Friday, 28 September 2012

Vellum week day 5 with Michelle

Ready for another calendar? 
Michelle has taken looots of pictures to show how she is making her calendar this year, and is using the vellum to make beautiful flowers. 
Would love to read what you think...

I first made the folder by cutting 2 mountboard pieces 12 x 23cm, 1 piece at 3 x 23cm and then used the pattern of the paper to create a flap to match the pattern. Magenta 12 X 12 paper: Energy, it's perfect for the design!
I then cut 12 pieces of white card 21 x 10cm and punch the holes in all the pieces ready for assembling into the calendar

I die cut flowers out of vellum (any 5 petal flower will do and then just cut a wiggly top making the flower smaller for each layer) and inked the vellum with Antique Linen distress ink and Tea dye making the centre of the flowers darker than the edges.

The beauty of vellum is that it is so easily shaped and sculptured into the shape you want and holds it's shape really well. Using a cuticle stick roll each petal in different directions using the heat of your fingers to 'set' the petal.

To check that they are looking ok, and to arrange the petals in the right place, just thread them onto a long pin and fiddle about till it looks like a rose. Whilst still held on the pin, pop a bit of glue in between each layer and hold until stuck.

 Next cut a piece of vellum 20.5 x 9.5cm and stamp the girl from the Secret Garden stamp set using brown StazOn.

To give her a little tint, colour her skin and her dress on the back of the vellum using Copics or Promarkers

Ink up the calender page and one of the white pieces of card using Old paper, antique linen, gathered twigs and use black soot to edge the sheets.
Stamp the tree from the set using black versafine and bleach out a few of the leaves.

 I added a little pergamano detail in the corners but that's not necessary if you havn't the patience, then mounted the vellum sheet over the stamped card. I mounted the calender sheet so that it peeped over the flap of the booklet.
 (paint the leaves with thin bleach)

And here's the finished cover and first page finished in the calender. The cover folds right over to make a stand so that it sits on my desk!

Spellbinders die Rose creation
Crafty Secrets: Garden girls
Versafine Onyx black

Our Special offer this week. 
As you saw yesterday, Isa'sArt is using the metal tools on her vellum 
(Pergamano style), so we are offering 10% off a couple of tool kits so you can have a go at this technique.
Use the code VELLUM10 at checkout

See you tomorrow


  1. I love the flower and your calendar is such an unusual shape.

  2. Thank you so much for sharing how to make the flowers - they really are lovely (think the vellum will certainly see daylight now as I can't resist flowers!). The final piece is quite stunning.

  3. utterly beautiful. Thankyou for sharing Michelle, I'm going to have a go at making this.

  4. Gorgeous and so cleverly made! TFS!

  5. It's wonderful, I LOVE it... Thank you Michelle, it's perfect! x

  6. Beautiful cover, page and flower !

  7. Gorgeous project love the velum flowers but your stamped image on velum is so pretty...a great calender page!


  8. This is really beautiful Michelle and I have to admit even though I have often used vellum for punched flowers and even more often make this type of dimensional flower it has never entered my head to combine the two, Doh! It's stunning!

    The calender is a total inspiration and so pretty to have on display.

    Lesley Xx


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