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February 14, 2011

Welcome! We have such a fun week planned at the Penny Black Blog. Kathy Racoosin is here with a collection of cards that feature vellum in creative ways. She’ll be featuring techniques such as dry embossing on vellum, water coloring on vellum, reverse embossing, and embossing on parchment paper . I think you’ll love what she’s done! Here’s her first card of the week;

Kathy used StazOn Black Ink to stamp onto the vellum piece and embossed the underside of the vellum by stamping the Penny Black design with Versamark then tracing over the lines of the design with a stylus. Just a few small dots of glue hold the vellum strip in place on the card front.

SUPPLIES: Stamps – Delicate Pattern Background #40-047, Pinnacle #4168K (cake & bird), Trims #30-068, Letter Background #1999L, Eat Cake #30-066 (sentiment). Paper: Vellum, Mix & Match papers (colors taken from “Sticks & Stones” & “Coral Reef” ). Other: Memento Tuxedo Black Ink, StazOn Ink, Copic markers, Tombow markers, white gel pen, distress ink, Versamark, clear embossing powder, embossing tool and paper piercer.



This week’s reader challenge is all about vellum! Use vellum in a Penny Black stamped project and upload it our Gallery using the tag, “vellum“. You have until the end of the week – Sunday night at Midnight, PST to upload your entry(ies) for a chance to win! A winner will be chosen to receive their choice of three Penny Black stamps or stamp sets. The winner will be announced here at the Penny Black Blog the following Tuesday. Good luck! We can’t wait to see what you can do with Penny Black stamps and vellum! 

We’ll be back tomorrow with our challenge winner from last week’s Winter White challenge and a new vellum inspired card by Kathy!

62 Comments leave one →
  1. February 14, 2011 12:24 am

    I will be checking back daily, I could use more ways to feature vellum in my cards. Thanks for the inspiration Kathy!

  2. February 14, 2011 12:31 am

    great card Kathy. I just love how you used the vellum.

  3. February 14, 2011 12:51 am

    Fabulous card Kathy, love how you embossed the vellum…great idea!
    Looking forward to seeing your projects this week as I always get stuck with vellum 🙂

    I will be entering the challenge 🙂

    Jenny xx

  4. February 14, 2011 1:39 am

    I have a stash of vellum that I never use so it’s going to be great to get some ideas!! x

  5. February 14, 2011 1:50 am

    Never thought of stamping in versamark and using that as guide lines , thanks for the tip, think I’ll have to give it ago, all I need now is more hours in a day.

  6. Penny permalink
    February 14, 2011 1:53 am

    Kathy, Love your use of vellum in this card. I would love to play along so I guess that means that I have to go buy some! LOL

  7. February 14, 2011 2:17 am

    Hi there

    Love the use of vellum – very creative and inspirational thank you Kathy.

    hugs Ali x

  8. February 14, 2011 2:20 am

    such beautiful card.!!! love it so much Kathy ><
    but i guess i cant b part of this challenge.. i dont have vellum, and i dont know where to get one 🙂

    happy valentine's day to all penny black stampers


  9. February 14, 2011 2:54 am

    This card is fantastic! I love the colors used on it.


  10. February 14, 2011 2:56 am

    Great use of Vellum on your card Kathy and love the colors. TFS this beauty. I love vellum, hope to make a card.

  11. February 14, 2011 3:04 am

    I love the shading on the bird & the cake tiers – I had to smile for I’ve just started to explore the very same topic. Thanks so much for doing this.
    Paula (PEP)

  12. February 14, 2011 4:03 am

    Adore what Kathy created – so fun, love it.

  13. Becky S permalink
    February 14, 2011 5:26 am

    Such a sweet card. Got to find that vellum somewhere in the stack……….

  14. February 14, 2011 5:37 am

    I am really looking forward to Kathy’s ideas using vellum – this is a great start! Fun challenge this week!

  15. February 14, 2011 5:55 am

    Beautiful! Can’t wait to see more uses of vellum! I always love the way it looks but have never had the courage to use it myself! Going to have to this week!

  16. February 14, 2011 6:08 am

    Great way to use vellum!!! Thank you so much for inspiring us Kathy by posting another gorgeous card!!!!

  17. February 14, 2011 6:19 am

    I haven’t used vellum yet, but I love the look it adds to the card.

  18. February 14, 2011 6:25 am

    I always love Kathy’s work! Can’t wait to see more ideas from her, using vellum!

  19. February 14, 2011 6:46 am

    Gorgeous card..can’t wait to see what else you come up with.

  20. Kimberly S. permalink
    February 14, 2011 6:55 am

    OMGoodness….how did I NOT know this blog existed?? I ADORE Penny Black!! I have several of her kitty stamps (since I am a cat lady), and I absolutely LOVE her new (at least they’re new to me) little boy and girl Valentine’s stamps….SOOOOO cute!!!! I just read that their names are Mimi and Miles….I just LOVE them!!!! I would absolutely LOVE to win some of Penny Black’s stamps since I am such a huge fan! I will DEFINITELY be coing back to this blog daily to check out your creations!!

  21. Linda permalink
    February 14, 2011 7:00 am

    cake? Did someone say cake? Adorable card!

  22. Virginia L. permalink
    February 14, 2011 7:06 am

    This card is “scrumptious”!! I adore how Kathy used vellum in this card! Can’t wait to see more! What a treat this weeek!!!!!!!!!!! 🙂

  23. February 14, 2011 7:37 am

    Gorgeous!!! Love the c0lor combo!!!

  24. Ruth S permalink
    February 14, 2011 7:46 am

    Gorgeous card from Kathy! I’ll be looking forward to seeing some cool vellum ideas and trying them out – I don’t use it nearly enough!

  25. February 14, 2011 9:00 am

    I read your Daily Marker posts, well, daily. Love all the tips and ideas! I look forward to the week and thank you for giving us all a chance to win some stamps! I am new at the craft and would love to have some!

  26. Ruby permalink
    February 14, 2011 10:28 am

    Love the great tip using vellum. I always have trouble adhering it to something.

  27. Jan Harrod permalink
    February 14, 2011 10:46 am

    Thanks for reminding me how nice vellum looks! And for the tips on inking and adhering. Good reminders!

  28. Audrey Romney permalink
    February 14, 2011 10:51 am

    I love it. Audrey

  29. Katie permalink
    February 14, 2011 11:02 am

    This card is beautiful! I love the vellum accent. Interesting idea to stamp with versamark and go over with a stylus. I also love how the background was done. Amazing detail! Thank you for sharing.


  30. February 14, 2011 1:16 pm

    Fabulous card, Kathy and what a fun challenge! Hoping to play along.

  31. February 14, 2011 1:33 pm

    Another amazing card Kathy, and yet you always amaze me. Great detail and love the vellom dry embossed!

  32. February 14, 2011 2:17 pm

    Love your card Kathy. Thanks for sharing!
    Betty Sue

  33. pinky permalink
    February 14, 2011 2:59 pm

    Its just gorgeous Kathy, very effective, love how you stamped on the vellum.

  34. Linda permalink
    February 14, 2011 3:00 pm

    Vellum is a challenge for me-I rarely will use it. Love your use as always!

  35. Michel E permalink
    February 14, 2011 4:52 pm

    Beautiful card. Love how you used to vellum.

  36. February 14, 2011 4:56 pm

    This is so beautiful! I haven’t used vellum in ages, I can’t wait to see all your ideas for it!

  37. Cathy Pulickal permalink
    February 14, 2011 6:21 pm

    What a gorgeous card! I love ideas for vellum! Can’t wait for more! 🙂

  38. Denise Bryant permalink
    February 14, 2011 7:59 pm

    Beautiful card! I love all the details!

  39. Edna Siu permalink
    February 14, 2011 10:07 pm

    Wow, it is a wonderful chance to win the all 6 stamps, I love to win all of these lovely stamps.

  40. February 14, 2011 10:46 pm

    wow! absolutely gorgeous card, Kathy! beautiful rich colors and design. love how you used the vellum. thanks for the inspiration!! =)

  41. Melody B. permalink
    February 14, 2011 11:02 pm

    Love the idea of “ideas” for vellum! I never think to use it that much so can’t wait to see what all you come up with.

  42. February 14, 2011 11:10 pm

    And to know that I already have all the tools for parchment craft with me..will definitely be trying out this very soon!

  43. emily permalink
    February 14, 2011 11:37 pm

    Really like the dry embossed look on the vellum.

  44. Julia permalink
    February 15, 2011 4:45 am

    Love this. Will definitely get the vellum out!

  45. Marie Moore permalink
    February 15, 2011 4:52 am

    Kathy, I love your lessons this week! Monday’s and Tuesday’s cards are gorgeous! I have never used vellum so I learned a lot – I wondered what I could do with my vellum and now you have taught us. And brilliant idea using parchment paper which so many of us have in the kitchen – and I like the effect. Thank you once again for sharing your creativity and talents with us!

    Marie Moore

  46. Eve permalink
    February 15, 2011 5:58 am

    Luv this look, Kathy! I’ve always luving vellum (and keep it on hand) but hardly use it, so this weeks’s challenge, i’ll try, IF time allows… Luv that you’ve drawn the lines on the vellum! 🙂

  47. February 15, 2011 6:02 am

    just fabulous. I haven’t used vellum in a long time! LOVE IT!

  48. February 15, 2011 6:12 am

    What a nice idea, I will certainly try. thanks

  49. February 15, 2011 6:16 am

    stunning vellum technique, such beautiful texture and design! love this!! 🙂

  50. Debbie Fleming permalink
    February 15, 2011 8:35 am

    I haven’t really used vellum before but you have inspired me to try.
    Thankyou for your great ideas, I love getting your emails, a little surprise in every one.

  51. February 15, 2011 11:20 am

    Man oh man, what AWESOME coloring!!

  52. Gilda permalink
    February 15, 2011 12:52 pm

    Love your card – beautiful technique. Good to bring vellum back, too.

  53. Nadine Papove permalink
    February 15, 2011 3:25 pm

    Thanks for revisiting vellum, haven’t used it in a long time. Loved it then and looking forward to seeing new techniques to try out.

  54. February 15, 2011 8:40 pm

    Opps! I left my comment on the Kathy’s Blog….I do love working with vellum also, nice job!

  55. February 15, 2011 10:47 pm

    Thanks fore the inspiration its a fun way to use the velum i will try 🙂


  56. February 16, 2011 1:33 pm

    Love how the vellum softens up the card – is perfect touch for a wedding card!

  57. charlene permalink
    February 16, 2011 9:26 pm

    yum! chocolate cake!

  58. February 17, 2011 4:48 am

    Using the stylus over vellum created such wonderful results! I have never really worked with vellum before but now I am inspired !!

  59. audrey romney permalink
    February 17, 2011 9:19 am

    Kathy, What a beautiful card, one of the best examples of using vellum I have ever seen. I loved the way you used it on the inside.

  60. February 17, 2011 2:34 pm

    I have a pack of vellum that has never been used. You can believe me, I will be using it now. Lovely card!

  61. February 18, 2011 8:23 pm

    Another beautiful card Kathy! Love the embossing on the vellum!

    Louise C.

  62. Lorraine A permalink
    February 24, 2011 4:50 am

    Gorgeous card Kathy 🙂 I love vellum and am hoping to join in with the challenge ,,, time is just running away with me at the mo’ !! 🙂

    Lols x x x

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