Frosted Nestabilities™

by Linda Duke

Create a lacy look by embossing Vellum with the new decorative Nestabilities™.


  • Decorative Nestabilities™, Beaded Oval Nestabilities used here
  • Classic Nestabilities™, Classic Oval Nestabilities used here
  • Wizard™, or other Die cut machine
  • Vellum Cardstock
  • Light Colored and Neutral Cardstock
  • Stamps, Crafty Secrets Cupcake Party used here
  • Ink
  • White Pencil
  • White Gel Pen
  • Paper Piercing Tool
  • Vellum Tape and dimensionals


  1. Step 1

    Cut your light colored cardstock as well as your vellum cardstock with your decorative Nestabilities die. Only the vellum piece has to be embossed with the Nestabilities.

    For this sample the biggest of the Beaded Oval Nestabilities was used.

  2. Step 2

    Place your die with the Vellum inside on your foam mat.

  3. Use your stylus tool to emboss each of your scalloped beads.

    Do not press hard, you will tear the vellum.

  4. Step 3

    Go back over your embossed areas with your stylus tool and white pencil.

  5. Step 4

    Place a Classic Oval Nestabilities™ in the center of your Vellum piece and trace the outside of the die with your stylus tool.

  6. Step 5

    Cut and emboss your neutral colored cardstock with the same Classic Oval Nestabilities die.

  7. Step 6

    Pick a small decorative stamp.

  8. Stamp the image on a scrap piece of paper.

    It doesn't matter what color ink you use. Use some water-based ink so it will be dry faster.

  9. Step 7

    Place your stamped image on your mat and your Vellum piece face down on your stamped image. Trace over the design with aWhite Opaque Pen.

  10. Continue all the way around.

  11. Step 8 (Optional)

    For an added effect, pierce holes in paper.

  12. Step 9

    Adhere your Vellum over your colored cardstock die cut.

  13. Step 10

    Stamp your sentiment on the neutral colored cardstock oval.

  14. Step 11

    Add dimensionals on the back of your cardstock oval.

  15. Adhere oval to the center of your vellum piece.

  16. Step 12

    Finish your card.


Your Turn

You've seen the tutorial, now you try it! We've got a section of the gallery set aside for Frosted Nestabilities™. Try this technique, then upload your artwork to the gallery. Show us your creations!

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Questions and Comments

We'd love to get your feedback or questions. Leave your comment below.

Thank you Linda for this wonderful tutorial!
Hugs and smiles
beate  |  Wed Aug 25, 2010 at 1:34 PM
Irene  |  Wed Aug 25, 2010 at 4:00 PM
So very elegant. I've tried embossing on vellum without spectacular results but this is one technique that looks like a winner! TFS
momsie  |  Wed Aug 25, 2010 at 4:36 PM
Your video turned out well and enjoyed watching how quickly you did the whole thing. Very interesting. Edma
Edna Burgess  |  Thu Aug 26, 2010 at 6:23 AM
This is absolutely beautiful Linda, can't wait to try it!
Created By You aka Sharonstamps  |  Fri Aug 27, 2010 at 2:43 PM
Very nice finish on the card. Looks beautiful ty for sharing.
Diana  |  Fri Aug 27, 2010 at 2:55 PM
Very impressive! You are so talented!
Carole McAllister  |  Mon Aug 30, 2010 at 2:18 PM
Thank you so much for sharing. Like all the best ideas, this is so simple. I love using vellum but never thought to use my stamps in this way. Keep these good ideas coming!
Sue  |  Wed Sep 1, 2010 at 1:20 AM
This is gorgeous, I just love the project and your tutorial.
christi hicks  |  Wed Sep 1, 2010 at 1:52 AM
This is such a gorgeous look, Linda!! Thank you for sharing!!
Rose Ann  |  Sat Sep 25, 2010 at 2:04 PM
Love your video and project. Love how gorgeous it turned out and your instructions were so clear and precise. I will try this one and hope it looks as good as yours!
Margery Meadows  |  Mon May 2, 2011 at 8:03 PM
Beautiful - I'll have to try this.
Cindy  |  Wed Feb 1, 2012 at 9:29 AM
I have done parchment craft before, but never thought to use the technique on these.
Great idea.
To get another look, try using a gold pen on some of the white that you "pressed in".
Donna  |  Wed Feb 1, 2012 at 12:11 PM
That is a fabulous have done a lot of parchment work, never thought of doing this though. Thank you.
dawnie401  |  Wed Feb 1, 2012 at 3:00 PM
Really liked this technique a lot. Anxious to try it.
Jerry Rydzewski  |  Wed Feb 1, 2012 at 5:33 PM
you show me this tecnic but how I make the shape not curtin the circles how I make the base card I have this nestabilities o ready
BRENDA RIVERA  |  Thu Feb 9, 2012 at 5:34 PM
What a lovely project! Thank you so much for posting. smile
Kim Thomas  |  Tue Mar 20, 2012 at 8:34 PM
Great technique tutorial Linda ! thanks for sharing
Preeti  |  Sun Oct 21, 2012 at 8:49 AM

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