Apr 04 2011
It’s been a while since I’ve made a parchment card and I found this past weekend I had some time to relax and play. This gorgeous pattern from Anneke Oostmeijer called to me. I’ve been wanting to make it for ages and ages and I’m so glad I finally did. While looking difficult, it’s one of the least complicated patterns I’ve done. It was very relaxing to sit in my studio and listen to the sweet music of the birds’ songs while working with the parchment.
This card will be a beautiful Mother’s Day card for my mom this year. I know she’ll be surprised and thrilled, she adores parchment craft and all shades of purples and lavenders are her favorite colors, so this card fits the bill!
The Purple Marguerites were traced with a mapping pen and Tinta Black ink. The flowers were painted with Perga Colors Exclusive markers using a Pergamano Round No. 2 brush. I embossed using both small and large ball embossing tools on the back side of the parchment paper giving white highlights and raised texture to the flowers and stems. Smooth embossing is enhanced with Perga Soft.
I traced the large fan designs with Tinta White ink and traced all other lines (flourishes and scallops) with Tinta Gold ink. I used both the small and large ball embossing tools on the fans, scallops and flourishes. Using the Fine Mesh Grid and the Arrow perforating tool, I made the small perforations in the fans’ centers.
I slipped a large piece of hydrangea purple fantasy parchment paper inside the card and used the Two Needle perforating tool to perforate around the outer edges of the scallops. I then cut the perforations with Pergamano parchment scissors, giving the design a delicate lacey edge.
The soft luminosity of parchment is quite unlike any paper I’ve used. The sheer delicate beauty speaks to me and is what attracted me to parchment craft. Help me, Lord, to see your beauty all around me. May my gratitude spill over from a cup full of thanks to you. –Women’s Devotional Bible — NIV.
When placed on the table, the white embossing is deeply enhanced. I used a feathering technique for the embossed fans that I especially love.
If you’re interested in parchment craft, I’ve provided links to information and tutorials below.
Parchment Craft Information and Tutorials:
Pergamano — Getting Started With Parchment Craft – The Techniques – Volumes 1, 2 and 3
Thank you so much for stopping by, I truly appreciate your visit and am thrilled you shared a portion of your day with me.
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