Vellum Overlay Card + Blog Hop + Giveaway

Hi there! This is the first video I have created in a long time. Boy, it took forever… but I am trying to get back into the swing of things slowly. I’ve missed you all!

Today’s video shows how to create a vellum overlay card and gives a closer look at the Altenew dye inks. This post also is part of a special blog hop with lots of great giveaways!

Vellum Overlay Cards Video by Jennifer McGuire Ink

[All supplies are linked to multiple sources in the thumbnails at the end of this post. Affiliate links used. To watch the video in HD on YouTube, click HERE.]

I have recently fallen back in love with vellum and enjoy adding it to cards. Here, I show how you can use vellum, stamps, and embossing to create a fun overlay.

I started by stamping the layering floral image from the Altenew Beautiful Day Stamp Set using different shades of Altenew ink on to a small note card. You could use any inks here, but I really like that Altenew offers their inks in a combo of four because it takes the guesswork out of layered images. Each color family has a light, medium, dark, and super dark ink. You can buy them together or separate… and in full pads or mini cubes.

Vellum Overlay Cards Video by Jennifer McGuire Ink

I created my cards with my favorite heavyweight vellum and adhered the mini stamped card inside. After applying anti-static tool to the front, I heat embossed the outline image of the flower and leaves in white… directly on top of the images underneath. When heat embossing on vellum, I let the heat gun get very hot before bringing it to the vellum. This prevents warping.

Vellum Overlay Cards Video by Jennifer McGuire Ink

(By the way – I created 7 cards… with a few of them using the Altenew Peony Bouquet Stamps instead.)

I heat embossed a sentiment on the vellum using a sentiment from Altenew’s Thinking of You Stamp Set. I didn’t have the right shade of blue embossing powder so I created my own by mixing some blue and silver powder together. I really like the quality and value of WOW embossing powders.

Vellum Overlay Cards Video by Jennifer McGuire Ink

I also customized my embellishments by applying VersaMark to some pearls and heat embossing them using coordinating embossing powder. After adhering the small note card inside, I adhered another matching panel to the back of the card to hide the adhesive. I finished off the card by adding some shimmer and shine with a Wink of Stella pen.

Vellum Overlay Cards Video by Jennifer McGuire Ink

Remember, any inks will work for this technique. If you don’t have many colors of ink, try double or triple stamping to achieve darker shades. You can also use any outline stamp set for this technique and just color the image on the inside. Have fun and experiment!


In the video, I show my ink swatches for the Altenew Ink combination. Click HERE to download the free ink swatches. These are bigger than my normal swatches (I store them in THESE sleeves), but you could cut them down to fit other pockets or punch a hole for a key ring. (For ink swatches of the individual Altenew inks, click HERE.)

Here is a look at the color combinations:

Altenew Inks Video by Jennifer McGuire Ink


Here are some other videos that you may enjoy:


I am very honored to be a part of the Altenew 2nd Anniversary Blog Hop. Today is the first day of the three day hop, and there will be lots of inspiration, special offers, and prizes.


Altenew has two special offers:

  • First 100 orders : 1 free mini stamp set (Starting 4/7/16 at 9:00amEST)
  • Orders over $75 : 1 free mini stamp set (Now through Sunday, April 10, 2016)

The next stop on the hop is Sveta Fotinia. (To start at the beginning of the hop or to learn more, head to the Altenew Blog. Here is today’s hop order:Altenew, Jennifer McGuire, Sveta Fotinia, Elena Roussakis, Pretty Pink Posh, May Sukyong Park, Iwona Palamountain, WOW! Embossing Powder, Yana Smakula, Taheerah Atchia, Svitlana Shayevich and Donna Mikasa.)


There are lots of giveaways as part of this hop… from Altenew and some awesome sponsors:

For your chance, leave a comment below (and also on each stop of the hop) by 11:59pmEST on 4/12/16. (The 13 winners will be randomly selected, emailed and posted on the Altenew blog after the giveaway closes. International folks are eligible, too!)


Interested in the products I used? To make them easy for you to find, I have listed them below. (Affiliate and product disclosure can be found here. All products were personally purchased except those with an asterisk. Altenew gave me the original inks, but I purchased the recent colors.) Click on the letters below each picture to go to a favorite store: Simon Says Stamp (SSS), Ellen Hutson (EH), Amazon (AZ), Altenew (AL), etc.

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1,333 thoughts on “Vellum Overlay Card + Blog Hop + Giveaway”

  1. The vellum overlays are becoming a new favorite of mine! And thanks for showing how the colors layer!!!

  2. I’m so glad your back!! Absolutely love your cards and technique!! I hope when I try, it will turn out half as good as yours!! Thank you for sharing:)

  3. I love this stamp set, found only two colors available at Ellen Hutson’s page so I will wait for them become available.

  4. Your cards are absolutely beuatiful. Thank you for sharing your inventions and techniques with us. It is so much fun to learn new things. Follow HIS lead as you get back into your crafting routine.

  5. I love these cards and what a great idea to make several at the same time! I ust get me some of that heavy vellum~ Thanks for the chance t win.

  6. Love the vellum layer combining several techniques. Especially loved the shaded pigment inks which take the guess work out of shading. Beautiful colors as well. Great tip using Versamark and embossing powder to make our own “matching” embellishments. I have only recently found you and certainly enjoy your high energy, to the point, presentations. Everything is so well scripted and noted online. Many thanks! Kaylin

  7. ooooohhhh, I’m worse than a kid at Christmas: I want it ALL!
    Thank you for showing how the colors layer. Beautiful.

  8. I love these vellum overlays and they are just perfect for some spring birthday notes to friends in the spring. Thanks for the interesting techniques you share. Hugs

  9. After scrolling through hundreds and hundreds (thousands?) of comments to see if I had already left a comment on this post, I gave up the search. Thank you for posting these beautiful cards and the video tutorial. I absolutely love the cards you made and appreciated your commenting that it was possible to make similar cards without buying those beautiful sets of floral layers.

  10. Thanks for the awesome ideas! I was just curious if you have gotten a chase to make the updated ink swatches for all the new Altenew ink combinations? Thanks for these none the less 🙂

  11. Can anyone PLEASE tell me where I can buy the stamping product “MISTI?” I live in Iowa, but cannot find a place that carries the item . Thank you in advance. Marian

  12. i would love to make the vellum overlay cards, but can’t find the stamp or the ink, can you help, also the ink swatches
    will not down load, are you still in business, I know its been a long time since this video, but I just found it

  13. Hi Jennifer, I so love your blog and youtube channel!! I am continually going back and re-watching videos to do something “different” with my stamps. I have used your downloads to do ALL my ink swatches and love them. I was wondering if you could create an update version of these 2.5 x 3.5″ Altenew combos since they have come out with many more color groups. As always, thank you so much for all your work and the kindness you always display! Lynn

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