Specialty papers like vellum are great for making a card or scrapbook page unique. The trouble is, vellum can be tricky to attach because of its translucent nature, but don’t fret! The creative geniuses in our Art Studio have agreed to share their vellum knowledge. Try these five tricks for attaching vellum without showing any adhesive!
1. Hidden Tape & Glue Dots®
You can use an adhesive runner and Glue Dots to secure your vellum—you just have to know where to hide them! Use adhesive to attach the vellum to portions you know you will cover with paper. For example, here we used adhesive in the middle of the vellum because we knew it’d be covered up by the yellow-striped paper.
You can also sneak Glue Dots behind embellishments to further secure the vellum, like we did with the star on the vellum shown here. With this technique, the edges of your vellum probably won’t all be attached, but in the case of this card, that’s just the effect we were going for!
2. Stitch Guide & Piercing Tool
Use a stitch guide, like the one found on our t-square ruler, paired with a piercing tool and string to stitch your vellum onto paper. Stitching is a great option if you want to secure the edges of your vellum from lifting off a project.
To make sure your vellum doesn’t slide around when you’re using your stitch guide and piercing tool, use a little adhesive to secure the vellum to the paper in a section you know will be covered with paper later.
3. Glue Pen
The Quickie Glue™ Pen is a wonderful tool. It goes on blue, so you can see it as you’re applying it, and it dries clear!
4. Mini Staples
Mini staples are a quick and decorative way to secure the edges of your vellum to the edges of your paper since they are effective fasteners that also pass for unique design elements.
You can even add staples to embellishments and paper pieces placed on top of the vellum to secure the vellum even more in place.
5. Hidden 3-D Foam Tape
Again, this is one that you have to be tricky with. For this page, we laid out all the pieces on the vellum without attaching them, and when we got the look we wanted, we attached them using an adhesive runner. To attach the vellum circle to the page, we hid 3-D foam tape behind the photo and paper so you can’t see it.
The 3-D foam tape is really fun because it gives the page added dimension and makes the vellum appear to be floating.
We hope these tips give you the confidence to play around with vellum. It’s such a fun material and really adds a unique touch to your cards and scrapbook pages.
Now we want to hear from you! Tell us in the comments below which approach of the five is your favorite!
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