Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Trend Report: Vellum

Trend Report: Sprinkles Vellum by Doodlebug
Susan Tidwell here to share some tips about using vellum.
Vellum has been around a long time, but is making a comeback! Doodlebug has this beautiful polka-dot Sprinkles Vellum that comes in pretty spring colors (available at LBH or online).
The one problem with using vellum is that adhesive shows through the translucent paper. The best tip if you must use adhesive is to completely cover the vellum with a double-sided tape sheet cut to fit so that there are no hard lines of where the adhesive stops and starts. The LBH is carrying a new double-sided adhesive sheet called Stick-It which comes in two sizes and is perfect for this application. What I love most about this product is that you can apply it to the back of your surface and then die-cut intricate shapes without the need of fussy gluing the back to adhere it!
Here are some additional tips for attaching vellum to your projects without glue or tape. These solutions also add a decorative element to your project.
1. Use brads or eyelets
2. Use staples
3. Punch holes and tie ribbon through
4. Sew either by hand or machine
5. Add buttons, sewing through the vellum and base project as you sew through the button
6. Washi tape or other decorative tapes
7. Punch slots to hold it
8. Photo corners or paper frame
9. Completely cover base and fold over to back, using glue on back OR just fold over top so it hangs loose over front
In the Easter frame I recently created for the LBH Bunny Blog Hop, I used two strips of the limeade Doodlebug Sprinkles Vellum to simulate grass.
I fringed one edge of both strips with scissors, “curled” the fringe with a skewer and overlapped the strips when taping them into the bottom of the frame. I used Scor Tape for this as I placed it the full length of the strip so it doesn’t show much.

I hope you will try using vellum - it gives a beautiful finish to a project and can be used in a variety of ways!
Nat here with my personal review of the new Sprinkles Vellum by Doodlebug Designs.
In short, I LOVE LOVE LOVE this product. I love the softness that it creates for a project.  
Working with vellum can be tricky in that it's hard to find an adhesive that will work and not show through.  Since there is a tint of color to this vellum as well as an overall pattern, I feel that does a lot to hide the adhesive lines that are created from behind. Of course, I didn't cover every inch of the vellum in adhesive either. But I don't think you need to be "as" cautious with this as you do with traditional vellum in regards to adhesive.  I wanted to see how this product would work with intricate and detailed die cuts.  I used the "happy" die from the "Think Happy Thoughts" stamp/die set from Taylored Expressions.  It created a wonderful, clean cut. I also used the "Stitched Hillside" borders from Lawn Fan to create the green grass border at the bottom of my tag.  The Sprinkles Vellum comes in a rainbow of fun and bright colors. I can't wait to get my hands on all of the colors!
Hey everyone, it's me Susan Liles here and I'm sharing a cute little tag I made to adorn a small gift bag that could hold some sweet Easter goodies for someone special. 
The main feature of my tag centers around the use of the new Doodlebug Sprinkles Vellum we have available at the store or online HERE
What's so fun about this vellum is that it's got the cute "Swiss dots" embossed right onto to colored vellum (the dots are shiny--even cuter!), and it comes in 7 colors! 
TIP:  Vellum can be cut using your steel dies through a Cuttlebug or Big Shot, no problem! 
That's what I did with it here.  I cut the pink and yellow both with the Doin' the Wave Die from Reverse Confetti.  Just be sure if there's a "front and back" to your vellum that you cut it accordingly.
I then diecut my tag and prepared my Easter egg "window" for the vellum to show through using more Reverse Confetti Confetti Cuts dies.  Once that was all done, I alternated the vellum to create my wavy striped egg.  Another TIP:  Vellum can sometimes be tricky when trying to adhere it without your glue or tape showing.  Think of using your vellum especially when you might adhere something that will be hidden.  Like in this instance, the "glue" is sandwiched between the tag's layers around the outside edge of the egg where you can't see it. A fun technique with any paper or washi tape, but ideal for vellum! 
To finish off my project, I simply added the cute organdy rose embellishment (then left my hot glue gun on by accident overnight!), clipped it onto my folded over bag, and added a row of the scalloped stickers from the Fancy Frills Sticker Sheet.  Very simple on the bag, but the tag could also be a fun layout embellishment or would look sweet on a card!
Lindsey here with my Vellum Trend Report: Vellum is such a wonderful product, it can be so versatile and create such a beautiful effect.  I love mixing the different colors and creating a third color with vellum.  The Doodlebug vellum is particularly great for the texture.  The polk-a-dot texture is glossy without being too bumpy for layering. I layered yellow paper underneath the Doodlebug tangerine vellum to create this Easter effect.  Finding the right glue can be tricky, for this application I used glossy accents but it showed through and slightly warped the paper.
More great trend reports and tutorials on how to use vellum will be on the blog tomorrow!! Leave us a comment on what kind of glue you prefer to use when creating with vellum?


  1. My Xyron is best buds with any vellum I use and doesn't show because it's solid adhesive coverage. Love all the vellum projects featured!

  2. "Everything old is new again"! Vellum is back,but better! Love the pretty colors and the polka dots. I don't have a good way to adhere vellum, but I'm hoping I'll find some ways by reading this blog!


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