Anniversary Card – Embossing on Vellum Technique

Hey Crafties! For this anniversary card, I’m back with another useful technique: Embossing on Vellum!

Silhouette stamps offer many great possibilities, and I often want them to be black shadows. But if you want to use a dark card, the silhouette can blend in. With this in mind, I’ll often use vellum to separate the dark card from the dark silhouette.

Emboss on vellum anniversary card

Shimmery embossing powder gives the silhouette that extra fun element that I love to add to cards. In effect, you end up with a silhouette that has an interesting shimmer as you move it around, yet is still separated from the dark card with the vellum!

This stamp reminds me of a special time shared between my partner and I, but we didn’t have an umbrella! With the dark card and the raindrops, this card has a slightly more masculine feel and will be a perfect anniversary card later this month.

I designed this card for the Joy of Sets September Challenge Grid, designed by our fearless Fiona. I chose the bottom row — Die Cuts, Glitter, and Family.

We are teaming up with Try Stampin on Tuesday #TSOT424 fun by one of our Design Team members Kaylin — If you would like to join in both challenges, use our grid above and combine with Kaylin’s sketch:

Combining challenges is a lot of fun, and can help you make some fantastic creations! I used the bottom row of the grid and the sketch.

Emboss on vellum anniversary card

See below for details to create this cute card:

Steps to create this Anniversary Card:

Cut your Papers:

  • Basic Black: 5 1/2″ x 8 1/2″. Score at 4 1/4″ and fold for your card base.
  • Pacific Point DSP: 3 1/4″ x 5″. I chose this one because it reminds me of falling rain.
  • Vellum: 2″ x 4 1/4″, scrap at least 2″ x 2″.

Emboss on Vellum:

TECHNIQUE: Ink up your stamp with Versamark, and press down firmly onto the vellum. Because the vellum is more slippery, it’s unfortunately easy for your inked stamp to accidentally slide, so hold it down firmly. Sprinkle with shimmering embossing powder, and shake off the excess. Heat the powder on vellum with a heat tool.

  • TIP: If the vellum gets too hot to hold, use tweezers or a long clothes pin to hold the edge of the vellum.

Cut the vellum:

  • Cut a short slit from the bottom of the banner. From each corner, snip to the top of the slit.
  • Die-cut the sentiment.


Glue the blue DSP to the left edge of your cardbase.

Adhere ribbon towards the bottom of the blue DSP, and cut off the excess over the edge.

Using glue dots, adhere the vellum banner and vellum sentiment to the card.

Add clear or sparkly bling as extra raindrops!

Supplies for Embossing on Vellum and this Anniversary Card:

Slice Of Happiness Cling Stamp Set

I’m so glad you checked out this tutorial today! Are you planning on using the Embossing on Vellum technique for your next project? Let me know in the comments — I’d love to hear about it!

Wanna save this technique for later? Pin it!

Do you enjoy embossing, and want another way to stamp on a darker background? Check out this tutorial for the White Embossing Technique.

White embossing technique bird ballad pinterest

Want more? Here is a similar way to stamp on a black background for the Chalkboard Effect:

Back to school chalkboard card

Happy Crafting!

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