A tutorial! Sponge brayer on vellum with a stencil!

This card has been my most popular one on Pinterest and a tutorial was well overdue!

Here’s a slightly updated version of the card…

For this card I have used inks in colours Daffodil Delight, Pumpkin Pie (you could also use Peekaboo Peach) and Flirty Flamingo.  I’ve cut a stencil with the Detailed Floral Thinlit and some Window Sheets.  My step by step tutorial explains it all in a lot more detail, I have a full product list and some other colour combinations are shown afterwards.  Enjoy!

Your Tutorial

Using the Precision Base Plate and your Big Shot cut your stencil using the thinlit of your choice (I think the Detailed Floral one is perfect for this technique).  To get the stencil how I wanted it I offset the two thinlits from each other, this reduced the space between the two of them.  I’ve used a piece of Window Sheet for my stencil, depending on the tension of your Big Shot you may even need a shim to get nice deep cuts in the window sheet as it is thicker and harder to cut than cardstock).

Once the stencil has been cut brush out the cut pieces with your roller brush.  Be sure that all the pieces have been removed.

Cut a piece of vellum approximately 13cm x 10 cm.  You will trim it down afterwards so it doesn’t have to be precise now. Lay the stencil over the top of the vellum.

Start with your lightest colour, in my case Daffodil Delight.  Ink up your Sponge Brayer and roll it over one end of the stencil.


  1. Make sure that you roll the brayer all the way through the ink pad, don’t just go back and forth as you will not ink up the brayer evenly.
  2. Don’t push too hard with the brayer as the edge of the handle will dig into your foam ink pad and damage the surface (sadly I did do this to one of mine, I was pressing too hard on an ink pad that needed reinking).
  3. Make sure your ink pad is well inked and use your refills to top them up if need be (a great tip is to buy the refills when you buy your pads, they can be used for so many other techniques, if you do buy our InColor range the refills are always the first thing to sell out once they go into retiring status).

Continue with your second colour (mine was Pumpkin Pie or a well inked Peekaboo Peach will work well too), overlap and blend the two colours slightly.  Remember that when working on vellum it may seem that you are not achieving a good depth of colour however once you place the Whisper White underneath it will pop more.  I used a different sponge brayer for each different colour.

You’ll see that this stencil has too much blank space in the top third, offsetting your thinlits when you cut your stencil will prevent this.

Finish with your final colour (Flirty Flamingo for me, I changed the sponge brayer again).  Do not remove the stencil.

Sponge Brayers come in a packet of four sponges and two handles so they’re fantastic value and have plenty of sponges to easily make this project.

The sponges can be washed under the tap, I add a little dishwashing liquid to mine and squeeze and rinse them under warm water until the water runs clear (the sponge may remain stained, this does not affect their use).  Remember these sponge brayers are a consumable product, they have not been designed to last forever.  In saying that these ones have been extensively used in my classes and they’re holding up beautifully.

The next step is to keep the stencil in place and use your Versamark pad directly on the vellum.  If you don’t want to do this you could put some Versamark reinker on the lid and pick it up with a sponge dauber and then dab it over the inked sections.  Work from light to dark.

Remove the stencil and dump some Clear Embossing Powder over the top, flick off the excess and heat set with your heat tool.  This helps set the ink and give the ink a beautifully glossy finish.  Be careful with the heat on the vellum, only heat the powder until it melts, no longer.

Add your sentiment on the bottom of your base card (I love the Thick Whisper White Cardstock that we now have for my card bases.  If you want it to have the same glossy appearance stamp your sentiment in Versamark before your colour, quickly add clear embossing powder and then heat set.

(The other option is to stamp your colour, clean your stamp and stamp over the top with versa mark then add powder and set (it can be harder to line up your stamps doing it this way)).

You’ll now want to assemble your card.  You will need to trim your vellum piece down.  Yours may be slightly different to mine depending on how you lined up your thinlints to make your stencil.  Trim around your image to get a nice solid image, for me it is pretty much always around 8.3cm x 11.2 cm.  You will need to cut a piece of Whisper White to exactly the same size.  (You may prefer to adhere your Vellum to your Whisper White and cut them both at the same time – I have a guillotine style trimmer that works well for this).  I suggest using Fast Fuse to adhere the two layers together, I find that it doesn’t show through.

You will need to cut a mat in a coordinating colour, I used Flirty Flamingo.  My mat is 8.6cm x  11.5cm (so I’ve only made my mat 0.3cm bigger, you could make yours bigger if you wanted).    The mat is mounted onto the card base with dimensionals.

I’ve added a Dragonfly cut in Whisper White and then a solid Dragon Fly cut in Vellum.  I’ve put some metallic thread behind the dragonfly and scattered some rhinestones.  More samples are featured after this product list.

Product List

Big Shot


Heat Tool


Additional Samples

I’ve made a few more cards with similar supplies and simply changed up the colour combinations.

This one uses Island Indigo, Bermuda Bay and Pool Party Inks, the coordinating cardstock is Island Indigo.

This card has been made with Melon Mambo and Cherry Cobbler Inks.  The coordinating cardstock is Cherry Cobbler as the mat and Melon Mambo (for the Butterfly thinlits).  I added some Wink of Stella over the butterfly for that shimmery sparkle.  I hand cut a sold vellum butterfly to adhere under the thinlit (and attached it with the fine tip glue pen).

This card is also Melon Mambo and Cherry Cobbler.

This card features blue hues in the colours of Night of Navy, Island Indigo and Marina Mist.  The coordinating cardstock is Island Indigo, the sentiment has been stamped with Night of Navy ink (plus versamark and clear embossing powder).  Some pearls have been added for some extra interest.

This following card is so much prettier in real life.  I’ve used Bermuda Bay and Pool Party.  The Butterfly is three layers of cardstock (Bermuda Bay, Vellum and Dazzling Diamonds Glimmer Paper).  The cordinating cardstock is Bermuda Bay.

Finally another card hard to photograph well.  This Dragonfly was cut with our Stampin’ Up! Silver Foil.  The colours are Soft Sky and Pool Party, the coordinating cardstock is Pool Party.

Additional Product List

Bitty Banners Big Shot Die Framelits

Bitty Banners Big Shot Die Framelits


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