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Posted 4/11/2013 by JeanneLove in General Scrappin'


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Posted: 4/11/2013 12:44:34 PM
I'm making some wedding invitations for the daughter of a friend. My friend, the mother of the bride, passed away about 3 years ago after a long fight with breast cancer.
So, I'm making her invitations. This has been challenging, to say the least. She changes her mind a lot.
But we are in the homestretch! Here's where I have a problem. I am trying to do these as inexpensively as possible, but have them look fabulous, too. She is buying the supplies and I am donating my time.
The invitations are a folder with response card and directions in an inner pocket on the right. The center panel has the invitation itself. It's printed on vellum and I am attaching it to the red cardstock there. The folder itself is black with bling on it.
I bought vellum tape at HL and I do not like it at all. It shows right thru the vellum! It's Scrapbook Adhesive E-Z Runner Vellum tape.
I don't want to buy 20 different kinds. I can't afford it and neither can the bride.
What do you suggest?
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Posted: 4/11/2013 1:21:12 PM
Can you attach it in two tiny places top and bottom and then cover where the adhesive shows? Add little ribbon bow or something like that.

I have a good vellum adhesive, but it's many years old and I don't know if it is still available. It was by Scotch.

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Posted: 4/11/2013 11:53:16 PM
I run my vellum thru a xyron runner and it does not show, and sometimes(most of the time) I just use my tiny attacher by TH. Also try Spray Mount adhesive by 3m and I think Scotch makes some too. I lay my vellum in a box and lightly spray the back with adhesive and that worked.


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Posted: 4/12/2013 7:13:59 AM
I would also suggest spray adhesive or xyron, if you have it.

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Posted: 4/12/2013 7:29:35 AM
Another vote for spray, but remember it's best if sprayed at same temp it's stored. In other words don't take it from the house to spray in a cold Iowa Spring garage - unless you like stringy webs.

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Posted: 4/12/2013 8:45:19 AM
I would put a little vellum tape on the first line of the invite and maybe the last line. I wouldn't put them on the whole sentence just maybe 3 words or so. This way it won't show as much. I hope this makes sense.


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Posted: 4/12/2013 8:48:23 AM
Creative Memories makes some awesome vellum splits (or used to) that do not show through. Also, I bought some Scotch Vellum tape at Ms yesterday. It is normally $9, but it was $2.99 yesterday as they are phasing it out.


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Posted: 4/12/2013 8:49:55 AM
Could you punch two holes at the top (punch through the vellum AND the cardstock it's being adhered to) and run a length of ribbon through that you would then tie into a bow?

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Posted: 4/12/2013 8:51:50 AM
Is there anyway you could punch 2 holes in the top of the vellum layer and then use ribbon to attach it? I've never found a vellum adhesive that didn't show thru somewhat. And the xyron could be expensive if you're doing very many.
That's a wonderful thing for you to do for your friend's daughther. Let us know how the invitation turns out. Maria


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Posted: 4/12/2013 9:25:38 AM
The basic problem with vellum and everything else, is that whatever changes the relative distance between the vellum and the background will be obvious -- that is why adhesives "show". It isn't that you can see the adhesvie, it is that the background is much stuck much closer to the vellum and more obvious.
At least -- that is my non scientific take on it!

Brads, corners, ribbon or fiber -- any of those will hold the vellum in place, add a decorative element and not have the "adhesive show" problem you are trying to avoid. Also -- slit the corner of the background and insert the corners of the vellum -- and old fashioned way to keep an overlay in place -- but still can look nice.


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Posted: 4/12/2013 10:22:00 AM
I have had great success with Zip Dry glue. I often make cards with vellum on top and you can't see the adhesive at all. I just put the glue where needed and smear it a bit with my finger. It's basically invisible once it dries. Good luck!


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Posted: 4/13/2013 9:46:14 PM
Thank you for all the help and ideas, ladies. Putting something on top of the vellum wouldn't work at all. There's nothing that was going on top of it.
I did return that 3L vellum tape and got something else out at A's. I discovered that if I put a light coat and do not press on it at all and just let it kind of stick itself, it won't show.

I worked on these most of today at a crop at my church and am beat! I will get photos done and uploaded tomorrow.
Thanks again!

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Posted: 4/13/2013 11:21:54 PM
The best adhesive for vellum that I've found is glue dots for vellum. I think it has purple on the bag. Everything else showed, but I never tried a spray. Too messy for me!
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Posted: 4/14/2013 9:26:20 AM
Scotch vellum tape is the best adhesive I've used for vellum. I don't have much luck with the vellum Glue Dots.


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Posted: 4/15/2013 2:06:17 PM
Here's the link to the invitations. I think my main problem was that the vellum was going on a darker color cardstock and that made it show up more.

Thanks again for all the help!


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Posted: 4/15/2013 6:03:06 PM
JeanneLove, thanks for showing us the invitation. They are quite elegant - you did a great job! Maria

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Posted: 4/15/2013 11:56:47 PM
Another vote for scotch brand vellum tape

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