Showing posts with label Printing on Parchment. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Printing on Parchment. Show all posts

Tuesday, December 6, 2011

Abstract Christmas Tree

Happy Holidays to Everyone!!!
Well now, my intentions have certainly been good, BUT, with my dominant shoulder still out of its rotator cuff, doing much with that arm has not really been an option I've had since early August!!  Unfortunately, surgery is not an option so until I can manipulate my right arm/shoulder back where it should be I've been making "life adjustments" to work around the issue :))
I don't like falling behind in my blog posting and I'm getting very close to doing just that, so I will do a bit of catching up today!!  This Christmas card is an 'additional' one that I had to make recently for someone I had overlooked on my list, so while I was deciding what I wanted to make I wandered back into my 'abstract' vector image collection and spent an afternoon putting images, grid border patterns, colors, etc., together and this is what happened when all was said and done.......
Abstract Christmas Tree
Considering this card is for a male friend, I felt the bulkiness of the tree and grid border were well suited, so I proceeded and I really like the way it turned out!!  
The tree design in my own creation, but the grid border is from Arie vd Linden and he has  several hundred grid border designs that he shares (for FREE) to anyone, around the world, who would like to have them!!  This particular border design is #26 on the link I've provided above.  Now, although I use a lot of his designs for my own creations (with his written permission) I have to alter them somewhat because his border designs are created for standard European greeting card sizes.  All of my cards are 5" X 7"....the standard size for American greeting cards.  **If you would like to learn how to resize his grid border designs to whatever size you prefer making your greeting cards, please click on the "Tutorials" tab at the top of this blog.**

Here's a little hint at what I hope to share with everyone sometime in January 2012!!!  I have been working on some things (some FREE...some not!!) to help those of you who would like to use my techniques, but don't have the photo editing programs they require!!  Sooooooo, stay tuned and after the holidays have come and gone....and I've had a wee bit of time to recoup.....we'll have a New Year to begin some "new things".  :))

Happy Parching,

 


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, 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,

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,



Sunday, February 6, 2011

Happy Valentine's Day

Hi everyone,

I'm sending best wishes to everyone for a truly wonderful Valentine's Day!!  

This card was made using my own technique called "Etched Glass".  It's been awhile since I've posted anything using the technique because I've been busy converting 'other' crafting techniques to parchment craft, but it was time for me to return to  my Parchment Craft Etched Glass Technique and make a few projects and get a bit ahead of the long list of spring holidays and those family/friend birthdays coming very soon!!


For more information on my book, please click on the link above and if you have questions please feel free to contact me.    My card is an American standard 5 X 7 inch finished size.  The image is photo edited using Paint Shop Pro (Adobe PhotoShop could also be used) and it is then printed directly to the parchment paper.  In the photo editing process, I have used a program element called a "mask" and that is the heart that appears over the image.  

There are several preparation steps that must be taken prior to beginning a ©Parchment Craft Etched Glass Technique project and on my tutorials page there is a lengthy post on making a grid template AND printing on parchment paper, so please pop on over to that page while you're here and see how a bit of this process is accomplished.  My book takes the process even further by providing a totally VISUAL, step-by-step class in the complete preparation process of making a project similar to my Valentine card to all of you.

Happy Parching....


Friday, October 22, 2010

A small milestone....some interesting info....some photos!!!

Hi everyone,

Well let's see.....first I have reached another small milestone here on my blog and I want to share it with all of you AND I thank each and every one for helping me achieve it!!  I am now over 20,000 blog hits BUT it's been difficult to gather them up recently because a rather unsavory web site has been helping themselves to content from right here on my blog and when they do that they are also stealing the counts for the visitors who come here.  I've filed all the appropriate legal copyright infringement documents and now it's a matter of hurry up and wait to see what will happen to the 'unsavory' site that steals the work of others.

A dear, fellow blogger is also going through the same unfortunate experience and recently posted an article, on her blog, titled "Copyright and Parching" which is  a very informative and an  excellent read, so please go on over and become informed on this very controversial issue.  

While doing a bit of computer 'housecleaning' today I got a bit carried away and felt it was time to change the background here on the blog too, so although the change isn't all that drastic, it is a bit different in that it reflects the season we are now coming into and the cold months ahead......in the part of the world I live in, that is!!!  

And finally, for this time, I'm sharing a variety of photos of some of my recent work and I hope you enjoy.  

 These two projects are actually bobbin lace patterns that I've converted to parchment craft.  It's quite fun to challenge yourself occasionally and see what other crafts will adapt to parchment craft/pergamano.  

If anyone would like to give this a try just do a search for 'bobbin lace' and you will find a lot of beautiful, and interesting, sites that will inspire you to the challenge!!  


Here I have made one of the kimonos in Kannikar Sukseree's newest pattern pack and I have mounted it in two completely different ways.  We often mount and frame our work in a way that 'we' like it to be in, however, if you play around with your work and lay it on backing papers and surround it with different frames you can see first hand how totally different the same piece of work will look in another environment!! 

Now, this kimono has the same foundation as the two above, however, this one is made using MY technique of printing on parchment!!  Converting a pure parchment project into one of my own techniques is always a challenge but when I see something that presents itself as the perfect environment for printing on parchment I just 'have' to give it a try....lol  BTW, my kimonos are a full sheet of parchment paper, in size.

It was time for me to add some new items to my stash of parchment for men and here are the two new cards I have added to that collection!!  You will notice the grid border on the majority of my "men" cards is the same.....it's very difficult to make parchment cards for men without them appearing to be a wee bit on the feminine side so my options for grid borders are most often extremely limited.  To date though, every parchment card I have made to fulfill a special commission has been appreciated very much by the male recipient :)) 

I would like to remind everyone that my book is currently at a 25%  discount and is the perfect Christmas gift for the parchers who already have everything else!!.....or, for the parchers who love the challenge of learning some new techniques.  Just click on the previous post and you'll be taken directly to the purchase page.....and thanks!

One more note.....Please come by my web site and take advantage of some very special discounts that will be in effect the whole month of November!!  The price changes have been made but will not appear until November 1st thru November 31, 2010 so come on by and make a list of what you might like to purchase when the holiday sale begins :))

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



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)




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 fine.....you 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!!




 


Saturday, July 17, 2010

Christmas in July thru November!!

Hi all,

I know, I know.....don't say the word "Christmas" in July!!  Well, this is when I begin making my xmas cards each year and I try to make 6-8 of them each month until November.  I then take advantage of the Thanksgiving holiday to get them all signed/sealed and ready to take to the post office during the first week in December.  Sooooooo, having said that, I thought I'd share what I have made in July!!  
 
This one made me a bit homesick while I was making it as I'm originally from the White Mountains of New Hampshire and still have lots of family in Maine.

This one just kinda struck my fancy as I have two indoor kitties and most of my friends/family have pets of one kind or another.

 This one was made on a day when my polio arm was fully functional and I didn't have to do any printing to parchment to make something!! 

Here we are back to printing direct to parchment and then surrounding the image with a traditional grid work border.

This card, believe it or not, has exactly the same grid border on it as the one above it.  What I have done is totally reverse all the perforations and embossing and you can see what a difference the very same border pattern has simply be making a very minor alteration to it!!

On this card I, once again, made some minor alterations to a Florence Holmes grid border pattern on which the design is based on a floral theme.  I changed the flowers to snowflakes to better suit the winter scene I chose for my image.  I point these things out because you don't 'have' to follow a pattern detail by detail....any pattern can easily be altered to better apply to what your own preferences may be, yet still have the same foundation the original designer placed on the pattern.

This card is quite simple and easy to make up very quickly.  It is one of the larger Siesta Christmas grids. 


And these last two cards are printed directly to parchment surrounded by a border made from a Spanish Tarjeteria pattern with grid work.


Actually, these were a nice break from writing an updated tutorial on making grid templates that I promised a few posts ago.....that will be ready to post next week, so stay tuned :))