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Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Pinwheel Mandala Conversion to Parchment Craft!!

Hi everyone,

I am going to share one more mandala conversion to parchment craft, however, this time I will also include a link to lots of mandala designs and I will have a few photos that will probably create a bit of "oh no" in every purist parchment crafter who reads my blog, but I'll explain all that a bit later!!!

I call this particular mandala "Pinwheel" but it could be made in many different ways. Instead of lots of grid work, as I have done, it could be made with only embossing and showing the different techniques of shading.....or it could be painted and made into a 3D project and I could go on and on with different parchment techniques that could be used on this single design alone.  Every project we begin is a vision in our own minds....the pattern/design is only the foundation on which to build.  

Parchment Mandala - Pinwheel
Pinwheel Mandala Pattern

Now, I promised a link to many, many more mandala designs.  These are a small portion of my own mandala collection I have gathered over the years and they are now in my GALLERY in two albums.  You can download each of the complete albums or you can download a single image if that's all you wish to have.  If you have any problems with this process, please feel free to CONTACT ME and I will assist any way I can.

Okie dokie, now comes the "oh no" part I said I would address later!!  I truly love all traditional 'pure' parchment craft and all the techniques, however, I do not own all the parchment craft/pergamano tools of the trade and there is absolutely no way I could ever afford them, so I make do with what I do have and that leads me to sometimes be very creative in how I produce some of my work!!  

These are the items I use for the majority of my tracing to parchment paper. Yes indeed, what you see here is a standard Pental .05mm mechanical pencil with a container of standard .05mm black leads along with an Staedtler Mars plastic eraser...especially for paper and film.  These three items can be found in any office supply OR department store.  The other item I always use when tracing is a paper dining napkin or paper towel. 

The reason I use these items instead of the required parchment craft tools is because I am a retired senior on a very fixed income and these items are what work for me in my own circumstances. Where there is a will, there is a way and one can still totally enjoy this awesome craft using 'tools' one may already have on hand.  Of course, this is where the "oh no" part comes in, from lots and lots of my wonderful friends who are very loyal traditional purist parchers who adhere very strictly to preserving the ancient way of the craft.....and that's as it should be!!  However, for those of us who simply do not have the means to be totally 'purist' parchment crafters, I have proven over the past 5 years that the craft/art can still be done with a few alternative items!! 

In the two photos above, I mistakenly placed the paper napkin  (with flowers on it) I was using, under the parchment paper, to take the photo and I then removed the napkin and continued on with my tracing.  When I was done with the tracing I took more photos and it was only then that I realized I had put the napkin under the parchment paper instead of a piece of plain paper to cover up the pattern that still remained under the parchment paper because I was still tracing when I took these two photos!!!!!  Silly me.....*embarrassed*  Sooooo, this was the beginning of the tracing on the mandala above using the 'tools' described above.

The reason for using a paper napkin/folded paper towel is because IF, while tracing, you do not work from the top of the pattern, down to the bottom, you will easily smudge the black lead onto the parchment (and your hand as well).  The cure for that is to lay the napkin/towel under your tracing hand and move it accordingly as you move your tracing area.  **TIP**  Prior to beginning any parchment project I always gently rub ONE side of my parchment paper with a dryer softener sheet.  Now, because I do not use white lead pencils/leads for my tracing, the one side that gets the rub down is the OPPOSITE side I will be tracing on.  Thus, when all the tracing is completed and you remove the parchment paper from the printed pattern, you will then flip your parchment over and place on your embossing mat. **

These last three photos show the mandala has been fully traced
and is now ready to be removed from the pattern and flipped over on the embossing mat. You will now take your Steadtler eraser and gently erase all of your pencil tracing.  When that is completed all you will have remaining is the embossed outline of the mandala....shown in the last two photos.

Now, because I have used black lead for my tracing, and I have now placed my parchment paper,  traced side down, on my black rubber embossing mat one would think the tracing could not be seen.....not so!!!!  It is necessary, however, to secure your parchment paper to the mat with low tack tape.  You will now use your STYLUS tool and begin tracing (embossing) the pattern you have just traced from the pattern.  This is the side of the parchment paper you rubbed down with softener sheet already so there is no need to repeat that step.  

Okay, some will say it takes more time to begin a project this way and they are pretty much correct because in essence, an extra step has been added right here!!  Yes, we have already traced the project from the pattern....and now we're tracing (actually embossing) again??  Yes....we are!!!  This is how I have made every single project since I began parching because I never could get the hang of using the mapping pen and I did use white gel pens for a long time but didn't really care for the results so this is, again, what works "for me" and I'm sharing it in this post for those who may also have difficulty with mapping pen and ink, or the white gel pens, or other methods of getting a pattern to the parchment paper without totally messing the project up before it's really even begun!!!

On the last photo here, you will see the mandala has been completely traced (embossed) with the stylus and is now ready to continue on with whatever parchment craft technique you have chosen to complete your project with.  For my Pinwheel mandala I used the Pergamano Multi Grid #4 and the Ergonomic Embossing tool #1 for all the pinwheels.  I used the Pergamano single needle tool to stipple the center diamond shapes and I simply embossed the true center area of the pinwheel.

Hugs to all,

Wednesday, January 5, 2011

Mandala Conversion to Parchment Craft

Hi everyone,

I had mentioned in my previous post there are many, many other crafts, such as all the different thread lace patterns, we can research and convert to parchment craft and this post will provide another medium from which designs can be converted to parchment with a wee bit of imagination, patience and an imaginative eye!!!  This time we will be making PARCHMENT MANDALAS.  I will be making many more parchment mandalas this year along with many more lace conversion projects.....PLUS, there will be more "ideas and inspiration" on things that can be done with my own  parchment craft techniques such as "Etched Glass" and printing direct to parchment. 

Below is an OWL MANDALA design I have just completed in parchment craft/pergamano and there are lots and lots of FREE (and royalty free) mandala patterns on the web....all that's required to have them is the time and patience to search for them and download them for future use :))

Mandala Converted to Parchment Craft  
My OWL MANDALA is 8" X 8" and I have to admit....IT WAS DEFINITELY A CHALLENGE!!!!   I love a challenge and am always searching for something different in my craft.....and I'm well known for "stepping out of the box" (as we say here in America!!) frequently, but this design requires some serious mental attention (without disruptions while perforating and cutting) so I'm now passing along the challenge to any parchers out there who would like to take on this project!!! 

Above is the pattern for the OWL MANDALA.  To download simply right click and 'save image as' to your own local drive.  My challenge to you is to complete a PARCHMENT OWL MANDALA project....then send it to me and I will happily share your work with my readers!!!  It's always fun to see how others interpret a pattern/design.  By this, I mean, let your minds eye take in all there is with the image of the pattern and if you see/imagine something a bit different than what I might see in the pattern, then you should always feel free to interpret any pattern/design the way YOU see it.  Maybe you prefer just having the owl on the mandala with no background design....or maybe you want to make a totally different background design behind the owl.  Use your own imagination and let's see what you come up with!!

Best wishes and good luck to everyone who would like to partake in the challenge.  Coming soon will be a new challenge using another conversion technique to parchment craft so stay tuned :-)
Hugs to all,

Sunday, January 2, 2011

Bobbin Lace to Parchment Craft

Hi everyone,

Well, the holidays have come and gone and now it's time to get back to parching....and crafting of any kind, for that matter!!!  I am looking forward to sharing more of my parchment craft techniques this year so thought I'd begin with something I found to be very enjoyable...and quite challenging...last year.  

As we all know, other crafts are often converted to a craft totally outside their original beginnings.  With enough determination and lots and lots of patience we can, most times, turn many of the thread lace crafts into beautiful parchment projects.  I have shared several parchment pieces I made in 2010 that were lace conversions to parchment and to begin 2011 I wanted to start the New Year off with yet another beautiful piece.  It is 8" X 8" and perfect for framing and given to that someone special as a keepsake to hand down to generations to come!!

Hand crafted bobbin lace CONVERTED to Parchment Craft

For those of you who might also partake in any of these crafts:  crochet, tatting, bobbin lace and any of the many, many other lace making techniques....a good portion of the patterns from those crafts can be converted to parchment craft.  Bear in mind, however, converting is a very labor AND time intensive undertaking!!   This project took me a full week to complete and I do not advise making any converted lace project smaller than 5" X 7" finished size.  The project above is, quite truthfully, the smallest I will go (8 inches X 8 inches) and the majority of my other completed lace conversions are all a full sheet of parchment paper in size.  These can all be viewed from my "Gallery" tab at the top of my blog.....or in earlier posts, if you are inclined to dig into the archives!!

Happy New's time to get back to our beloved parching!!!!!

Hugs to all,

Friday, December 31, 2010


This year is almost gone....let's lay the past to for today....move on to new beginnings...pray for a tomorrow and hope for a brighter future!!
My back yard Dec. 26, 2010!!  I live in the Southeastern US and 7.5" of snow here has only happened 3 other times since records have been kept :))

Love and hugs to all.....See you in 2011 xxxxx

Monday, December 20, 2010

Merry Christmas to One and All...

Hi everyone,

Thanks, ever so much for reading my blog and following all the antics that sometimes appear here!!  It's been a rather difficult year in my little corner of the world, but thanks to my beloved parchment craft I have managed to attain a small bit of sanity through it all :))

After the holidays I will have some special things to share with everyone so stay tuned for the surprise!!!

I'm sending heartfelt holiday greetings to everyone.  May your Christmas be shared with all those you love and Best Wishes for all good things in the New Year 2011.

Big holiday hugs,

Thursday, December 2, 2010

Happy Parchment Craft Holidays!!!

Hi everybody,

Well, well, well I think it is time I get myself back in the swing of things but first I will share a very heartbreaking experience the month of November bestowed upon me, which is why I sort of went MIA for a short while.  I love animals and have had pets all my life and grew up on a dairy farm where there were always lots of 'critters' around.  My most recent furry pals were two indoor kitties (Ben - 16 and Jerry - 9) who were literally my constant companions since I had to take early retirement several years ago because of post-polio issues.  I'll not go into all the details but suffice to say I had to lay Ben to rest as he was suffering terribly from arthritis in his hind quarters.  That event was one of the most difficult things I've ever had to do with any pet I've ever had and I am just now getting to a point where I can even speak over the loss of my best buddy for the past 16 years.  

Here are my "boyz" doing their usual thing by laying right in the middle of a Swedish Weaving project I had spread across my dining table!!  Ben = black.....Jerry = white.  Now it's just Jerry and me and we both have a huge hole in our hearts and miss our best pal, Ben, terribly :((

Well now, because of the events of November (there were two more crisis along with this one) I did not get much crafting/parching done so I thought I'd share some of the "other" crafting I do, aside from parching, in this post and when I get my wits about me a bit more, we'll get back to parchment craft and all the joy it brings.

 Iris Folding

 Rubber Stamping
 Teabag Folding
           Paper Embroidery            
3D Decoupage

There are a few samples of my paper crafting and now I'll share a few of my talents outside paper crafting and parchment craft!!!!

Four Harness Floor Weaving Loom

Handwoven Bookmarks

 Handwoven Table Runner and Placemats

Handwoven Handbag/Tote

And below, a wee bit of Swedish Weaving....also known as Vagonite in other countries.

All three of the Swedish Weaving designs above were made into large afghans and given as Christmas gifts in recent years.

I hope you have enjoyed seeing a few other crafts I still enjoy doing (there have been many, many, many others along my journey through life!!) and I will close this post with a heartfelt HAPPY HOLIDAYS to each and every one and a special THANK YOU for being a loyal reader/follower of my blog.  I've reached yet another small milestone while dealing with my "November Crisis" and there are now well over 30,000 hits to boast about!!!!  WHOOHOO :))

Warmest holiday wishes,
Vickie, Jerry and Ben (R.I.P. my furry friend)

Thursday, November 11, 2010

An Explanation For My Readers...Changes and Updates

Hi everyone,

As most of the regular readers here have seen over the past several weeks, there have been some strange goings on behind the scenes that occasionally leaked through to the posts.  Unfortunately, due to an ongoing problem with a scraper site (a website populated with ads, which steals others content, so it 'appears' to be a legitimate site) I have updated several things in order to better protect myself.   For the record, MY blog is not associated with "buy parchment craft".....the scraper site mentioned in my previous post....nor do I ever wish to be associated with them.

Prior to the beginning of 2010 I had absolutely no clue about blogging.....REALLY!!!  I always thought they were simply for people to write about their daily ups and downs and quite frankly that wasn't reading material I felt was of interest  to me so I never actually even read a blog until a fellow crafter created her blog and my interest in doing the same blossomed instantly....BUT, I didn't know this lady on a personal level and didn't dare ask how everything was done so I delayed until I had finished putting my book Parchment Craft Etched Glass Technique together and discovered it wasn't so easy getting something published, and ended up doing that myself, that I met the fellow parchment crafter who would eventually introduce me to blogging!!!!!  That lady became a dear friend and has been there, for me, every step of the way in getting my blog up and running the way it should.  She knows who she is!!!

Now, to most, the previous paragraph may not seem to have any relevance to the topic of this post, however, it does indeed.  I have worked extremely hard over this past year to learn how to present a respectable blog (without violating or breaking any laws while doing so) about something I am passionate about....parchment craft/pergamano....and then to have a scraper web site move in (and clearly violate copyright infringement laws) and help themselves to MY hard work and claim it as their own for financial reward is/was totally beyond my comprehension.  I learned one thing very fast....even when you do everything the law requires to protect your own work, the scrapers are always there lurking.  I have given my heart and soul to my blog hoping to share the awesome craft of parchment, and to teach my own technique in the craft, with other like minded people around the world.  I had hoped teaching other handicapped parchment crafters (I had polio at a very young age) would bring them comfort in knowing there was a less demanding way to create beautiful parchment pieces for as long as their battered bodies would allow.  Then to have a scraper website come in and use MY intellectual property, and that of others as well, solely to appear to be a legitimate website for their own financial gain, is absolutely disgusting to me.  These people are now being rewarded financially, from my intellectual property, in clear violation of US Copyright laws.

To all parchment crafters around the world with websites and/or blogs....please continue to link to one another.  Reciprocating links are an integral part of becoming recognized in search engines, which in turn makes it easier for new parchers to find quality  information when they search, instead of the scraper sites which only prey on the legitimate sites.  When we put our designs and information on the web, we want other parchers to find US.......not them!!!

To the scraper sites:  This is public notice....if any of my posts and/or pages found within my blog, all of which are copyrighted, are used for your financial gain without my specific written permission, I will not hesitate to seek legal action.

To all my parching friends worldwide:  My sincere apologies for having to change/update and then explain what all this has been about.  I truly love my blog....I love sharing it with all those who read it regularly and those who stop by on their way to somewhere else and most importantly it has been an avenue for me to meet, and come to know, so many truly wonderful like minded people in the world of art, design and creativity!!  I have poured my heart and soul into my blog and I cannot, nor will I ever, sit by and allow MY intellectual property to be used by an illegitimate site!!

Thursday, October 7, 2010


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,

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,

Wednesday, July 21, 2010

Updated Tutorial - How To Make a Grid Border Template

Hi all,

I have been promising an updated, easier to follow, tutorial on making a grid border template and I hope this will provide a better step by step, visual learning experience for everyone who has tried to, or wanted to but just couldn't, make grid border templates to work from.

**Note:  I will also post this updated tutorial on the Tutorials page so it will be easily accessed once this post rolls it's way down the home page!!**

The very first thing that will make life much easier is this:  I do all my work on my Steadtler 11X17" Cutting Mat which is permanently mounted on my parching table work area.  However, any cutting mat you prefer is quite suitable.  Now, because I make all my parchment greeting cards the same size, which is 5 inch X 7 inch (US Standard Measurements), I have marked off, with permanent felt tip markers, an area on my cutting mat to represent those measurements.
The next step is to also mark off the actual size I want all of my parchment border templates to be....and that is 4.5 inch X 6.5 inch to accommodate the 5 inch X 7 inch completed card.  
I realize the images may be a bit difficult to see, but I have measured IN 1/4 inch from the outside dimensions on all four sides and put new marks on my cutting board which now equal the 4.5 inches X 6.5 inches.

You now have all the measurements you need to work with, when making your grid templates, permanently established right there on your cutting mat.  Now, we are ready to move on to the next step.

When making grid templates, it is my very strong recommendation you not use parchment paper.  It's not cost effective.....templates are not going to be kept as keepsakes....and you do not need to use quality paper for your templates.  After many, many uses from each template, they then are remade onto a new piece of 40# HEAVY WEIGHT VELLUM from the old template, which is then disposed of.  These sheets of VELLUM are 8.5 inches X 11 inches and are sold in lots of 10 sheets for a very reasonable price.....and International shipping fees are very reasonable as well.
Next, cut a sheet of VELLUM in half.  This will give you two equal sheets of 5.5 inches X 8.5 inches VELLUM.  Gently rub BOTH sides of the sheet with a strip of tumble dryer sheet.  (I always cut my dryer sheets in several strips....again, very cost effective!!)  I fold the dryer sheet in half......cut it.  Fold in half again....cut it.  I then have four strips from one dryer sheet which can be used many times over for wiping down my parchment paper prior to beginning any work.  Okay, now it's time to mount your piece of VELLUM to your cutting mat OVER the marks you have made and evenly situate the VELLUM over those marks and secure to the mat with low tack tape.
Using a 12 inch ruler, you will now make your border lines (with pencil, to be erased later) following the INSIDE marks you have made on the mat as shown above.  When this is completed, remove the VELLUM from the mat and set aside.

Next is picking out a grid border pattern you like and will be using in your work more than once.  I have chosen Arie v.d. Linden's pattern #15  (which I have permission to use) and I will have to alter it to suit the measurements I require for my work.  On regular printer paper, print out the grid pattern in a size that is easily read and also print the sample card of the pattern for your own visual reference as you work.  Set the pattern and the sample aside.
We are now ready to begin making a grid TEMPLATE!!  For this tutorial we will be using a Pergamano Bold Diagonal grid.  The very first thing you MUST do is read, on the pattern, which way your VELLUM is to be placed ON the proper grid!!!  In this case we are to place the bottom edge of the VELLUM on the LONG side of the grid.  Making sure your paper is aligned straight on the grid, secure it to the grid with short shank mapping pins.  You may also use low tack tape, however it does not adhere well to the Perga grids, thus I recommend the mapping pins.  When making any grid template ALWAYS begin with the embossing and ALWAYS begin in the top LEFT corner.  Following the printed pattern begin your embossing INSIDE (as shown below) the pencil border lines.  Continue working across the TOP to a short distance from the right corner and stop.  Now return to the LEFT corner and work down that side to a short distance from the bottom left corner.  You want to leave enough room at the top right and bottom left corners to make any adjustments required in the pattern for the SIZE you need your template to be.
**VERY IMPORTANT**  Please have a colored fine tip felt tip marker at hand and a white gel pen.  As you are embossing your template, following the printed pattern, you WILL make errors.....we all do.....even ME!!  Your template IS where you WANT to make your errors so you do not make them on your actual parchment paper projects.  As you make an error, take your colored fine tip marker and GENTLY mark that embossed dot.  Then proceed on with your embossing.  Now, most times the error mark you just made will become a 'correct' emboss for another row of the pattern so you now have to 'undo' the error you marked earlier.  Take your white gel pen and GENTLY dab the embossed error with that (to make it as close to white as possible) and your ready to proceed again.  It sounds like a lot of work, I know, but in the end you'll see how it all works out :))

As you can see, I have now worked my way across the top and down the left side of my template with the embossing of the pattern I chose.  Now you can easily simply repeat the right side and bottom of your template directly following what you have already done on the opposite sides......or you can continue to work from the printed pattern.
This particular grid border pattern also has grid work inside the border, however, because I have re-sized the original pattern to a size I need for my own work I have made ONLY the outside part of the pattern FIRST.  Now, I will return to the printed pattern and continue on with the design inside the border and then finish up the remaining embossing for the border edges.
I know I'm repeating myself, however, my template is a different size than the original pattern, sooooooo the designs inside the border are NOT going to work out as they are on the printed pattern!!  I have had to make the top and bottom embossed designs exactly as the printed pattern instructs.  The center design now has to be centered (as closely as possible) between the two designs already embossed.  There are other options you could use, however, we'll concentrate on following the original printed pattern as much as we can.   Counting the border designs on the left side, find the center design and make a a line with a pencil (to be erased later) in to where it will be centered between the two existing designs.  Next, beginning in the CENTER of the third embossed design (and aligning it so it coincides with the other two embossed designs) continue to make the third design (from the center out as shown below).
Remember at the beginning of this tutorial I mentioned the importance of marking errors as we work?  As you can now see in the image above, "I" make boo-boos too!!!  Mine are always marked in RED.....a clear warning sign when I use my templates that there is something I've done there that is very wrong.
Okay, now we have the three embossed designs placed inside the border and you can either leave them 'unattached' to each other or attach them as the printed pattern shows.  Don't be alarmed if when you attach them, as I chose to do, they may be one, or two, grid holes difference.  If you look VERY close to my template, you will see my diamond shape between the middle and bottom embossed design is a four dot diamond and the one between the top and middle embossed design is only a three dot diamond.  It's okay folks....nothing HAS to be absolutely perfect!!!
Now, finish up the remainder of the border embossing.
Double check all of your embossing.  Make sure you haven't missed any spots!!

Now, remove the template from the grid.  ERASE ALL THE PENCIL MARKS.  Flip the template over so that it's right side is facing you.  Place the template back on the grid being VERY careful to align all your embossing with corresponding grid holes....while at the same time make sure the template is aligned straight on the grid.....with the BOTTOM edge of the template placed on the LONG side of the grid.  Secure the template to the grid as before.

Now, you are ready to make all the perforations as the printed pattern indicates.
It is not mandatory, but I always perforate around the outside of the border while it is on the grid.  You will find this will help tremendously later on when you actually use your template to make a parchment project.  **Explanation to follow later**
So, here we are at the last step in the process.....and it is the most important step.  Refer to the image above and write (in ink or marker) the name of the pattern/the grid it's made on and VERY IMPORTANT.....the direction the template goes back on the grid when you want to use it for a project.

Finally, the explanation on why you should also perforate around the outside edge of the border on the template.  When you are ready to use your grid border TEMPLATE on a parchment craft project you will place the template FACE UP on the grid, in the direction your notes on the template state, and you will ALWAYS begin with PERFORATING.  Place your parchment paper OVER the template (right side up) and arrange it according to how you want it to surround your image on the parchment paper.  Secure BOTH the template and parchment paper with short shank mapping pins and proceed with SHALLOW perforating according to the template beneath the parchment paper.  When all perforating is complete......remove the parchment paper AND the template from the grid.  Set the TEMPLATE aside, (with the back side facing up) close by.  Flip the parchment paper over (right side facing down) and place it back on the grid in the same direction is states on the pattern.  Begin aligning the perforated holes accordingly on the grid and make sure everything is also aligned straight.  Now, move the TEMPLATE close by, visually, as this now becomes your working pattern for all the embossing on your parchment craft project.  Remember, any embossing you have marked as errors on the template are not to be embossed on the real project and those you have corrected with your white gel pen, are!!   When the embossing is completed, remove the parchment paper from the grid, flip it over to the right side, place it back on the grid (in the proper direction) and perforated DEEP, in ALL perforations, to complete your grid border.   Remove the parchment craft project from the grid and finish the project in your preferred manner.  Don't get discouraged.....all this takes practice, just like all other parchment craft techniques :)) 

I recommend you store your grid border TEMPLATES in the appropriate size zip bags OR greeting card sleeves.  You can store many templates in one zip bag/sleeve and I recommend you mark them as "Perga Templates" and "PCA Templates".  As you gather a good sized collection of templates, it much faster and easier to find what you're looking for if they are relatively organized and storing them in zip bags or sleeves also protects them and they will last a very long time and withstand lots of use.

Best wishes on your journey through this updated tutorial.  Take it step by step.....and slowly.....and you will make it to the end!!!  Maybe not the first time around, but with a wee bit of determination, you'll accomplish it :))

Friday, May 21, 2010

Wednesday, May 5, 2010

A Few Changes In The Works

Hi all,

I am in the process of making a few GOOD changes here that will make it much easier to make a purchase from the stores!!  Thanks to all who have found something of interest, and made that purchase, which I admit was a bit difficult to do with the 'extra' steps you had to take.  Over the next few days all that will change and there will be no extra hoops to jump through and I think your shopping experience will be much better.  There will be a store specifically for my "Etched Glass" items and a "Gift" store with a variety of parchment items, not just cards.  The new gift store will continue to have parchment greeting cards, but will also include large parchment pieces to be framed as well as my own designs I've created over the past several years.  Maybe you'll find that 'something special' after all :))

Also bear in mind, I often do commission work so if anyone has something they would like designed and created as a keepsake, please feel free to contact me.

Any feedback, or comment, (good, bad, indifferent) is always appreciated.  It helps me know how I'm doing and what you'd like to see (more of/less of) here!!!!

Wednesday, April 28, 2010

Time to do some catching up!!

Hi everyone,

Oh gosh, I've gotten so far behind over the past several days.  Not feeling well can sure put a damper on things in a hurry!!  I've only made it to my parching table once in the past.....well, too many.....days and it's always amazing, to me anyway, how very much I miss sitting at my work area and loosing myself in the majesty of this awesome craft.  So, instead of parching, I dragged out my back up discs and spent a lot of time (while resting on the going through them and quite frankly, had forgotten about some of the things I had stashed away on those discs!!  Having said that, in the near future I will be uploading more of my own designs.  Now, I made them when I began parching several years ago and I must admit, I really didn't know what in the world I was doing but I did know I wanted to give designing my own patterns a try.  So, be watching for more FREE patterns, hidden somewhere for you to find!!

Stay tuned in and happy hunting :))

Wednesday, April 14, 2010

All Things Parchment Craft

Welcome back everyone!!!!  After several days of making some major changes I am back up and running :))  As you can see, the NAME of my blog has been changed.  It is now " All Things Parchment Craft"   and it also has a new valid link so everything 'should' work properly for you now.  If you are currently a 'follower' you don't have to do anything.  If you hover your cursor over your avatar and click on it you will see that the link has automatically been changed to reflect the blog name change but if you have the old link (Papercrazy's Place) saved in your favorites/bookmarks then you might want to delete the old link and add the new link.  My apologies for all the issues that have been going on the past few days.  Hopefully we can now get back to having some fun.....and enjoy our beloved parching!!!