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Wednesday’s Card: Vellum Butterfly

Vellum Butterfly

Vellum Butterfly

Hi All!

I really don’t like to use my Copics on top of heat embossed images. The embossing powder gets on the tips of my markers. I did it in a video once, not realizing what I was doing. Since then, I’ve seen lots of people do it, but it just makes me uncomfortable. So, for this card, I heat embossed on vellum and then colored the back using Copics. I just love heat embossing on vellum – it comes out so shiny and thick. I also used Copics to color the border.

You could use just regular markers on the back. In fact, regular markers would blend better than on normal paper because (a) the texture of vellum is less absorbent and (b) coloring the back makes the transition between the different marker colors less visible.

I used the new Stampin’ Up! Cloudy Day embossing folder from the Spring Catalog. Instead of having the dry-embossed image raised up, I used the reverse side. So, it’s kind of like a quilted look. I think it makes the clouds look more “pillowy”.

Anyhow, a pretty short video. Enjoy and have a great week!










  1. wrote on January 16th, 2013 at 9:19 am


    Stunning! Love the idea of coloring on the underside of the embossed image. I took a Copic class once and the instructor really recommended staying away from embossing powders so I’ve been hesitant! This is a wonderful alternative and I’ll definitely have to try this out.
    I also love how you did the border…so simple but it really ties the card together.
    Very nice, as usual, Darlene!

  2. wrote on January 16th, 2013 at 9:29 am

    Chris R.

    Another beautiful card!! I watch you hand-draw those black line borders with awe. Any tips on getting the lines straight without a ruler?

    • wrote on January 16th, 2013 at 7:19 pm

      Darlene DeVries

      Make sure your hand can glide across the table easily and smoothly. And then hold your breath!

  3. wrote on January 16th, 2013 at 10:59 am


    Gorgeous card! Your video editing is a delight to watch, I really appreciate how you speed it up. I always learn something from your videos. Thank you so much for your time & effort.

  4. wrote on January 16th, 2013 at 12:17 pm


    Gorgeous card, Darlene. The embossing on vellum gives such a soft effect on your design and because it’s so transparent, the colors on the other side look amazing. In all the time I’ve been watching you create your wonderful cards, each and every wednesday, I learn something new. You have pushed me a little to try new techniques and products. Thank you so very much for all the hard work and creativity you put into each of your tutorials.

  5. wrote on January 16th, 2013 at 12:46 pm

    Carol Lucas

    Beautiful! I’m hoping I have enough vellum to try this.

  6. wrote on January 16th, 2013 at 12:57 pm

    Mary Ann Huntington

    Since I always learn something new from your videos I was excited to see the results of embossing the cloud folder on the other side. I love the pillow effect. Thank you again Darlene.

  7. wrote on January 16th, 2013 at 1:05 pm

    Lisa M

    Can you ever make an ugly card? I think not! 🙂 I’m pretty sure I’ve pinned all of your cards! Thanks so much for sharing!

  8. wrote on January 16th, 2013 at 1:12 pm


    Another stunning and beautiful card! thank you for the now how and inspiration! just LOVE this!!!!

  9. wrote on January 16th, 2013 at 1:34 pm


    I really like this one! Thanks for the tips for coloring embossed vellum.

  10. wrote on January 16th, 2013 at 2:31 pm


    Awesome technique on the reverse of the vellum. The card is, as usual, gorgeous.

  11. wrote on January 16th, 2013 at 2:50 pm


    I’m going to have to try this technique. Your card turned out so gorgeous! I will have to try it out with Sharpies, though since I don’t have Copics.

  12. wrote on January 16th, 2013 at 4:08 pm


    Another fabulous card – you make it look so easy! Love how that embossing folders looks when it’s debossed.
    Need to start working with vellum – dont’ know why it scares me!
    Have a good one!

  13. wrote on January 16th, 2013 at 5:15 pm

    Carol B

    Lovely card, the butterfly on vellum is great and what a great tip about coloring the underside. Everytime you draw lines I marvel how steady your hand is, the border looks great with the butterfly. Interested that you used a Stampin Up marker to draw the lines, how did you keep it from weeping color into your border?

    • wrote on January 16th, 2013 at 7:08 pm

      Darlene DeVries

      Hi Carol, for some reason I don’t have problems with bleeding when doing the border in the SU marker and coloring with Copics. I think because I really don’t have much contact against the black. If I were to color directly over it, I’m sure I would get more bleed.

  14. wrote on January 16th, 2013 at 7:19 pm

    JoAnne in Lynnwood

    Another lovely card! Can you use the Stampin Up marker to color the rhinestones? Some day I hope to afford the copics but for right now I have all the SU markers.

    • wrote on January 16th, 2013 at 10:28 pm

      Darlene DeVries

      Hi JoAnne, since the SU markers are water-based, it won’t work as well. It would be fine until someone touched it I think. But, probably enough color would stay on that you wouldn’t notice. Try it and report back!!

  15. wrote on January 17th, 2013 at 4:41 am

    Judy I, St. Louis MO

    Gorgeous card. I had forgotten about the technique of coloring on the back of vellum. I will definitely give that a try. I also love the way you did the border,though my lines would never be that straight. That short video was packed with great inspiration. Thanks!

  16. wrote on January 17th, 2013 at 6:49 am


    Wow, the vellum butterfly is just stunning! No butterflies for me Darlene, I finally own the two way step owl punch. We can finally order SU products in the Netherlands! YAY! I’m gonna surprise my sister with my secretly bought punch, normally we order together to safe shipping costs….Anyway, I have an idea for her birthday card, let’s have some fun!

  17. wrote on January 17th, 2013 at 8:40 am


    Lovely card Darlene, mades me wish for spring.

  18. wrote on January 17th, 2013 at 9:14 am

    Holly M

    lovely card

  19. wrote on January 17th, 2013 at 12:54 pm

    Diana Evensen

    Beautiful card and great technique! Thanks! I especially like the way you did the border aroud the edge in the blended colors.

  20. wrote on January 18th, 2013 at 12:11 am

    Joan Garlough

    Another beautiful card made by you! I used to use vellum a lot and colored behind it with SU markers, but I forgot about that with all of the new colors, techniques, stamps, etc. I hope to make a card similar to yours soon…. I have different butterflies!!! Thanks so much for sharing the video and the card with us. My wish would be that you had a video every day!!!! LOL

  21. wrote on January 18th, 2013 at 5:06 am


    What a lovely card. Thanks so much for sharing. Always look forward to your videos.

  22. wrote on January 18th, 2013 at 8:59 pm


    Your card is so pretty. Would like to see it in real life. Funny thing, I made a card last week and I embossed vellum. Thank you for your inspriations.

  23. wrote on January 18th, 2013 at 10:14 pm

    Mary H.

    Great card, and thanks for the video. I’ve never worked with vellum, so I especially needed to see this one! Love the way you just zip around and draw that border. I could use a straight-edge, still not get it so nicely done. Your copic blending as border trim was an inspired idea. Love your cards, and appreciate your well-done videos so much. You ennunciate very clearly, keep the camera on your work, so it’s easy to see what you’re doing. I know it takes a lot of your time, so many thanks for sharing your expertise with those of us who don’t have as much.Happy New Year.

  24. wrote on February 9th, 2013 at 11:18 am


    This card is so nice!! The vellum butterfly is awesome and I like how you bordered the card with the colours!! I really enjoy all your videos. You do an amazing job on them! Thanks for sharing all your great ideas and tips.

  25. wrote on March 6th, 2013 at 10:30 am

    Anna Jernigan

    In a word: WOW!!! What a lovely butterfly (my fav) and that border is completely just what the card needs! How genious! I love the simplistic look! You really have inspired me, I need to get my idea book out, and take some notes! These videos are simply GEMS!!! I am so delighted to have found your site, and I have watched a lot of videos this morning, and am still going…LOL I love your style. Just so classy! Well, on to the next video! LOL

  26. wrote on April 9th, 2013 at 2:26 pm

    Judy McMullen

    Hi Darlene! Love, love, love this butterfly card and the techniques you used to create it. Great video tutorial! Found your site from a link from another CASE card another stamper made. I’m planning on CASEing this card for sure! Thanks for the inspiration and great tutorials!!!

  27. wrote on May 24th, 2013 at 1:34 pm


    I just started following your blog today…and I LOVE your style! Thanks for the videos–they’ve been fun to watch!

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