Zen Bouquet Birthday Card with Polychromos Pencils

This is the second card I made with Honey Bee Stamp’s Zen Bouquet.  This time it was stamped on vellum and then colored from the back with Faber-Castell Polychromos Pencils.  This is the first time I have used these new pencils.  One thing to be aware of when coloring on vellum is that the colors are very muted.  They are very pretty, but they are pastel rather than vibrant in hue.

One of the challenges when working with vellum is how to adhere it to your card.  The image was too wide to go through Xyron Create a Sticker Maker so I decided to use 6″ Be Creative Tape adhered to a 6″ x 6″ piece of Neena Classic Crest 80# Solar White Cardstock and then die cut it with the matching die.  The focal image was also die cut with the matching die and the two were adhered together.  Both were adhered to a rectangle of the same white cardstock, but I didn’t like the way the white on white looked on the cardbase, made from Gina K. Designs 120# White Cardstock.  So I decided to run it through the Big Shot with a My Favorite Things Wonky Rectangle.  This was a challenge because now it was several layers, but eventually, with a lot of passes and a little cutting with a guillotine cutter .  I then decided to add some teal blue cardstock as a border around the image and used that same cardstock to create the banner greeting from My Favorite Things Delicious Birthday, which was heat embossed with Gina K. Designs Detail White Embossing Powder.

As a final embellishment I used one of the butterflies from the Clearly Besotted Butterfly Wishes set was stamped with Gina K. Designs Sweet Corn Ink and two smaller butterflies from Martha Stewart’s Butterfly Trio Punch colored with Gina K. Designs Blue Lagoon and Bubblegum ink and the card was done.


  • Honey Bee Zen Bouquet
  • My Favorite Things Delicious Birthday
  • Simon Says Stamp Folded Banners
  • My Favorite Things Wonky Rectangles
  • Faber-Castell Polychromos Pencils: 195/130; 108/104/183; 136/119; 158/154; 149/145; 266; 142/127; 117/113/111; 267/171; 267/172; 156/158; 138/119; 193/130; 225/217; 174/172;267/171; 267/163
  • Paper Studio Vellum
  • Gina K. Designs 120# White
  • Turquoise Cardstock from Stash
  • Gina K. Designs Sweet Corn, Bubblegum, and Blue Lagoon Ink
  • Darice Sticky Back Foam
  • 3M ½” Foam Tape
  • VersaMark Ink
  • Gina K. Designs
  • White Embossing Powder
  • Imagins Halloween Face Decal Rhinestones

Garden Treasure on Vellum Birthday Card

Recently I decided to stamp a lot of my stamps on vellum so that I would have them to create quick cards.  I stamped Altenew’s Garden Treasure on vellum and heat embossed it with Gina K. Designs Detail White Embossing Powder and then colored it with Copic Markers from the back.  I like the way it turned out.

One thing to keep in mind when coloring on vellum is that the colors are pretty muted from the front, so pink darker colors than you normally would.  Also, the coloring doesn’t look so good from the back, but it really makes a pretty card when you turn it over.  Also, keep in mind that if you are layering multiple die cuts you will see all of the image behind the vellum.  It makes for an interesting collage, but still pretty.

I decided to adhere my vellum flowers to a rectangle cut a My Favorite Things Stitched Rectangle from Gina K. Designs Turquoise Sea 120# Cardstock.  Ranger Multi Medium Matte was added to the lines of the embossed image to adhered them to the focal image panel.

The sentiment is from Gina K. Designs Birthday Greetings and was stamped with VersaMark Ink and heat embossed with the same embossing power.  Darice Sticky Back Foam was added to the back of the focal image panel for added dimension and then it was adhered to the front of a side folding A2 cardbase made from Gina K. Designs 120# White Cardstock.


  • Altenew Garden Treasure
  • Gina K. Designs Birthday Greetings
  • Paper Studio Vellum
  • Gina K. Designs 120# Turquoise Sea and White
  • My Favorite Things Stitched Rectangle STAX
  • Copic Markers: BG49, BG45; BG18, BG15; RV14; G46, G24
  • VersaMark Ink
  • Gina K. Designs Detailed White Embossing Powder
  • Ranger Multi Medium Matte
  • Darice Sticky Back Foam Sheet