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Wednesday, November 28, 2018

Coloring on Vellum - Back to Basics Challenge

Hello, everyone! Did those of you who braved Black Friday survive?
Hoping this finds you and yours in good health.
It's time for a brand new Back to Basics and Beyond Challenge!
BBB is also having a DT Call! If you're looking for an easy-going, fun great to work with, and one that is using a different technique in each challenge, please check out the DT info on our home page.

For the next two weeks, join us by uploading an "Anything-Goes" project as long as it uses vellum which has been hand colored on the back side. I have not used this technique in over 10 years! How sad is that. This challenge has awakened a renewed passion for playing with it. The team has all kinds of inspiration and a variety of styles to view, so take a look! Hope to see yours there.



My cards feature an old Outlines Rubber Stamp by Hampton Art. The stamp has been in my stash since 2011, but is one of my favorites. The vellum has shiny confetti on it. VersaFine Clair Golden Meadow was used to get a clean, crisp image, then dredged with Gold Detail Embossing Powder. It melted very quickly:

First up is a lovely, soft rendition using only 2 colors of Copic Markers. I heat set Gold Detail Embossing Powder on the front side of the vellum, flipped it over, and colored with a pale blue #12 copic marker, and then darker color in the smaller areas:

The top of the vellum is folded over a piece of white cardstock, and adhered from behind to pale aqua cardstock.

The blue copic marker shades the entire embossed area:

The second card includes a fun, wonky frame using two square dies:


The dove was stamped on vellum as above, but colored with more hues and with darker colors. VersaFine Clair Golden Meadow was distressed around the edges of the frame and dredged with Gold Tinsel Embossing Powder to give a little sparkly effect:


The sweet sentiment made me feel good, so that's why it's there giggling - It's on a strip of the same vellum. I love this challenge - always getting me out of my box!


Hope you have time to join us!
Back to Basics and Beyond Challenge

Products Used:


Challenges I'd like to play in please:

  1. Crafting by Designs #Nov 28 Christmas 12/5
  2. Crafty Creations #379 AG 12/12
  3. Creative Craft Challenge #113 Christmas 12/7
  4. ScrapyLand Challenges #102 Use Die SL sells (SB Grand & Classic squares) 12/3
  5. Holly and Ivy Christmas #41 AG Christmas 12/2
  6. Mod Squad #Nov 28 Christmas with a Critter 12/5
  7. Make My Monday #85 Non Traditional Colors (turquoise/aqua) 12/8

Wishing you all a safe and happy holiday season.







48 comments:

Bunny said...

these are beautiful, Donna. I haven't created with this technique in years either. I really love the color of the embossing powder. What a great stamp to show it off, too. Beautiful! [Bunny]````

Lisa said...

They are both so beautiful, Donna!! The gold embossing looks so amazing!! I love how you colored the vellum and the designs!! Absolutely gorgeous cards my friend!! I love them!! Have a great day!! Big hugs :)

Lisa
A Mermaid's Crafts

Shona Erlenborn said...

How pretty and soft these are, Donna. The gold embossing is beautifully done and the coloring from the back is gorgeous. Thanks for the inspiration!

Beebeebabs said...

Beautiful cards - love the gold embossing. Thanks for sharing the tutorial. You did a fabulous job as always thanks for sharing!!!

KarinsArtScrap said...

these are gorgeous and so elegant Donna, great job

gr karin

Donna said...

How gorgeous is this, the image is beautiful and like your wonky frames and their embossed edges!

Diane said...

WOW Donna these are amazing, so soft and so very pretty. I had originally planned to use a Santa stamp but for some reason I could not get him to work...hmm, maybe later when I have 'more' time (whatever that is) I can try again!! I normally use the gold EB powder when doing this but went with white this time, but I think the gold is a MUCH better choice...these cards certainly are beautifully!!

meg said...

Two beauties love the layout in both but especially the more vibrant colours in the second

Sue said...

Hi Donna, That is beautiful and so elegant.

Hope you are having a nice day. Sue

Puppy Kisses and Paper Dreams said...

Wow!! These two cards are beautiful. I love the colors and how soft yet vibrant they are. That dove on the second one is gorgeous. I need to color on the back of vellum more. Thanks for the inspiration!!

SD pooja said...

Beautiful !! Embossing and watercolors look great together and when you pair it with delicate and soft vellum..looks awesome :)

Tammy said...

These are stunning Donna! I love that beautiful image and all of the blue, the edges are gorgeous! Regarding your question on my post this morning, I used several tiny dots of multi medium matte to attach my vellum. Thanks for reminding me, I've added that step to my post :)
Hugs, Tammy

KT Fit Kitty said...

So beautiful, Donna! Love all the gold and how you used the vellum! Nice to bring back an old technique - it really looks fabulous! Really love the one where you added the distressed gold around the edges of the cardstock!

SewPaperPaint said...

My sweet friend this card hits all of my happy buttons! I love the embossing, the colored vellum and the gorgeous palette! What a stunning creation. I'm doing the Daily Marker 30 day coloring challenge and have three more days of coloring to do. I shall color some vellum before it's done!!! :) Hugs, Autumn

Jackie T said...

Hi Donna this is a stunning card it is just so beautiful. I must try that technique it is something I have never done. Take care. Hugs Jackie

Leslie Miller said...

Donna, truly two of your most beautiful cards ever! I absolutely ADORE the stamp and I remember seeing you use it before. In fact, I pinned it then and I'm pinning it now. I looked up the pin from before... back in 2013, a Valentine. These cards are exquisite!!

Linda Simpson said...

This is gorgeous Donna, I love the rich vibrant blue with the gold.
Hugs
Linda xxx

crafty-stamper said...

Both absolutely stunning Donna love all the embossing,embossed edges and delicate colouring
Carol x
I have never tried this technique and have soo much neglected stash and untried techniques--when Christmas is over going to work through all my stuff and try new techniques!!!
Carol x

cotnob said...

Stunning cards Donna, your gold embossing is gorgeous and I love the blue you have chosen - so beautiful.
Pauline - Crafting with Cotnob
x

Wendy L said...

These look wonderful Donna, the gold on the vellum looks so rich, xxxx

Verna Angerhofer said...

So very beautiful and elegant with those wonderful colors. The gold really brings out the elegance.

aussie aNNie said...

Beautiful De, love the gorgeous colours and that touch of gold.x

Conniecrafter said...

Oh Donna, these are both just gorgeous, I have this on my list to do, I even bought some heat resistant vellum for it but I will have to say that sparkle in your vellum is a gorgeous background. I love both cards, the second with the darker coloring is my favorite, I do love the gold powder around the squares too, frames it just lovely! Good to see you posting again, hope you are well :)

Sue said...

The gold with the aqua and the blue is just stunning. What a beautiful stamp.
I remember that technique and the first time I saw it demonstrated at a stamp show. Things change so quickly in the stamping world and you forget the techniques you loved and left behind.........thanks for the reminder. Beautiful cards as always, Donna.

Hugs
Sue

Dawn Phillips said...

Donna, this is just so awesome. Love Dawn x

As.I.Do.Rodos. said...

Stunning card . Thank you for joining us at Creative Craft Cottage challenge. Good luck Ginny DT for Creative Craft Cottage
My Blog As I do Rodos

*Vicki* said...

Wow such a beautifully elegant design here Donna!! The embossing looks WOW on that vellum and I especially love the way you've treated the edges with the gold tinsel EP! The colors look amazing and thanks for the reminder on doing this as I haven't in such a long time and forget how stunning it looks!! Thanks for the inspiration my friend! HUGS :)

Dr Sonia S V said...

WOW what a stunning creation Donna...love the way you packed so many techniques into such a gorgeous card
Cheers
Dr Sonia

Monica said...

Just so stunning and beautiful. How do you do it? I mean every single time I visit you, your artwork is amazing.

cuilliesocks said...

WOW Donna, I love your stunning card, what a wonderful design and the colours are gorgeous.
Loving your new page header, hope you are well, Kate x

Lori Kobular said...

Donna these cards are absolutely stunning! I love the coloring on the back of the vellum! I wish I used vellum more often! I always seem to forget about it! The colors you used look so lovely with the gold embossing!!

Sue - said...

Love them, a technique I haven’t used for ages either. Thanks for joining us at Make My Monday.

pam said...

Two stunning cards De, like you have`nt done this technique for years! love the beautiful stamp and gorgeous colour tones! Perfect..
Hugs Pam x

Donna Phelan said...

These images are gorgeous! I love all of that pretty gold embossing, it really POPS! I adore a Vellum strip sentiment, for the longest time I didn't know you could heat Vellum....duh! lol Your coloring is beautiful too, such a fab technique!

Catie Cuddles said...

Absolutely beautiful cards. Very elegant and unique. Particularly love the wonky frame one. So clever.
C xxx

KraftyKoolKat said...

Such beautiful creations Donna. Everything you turn your hand too turns to gold!!!
Hugs
Cathy
xxxx

Mrs A. said...

Two absolutely gorgeous cards. The vellum on both looks perfect. Love your ways of attaching it to the card. I have stacks of vellum and don't use it. How bad is that. Hugs Mrs A.

Pia S said...

I’ve never tried coloring on vellum before. These turned out beautiful, the subtle coloring looks so classy. Elegant also with the gold. I tell you, these look amazing, Donna.

Valerija said...

beautiful Donna!
Valerija xx

Sherrie K. said...

Absolutely beautiful! I love the embossing and the design is fabulous!!
Thanks so much for joining us in the challenge at Scrapy Land!
Sherrie K
Scrapy Land DT Member

EmmaT said...

Beautiful card. thank you for joining us at Make My Monday. Emma

coldwaters2 said...

Hi Donna this is a beauty I love the colouring on vellum it looks so lovely the colours look gret a superb creation
hugs
lorraine x

NanaConnie said...

WOW, Donna! Stunningly beautiful! I have forgotten about coloring vellum on the back side and how marvelously you can heat emboss on it. You've inspired me to dig out some of the remaining few rubber stamps I own and try this again. :-D

Poppyfield Card Crafts said...

Hi Donna

These card are stunning! TFS

Hugs.... June

Ina G said...

Both simply beautiful Donna but the second one with the added gold tinsel really is a stand out. What a great idea.

sarascloset said...

Donna, both of your cards are just so pretty! I love the gold embossing and how you've colored these images. These are so, so elegant, my friend!

I'm giggling at your words about surviving Black Friday! That seemed like just yesterday! These days are flying by, aren't they? Santa will be here before you know it! Sending hugs to you!

sarascloset said...

PS I meant to say congrats on your win at Scrapy Land, too! Yippee! It's like Christmas!

Anna-Karin said...

Lovely. Thanks for joining us at Crafty Creations. Anna-Karin DT