentiment as well.


I knew this ruler would come in handy one day. I wanted a more uniform tear and remembered I had this deckle ruler. You can get a softer look from a regular ruler. I find it works best if you tear the paper towards you.

Now that you have all of your elements it's a snap to layer your card.
Did you notice that I matched up the pattern of the stamp on the parchment with the pattern on the brown paper? I'm sure you would have done that any way? 

Is paper piercing to much work for you? If you have a sewing machine you have an instant way to add the homespun look of paper piercing. I simply sewed my paper and then used  a seam ripper to take the thread out. Super speedy!
(here is a visual if someone doesn't know what unbleached parchment and wax paper looks like)

SUPPLIES: Stamps available soon Delicate Pattern #40-047, Love, love, love #2277K (background on heart), and the sentiment “Sending Wishes with Hugs and Kisses” #40-040. Memento “Rich Cocoa”, Walnut distress ink, Sizzix die “Primitive Hearts”, PEARLustre GARNET opaque embossing powder, heat gun, vellum and parchment paper.


Etching on vellum

Hello, hello friends! .... it's day Two of my vellum tips! I hope you are enjoying the posts at PB and that you are excited to see what day two has in store for you.

Here is my tutorial for etching on vellum from my sneak peek post yesterday. 

Eat Cake
I designed my card base or rather the background when I was experimenting around with the new stamps so it was nice to already have this as a starting point. I stamped the letter background on some white card stock with Versa Mark and embossed with clear embossing powder. Use your distressing tool to add color to the paper with Barn Door . Add some Walnut distress ink and proceeded to distress the corners and edges pulling some of the color into the middle.

Eat Cake

Stamp your cake with Memento Ink, color and cut out. Unfortunately, I had to cut two tiers off of the cake for this particular card design.
Stamp your sentiment on your vellum very carefully and steadily. I used Staz on Black Ink and I heard that you can use regular ink if you heat set it very carefully.

Eat Cake

The next step  is to check to make sure your sentiment is dry then flip the vellum OVER & stamp with Versa Mark your with your "background"stamp. Take your embossing tool or stylus to trace over the lines that you stamped pressing into the vellum.


I didn't like the end result of the green so I switched over to the translucent vellum. I like the etched lines in white. The green wasn't that noticeable.


This is the back side of the paper that I traced. You can trace the lines on the front for a different look.

Once you have all your pieces you are set to layer your card. Notice I punched a circle of the vellum to place behind the cake. Do not use Glossy Accents on the vellum. A dab of glue in a few spots will do the trick. 

Stamps Available soon : Delicate Pattern Background #40-047, Pinnacle #4168K (cake & bird), Trims # 30-068, Letter Background #1999L, Eat Cake # 30-066 (sentiment)

Thanks for taking the time to go to the Penny Black Blog today!! I am so grateful ... thank YOU! 


Sneak Peek for DAY ONE & a challenge !!!!!!!!

Hello Friends, How was your weekend? This week Monday-Thursday I will be sharing with you some techniques to use with vellum on the Penny Black Blog here. I have been working hard to try and inspire you so I hope you have a minute to check it out. Here is a sneak peek.

I am hosting the challenge this week at the PB blog and it would be awesome to see your cards. Guess what...I am giving away these SIX stamps below!! I will select a winner from a random comment each day from the Penny Black BLOG this week! On Sunday I will announce the winners on my blog. 

I'll be back tomorrow with another sneak peek technique. Thanks for taking the time to go to the Penny Black Blog.  Thanks as always! Hugs, Kathy

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