Wednesday, February 20, 2008

{ glow vellum tutorial }

You Can Make This!

The Glow Vellum Technique is one that I had published in the May - June 2003 Canadian Stamper Magazine. This is a technique that utilizes wide double-sided tape, pearl ex (or similar product), and vellum to create a very shimmery, but subtle look.

Stampin' Supplies: Double-sided tape that is as wide as your stamp, stamp, palette or stazon ink, pearl ex or similar product, paint brush, stipple brush, light weight vellum (acetate also works for a different look).

Stamp your image on vellum. Heat set or let dry.

Apply tape over stamped image being sure to cover the entire image.

Remove backing from tape. Do not touch the tape with your fingers.

Choose a few colors of Pearl Ex that will look nice together. (I used to use Moonglow, thus the name of the technique)

Dip your dry paintbrush into the pearl ex and tap the paint brush on your finger so the pearl ex will sprinkle onto your tape.

Continue adding pearl ex until your image is nicely covered.

Use a dry stipple brush to blend and spread the pearl ex.

This is how the back of your image will look once it's covered in Pearl Ex.

Now get a new piece of tape and apply it over the pearl ex. Leave the backing on for now.

Trim your image.


Now you can peel the backing off to apply your image to your card. I like to use a white piece of card stock directly behind the glow vellum piece to make the pearl ex stand out more.

Here is my finished card:
Here is my magazine spread from 5 years ago!

Please let me know if you decide to try this technique. I'd love to see your finished projects!

SmilynStef tried my technique... you can see her gorgeous card HERE!


Craft Racks!


  1. Thank you so much for the tutorial. I am definitely going to try this!

  2. this is still my favorite stamping technique, love the card!

  3. I printed your tutorial & will give it a try, but I can't help but think the ladies face looks like how the mother of the 8yr old boy who died in their house fire today. My daughter goes to the same elementary school and it's all over our local news how the mother & sister jumped out of the window/off the roof, but the firemen couldn't go inside in time to save this little boy. My heart just aches for them even though we don't know them personally, just living blocks away in the same city. It is so very traggic.

    Please include this family in your prayers.

  4. Great tutorial, another project to try, after I fell better. LThanks for sharing.

  5. Wow incredible tutorial! Stunning card and I love your technique. Do you mind me asking where you find your double sided tape that wide? :0) Mel

  6. WOW -- FANTASTIC card, and thanks so much for the step-by-step instructions!!

  7. Fabulous technique ... I really had fun giving it a try:

  8. Great tutorial ! Can you point me to where I can get that Sookwang tape ? Thanks.

  9. Thanks, Septemberrose! You can get it here: