Saturday Tips – Stained Glass

Today I’m going to show you how to make a “Stained Glass” card.  I started out with a 5″ x 3-3/4″ piece of Vellum Paper.  Choose a stamp set that has good solid outlining and good space for coloring.  Using one of the leaves from Gently Falling stamp set and Basic Black Classic Stampin’ Pad, I stamped the image in random places on the Vellum.  I added Clear Stampin’ Emboss Powder on each image as soon as I stamped it.  You can use VersaMark and Black Embossing Powder as an alternative.  When all the images were in place, with the Embossing Powder added, I used a Heat Tool to set the Embossing Powder.  Be very careful with your Heat Tool as Vellum can scorch easily.  Keep the tool a little further away than usual and keep the tool moving, being careful not to hold it in one place too long.   Here’s what it looks like after it’s stamped and embossed:

Next, I used Stampin’ Write Markers (Cajun Craze, More Mustard, Pumpkin Pie and Daffodil Delight) to color the images on the back side of the Vellum.  Keep in mind that the ink takes a little longer to dry on Vellum. 

This is what the image looks like from the back side (the side I colored on):

Notice how ‘harsh’ the darker veining looks from this side. 

This is what it looks like from the front (the side the embossing is on):

Can you see how much more muted the veining looks from this side?

I cut a piece of Whisper White cardstock the same size as the Vellum, 5″ x 3-3/4″ to line the Vellum so the image would appear very crisp.  Tack the edges of the Vellum to the Whisper White at the corners. 

Cut a card base (8-1/2″ x 5-1/2″) out of Peach Parfait cardstock and fold in half to create a 5-1/2″ x 4-1/4 card.  Adhere the ‘Stained Glass” piece to the center of the card front.  I made my ‘photo corners’ using the 1-1/4″ Square Punch and Cajun Craze cardstock.  Punch two squares, and then cut them in half diagonally.  Cut a notch out of the long diagonal side, and adhere the pieces to the corners of the vellum.

And here’s the finished card:


Today’s “Saturday Tips” was a little different than usual.  Did you like today’s format, with it being done more like a lesson?  If you’re new to my blog, take a look at some of the past Saturday posts for a comparison.  I’d really appreciate it if you’d leave a comment and let me know what you think about this style for my “Saturday Tips”.  

I hope you enjoyed this project and that you’re already on the way to your workspace to make your own!

Happy stamping!







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  1. CJ Thibault

    I’m fairly new to your blog, and I love both the old format of Saturday tips, and this lesson! I haven’t ventured into the realm of vellum yet, and I think I might just have to give it a try! Thanks for sharing.

  2. Cindy Henry

    I really like your step by step instructions. Very easy to follow. Your stained glass card is absolutely beautiful !! I can’t wait to try it and share the technique with my stamping club.
    Thank you for a fabulous blog that I enjoy looking at every day !!

  3. Susan G

    I’m a new subscriber and love your blog. The lesson today was wonderful–very clear and good instructions. I’d love to see you continue this format.

  4. Connie Haselrick

    I sooo enoy your Saturday Tips! Step by step instruction and a beautiful sample-it doesn’t get any better! I’ve only been following your blog for a short time but I have the suspicion that you’re gonna sky rocket!! What a talented and generous contributor!!
    PS Love, Love, Love the stained glass card today!

  5. Monica H.

    Gorgeous Cindy! I may just have to CASE this for my stamp group… I really do wish they didn’t discontinue the photo corner punch though 🙁

  6. Marianne

    Hi Cindy!

    Absolutely beautifully done. Love the colours you chose and your neat little way of making photo corners.

    I read your blog every morning and I LOVE LOVE LOVE the format in which you presented today’s card. It is like a little mini class, step by step. I am hoping this will become a regular feature on your blog.

    Happy Stamping,

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