Showing posts with label Parchment Craft. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Parchment Craft. Show all posts

Saturday, September 3, 2011

A Wee Bit of Parchment Christmas 2011

Goodness, here it is September already!!  I've made several Christmas cards for family and friends and they are tucked away in their hiding place so no one can see them til the time rolls around when they are supposed to be seen, but these  are a few "extras" I've recently made for 'just in case' situations :))  Nothing fancy, mind you....they are "just in case"!!








The first five cards are made using my own technique as explained in my book titled, "Parchment Craft Etched Glass Technique".  You may also click on the cover of the book located on your left in the side bar for more information.  This technique does require the use of either Paint Shop Pro 8 (or any version there after)  OR  Adobe Photo Shop to create the images on the first five cards.

The last card is traditional white work and is a beautiful, abstract flourish, tree decoration also created in the photo editing program I use when I create my ©Parchment Craft Etched Glass Technique.

I'll be making up a few more "just in case" Christmas cards through Sept. in hopes of inspiring all the procrastinators out there to get busy so you're not a total wreck come December!!!

Happy Parching,

Thursday, August 25, 2011

Parchment Craft Magazine - August 2011

Thought I'd let everyone know that I have a greeting card design (for men) in the August 2011 issue of Parchment Craft Magazine!!!  

 












It's a very simple design.....it works up very quickly, for those last minute greeting cards (for the men in our lives!!)....and it's for all levels of achievement :)) For more information on the magazine click here.  They offer subscriptions....archived issues and the option of buying current issues individually without a subscription!!  You simply purchase only the current issues you want as they are published!!  Pretty nice options to choose from :))   So, hop on over to their site (link) and take a peek around cause that's where the pattern to my design is :))

Happy Parching,

                                                 

Saturday, August 20, 2011

Paisley Lace Butterfly Collection - #6

We are almost done with this particular segment of the collection.  This is design #6 and this time I made the butterfly with White Pinta Pearla and Gold Tinta.  It doesn't show very well in the scan but it's gorgeous 'in person'!!  Enlarging the images will clearly show the detail in each wall decoration :))

#6 Mounted
Made with White Pinta Perla and Tinta Gold

#6 Framed
As with the other butterflies in the collection, the PATTERN can be found on the "Let's Go Shopping" tab at the top of this page.


Happy Parching,

 



Sunday, August 14, 2011

Paisley Lace Butterfly Collection - #1 thru #5

I'm happy to say I have now completed Designs 1 thru 5 of my PAISLEY LACE BUTTERFLY COLLECTION (there will be more!!).  PATTERNS may  be purchased from the "Patterns For Purchase" tab at the top of this page!!!

#1

#4

#2


#5

#3

As time permits, I will be adding to this collection and placing new patterns with the others in this series so be sure to watch for notifications which will be posted here on my blog!!


Happy Parching!!

Monday, August 1, 2011

Paisley Lace Parchment Craft Butterfly

Oh my goodness have I been busy!!  Not all the busy time has been fun, or good, but very busy none the less.  Now it's time to get things back to 'normal' and begin to make another addition to the "Gypsy Collection" AND do another "Perga-Zen" project AND do a few more Christmas cards (almost done with my personal cards.....YEAH!!)  This post isn't going to be about any of those things though....lol  This time we are going to spend some time with a very beautiful "Paisley Lace Butterfly".
Paisley Lace Butterfly #2
Now, this beauty is a full 8" X 8" wall decoration and, yes, it is yet another collection I'm working on!!!  These butterflies are created as flourishes in my photo editing program and there will be several different "Paisley Lace Butterflies" (all designed to be wall decorations) in the actual collection when complete, however.......this butterfly is especially for all you wonderful readers who would like to give it a try :))
Paisley Lace Butterfly Pattern #2 - FREE
 
This butterfly is the second wall decoration in the collection and I'm sharing it here with everyone....for FREE!!  The design contains LOTS of very delicate embossing AND even more very delicate cutting so go slow and you won't break any of the long tendril bridges that surround the butterfly :))  
TOOLS REQUIRED:

Pergamano white tracing pencil OR mapping pen/white Tinta ink
Pergamano single needle and two needle perforating tools
Pergamano embossing tools....various ball sizes
Pergamano parchment craft snips or scissors
Pergamano rubber embossing pad
Pergamano thick foam perforating mat
WORKING INSTRUCTIONS:

Download and save the pattern to your local drive.  Print the pattern out at FULL SIZE on standard printer paper. I always advise downloading (and printing) the completed sample, for reference, while working the pattern.  Prior to tracing the pattern to parchment paper, wipe down BOTH sides of the parchment with a tumble dryer sheet.  This will make your embossing tools glide very smoothly!!  
**TIP:  Cut the dryer sheet into four strips (fold sheet in half and cut then fold each of those strips in half again and cut.  You will have six strips that are much more manageable than a full sheet....and will last a lot longer as well**  
Now, with low tack tape, secure the parchment paper over the pattern and begin tracing with either white pencil or mapping pen/white ink.  **Suggestion:  This design would also be stunning with the paisley flourish areas traced with mapping pen/gold ink and the remainder of the tracing with mapping pen/white ink.** 
Remember though....this is 'your' butterfly, so look carefully at the pattern before you begin and decide how 'you' want it to look when it's completed :))

When tracing is complete, remove parchment from pattern and turn over.  Place parchment on a rubber embossing pad and using a variety of  embossing ball tools, emboss the complete pattern.  Refer often to the completed butterfly for visual assistance as needed!!

Next we are ready to begin perforating.  This will prepare your project for all the cutting that will come next.  Perforate with a two needle tool around the complete outside butterfly border.  **Warning:  Be very careful to perforate the tendril bridges wide enough so as not to endanger them breaking when you begin cutting**  Again, refer to the completed butterfly for visual assistance.

Last step....finally!!!  Using snips or Pergamano scissors, begin cutting around the entire perforated, outside border of the butterfly.  Go SLOW...Be PATIENT!!  Hurrying the process along, at this point, will be the downfall of all your hard work......I guarantee it!!  

This project is extremely delicate and must be handled throughout the project accordingly.  The final piece of advise I will share concerns the cutting.   Before beginning to cut the perforated outside border of the butterfly.....with decoupage scissors OR standard small paper cutting scissors, CAREFULLY cut, FROM THE TOP/BOTTOM/LEFT/RIGHT CENTER EDGES, of the parchment paper, down to where it meets a perforated hole.  When completed, all the parchment paper, AROUND the butterfly, will be divided into four sections.  Again, because the project is so very delicate, this technique will lessen the burden of having a lot of parchment paper hanging from the butterfly areas that have been cut!!  When the 1/4 area has been cut completely....remove it immediately and begin cutting the next 1/4 area of the butterfly.  Repeat this process on the remaining sections and always be very aware of how fragile this project really is!!  

As always, anyone who takes on this project is welcome to share it right here in the Guest Gallery!!  Simply send it right back here to the blog, and I'll share it with all the wonderful readers who stop by for a visit :))  


Happy Parching!!




Monday, July 11, 2011

Parchment Craft - Gypsy Collection

Oh oh, it's been nearly a full month since my last post and it's surely way past time for a new one :))  I have finished the second (actually the third!!) of the Gypsy Collection and here it is.  Not quite as 'eye catching' as the first one, nevertheless, it has it's own merits and it is a very definite part of their culture :))

 The Shawl - Gypsy Collection

Now, I made another one quite awhile ago that is also a part of this collection and I'll share that one now, as well......I had forgotten about it when I wrote my last post....oops!!!

 A New Life - Gypsy Collection
So, we now have three lovely gypsy ladies, each representing something that's part of their daily lives and culture.  The next installment of this collection will come along sometime soon.....in between all those other things I'm always challenging myself to do!!

Happy Parching,


Wednesday, June 15, 2011

More.....Bobbin Lace To Parchment Craft

Well let's see.....I have my "Sampler Challenge" done so while all you beautiful people are busy making your "Sampler" I thought I'd make a return visit to another of my favorite things to convert to parchment craft.....all the 'thread laces'.

We have (amongst others) crochet, tatting, filet crochet, bobbin lace, Russian lace to name only a few.  This A4 Wall Decoration is a conversion from bobbin lace and I truly find much pleasure in making these projects.  They make perfect wall decorations and quite often you can make a very nice 'collection' of pieces that all are similar to one another.  There will be additions to this "Gypsy Woman" piece and when I have all of them done it will be a very nice "Gypsy" themed collection!!

"Gypsy Woman" - A4 Wall Decoration  
I'm not going to say how many pieces there will be in the "Gypsy" collection, but I will say there will be quite a few, so stay tuned because I'll be sharing them (in between other projects, of course!!) over the next weeks/months :))

Happy Parching,
 


Saturday, June 11, 2011

Anyone Up For A Challenge!!

PHEW!!!!  It's been a very long time since it's taken me a full week to complete a project!!  The previous post (Perga-Zen© "Stars Forever") took almost that long but this wall decoration is the second of the pair and it almost brought me to my knees.....lol

My goal with this Perga-Zen© - "Sampler" was to try not to duplicate technique/tool/grid too often AND to use as many parching tools as possible from my own inventory!!   WHOA!!!!  Half way through I surely felt I had bitten off way more than I could chew but I was absolutely determined to come as close to my own goal as I possibly could, so I plugged along.....got a few horrid headaches....almost ran out of tools to use because I don't have a large collection of them....was totally cross-eyed by the end of each days work and I gave my own creativity a run for it's money!!!!!  

I LOVE a challenge....I LOVE having a goal and working my butt off to reach it.....I LOVE creating new, 'out of the box' things....I LOVE when it all comes together in the end :))

Okay, is everybody ready to see the second of the wall decoration pair??

Perga-Zen© - "Sampler" Wall Decoration
Well now...everyone is thinking/saying/wondering what's the big deal with this?  It 'looks' like any other parchment project.  Go back and read the second paragraph once again.....then come back and take a good, long, hard look at this wall decoration again.  Now, as I stated above, I do not have a huge parching inventory so I did end up having to use a few things more than once, but for those of you who have every parching tool under the sun, you will be in creative heaven!!  How long has it been since you actually used all those tools that you paid high prices for and either never, or rarely, use?  Dust them off.....join in the challenge.....let's see what you come up with!!

Here is a list of the tools I used on my project:
Every embossing tool I have.....from stylus up to the largest ball size
Bold and fine one needle perforating tool 
Two needle perforating tool
Small and medium sun tool
Hockey stick
Small and medium shader
Multi Grid #4 and #19
A&D Design Multi Grid #PS121, #PS108, #PS101
Micron Pen Black #05 and #08
Perga scissors 

If you're not sitting down......sit down now because here comes the pattern!!!!  Simply click on the image (to enlarge it) then right click to save it to your local drive.

Perga-Zen© Sampler Pattern

It is exactly the same as what I worked my project from.  It is a copyright free web design found in one of my browsing journeys years ago, and the challenge to anyone who wants to take it on is: 

Be as creative as you want with this pattern and use as many of your parching tools as you possibly can while trying not to duplicate any technique, or tool, unless absolutely necessary.

Feel free to refer back to my interpretation of the pattern, however, in the challenge, you may not copy what I have done.....use your own creative juices and make your project a very unique, special creation.....a true "one of a kind" parchment wall decoration :))

When your CHALLENGE PERGA-ZEN© SAMPLER wall decoration is complete, please send a scan/photo back to me (if you would like to, that is!!) and we'll share it, in the Guest Gallery, with everyone.

Come on now everyone, let's have some fun!!  I challenged myself with this project....let's see what you can do with this pattern :))  Good luck and let that creative energy inside you come out.....try something new!!

Happy Parching,




Thursday, June 9, 2011

Parchment Craft "Etched Glass" Technique



To make a purchase, simply click on the link above.....and thanks very much!!

If you'd like to see some of my work using this technique, please visit the blog archives....and you can also visit my personal gallery by going to that tab at the top of this page, where you'll find albums full of a variety of my work along with my own Parchment Etched Glass technique.

Feel free to post any questions you may have and I'll do my best to answer promptly :))

Happy Parching,

Sunday, June 5, 2011

Perga-Zen© - "Stars Forever" Parchment Wall Decoration

Oh my goodness, I didn't realize I have been away far too long!!  Sometimes 'life' really does force us to take a detour now and then and that's where I've been.....tending to some 'life matters'.  I haven't done much parching at all these past few weeks, but over this weekend I made the time to make this A4 wall decoration.  I think I really needed to put my mind back in a place that is wonderful therapy for me, even if only for a few hours.

Stars Forever - A4 Wall Decoration   
I really love working in black and white on parchment!!  Of course, I also love all the other techniques (including all of my own that I've created) but when your mind is going in many different directions, the simpleness and beauty of black and white is always just what the doctor ordered!!  

This piece is a full A4 sheet of parchment paper.  I used a .05 Black Micron pen for all of the black work and simply embossed the places on the design where I wanted a bit of "white pop" to balance things out a bit.  Then I did some perforating and cutting.....yes, it's on there but difficult to see because I used black card stock for the backing paper!!  All in all, a very relaxing project that allowed a wee bit of time spent in my parching world :))

Remember everyone.....any time you would like to experiment with any of the techniques I share here on my blog, just take a photo, or scan your project and send it to me in an email.  I'm always very happy to post it in the Guest Gallery to share with everyone.

Happy Parching,





Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Perga-Zen© A Mans Mandala

Here is a bit of doodling on parchment and when all was said and done I thought it was the perfect wall decoration for the men in our lives that are always so very, very difficult to create things for, made from parchment paper!!!  It is a large 8" X 10" wall decoration and as you can see, very BOLD in black and white.  It looks easy but there's an awfully lot of embossing and cutting in this piece....along with a ton of coloring with a .05 Black Micron pen :))  Because of it's basic, bold simplicity though I really felt it would be a true "eye catcher" for the guys.......what do you think????

A Mans Mandala - Wall Decoration

Happy Parching,

Saturday, May 7, 2011

Make Sure You Are Signed In!!

Recently some readers, and a few folks just passing through, have advised me they have had difficulties leaving comments so I undertook some "undercover work" this past week and discovered the most likely culprit is YOU MUST BE SIGNED IN to whatever account you use when you leave comments!!! 

Actually, I have the very same issues from time to time when I'm visiting many of the awesome blogs I frequent often :))  I get so involved with something wonderful while I'm there that when I go to leave a nice, lengthy comment for the author, I do everything I'm supposed to do, to post the comment, but I often neglect to sign in, and because of that, my comment disappears.......and then I can never remember what exactly I wrote because I'm so upset over my comment disappearing!!!!!!  

Anyway.....make sure you are signed in prior to attempting to leave a comment :))  If you continue to have problems please let me know ASAP and I'll go searching again to find a solution.

Happy Parching...


Monday, May 2, 2011

Perga-Zen

I am calling this technique.....Perga-Zen©!!!!  This post will be quite brief because in the previous post I stated I was going to challenge myself to put "organized doodles" to parchment paper.....remember??  Well, I DID IT, and I quite like the results!!!

Task accomplished, however, this piece is only a sample.  I promised I would share the results, good/bad or indifferent, so here it is and now I'm asking for your feedback/opinions/honest thoughts....good/bad or indifferent :)) 

PERGA-ZEN©

This particular design can be very neutral in many ways and I think that is a very, very good thing!!!  It can be used on the base card stock in either a verticle OR horizontal manner.  And, because all four directions of the design are completely different, it can be used in four different ways, which I think is totally AWESOME!!!!  That's a good thing....right??  It is gender neutral as well.  It can be for a female, or for those difficult to make cards for, MEN.  That's a good thing too....right??  Also, it adheres to the pure, traditional methods of parchment craft yet has a very 'different' feel to it which comes from the Zen.

Here are the other three views of the same design!!





See how very different all four of them look??  You get four different ways to use one design.....pretty cool, huh!!!!

I'll leave you to ponder your thoughts and let me know if you feel "organized doodling" is worthy of entering the realm of our beloved art called parchment craft......

Happy Parching,

Friday, April 29, 2011

ZenDoodle Sampler - Zentangle Patterns

I'm sort of stepping away from parchment craft in this post to share something I discovered nearly a year ago.  It's called Zentangle and instead of me trying to explain exactly what it is, I will simply ask you to follow the link and learn first hand what an awesome technique this is. 

As I stated, it's been nearly a year since I stumbled upon this meditative art form and every time I would try to get back to it, "life" got in the way and my adventure got delayed time and time again.  As it happened, the recent outbreaks of disastrous tornadoes in the southeastern US (the worst in my states history) kept me away from the computer much more than usual because of seemingly endless tornado warnings, so during this "down" time, I found myself going through some things I had put in my to do folder and rediscovered where I had left off in my learning process of this creative form.  Long story short.....I began doodling again and I began, and finished, four days later, my very first ZenDoodle Sampler!!!!!  The images to follow will show the progress of each day.

Day One
Day Two
Day Three


Now, at the beginning of this post, I said I was sort of stepping away from parching to share this with you........well, not really!!!!!  I made this particular 'ZenDoodle Sampler' on standard weight card stock, at a full A4 size so I could get my mind back in a meditative mode (which is the true purpose of this art form) as well as to refresh my memory with regard to some of the patterns used in Zentangle.  I accomplished both of those tasks and you see the results :))  Another wonderful thing you should know about this art form is it's not just for very artistic people (anyone who can hold a pen or pencil can do it) and it's not just for doodling in a bunch of squares to create what you see here.  You can create anything your mind wanders to:  totally awesome mandalas and free form creations that are truly one of a kind designs.  You can find much more visual information on YouTube.....just do a search for Zentangle and then follow lots and lots of links from there.  Take a peek and see if it might be of interest :))

I believe by applying parchment techniques, primarily embossing, and maybe some perforating and cutting, ZenDoodling would take on a whole new dimension, sooooooo stay tuned because I'll be making another project shortly and good/bad or  indifferent, I will post my results upon completion!!  My project may be in the form of a free form ZenDoodle.....or maybe a ZenMandala....or maybe even another sampler.

My next personal challenge is..(drum roll, please!!)..convert this awesome craft to parchment!!!!!!!  I admit, I'm quite anxious to see what I can come up with, so wish me luck and if it works the way I feel it will, we will all have another 'new' way of adding some new life to our beloved parchment craft!!!!

Happy Parching...

 


Saturday, April 23, 2011

Teardrop Mandala - Parchment Wall Decoration

One week ago today, we experienced the worst outbreak of tornadoes in the history of North Carolina, USA!!  We had 28 deaths and so much damage it will be a very long time til all the people affected will recover. Two of the 26 tornadoes began only a short distance from where I live and I have to say, it's been a very long time since I was last frightened of anything weather related but I was that day!! Anyway, life has settled down a wee bit now and I have managed to get back to my beloved parching :)) 

I truly love making parchment mandalas, so thought I'd get myself back on track with things by finishing up this piece I had started a few weeks ago and I have just completed it so will share with all of you now :))

Teardrop Mandala
I always find I have a very strong sense of peacefulness when I make mandalas....and that's how it should be because they are geometric designs that represent the universe and they also represent our constant search to fulfill our own dreams.  Mandalas have different (but very real) meanings to different cultures but the foundation is very spiritual.

This project is a large wall decoration and is 8" X 10".  I would not recommend making this project any smaller because it would not withstand the perforating and cutting in the center and outside points without breaking apart.  

In closing this post, I would like to wish all of you, and your families, a very HAPPY EASTER holiday!!!

Happy Parching....


Thursday, April 14, 2011

Some "MAN" cards!!

It won't be long now and we will be totally engrossed in what to make for Father's Day!!  Where does the time go.....winter is finally over and here we are talking about June already.  In this post I'm simply going to share, with you, some of the parchment "MAN" cards I have made....oh, and I might just issue another challenge too, so read on to see what "might" be in store!!  It's actually quite difficult to make anything for MEN in parchment....after all, the craft tends to be extremely feminine, delicate, lacy, etc....just exactly what we ladies love!!!   































Now, as you can see, we have to be very careful NOT to make parchment MAN cards frilly!!!!  The bottom left card looks like it might be close to "frilly", but the image used on this card offsets the dangerously close to "frilly" look of the grid border!!  On three of these cards I have made the same grid border.....and I must admit, this is the grid border I use on the majority of my MAN cards/projects.  On the other two cards, the image also offsets the grid border.  So you see, parchment craft can indeed produce wonderful cards for the gentlemen in our lives.....they key is to keep them simple and to the point.......no frills!!!

Well now, here is the challenge I present to you with this post.  There is still plenty of time to make your card for the holiday, so, using parchment paper and whatever parchment technique you choose, make a MAN card.  It does not have to be for Father's Day (but can be!!) and it does not have to be for anyone particularly special.....simply make a MAN card and keep it as masculine as possible :))  When it is complete, please send it on to me and I will be very happy to add it to the "Guest Gallery" right here on my blog.  Please don't think your work may not be 'good enough' to share with others right here........it most certainly IS, so put together this challenge.....send a photo/scan of your project and we will all enjoy and appreciate it together!!!!

Happy Parching,