Copic Coloring on Vellum

I've been in quite a bit of a creative slump until recently. Maybe it's the tiring effect of work, or the fact that I no longer live in the same place as all my craft supplies... either way, I needed something to snap me out of it. And nothing does that as well as crafty SHOPPING! I purchased this awesome new set by a new company, Altenew.

For some reason, I don't have many flower stamp sets in my stash. Crazy, because they are so versatile and you can try so many techniques with stamps like that! So I figured I had to step up my game, and this stamp set fit the bill. I think I'll be trying a lot of different techniques with this stamp set, but to start, I decided to do some coloring with Copics on vellum.

First, I heat embossed almost all of the images on vellum in white. I figured I wouldn't need all of them, but it's easier to do them all at the same time and not have to worry about not having enough pieces for the card.

Then, I turned to the BACK side of the piece and started coloring with Copic markers. You don't have to do any fancy blending here, because barely any of it shows through on the other side. In fact, if you only have one shade of each color, this will still work!! You can color pretty messily and not stay inside the lines too, because these will be cut out later. The reason I did this on the back was so that the markers wouldn't stain the white embossing and you still have the crisp, clean outlines. You also get a beautiful, muted effect from the vellum - almost like stained glass!

Once those are all colored, it's time to fussy cut. Even though the flowers looked pretty terrible on the back, look how pretty they are when they're all cut out and turned around!

I heat embossed "Happy birthday" from my favorite sentiment set, adhered the flowers with a liquid matte adhesive, and called it done. Not my most embellished card, but it was my first completed project in a while and got me out of my creative lull, so I'd still call that an accomplishment! :D