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  • Writer's pictureKristine Vicente

Technique Look-Back: Stained Glass

Updated: Jun 8, 2019

This was my first attempt at the stained glass techinque using rubber stamps, vellum and Stampin' Blends markers. I am in love with this technique now that I've tried it! Today I'm going to share the simple steps I used to create this beautiful card using products from Stampin' Up! ...

I first chose the butterfly image out of the Beautiful Day stamp set by Stampin' Up! I chose this stamp set because of the nice, thick image borders, which will make for easy coloring, but you can really use any image at all. I took a scrap of vellum card stock I had on hand, went over it with my embossing buddy powder bag to remove the static, stamped the butterfly image in Versamark ink and then dusted the image with gold embossing powder. I heat set and embossed the image with my heat tool.

Using Stampin' Blends markers in the Calypso Coral and Bermuda Bay markers, I flipped the image over and colored it in on the back side, being careful to stay within the embossing lines. These markers contain alcohol ink, which normally makes the coloring come out nice and smooth but this vellum was not as smooth as some, so it has a more grainy appearance . You can get some nice blending effects with these markers and they are perfect for creating the "stained glass" effect of this technique.

Once the coloring was complete, I added some Tombow Mono Multi glue to the back being careful not to put glue where I'd colored. I didn't want to smear the color. Once the liquid glue was strategically placed, I rubbed it gently with my finger to smooth it around. This is the only glue I've found and the only way to apply that doesn't show through the vellum.

I had cut a piece of whisper white card stock to match the size of my vellum strip. I glued the stamped and colored butterfly vellum to the whisper white card stock panel and set it aside to dry. I then cut a Night of Navy strip a 1/4" wider than the whisper white card stock, so a panel measuring 4" x 3". I mounted the finished piece on the Night of Navy panel to create a mat and then mounted it to the thick whisper white base card.

“I chose the both the Night of Navy and Coastal Cabana mat colors for the Calypso Coral butterfly because orange and blue are across from each other on the color wheel, and therefore complimentary colors”

The finishing touches included a sentiment from the Beautiful Day stamp set stamped in Night of Navy ink on one card and Calypso Coral on the other, and then a few strategically placed sequins from the iridescent sequin mix (and the metallics sequin mix), to add some sparkle and interest to the card.

As I mentioned, this technique was fun to try and I will probably make more cards like this in the future using the flower image in the Beautiful Day stamp set. I hope you'll give this technique a try and if you need any supplies, you can pick up whatever you need in my SHOP. Thanks for stopping by!!

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