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June Challenge: Vellum

June Challenge

Hi All!

It’s June 1st, can you believe it? Summer is upon us and I think we will finally get some sunshine in Dallas this week! One quick announcement – tomorrow (Tuesday) is the last day to order products from both the Stampin’ Up! 2014-2015 catalog and the Occasions Catalog. It also marks the first day you can order from the 2015-2016 catalog. On this ONE day, you can order from all three catalogs! I wish I could tell you what to order from the new catalog but I haven’t received mine yet. 🙁 I plan on writing about my favorites. Maybe I’ll get it today, but I’ve been saying that for 2 weeks! Shop at my sister’s store HERE.

Okay, before getting to the challenge for June, I want to announce the challenge winner for May. I was so excited to see so many beautiful entries. Thank you to everyone who shared their cards with us. The random winner of the Peerless watercolor palette is Reva H. Congrats! Reva, I emailed you.

And since it’s also the first Monday of the month, it’s time for the next challenge. For June, it’s vellum! Vellum can add such beautiful elegance to a project. I especially love to use it for my sentiments on a background I don’t want to cover.

If you are new to the community, I encourage you to check out the Challenges Page for detailed information about how the challenges work.

The last day to submit your entry is Sunday, June 28th, 11:59pm CT. One random winner will be selected from all entries and announced on Monday, June 29th.

SimonSaysStamp Gift Voucher
The giveaway will be a $25 gift voucher to Simon Says Stamp, one of my favorite stores!

Even though a random winner is selected at the end of the month, the challenge is open indefinitely. Please continue to post to the challenges. Continuously seeing everyone’s new work is a win for everyone’s inspiration!

Okay, just to recap the main rules:

  • Your entry must include the use of vellum in some way.
  • You can submit as many entries as you like! However, please submit only one entry per card.
  • After submitting your entry, leave a comment on the entry just before yours.
  • Leave more comments on entries, if you’re so inclined. 🙂
  • To be eligible for a prize, you must be an active member of LiveLoveCards at the time the winner is announced.

Are you ready to enter? CLICK HERE!

For today’s card, I used my Kuretake Gansai Tambi watercolors on vellum, which I first heat embossed in white using flowers from the Simon Says Stamp Artful Flowers set.

Vellum Flowers

Here is a close-up of the vellum flowers, which curled up perfectly from the water:

Vellum Flowers

By the way, if you are looking for a good set of stamps to watercolor with, I love these Artful Flowers. They have the perfect amount of detail and they have stems to match (although I didn’t use them on this card).

Need more inspiration? I used Copic markers with vellum on THIS CARD, I used colored embossing powder with vellum on THIS CARD, more embossing on vellum HERE, and I used vellum for sentiments on THIS CARD and THIS CARD, just to name a few.

I can’t wait to see what you come up with! Enjoy the video and have fun with the challenge. 🙂



To purchase at Ellen Hutson, click the EH link. To purchase at Simon Says Stamp, click the SSS link.
Gansai Tambi colors used: 42, 50, and 139

Artful Flowers
SSS Artful Flowers
Bazzill 40lb Vellum
Bazzill 40lb Vellum
Gansai Tambi Watercolors
Gansai Tambi Watercolors
Altenew Floral Motifs
Altenew Floral Motifs
Stampin' Up! Linen Thread
Linen Thread
Versafine Black Onyx Ink
Versafine Black Ink
Versamark Ink Pad
Versamark Ink
Hero Arts White Embossing Powder
Hero Arts
Neenah Solar White Cardstock
Neenah Cardstock
Stampin' Up! Heat Tool
Heat Tool
Ranger Craft Sheet
Craft Mat
ATG Tape Runner
ATG Tape Runner
Scotch Foam Tape
Scotch Foam Tape
Micro Glue Dots
Micro Glue Dots


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  1. wrote on June 1st, 2015 at 9:54 am


    I don’t know how to comment on the one before mine…..but 1. Vellum flowers is so pretty. I actually have all the “parts” to make it so I just may CASE! 🙂

  2. wrote on June 1st, 2015 at 10:06 am


    Love your card Darlene. Nice colors!

  3. wrote on June 1st, 2015 at 1:15 pm


    I tried to click on the two entries, but nothing happens.

    • wrote on June 2nd, 2015 at 7:45 am


      I don’t have a blog so it won’t link to anything…..

  4. wrote on June 1st, 2015 at 2:07 pm


    Love the card. Thanks for keeping things simple. I don’t always need something challenging.

  5. wrote on June 1st, 2015 at 2:11 pm


    Love your card, Darlene! Great color choices, and I like the way the petals curled from the water. It does make them look more natural! Wonderful use of white space, too. That’s something I generally struggle with. I tend to have the “High Victorian” mindset–fill every space possible with something! LOL I’m working on simplifying, though. Tfs! ~ Andrea

  6. wrote on June 1st, 2015 at 2:59 pm


    As usual, amazing cards. Love the vellum flowers that gently curl and the white space

  7. wrote on June 1st, 2015 at 3:00 pm


    What a wonderful challenge Darlene, Vellum makes everything look soft and kind of ethereal, I love heat embossing it, coloring it, etc.
    This card you made is just beautiful, the flowers look like you went out and picked them from your garden, the curl the water gave them is what gives that natural feel.
    I also struggle with white spaces in my cards, I also feel like I need to put something to kind of give balance to my design. When I look at your card I’m itching to stick a butterfly or maybe place the linen thread and pretty bow up there, but that is just me. So now, I’m going to think about what I can come up with for this month’s challenge.
    Thank you for inspiring and for pushing us to explore new boundaries.
    Paper Hugs.
    PS. I also clicked on the first two entries but the link didn’t work. I hope the ladies who posted this cards fix it so we can leave them a comment, I love that card with the beautiful pink Vellum flowers, the other card also looks amazing, I can’t believe someone just left this invitation behind.

    • wrote on June 2nd, 2015 at 7:49 am


      I think if we don’t have a blog to link to the picture it just stays as the thumbnail. I was the Mother of the Groom….I made the invites and left one in each room (25 of them) My description does make it appear as someone left it, but thats all the room I had to say something LOL I’m a rambler 🙂

  8. wrote on June 1st, 2015 at 4:11 pm

    Mary Jane

    Great cards! Vellum has been a little intimidating to me and have never used it but now its Game on! Thanks for the push!

  9. wrote on June 1st, 2015 at 5:06 pm


    I posted a card in the last challenge that had vellum on it and watercolors. Can I post the same card under this challenge too?

  10. wrote on June 2nd, 2015 at 2:22 am


    Darlene I love your card. I love the whimsical flowers they turned out very beautiful. I did want to mention that I am really happy that you liked the 3M foam adhesive but I did want to give you a tip. One thing that I learned was that when I put any type of twine or anything around my card front I end up getting a bulge in the front where I put the foam tape over it on the back. But if you put the foam tape all the way up to the twine and then stop then start again on the other side of the twine, your card front will be nice and flush and won’t even be able to tell that you have the twine wrapped all the way around. I don’t know if that happens to you but I just thought I would mention it just in case it was. Thanks again for the lovely card 🙂

    • wrote on June 3rd, 2015 at 7:16 pm

      Carol Mac

      I agree Beau, and instead of snail, I use scotch tape to make sure my thread won’t unravel then do the same as you..start and stop the foam tape!

      • wrote on June 18th, 2015 at 1:03 am


        Carol you can also use Tombow’s Extreme Adhesive that works amazing with what you are saying. I think Stampin Up calls it Fast Fuse? (I’m not sure because I have never used Stampin Up products…I’m still learning about everything since I haven’t been making cards too long 🙂 But they are the same thing and it works great for adhering pretty much any type of twine or thread and won’t budge an inch.

        • wrote on June 22nd, 2015 at 12:26 pm

          Carol Mac

          Hi Beau, yeah fast fuse is the new product for SU but it is expensive and so are the refills. Scotch tape works well and it’s cheap! I may check out the Tombo one as I think it is cheaper and works just as well…according to all of the videos I have seen.

    • wrote on June 3rd, 2015 at 10:47 pm

      Darlene DeVries

      Hi Beau. There was a slight bulge, but it didn’t bother me that much. I’ll keep your tip in mind for next time. 🙂

  11. wrote on June 2nd, 2015 at 11:45 am


    Very pretty card! Darlene, I think you have to place an order to get the new catalog and I don’t know if that is just for Demos or for everyone. You should probably ask your sister, maybe she can clarify?

    I love how you watercolored on the vellum. The flowers turned out so pretty!! Also, I thought I saw you use the SU! hexagon punch at some point…if you have it you can use it to easily punch those points on your banner. Since I saw someone do that I don’t do it by measuring and trying to get it perfect…cuz unlike you…I NEVER got it straight! LOL!!

    Thank you so much for sharing the card, it’s super pretty…and I agree with what someone else said about the white space…I have a hard time with that also. =)

    • wrote on June 3rd, 2015 at 11:01 pm

      Darlene DeVries

      Good idea about the hex punch Sandra! I’ll have to keep that in mind for next time. Or maybe even a square punch would work too.

      • wrote on June 5th, 2015 at 10:17 am


        I never thought of that! You are probably right. Honestly, I never think about using either of my square punches because I always reach for my paper trimmer. :b

  12. wrote on June 2nd, 2015 at 12:48 pm


    Pretty pretty card!

  13. wrote on June 2nd, 2015 at 5:41 pm


    Darlene – trying to catch up with your videos. Love this card! I am going to look through my stamps and see if I can find a similar flower image and try this. I think it’s the attachment issue with vellum that keeps me from using it. But your design is perfect. I also love the card with the vellum roses in the gallery. Was not able to vote for it – but I have that die and am going to try it. It appears that the person who made them colored the inside with some kind of marker or water color. Love your new site. So much to see and learn.

  14. wrote on June 6th, 2015 at 1:16 pm


    Love your card Darlene. Thank you for making a video with vellum as I love working with !

  15. wrote on June 7th, 2015 at 7:51 pm

    Brenda L.

    Love your card Darlene! I love vellum but never use it much. I will try and see if I can come up with something. lol Hugs, Brenda

  16. wrote on June 7th, 2015 at 7:54 pm


    I love #12. I was wondering if one month instead of randomly picking a winner, if once the entry cut-off date arrived, you opened it up for about three days afterward for us to vote on the entries. Everyone would only get to vote once. I think that would be fun.
    Thanks for all the tips and techniques you share. I have really enjoyed this new site as well as your old one. Blessings to you!

    • wrote on June 7th, 2015 at 10:22 pm

      Darlene DeVries

      Terrie, actually, that’s the way I originally set it up. Mid-month of the first challenge, I changed it to be a random drawing. I wrote a post about it HERE.

  17. wrote on June 8th, 2015 at 2:39 pm


    Great card…..I love the simplicity !!!! Thanks for all the time spent on good information and your great videos. I am really enjoying your web site….it’s worth every penny!!!!! 🙂

  18. wrote on June 12th, 2015 at 2:57 pm


    Darlene: Sorry there are 2 photos of Bermuda Vellum. The first one does not allow you to actually see it, so I loaded it again. Could you possibly remove the 1st one from the challenge site? Thanks so much!

    • wrote on June 19th, 2015 at 9:32 am

      Darlene DeVries


  19. wrote on June 20th, 2015 at 12:36 pm


    Wow, so many beautiful entries. Love the white card with the several layered pink vellum flowers. Just gorgeous.

  20. wrote on June 24th, 2015 at 5:26 pm

    Patty Beers

    I finally got my own blog and now I think I finally linked a post to Live, Love, Cards the right way. Thank you Darlene for getting me out of my comfort zone through these challenges. I am learning so much and it really is fun.

  21. wrote on June 26th, 2015 at 9:35 pm


    Made it just in the nick of time. Some really great cards and uses of vellum here, ladies. I don’t know if it’s visible in the thumbnail, but I made the flowers dimensionally puffy by using a piercing mat and scoring tool. 🙂

    • wrote on June 27th, 2015 at 6:21 am

      Darlene DeVries

      So you didn’t color them at all? The white is just from the piercer?

      • wrote on June 27th, 2015 at 9:17 am


        Yes, the white is strictly from rubbing, pretty cool, huh?

        My son was loving feeling the texture. When I told him I’d heard about doing this and wanted to give it a try, he pulled out his craft set and watercolored while asking me all kinds of questions about “what’s a technique?” and told me he’d used vellum in art class once… Good times.

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