About a month ago I was contacted by the lovely Kristen at LCI Paper wondering if I would be interested in trying out new paper. It turned out it was Colors Transparent vellum paper which is part of the Gmund's Color System. I have always wondered what it would be like to work with it, so I decided to give it a try.
I was pleasantly surprised that it was quite forgiving, and it was easy to incorporate it into my designs. Here's the final result, for those that can't wait to finish reading and will probably scroll down to see it.
In this design, I have used the light, flexible 30lb vellum for the blue background. The textured look and feel of the background was achieved with an embossing folder that was run through a Spellbinders's machine. I found that it embossed nicely, retaining a crisp look without tearing the vellum. I used an old fashion glue stick to adhere the vellum to the card, instead of double sided tape which I would normally use, since it is quite translucent and the tape would show trough. To avoid curling, I placed the card under a book for a couple of hours to dry.
I decided to use the 54lb vellum for the large white bloom since I thought that it would be better in retaining its shape than the 30lb. The large bloom was created with a paper punch, and I was really happy that the edges were nice and smooth after cutting. To achieve the 3D look, I scored and lightly folded the petals. The 54lb vellum was a perfect choice for that as it didn't crack and kept the folds.
The delicate white branches were also made out of the 54lb vellum, and cut out with a metal die cut which was run through the Spellbinders's machine, just like the background. Considering how thin and delicate the branches are, they were really easy to release from the die. I have also used a gold marker to add a bit of accent to the branches, and it seems that it has no negative effect on the vellum.
Hope you enjoyed my first review of Gmund's Colors Transparent vellum paper, and my first blog post ever. Come back soon for another card design done with vellum paper.
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