22 Apr 2016

Flamingo Card - vellum printed and coloured with alcohol markers

Today I have a feel good card made with the latest SVG release from Sanqunetti Design. This single image is available as an SVG (to use with the Designer Edition of the Silhouette Studio software), a DXF (which can be used with the basic version) and a JPG (for printing).  

The colours of Judy's design are some of my favourites, so I wanted to make my version as close to hers as I could and as the sweet flamingo was wearing a tutu, it shouted VELLUM at me! 

Now, I was feeling a little lazy and the coloured vellum I have doesn't come in shades of the same colour - so I cheated! The skirt and bow are printed onto plain frosted vellum in 3 shades with my regular inkjet printer. 

I wanted to use the Print and Cut feature on my Silhouette for my vellum pieces, but the sensors wouldn't pick up the registration marks from the vellum's shiney surface. To combat this I used a paper mask with the registration marks printed on it, with the centre cut away and placed on top of the vellum. It did register successfully, but because I didn't secure it sufficiently, it did skid around on my mat a little and consequently the cuts were a fraction off. 

I used a Copic alcohol marker to disguise the slight flaws and it was so successful that I used only alcohol marker to colour the ellipse and the little circles. Although I used the same colour of marker for both, they happily ended up with two very different shades and patterns. I'm definitely using markers on vellum again!

The sentiment is cut from my new coral vinyl and is just a shade or two darker than the flamingo's body cut from American Crafts card. Just perfect for this job!

I do hope you like my flamingo card. I'm thrilled that my laziness lead to me discovering a new technique to use. Do let me know in the comments if you've used alcohol markers on vellum and what you made. I'd love more ideas on how to use this winning combination.

The Flamingo Ballerina cutting file is available to purchase now from Sanqunetti Design website and at Judy's Etsy store.


Linda Simpson said...

This is beautiful Janet, love the flamingo and texture.
Linda xxx

Janet Packer said...

Thanks Linda. X

Kathy said...

Ohhh! How cute is this? I love the design and the gorgeous colours too

Janet Packer said...

Glad that you like it Kathy, thanks for popping by X.

Jackie Trinder said...

Hi Janet this is a gorgeous card the flamingo is stunning and I love the colours you have used. Take care. Hugs Jackie

Janet Packer said...

Thanks Jackie X