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Make Handmade Cards Using Vellum

Do you make handmade cards using vellum? Even if you’ve held back and you’re not sure about using a flat piece like on this card, you may find it’s a perfect choice for accents.

You know, I resisted ordering the Four-Petal flower punch for quite awhile. After all, I have the Daisy punch, that should be enough, right? Well, actually no!

This flower has a TOTALLY different look and feel. Elegant, where the daisy is more fun. A bit more artistic where the daisy is gorgeously symmetrical. But both of them, absolutely ideal for layering like on my project today.

I LOVE to Make Handmade Cards Using Vellum and punches from Stampin Up!

Sweet and simple AND easy! You can throw one of these together in no time in ANY colour combination you love. For pretty much ANY celebration or greeting you want. Let’s see why…

What works in this card?

  • crisp vellum cardstock flower with a hint-of-a-curve petals
  • focal point faceted gem catches the light and sparkles
  • monochromatic colour scheme with Soft Seafoam paired with white
  • simple greeting on a classic punched shape
  • fun ribbon matching the polka dot designer series paper tied in an easy knot

How about a closer peek?

Let's See How to Make Handmade Cards Using Vellum

Jo’s Design Tips

  • before adhering your two flowers together with a glue dot, lightly pull your bone folder on the petals, curving them towards yourself BIG TIPPER TIP! place your thumb on the bottom of the petal and the bone folder on the top and twist your wrist away from you.
  • tie your knot on your ribbon so the ends push out to the top and bottom (so left over right and under and LEFT over RIGHT and under – what we normally try to avoid! 🙃)
  • stamp your greeting to the far right of the punch to leave room for your flower to nestle onto the left edge of the punch
  • add dimensionals on the back of your greeting at the TOP and BOTTOM and LEFT and RIGHT so you are not only adhering it to your ribbon where it will be less sticky
SO Pretty and EASY to Make Handmade Cards Using Vellum

Make Handmade Cards Using Vellum

OK, I’m leaving it up to you. Leave me a comment. What are your FAVOURITE ways to add vellum embellishments and accents in your card making? With punches like I’ve used? Or with thinlits?

Here’s everything you need to recreate this quick and classy card. Remember to use my host code to get free Sunny Rewards from me!

make handmade cards with vellum
Make Handmade Cards Using Vellum
Glue Dots

One Last View

Make Handmade Cards Using Vellum and the Four Petal Punch from Stampin' Up!

I’m so glad you stopped by today. Be sure to check back here on Sunday for my Keep It Simple Sunday series. This is my most favourite blogging day! I always share the full measurements and instructions so you can whip into your craft area and make one lickety split!

So come join in the fun. I promise it’ll be another pretty project showing how to make handmade cards using vellum.

How to Stick Vellum to Cardstock | Facebook Live Replay

Let me show you exactly how to stick vellum to cardstock with my Facebook Live Replay.

Vellum is so fun to play with in our paper crafting. I love it so much it’s my Product of this week over on my group Facebook Page, Design with Jo VIPeeps! Come join in the fun all this week!

How to Stick Cardstock to Vellum

What’s NOT to love about the look of vellum cardstock?

  • Frosty white.
  • Transparent but softens everything behind it.
  • Adds a touch of glamour and class.
  • Easy to work with.
  • Sturdy and strong as a paper crafting element.

But there’s just one teensy little challenge. You can see almost EVERY type of adhesive through it! But luckily there’s a couple ways to get fabulous results with real sticking power.

I showed you one way to apply it over designer series paper here. Now here’s another way you’re going to want to try right away.

Today’s Project

NEW VIDEO: How to Stick Vellum to Cardstock the EASY way!

Can you see any glue showing through? And no brads or sequins or rhinestones in sight. (and no, it’s not only hiding behind those three pearls! 😋).

Let me show you exactly how you can have this magic work too. But first, here’s what we need to make this a cinch to do at home. (BIIIIIIG hint!!)

Technique Supplies

OK, let’s get to the good stuff…

How to Stick Vellum to Cardstock

And here are the measurements so you can make this pretty card yourself. (Substitute So Saffron anywhere you see Blushing Bride to make the one we made in the video.)

Cuttin’ It Up!

  • Blushing Bride cardstock – 1 piece 4 1/4″ x 11″, scored at 5 1/2″, 1 piece 3 1/2″ x 4 1/4″, 1 small scrap
  • Vellum cardstock – 3 1/4″ x 4″
  • Whisper White cardstock – 4″ x 5 1/4″, small scrap
  • White Baker’s twine – about 14″
Want to Know How to Stick Vellum to Cardstock? Watch my VIDEO!

Let’s See What You Make

Now it’s up to you! Get out your vellum and your liquid glue and spritzer and see how to stick vellum to cardstock too. To get any of the supplies I used and if you live in Canada, a simple click on any image below will take you directly to my online store.

How To Stick Vellum to Cardstock
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Which One Do You Like the Best?

Now it’s my favourite part of my Facebook Lives. Leave me a comment to tell me which of these designs appeal to you the most?

A. The sympathy sentiment we made together in the Live?

How to Stick Vellum to Cardstock so It's INVISIBLE!

B. Or this sweet Happy Easter greeting in Blushing Bride and crisp Whisper White?

Facebook LIVE Replay: How to Stick Vellum to Cardstock

Thank You

I know you have lots of items on your To Do list every day so I want you to know how much I appreciate your stopping by to take a peek today.

Keep checking in as I’ll be sharing more projects with this super paper crafting supply. And some might even build on this technique now you know how to stick vellum to cardstock 😙 – see you soon!

How to Make Watercolour Backgrounds with Markers | Facebook Live Replay

Want an ultra quickie idea for how to make watercolour backgrounds with markers?  Your Stampin’ Write markers that is?  Look no further than my Facebook Live Replay!

Or maybe you caught my Facebook Live last night?  Every week I host an online paper crafting class that YOU star in!  Most times, YOU pick the colours, ribbons, embellishments, and change up the design as I’M crafting.

That way we never really know what we’re going to end up with.  It’s fun!  Come join us any Tuesday night at 6:30 MST over on my Design with Jo business page .  (Note this is a new day and time so you can join in the fun once your work day is over.)

I love, luv, LOVE the versatility of our water-based markers. So all this week, I’m showing you how to use them for loads of crafting options.

Before we get to today’s video, let me show you this beauty card.  And then I’ll share all the supplies so you can make one along with me.

Let Me Show You How to Make Watercolour Backgrounds with Markers

Isn’t it pretty? I love this colour combination together. And I love the stamped sentiment. Beautiful brush lettering offset with plain type. Gorgeous! It’s from the Part of My Story stamp setfree during Sale-a-bration.

Here are your supplies to make these lovely backgrounds at home.

How to Make Watercolour Backgrounds with Markers

OK, are you all set?  Let’s take a peek.

How to Make Watercolour Backgrounds with Markers

Quick and easy yes?  With lovely results.  So…

What’s Not To Love About Stampin’ Write Markers?

  • Fabulously pigmented colours perfectly coordinated with your Stampin’ Up! ink pads and papers
  • Two tips to handle all your larger and smaller tasks
  • Brush lettering in a snap (like on this fun, fun project)!
  • Tons of versatility (colouring, blending, watercolour, lettering, omission stamping…and on and on)
You won't believe how SIMPLE How to Make Watercolour Backgrounds with Markers Is!

You know, this is only the second time I pulled out my Delightfully Detailed Laser Cut specialty paper.  I’m not sure why I’ve been hiding them. 😟They are simply beautiful and SO easy to use.  With million dollar results like these.  Here are the measurements for today’s card:

Cuttin’ It Up

  • Very Vanilla Thick cardstock-  5 1/2” x 8 1/2”, scored at 4 1/4”
  • Pool Party cardstock – 4” x 5 1/4”
  • Watercolour Paper – 3 3/4” x 5” (then later cut to 3 1/” x 4 7/8″)
  • Detailed Laser Cut Specialty Cut paper – one panel cut down to 3 1/2” x 4 7/8”
  • Pool Party 3/8” shimmer ribbon – about 12”

A Quick Question or Two for You

  1. How many of us have a few Stampin’ Write markers kicking around somewhere?
  2. When was the last time you used them?  A day?  A week?  Hopefully not more than a month?

NOW is the time to get them out and play! Backgrounds this pretty – and this easy – are just minutes away!

Time to Choose!

This is one of my favourite parts of my FB Live replay blog posts.  I’d love it if you left me a comment.  Which one do you like the best?

My pretty soft and subtle gem?

I LOVE How to Make Watercolour Backgrounds with Markers

A knock-your-socks-off combination of pinks? (Melon Mambo, Lovely Lipstick, Berry Burst)

Stampin Writes and How to Make Watercolour Backgrounds with Markers

Or the appeal of just-a-hint-of-laser-paper? (So Saffron, Pool Party and Lemon Lime Twist)

EASY PEASEY How to Make Watercolour Backgrounds with Markers

Or the monochromatic look with only slight variations in colours (Poppy Parade, Calypso Coral and Powder Pink)

I LOVE How to Make Watercolour Backgrounds with Markers

I could go on forever playing with these Stampin’ Write backgrounds and the Delightfully Detailed Laser cut speciality paper. But I want you to start experimenting with them too!

Oh So PRETTY How to Make Watercolour Backgrounds with Markers

So cut your watercolour paper, pick your colours and top up your Stampin’ Spritzer.  Then get busy with how to make watercolour backgrounds with markers for your friends and family!

My Favorite Color Combination for Greeting Cards

Want to know my favorite color combination for greeting cards? The one that will always bring a smile to even the biggest naysayer? A cheerful combination that brings sunshine to a gloomy winter day?

My Favorite Color Combination for Greeting Cards

Now it can be just about any yellow, but I picked this one today to drive away any mid-winter slumps!

It’s pretty simple really…and wanna know a secret?

You don’t have to even COLOUR your images for effective designs like these ones.

ADORABLE FAble Friends Gift Cards in My Favorite Color Combination for Greeting Cards

Cute ducklings ideal to celebrate spring, wish a happy day or cheer up a sick friend.  And there’s NOTHING like a cheerful POP of a sunny yellow with our 2019-2020 In Color Pineapple Punch.  Set against a crisp white and bold black, it’s guaranteed to rev up my creative juices.   

A tip?  Try to resist adding additional colour to your stamping.  While it saves you time (and who can’t use a little more of that?), the mix of colour contrast is the draw! Well I guess it’s not a mix of colour at all is it?  Black and white are technically “non-colours”😜

Wondering what my black paper just peeking out is? It’s Botanical Butterflies DSP, free with a $60 order right now.  Gorgeous bright colour on one side with fabulous black and white on the reverse.  This has been uber popular this Sale-a-bration so make sure you grab yours before it’s gone!  

My FAvorite Color Combination for Greeting Cards

I used a second piece to decorate the envelope flap.  Although we could quickly fold up a 3”x3” envelope with our Envelope Punch Board and matching patterned paper, I wanted the contrast of white and black to stand out.  Which it does wonderfully on my mini square envelopes.

I love to make mini cards for a little thank you or hostess gift.  They take practically no time to craft and are always appreciated.  And when I get to use my favorite color combination for greeting cards, I’m a happy stamper!

GIFT CARDS set in My Favorite Color Combination for Greeting Cards

My Favorite Color Combination for Greeting Cards

Let me give you all the deets so you can whip up a few of these right away.  The measurements are enough to make four 3×3 note cards with matching envelopes in a little gift bag.

Cuttin’ It Up


  • Pineapple Punch cardstock – 4 pieces 3” x 6”, scored at 3”
  • Botanical Butterflies DSP – 4 pieces 2 7/8” x 2 7/8” each from a different design, 4 pieces 2″ x 3 1/4″, cut in 4 matching designs
  • Whisper White cardstock – 4 pieces 2 3/4” x 2 3/4”
  • Pineapple Punch 1/8” grosgrain ribbon – 4 pieces about 6” long

Gift Tag

  • Whisper White cardstock – 1” x 3”
  • Pineapple Punch cardstock  – 1 piece 1 1/4” x 3 1/4”
  • Basic Black cardstock – scrap
  • Pineapple Punch 1/8” grosgrain ribbon – 1 piece about 12” long

Cheer Up Anyone's Day with My Favorite Color Combination for Greeting Cards

Let’s Make It 

Card Set

  1. Stamp images and words in Memento ink onto Whisper White squares and mount onto designer paper.  TIP: stamp all your pieces at once so you can put away your ink pad and clean your stamps.
  2. Glue to front of folded Pineapple Punch card.
  3. Create a bow and apply to front with a glue dot.  TIP: see an easy way to fold a tiny bow with my video. TIP: I chose to only decorate two with a bow.  You can decide which you like best.
  4. Adhere matching piece of patterned paper to outside flap of envelope with SNAIL.  Trim away excess.  TIP: Open up your flap and turn so you can see the back side of the designer paper around the edges to get a close cut.

Gift Bag

  1. Stamp greeting onto Whisper White cardstock.  TIP: leave lots of room on the left to be able to punch your hold to tie to your bag. 
  2. Punch end of both the Whisper White and Pineapple Punch strips with the Triple Banner punch. Glue together.
  3. Use handheld punch to make a hole near the left end.
  4. Crop a flower from the Springtime thinlits from Basic Black paper.  Add to top left with a glue dot.  TIP: make sure to avoid the hold punch! Affix enamel dot in middle.
  5. Insert cards and envelopes and tie top closed with ribbon.  TIP: knot ribbon once around bag, then insert through hole in tag and tie a bow.
My Favorite Color Combination for Greeting Cards Is SO Cheerful

It’s Up to You

What about you?  Can you resist this bright and clear mix of colour?  I’ll bet it’s hard! 

So now it’s your turn to get out your stamp supplies and give this bright colour combo a try.  And get your free Botanical Butterfly paper at the same time when your order reaches $60.  Or take a peek at all the SAB items.

My Favorite Color Combination for Greeting Cards
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LAST MINUTE Gift Items in My Favorite Color Combination for Greeting Cards

You know what?  This colour combination doesn’t always need to be bright and bold either. For a more muted effect, try So Saffron like in this gorgeous Butterfly Beauty design

So when you think you might need a shot of inspiration, or a quick pick-me-up? Give my favourite color combination for greeting cards a try – I think it’ll give you the boost you need! 

Easter Bunny Bags with the Gift Bag Punch Board | Facebook Live Replay

Come on in for your free online class with Easter Bunny bags with the Gift Bag Punch Board and my Facebook Live Replay video. I’ve been “big tipping” it again, this time for how to watercolour with professional results EVERY time!

Easter is probably our next big spring occasion we can craft for. Well, after the four leaf clover day that is🍀.

And it’ll be hopping around sooner than we think. So give a little twitch of your whiskers and get a jump on making your goodie bags with this oh-so-cute bunny from Fable Friends. (OK that’s enough of the bad rabbit puns☺️!)

Let me show you the project.

Facebook Live Replay: Easter Bunny Bags with the Gift Bag Punch Board are Fast and Fun!

Isn’t he the sweetest? (and I’m not sure why he’s a HE, he just is for me, even with pink buttons!)

OK it’s come clean time…

  1. who has a gift bag punch board and it hasn’t seen the light of day?
  2. when was the LAST time you did simple watercolouring to decorate a project rather than an over-the-top-gorgeous-but-five-hours-in-the-crafting marathon?
  3. who would LOVE to get some simple gift bags made EARLY for family, friends and coworkers with minimal time and effort?

I say, Pick ME!

But before we get started here’s what you’ll need for supplies:

Easter Bunny Bags with the Gift Bag Punch Board

OK, let’s hop to it (sorry!🤪) to see this cute project in action.

Easter Bunny Bags with the Gift Bag Punch Board

Cuttin’ It Up!

  • Animal Expedition DSP – 6″ x 10″ (makes a medium sized bag)
  • Watercolor paper – 2″ x 3 3/4″
  • 2017-19 In Color DSP in Lemon-Lime Twist – 2 1/4″ x 4″
  • Powder Pink and Whisper White cardstock – scraps
  • Powder Pink Shimmer Ribbon – piece about 14″ long

How about a couple close-ups of our sweet bunny watercolour detail?

Watercolouring FUN Easter Bunny Bags with the Gift Bag Punch Board
I LOVE How ADORABLE these Easter Bunny Bags with the Gift Bag Punch Board Are!

It’s Up to You Now

Ok, hop to it! Here’s your mission:

  1. go find your Easter images, ones with open lines like in our Fable Friends bunny
  2. grab a couple ink refills, an acrylic block and your Aqua Painters
  3. pull out (and blow the dust off) your Gift Bag Punch board
  4. decorate a cute gift bag for this spring holiday
Want a QUICK Project? Easter Bunny Bags with the Gift Bag Punch Board

If you enjoyed this gift bag punch board idea, here’s another one with pretty spring colours in a different look and shape! Same board, different bag!

Thanks for popping in!

And remember I’m playing all week with the Fable Friends stamp set. So check back tomorrow for another great project made with these sweet animals.

Who doesn’t LOVE to get a present with yummy treats inside? Just about everyone I know!

Make a sweet one handmade with love and care this Easter season. Easter bunny bags with the gift bag punch board are easy – and fun – to create when you decorate them with pretty watercoloured designs just like this.

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