“Homemade” Vellum

When I was a paper scrapper (or at least pretended to be!), I was in love with vellum! I loved the light and airy quality it had and how it allowed papers underneath to show through. I was obsessed with it!

And now as a digi scrapper, I still love vellum! While it is occasionally contained in kits, most often I just have to make it myself! Thankfully, it’s really easy!


I loved this kit by Little Lamm Co. in this month’s DIGI FILES.

The soft colors with pops of brighter tones made me ridiculously happy! And the dark grey paper (not seen in the kit preview), with its thick textures, made me swoon!

I knew I wanted it to take center stage on my layout, but I also wanted other papers to adds some interest. After trying a number of different papers, I decided on vellum. It would add some contrast to the page but it would also allow the grey paper to still have maximum impact!

I chose the awesome paper with the gorgeous writing on it to make my vellum with.

And this was my final result:

These are the steps I took to make the vellum:

1. Open the paper and duplicate the layer (since the background layer is locked). Then I put the bottom layer in the trashcan (alternatively, you could duplicate the file in order to avoid accidentally saving over the original paper).

2. With my magic wand tool, I clicked on the light grey background. I set my tolerance around 10 in case there was a subtle texture to the paper.

3. With the words paper still selected, I went to select > select similar. This would ensure I got all the little bits within the letters.

4. I then deleted the selected area, just leaving me with the words on a transparent background.

5. Next, I created a solid white layer underneath my letter layer.

6. I then cropped the papers (using my crop tool rather than my marquee tool so that both layers would be cropped.

7. Next, I dragged these two layers onto the grey paper I was using for my background.

8. As I looked at the letters closely, I decided they didn’t quite show up enough (they were on off-white). I added a layer of white above the letters and did a clipping mask to make the letter layer a bright white. I then hid the white paper background to check to see the letter layer looked right. It did.

9. Next, I reduced the opacity of the white paper layer to 18%.

10. I then merged the layers and added a drop shadow. My style settings are above. Here is the result up close:

11. Finally, played around with the layer size and cropped it to work on my layer. I then completed the rest of my layout, leaving me with this: (scissors are from a retired kit by Heather Roselli, My Other Loves.)