Friday, August 27, 2010

ON SALE!! Parchment Craft "Etched Glass" Technique

Hi everyone,

Well, schools around the country are (or will be shortly) back in session once again and for most this means a bit more time to call your own!!  So, to celebrate, my E-book.....Parchment Craft "Etched Glass" Technique is currently ON SALE!!  The sale price is  a HUGE $10 OFF and is listed on the publishing site so making a purchase is only a couple of easy steps away.  Please stop by (just click the link above)....take a look and consider adding my book to your Parchment Craft collection.

Thanks so much,

P.S.  If you would like to share an individual post (and not the whole blog) I have added "share" buttons to each post!!  If you prefer to share the complete blog, you can still do that from the "share" buttons on the sidebar.  Thanks :))

Monday, August 23, 2010

Christmas Image Projects From Readers...

Hi everyone,

Pay attention everyone because I want to share all the Christmas image projects  FROM YOU, that will be sent to me as requested in the previous post!!   When you email your photo to me, please be sure to give me your permission to share your project right here with everyone.  Now, as I receive photos in my email I will then add them to this post, so keep an eye here to see what others have made :))  

I am sooooooo excited so let's begin!!  ENJOY.....

Handcrafted By:  Chiara Petro

Handcrafted By:  Raymonde Bernadin


Handcrafted By:  Martha Levesque

Handcrafted By:  Ruth (Sabriel)

Friday, August 20, 2010

CHRISTMAS TREES, and..............

Hellooooooo everyone!!

Here I am and I'm keeping my promise :))  Not only am I going to share some Christmas trees that I use in my work BUT I am also going to throw in a small variety of other Christmas images I use!!  

Here's the way it works.  I will post the original image that I have already edited for you and next to it I will post the same image that has been edited again with a Paint Shop Pro MASK to soften the image edges.  I do this so the images I use blend smoothly into the grid borders on my work.  All everyone has to do whatever you want!!  How simple is that??
Anyway, getting back to the task at hand.  Here's a tip.  For those of you who are not familiar with (or do not like and don't want to learn)  photo editing, my suggestion is you only download the images (of your choice) with the smooth edges on the image.  **NOTE**  There are a few images that are only posted once.....those are ready for you to use as well :))  The only thing you will have to do is re-size it to suit your own preferences for your work.  There is nothing further you have to do to the's ready for your parchment craft project!!

Now, for those who are familiar with, and enjoy working with Paint Shop Pro....which is what I use in the majority of my suggestion is you download both images so that on the one with no mask you can then use any mask of your choosing from your own Paint Shop Pro program.  

If you need patterns for grid borders please visit Piet and Annie Jenssen and download whatever you like.....they are FREE!!!!  I use a lot of their patterns in my work, however, I have to redesign them a wee bit to accommodate our American standard size greeting card, but for other countries you most likely will not have to go through that process.  If you would like to learn how to make a grid border TEMPLATE to use in your work, please go to the TUTORIALS tab here on this blog.  I highly recommend you make this process a part of your parchment crafting if you do a lot of grid borders, as I do, on your work :))

Okay....enough rambling on from me.  Here are 21 different Christmas images for everyone to download!!!!!  Simply left click on an image to enlarge.  Then right click and then 'save as' to download the images.  I look forward to actually seeing any work you create from these images......just send them on to me and, with your permission of course, I will share them right here with everyone :))


Thursday, August 19, 2010

Surprise for Christmas!!!

Hi everyone,

This post will be a short one :))  I had planned to upload some original Christmas tree images today......AND THE SAME IMAGE WITH A MASK, so it would be ready for immediate use......but, we had some serious flooding here over night and I'm having to deal with that.  If all goes well today, I will get things uploaded tomorrow so everyone will have them to play with over the weekend!!!  Stay tuned and you'll have some of the same Christmas tree images I've been sharing with everyone......and they'll be FREE to download and use as you wish.  In return, however, I would be most honored to see some of the tree images put together with grid borders :))  We'll get into all that as soon as I can get everything uploaded to a new post....and the water settles a bit around here!!

Tuesday, August 10, 2010


Hi all,

Well, I have a long way to go but I passed a milestone of my own last week and I'm very proud to say I've now reached well beyond 10,000 hits on my blog!!!  WHOOHOO!!!!!!!  Thanks so very much to everyone who reads/follows, or just stops by on their way to somewhere's greatly appreciated.

Big hugs to all,

Monday, August 9, 2010

Ruth Has A Parchment Craft Question...

Good morning! I have a question.... the background on your 'raw' image is purple.... how did you get the green with the purple on your finished piece? I love your trees!! 
*hugs* Ruth  

Thanks for your question, Ruth.  Here is the answer...
Every image I work with gets edited many times before it is ever ready to go to print!!  The lavender Christmas tree card you are asking about (in the previous post) went through one final step before I decided it was the way I wanted it to be.  The last step I always take is:  Using Paint Shop Pro 8+....Click the "Enhance Photo" button on the top toolbar....a drop down menu will appear.  Click the "One Step Photo Fix" option and watch to see what happens to your image.  IF you like the change Paint Shop Pro has made then  leave it alone and you are ready to proceed to your print process.  IF you are NOT pleased with the changes PSP has made, then simply click on the back arrow button (also on the top toolbar) and it automatically returns to the state it was in prior to the PSP photo fix.  In this instance, I preferred the way PSP enhanced the image and it's the one I kept to print off and use for my project!!

For anyone who prefers 'seeing' instructions as opposed to 'written' instructions, I have written a book Parchment Craft "Etched Glass" Technique, with lots of visuals, that takes the reader step by step through the process.

Sunday, August 8, 2010

Christmas In July.......Continued!!

Hi all,

Ah yes, I'm still making Christmas cards and have had many comments, and inquiries, on this particular one!!  I have made several more cards similar to it

 but this one, so far anyway, seems to be the favorite.  I will be making more over the next few days so we'll see if this will remain on top.  At the bottom of this post I will upload two others with different trees.

Now, I'll get to the point at hand!!  I've had so many requests for the Christmas tree image I've used on this card (and the others as well) that I am sharing the tree image only with everyone!!!  

My images is printed direct to parchment and that is the only step in my work that is not 'pure/traditional' parchment craft.  If you choose to also print the image to parchment you will need to further photo edit it to your own liking (as I have done using Paint Shop Pro 8)....any version thereafter will work as well.....and my book Parchment Craft Etched Glass Technique will take you step by step through that process.

This is the image in it's raw form.   To download:  simply click on the image to enlarge it....then right click and save as.  If you have never printed direct to parchment, that's can enlarge the image to the size you wish to use, print it off, and simply trace the Christmas tree just as you would in 'pure/traditional' parchment craft and complete your card according to your own preferences.

For anyone with a question (or answer, if you have one!!) there is a box "Get Answers" off to the right, on the blog sidebar, for your benefit.  Please don't hesitate to use it!!  Let's get a parchy conversation going, folks :)) 

As promised, here are two of the other Christmas tree cards with different trees.  I have a few more to make so stay tuned to see all the different trees!!