Thursday Cardmaking Class

Well it’s been an age since I have posted about our Thursday classes
here at the Purple Paper House.

Just a quickie today
(I wish, jelly fish)

I was desperate to make a card using vellum.
I think it’s a gorgeous material, but it is scary to use sometimes.

  • It melts if you heat it for too long
  • It can split if you try to dry emboss it
  • It’s non-porous

However . . .

. . . when you finally just ‘try’ playing with it – the results can be astonishing and truly beautiful.

Joy & I mucked around a bit at first,
but this helped us build our confidence.

Here is Joy’s gorgeous final results


Here’s our process (we started with the PINK card and honed our skills on the PURPLE card)

  1. Stamp a simple image onto vellum (flower – white ink onto white vellum)
  2. Add desired coloured (we used Snow White) embossing powder and heat set (we pre-heat out tool and then moved it around the page, checking for ‘hot spots’ regularly)
  3. Fussy cut images (we cut five)
  4. Score and cut base card (white pearlescent)
  5. Measure and cut contrasting patterned paper (KC Tigerlilly: Blossom) and ink edges (we used white stamp pad and T!m’s blending tool for soft effect)
  6. Stamp and heat emboss a sentiment on a piece of vellum (a.a.)
  7. Attach sentiment onto card (we used Balune tape as it is the clearest under vellum)
  8. Attach flowers in a cluster on the card (we used a wet craft glue, as this make the vellum ‘tighten’ and therefore contort a little)
  9. Voila!

Here’s my attempts. . . . I think I like Joy’s better. Well – I definitely like her photos better. Ha!


For our second card (the purple and red), we followed the same steps with the following alterations . .

  1. We used red embossing powder and purple vellum
  2. Our base card was red
  3. Our contrasting paper was Fancy Pants Oct 31 – Bewitched
  4. Instead of using the blending tool, we used a purple ink pad directly onto the paper
  5. We attached the sentiment to the contrasting paper with Balune tape AND two pewter split pins
  6. When finishing the flowers, we added some ‘slick’ purple kindy glitz to the centre of each flower (in random amounts)

I really hope you can take some inspiration from our cards.
We really enjoyed making them.

Joy has already tagged the purple card for one of her DIL’s birthdays in a few weeks.


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