Colored Vellum on Handmade Cards

How to Use Colored Vellum on Handmade Cards

Vellum is one of Kate’s favorite papers to use in cardmaking.  It cuts like a dream and adds texture and dimension without bulk. We recently launched a new line of colored vellum; Encore Vellum. You can purchase this by individual colors or get a variety pack that gives you two each of all 14 colored vellum sheets. 

How to Use Colored Vellum on Handmade Cards

Today Kate is here to share with you some clever ideas for how to use colored vellum. Clear vellum is usually the go-to, but our new translucent colored vellum inspired her. She's created some gorgeous handmade cards using vellum to show off each of these techniques.

Vellum Idea #1: Use Vellum to Diecut Flowers

red vellum poppies on a handmade paper card

Use your flower dies and colored vellum to create delicate flowers.  Hide your adhesive (Kate used a small dot of Bearly Arts Glue) under the center of the flower to hold it all together.

diecut red vellum poppies on a handmade card
Supplies for this red poppies card:

Vellum Idea #2: Use Vellum as a Bouquet Wrap 

crinkled vellum used as a bouquet wrap for stamped flowers

Kate used some vellum to recreate a tissue wrap on this bouquet of tulips. This is a great idea for stamped or diecut flowers. Distress your vellum - Kate just crumpled it in her hands!  You could also use this same technique to make tissue paper for a present. 

Supplies for this flower bouquet card:

Vellum Idea #3: Create a Window Card Using Vellum

handmade card featuring a giant balloon

Grab a large shaped die and diecut a window out of the front of the card. You can use a shape like a balloon or flower or even just a basic circle or square. Use vellum to cover the card window for a fun peek thru effect.  

see thru window card with vellum
Supplies for this window card:

Vellum Idea #4: Create a Full Panel Shaker from Vellum

full panel shaker card using vellum
Full panel shaker cards are so fun! I shared a faker shaker tutorial here. Just fold the vellum around a solid panel and fill with sequins or beads. Decorate the outside and attach the entire panel to a card base.
Shaker Panel Card Idea using Vellum
Supplies for this full panel shaker:

Vellum Idea #5: Use Vellum With Layering Dies

Handmade card featuring a birthday cake with layers cut from vellum

This is a super simple idea for using vellum. Replace one layer of a layering die with colored vellum.  Here Kate used matching colored vellum for the decorative layer of this cake.

closeup of a handmade birthday card featuring vellum

Vellum Idea #6: Use Vellum to Mimic Smoke, Steam and Clouds

handmade card for a baseball love featuring die cut cardstock and vellum

Kate used some clear vellum to give this baseball card some action!  You can also use white, gray or light blue vellum for smoke for race cars and clouds for a sky.

Supplies for this baseball card: 

Vellum Idea #7: Heat Emboss Stamped Designs onto Vellum

white embossed flowers on vellum

The combination of the translucent paper and fine detailed embossing is a winner every time. You can heat emboss on vellum if you get your heat gun VERY hot and go VERY slowly over the embossing powder.  It might be best to test a small section before using up a lot of supplies. Vellum can curl and even get scorched, so you might want to do a practice run Kate used the shimmer vellum for this card.

embossing on vellum

Supplies for this embossed flowers card:

So there you have it! A whole bunch of ideas for using vellum on handmade cards. Our Encore Vellum line has 14 colors to choose from, so we should have all the bases covered for your vellum needs. 


encore vellum sampler pack



design team member kate deignan


  • Molly Benson

    Very neat ideas! Thank you for sharing!

  • Michelle Price

    So many cool ideas!

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