Embossed Vellum

by Anna-Karin Evaldsson

Vellum is such a wonderful surface and you can do so many techniques with it. The translucent surface lets you see what is underneath, which makes it easy to get a layered look. Here we are going to do both heat and dry embossing on vellum, as well as coloring with colored pencils.


  • Background stamp (Simon Says Stamp Circle Pattern Background used here)
  • Embossing ink (Simon Says Stamp Clear Embossing and Watermark Ink used here)
  • Embossing powder (Simon Says Stamp White Detail Powder used here)
  • Vellum
  • Colored pencils (Faber-Castell Polychromos used here)
  • Large ball stylus tool (Sizzix Paper Sculpting Tool Kit used here)
  • Heat tool
  • Foam mat
  • Other supplies as needed to complete the project: (used here: Ranger Tim Holtz Cracked Pistachio and Pine Needles Distress Inks, Ranger blending tools, Simon Says Stamp Assorted Holographic Aqua, Peacock Teal and White cardstock, Ranger Distress Heavystock Cardstock, Old book paper, Simon Says Stamp You Matter and Leafy Branch dies, Tim Holtz idea-ology Halloween Trimmings, Die cutting machine, Ranger craft sheet, lace trim)


  1. Step 1

    Stamp a background image onto the vellum. Apply embossing powder and heat to set.

  2. Step 2

    Color in portions of the pattern with colored pencils, working on the front of the vellum. Be careful not to rub off the embossing. Leave some of the dots uncolored.

  3. Step 3

    Use an embossing tool and burnish the dots. This gives them a subtle shine.

  4. Step 4

    Turn the paper around and place on a foam mat. Use embossing tools in different sizes to dry emboss the dots. Don’t press too hard. Finish with a small embossing tool to get into the details.

  5. Step 5

    Tear around old book paper or some patterned paper and adhere to cardstock.

  6. Step 6

    Stitch the vellum panel to the background. You could also use staples.

  7. Step 7

    Embellish the card as desired. Here, three Leafy Branches were cut from holographic, white, and colored cardstock. The sentiment was die cut from Heavystock cardstock and inked with Cracked Pistachio and Pine Needles Distress ink.

  8. Step 8

    Complete the project.


Your Turn

You've seen the tutorial, now you try it! We've got a section of the gallery set aside for Embossed Vellum. Try this technique, then upload your artwork to the gallery. Show us your creations!

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Questions and Comments

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I love both these looks with vellum but I don't know that I've ever combined them. Thanks for the inspiration and beautiful sample.
Cook22  |  Wed Feb 24, 2021 at 1:11 AM
What a great way to use multiple techniques. thank you
hgjones  |  Wed Feb 24, 2021 at 5:55 AM
Awesome idea! Never would have thought to heat emboss and stylus embossing together. Beautiful card too!
prpldy  |  Wed Feb 24, 2021 at 6:34 AM
Beautiful card! Thank you for the tutorial and the video. I love the effect of embossing vellum. TFS. Daria
djc  |  Wed Feb 24, 2021 at 11:01 AM
This is beautiful!
lori  |  Wed Feb 24, 2021 at 11:45 AM
Great video to illustrate the technique.
Dr Sonja  |  Wed Feb 24, 2021 at 9:56 PM
Very cool! I love how this looks! Thanks for show ing us how!
The Monitor  |  Thu Feb 25, 2021 at 12:32 AM
love the look that gives smile
Conniecrafter  |  Fri Mar 19, 2021 at 9:08 AM

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