How to mount vellum onto card stock

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How to mount vellum onto card stock
Homemade cards are often decorated with vellum. (Jupiterimages/Comstock/Getty Images)

Vellum stationery was used historically for writing important documents and making an impression on the reader. Today's vellum is made to look like historic vellum stationery. It is a semi-transparent or translucent paper that is thicker than tracing paper and comes in a variety of thicknesses. The most expensive vellum is made of 100% cotton fibre. Vellum is used for paper crafts, making cards and creating scrapbook pages.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

Things you need

  • Mounting adhesive sheets
  • Vellum adhesive runner
  • PVA glue
  • Card stock
  • Paper vellum (various thicknesses)
  • Craft scissors
  • Eyelet setter and hammer
  • 1/8 inch eyelets
  • 1/8 inch hole punch
  • Corner mounting stickers
  • Smoothing stick
  • Hard, smooth work surface

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    Mount the vellum using glue. Apply PVA glue (polyvinyl acrylic adhesive - white glue that dries transparent) to the back surface of the vellum. Completely cover the piece with the glue and smooth using a craft stick. Doing so will keep the vellum's appearance uniform and prevent bumps and bubbles. Use an inside to outside motion, much like rolling out pie dough.

  2. 2

    Use a double-sided mounting adhesive sheet to attach the vellum to the card stock. Cut the adhesive sheet to the approximate size needed. With the vellum upside down on the work surface, peel off the printed release paper and press it to the back of the vellum. Smooth out any air bubbles with the smoothing stick, working from centre outward. Trim the item to exact size using small, pointed craft scissors. Peel back the heavier release paper and carefully position the vellum onto the card stock. Mounting adhesive is temporarily repositionable, so apply with gentle pressure until the vellum is in the desired location, then apply firm pressure to the entire surface.

  3. 3

    Use a vellum adhesive runner to mount vellum onto card stock. Place the dispenser tip over the back of the vellum paper and dispense the adhesive strip where you need it. The adhesive dispenser has a pivoting tip which enables it to be applied to curves and corners.

  4. 4

    Use eyelets to secure vellum to card stock. Use the hole punch to make a hole in each corner of the vellum piece and through the front of the cards. Push the eyelet through one of the holes in the vellum and the card. Turn the card over and hold the eyelet in place so it doesn't fall out. Take the setting tool and place it over the eyelet. Hit the top of the setting tool with the hammer to round off the back of the eyelet. Repeat the process with the other holes and eyelets. Two eyelets are sufficient to mount the vellum to the card, but you can use more if desired.

  5. 5

    Mount vellum using corner mounts. Photo mounting stickers shaped like small triangles work for mounting thicker vellum sheets. A no-measuring or no-marking way to do this is to place the corner mounts on the vellum, place the assembled piece onto the card stock and remove the release papers from the corner mounts one at a time to adhere the corners.

    How to mount vellum onto card stock
    Corner mounts for photo albums can be used with vellum. (Jupiterimages/Polka Dot/Getty Images)

Tips and warnings

  • Place a heavy book over the finished project to keep the vellum from curling up at the edges while glue dries.
  • Apply designs, colours and embellishments, if desired, onto the vellum before beginning the mounting process. Ink and any colours or added embellishments must be dry or cured before proceeding.
  • Assemble all the design elements as a mock-up of the completed project, card or page. Lightly draw pencil marks to line up the pieces correctly when adhering them. Erase these after the project is completed and dry.
  • Avoid using excessive pressure when adhering with mounting adhesive sheets to prevent damaging images such as photos and other materials.

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