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Everything you need to know about printing with Vellum paper

Have you discovered the wonders of Vellum paper? Whether you’re a recent convert or this is the first you’ve heard of it, we thought we’d walk you through how to get the most of this incredible material.

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First up, what actually IS Vellum paper?

Vellum paper isn’t actually a paper at all. It’s a little like tracing paper – it’s translucent, but not clear, with a slightly waxy finish and subtle marble like construction, which gives it an ethereal, unique finish.

The actual definition of Vellum is this; “Vellum is prepared animal skin or “membrane” used as a material for writing on. The term is derived from the Latin word meaning “made from calf”, leading to Old French velin for “calfskin”. But don’t worry, no animals were used in the making of ours! Instead, we’ve sourced it from industry experts and we’ll print on it using top quality presses to ensure a sharp finish.

Whilst printing on Vellum paper offers a super creative solution to your print requirements, there are a few things you should know about before you go off and create your own Vellum print.

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How to design with Vellum

Vellum paper is usually layered over, or wrapped around other pieces of print (although you can use it on its own too!) and if you’re planning on using yours as an additional sheet or wrap, there are a few things to bear in mind.

Even though your Vellum layer is completely separate, remember to always refer to the design that will sit underneath the Vellum layer when it comes to design. If for example, your underlayer has a floral design, think about the kind of fonts and colours you’ll want to use to offset this.

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Printing with Vellum

With so many possibilities for Vellum print, we didn’t want to limit your creativity – to give you the freedom to ordering Vellum on it’s own, or to create an overlay, we have added it to our Wedding Print Boutique as any other paper stock. All you need to do is choose your product and select Vellum as your paper type.

This means that to create a Vellum printed overlay for your artwork or designs, you’ll need to make two seperate orders – one using your base print format (i.e a 300gsm, Gesso Flat Invitation) and then a separate order with your Vellum layer.

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Vellum paper in a nutshell

  • Vellum is available for single-sided print only
  • Vellum isn’t available as an optional extra to any product – you’ll need to place two separate orders if you wish to create a product with a Vellum overlay
  • Vellum can be Block Foiled – just use our Bespoke service
  • If you are creating an invitation with both paper and a Vellum overlay and require envelopes, you only have to chose them once when ordering either the paper base or the Vellum counterpart, but don’t choose envelopes on both jobs or you will receive twice as many envelopes.
  • Creating a Vellum overlay? Be aware that we don’t supply any fixings or finishes (like ribbon or pins). Your Vellum print will arrive on its own for you to embellish as you wish.

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Remember, if you need any help with Vellum, or any of our other print products, our helpful Customer Service team are on hand to help.

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Don’t forget, if you print with Vellum and tag us on Instagram using #ProudlyPrinted, you could be featured right here on the Printed.com Blog!

About the author

Marius is our Head of Creative and loves to roll up his sleeves to do calligraphy for our social content. With a background in graffiti and over a decade of experience in the creative industry, Marius knows his design stuff. Aside from leading creatives, he can be spotted in West London playgrounds riding a seesaw with his daughter.

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