Showing posts with label Grid Templates. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Grid Templates. Show all posts

Sunday, July 21, 2013

Parchment Craft Grid Work - Challenge!!

Hello, hello, hello!!!

Goodness, it seems like it's been forever since my last post, but in fact, it's only been a few weeks!!  Okay, let's get things started.....

Several months ago I purchased Kannikar Sukseree's latest book titled, Best of the Best Parchment Craft Grid Work and although I've not been able to make as many projects as I would like to, I did do something a bit different with one of the grid patterns that I liked, from the book.  The pattern I chose, is on Page 22 and I challenged myself to see how many different variations (aside from the ones already in the book!!) I could make. 





So, I began my self inflicted challenge by making one, of a collection of Vintage Ladies that I have, and for the image, I also incorporated my own parchment craft technique, "Etched Glass", which can be purchased by clicking on the image below. 


Okay, here are my beautiful ladies.....let's see if you can easily see the differences between each of the grid borders I made, from only one foundation pattern from Kanny's book!!!  


My version of Grid 27
Grid 27 - Looks the same but it's not


My version of Grid 27
My version of Grid 27














This was a wonderful challenge, for me, and it was absolutely amazing just how many different borders I could create from just the one grid design!!  There are probably many more variations of the foundation design, but I was ready to move on to a new project, so I only challenged myself to do four.

I've shared my challenge with all of you, and now I would like to challenge anyone, who also purchased Kannikar Sukseree's Grid Work book, to take on the task of choosing one pattern from the book and see how many different ways it can be made.....or just challenge yourself to creating four new grid borders from one foundation pattern!!  

Who is up for the challenge?

Happy Parching...




Sunday, March 20, 2011

A Few Bits and Pieces

Today I am going to step away from the thread lace conversions we have been focused on recently and share with you how sometimes I come across different things in my travels on the web, or in magazines or many, many other places and I always store those things away for future reference, or I print it out immediately and put it in my "snippet file"!!  

Here I will be combining an image from my snippet file with a grid border pattern I have used quite often in my work.  I have stated many, many times throughout my blog, that I ALWAYS make a vellum TEMPLATE for any grid border I ever make on a project.  I never, ever, ever make a grid border directly to the parchment paper project...NEVER!!!  I have a very large collection of border templates from which to choose from.....and I'm always adding to it as well.  The majority of the grid border designs I use are from Piet and Annie Janssen and they are always FREE.  They generously share their work with the whole world so please click on the link and go see  their beautiful grid work and if you like anything you come across and still need to know how to convert it to a size you might use for your own work....well, there is a tutorial right here in the "Tutorials" tab!!  Now, I always have to 'alter' the size of the pattern they have made because I do not make any of my work in centimeters.....I work in inches and that creates a significant difference in how I use their designs....so, it's absolutely necessary for me to adjust for the measureing system I use here in the USA.  This sometimes also means I have to make changes in the original grid design in order to make everything work for my purposes....and I have written permission directly from Piet and Annie and Arie v.d. Linden to do that, so I'm not infringing on any copyrights.....and I do not ever claim the grid borders as my own.

Swan and Cat Tails
Okay, this grid border is an Arie v.d. Linden design #27 and it's for the Pergamano Bold Diagonal grid.  As I stated above, it is not designed for a 5 X 7 inch (completed size) American greeting card, so  when I made the VELLUM TEMPLATE from the original pattern I had to alter it by adding to the height and width and yet still maintain the pattern design sequences.  I know, now I'm talking some heavy duty mathematical stuff (oh, and plenty of patience!!) but my tutorial will walk you through all that :))
Once your grid TEMPLATE is made, you then bring the "bits and pieces" you've been saving in your 'snippets' folder to your work area and proceed to attempt to put everything together in hopes it will turn out the way you envisioned it in your mind when you began the project!!!


This is the image I discovered in my snippets folder the other day and my mind immediately saw it combined with a grid border.  Ah yes, you say....but what kind of grid border....especially considering this is an oval image  and could just as easily be  enlarged and used all by itself for either a wall decoration or sized for whatever measurements you use for your greeting cards.  Well friends, I am well known for "stepping out of the box" and I chose to be true to my own character sooooooo, I chose a rectangular border and I gently tucked the oval image inside the rectangle!!!!!  I also chose to use only parts of the image in my project.  

I have always found it to a fun adventure (and sometimes quite challenging) to pull together things that one would think simply wouldn't work....and make them work!!!  Who would ever think an oval image would work very well in a rectangle border/frame??  Remember one thing though.....I only knew what I "thought" would work when I began this project.....there were absolutely no guarantees that it actually would!!!!

In closing for this time.....sometime when time permits.....give this adventure a try and see how much fun it really is :)  I know....I'm always challenging my readers to try  new parching experiences...and the best part of each challenge is that I've already TRIED it and worked the rough parts out for you.....all you have to do is "step out of the box" and try it too!!!

Happy Parching,


 

Thursday, October 7, 2010

HOLIDAY SAVINGS - A HUGE 25% OFF!!

Hi all,

Here it is!!  For all of you who have been waiting for a wee bit of early holiday savings, my book "Parchment Craft Etched Glass Technique" is featuring a huge 25% off!!  If there's a special parchment crafter on your Christmas list, now is the time to make a purchase and hide it away til the holidays!!


My book is a step by step "classroom" in a book with lots and lots of visuals.  It teaches you how to make your own grid border TEMPLATES from heavy weight VELLUM (not parchment paper)...then it takes you through the process of learning how to print direct to parchment paper and how to place your image exactly where you want it to print...and finally it teaches you how to make "Etched Glass" on parchment to complete your new project.  This EBook is in PDF format and is ready for immediate download when purchased.  Simply save the book to your local hard drive, or an external drive, and you are ready to begin your classes.  You can easily print the book out, if you so choose, and put the printed pages in clear page protectors....then place them in a 1 inch, 3 ring binder for easy reference while you are making your Parchment Craft Etched Glass projects.

Hugs to all,
Vickie

Monday, October 4, 2010

Parchment Craft "Etched Glass" Technique

Hi everyone,

I've not been well for the past several weeks and have truly not had the physical or mental determination to create another  "Etched Glass" tutorial as promised, however, I will provide you with the things that are required for this technique.

First, you must learn how to make grid  border templates and you can find that lesson here.

Secondly, a photo editing program such as Paint Shop Pro OR Adobe PhotoShop is required.  I use Paint Shop Pro 8, however, any version thereafter is exactly the same program with lots more bells and whistles, but the foundation program is the same.  Personally, I have never used Adobe PhotoShop but I am told by those who do use it that it's very similar to Paint Shop Pro (PSP).

Thirdly, you must also learn how to print direct to parchment and the lessons for that process can be found here.  These three distinct steps create an "Etched Glass" project...you cannot leave any of the three step out and expect  good results!! 

If you prefer to use the previous tutorials I have provided for the first two steps in the "Etched Glass" process that is fine..... those tutorials can be found right here (Making A Grid Template and Printing On Parchment) by clicking on the 'tutorials' tab, however, to get to the final step of the process....the book is required!!  Included in the book are many links to FREE Paint Shop Pro program accessories that make creating Parchment Craft "Etched Glass" so much fun. 

Here are a few photos of some of the unique things you can create using this  wonderful technique....
 
 

Please consider purchasing Parchment Craft "Etched Glass" Technique and you will have a step by step class, with lots of visuals, to guide you not only through the first two steps of this technique but the all important third step which is the actual "Etched Glass" step by step lesson!!

For those who have purchased my book and would like a wee bit of lesson assistance, or for anyone with other inquiries, please feel free to contact me at: papercrazysplace@gmail.com  

Hugs to all,
Vickie


 





Thursday, September 30, 2010

A Mini Tutorial - Grid Borders

Hi everyone,

I have fallen a bit behind on my blog posting and I apologize to all my readers....and to those who stop by to see what's new, on their way to somewhere else!!  I've been recovering from some health issues caused by some serious flooding where I live that occurred in mid August and for the past couple of days our area has been bracing for the effects of tropical storm Nicole and that passed through last night and left the area in a mess again!!

Now, throughout these past several weeks I've been working on a condenced update of the "etched glass" part of my book and will be uploading that as soon as I can finish putting it together, but meantime, here is a mini tutorial I made quite awhile ago on how to properly place your VELLUM GRID TEMPLATE around your image printed directly to parchment paper.  **Please click on the "tutorials" tab for a refresher tut on printing on parchment and making grid border templates to work from.**






Now, there is one thing I believe (and feel free to correct me if I'm wrong!!!) is being overlooked when working with any of the steps in my Parchment Craft "Etched Glass" Technique.....and that is this:  you absolutely MUST emboss on the back side of your printed image!!  Find the areas on the image you want to further highlight and give texture to.  That is what you would be doing if you were making a totally 'traditional/pure' parchment project.  The ONLY thing different we are doing with my technique is printing the image on a sheet of parchment paper!!!!  Please pretend the image was created by your own preferred 'pure' parchment technique and you will then always know you MUST emboss on the back to make things look just as they do when working on a 'pure' parchment project.  It is NOT acceptable to simply print out the image...then make a grid border around it and call it an "etched glass" project that has been completed properly. 

Okay peeps, this is my 'lecture' for today and I promise I will continue to work on the tutorial I've been promising for awhile now, as I know there are some who are waiting VERY patiently for it :))

Hugs to all,
Vickie



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 is.....download 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 image....it'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 work.....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  papercrazysplace@gmail.com and, with your permission of course, I will share them right here with everyone :))























 HAVE FUN AND ENJOY!!!