Oct 13 2016
Hi Ladies, I’m so glad that you are here today because I have an absolutely beautiful piece of lingerie that I’ve been so excited to share with you!
Isn’t this the most gorgeous creation of paper lingerie you’ve seen! Can you imagine using this design as a note card on a bridal lingerie shower gift! I think the bride would definitely keep this piece as an heirloom keepsake, I know I would! I would love to have this bra as the real thing, the fabric and lace would be stunning!
I share with you below how I made it and also share with you news of a product that recently became available for those who don’t know how to do parchment craft, but love the look. So grab your favorite beverage, (hopefully coffee if you’re opening this post first thing in the morning . . . . LOL) get comfortable, I invite you to read on.
A company in the UK, Clarity Stamps, has created a line of acrylic plates that have grooves etched within the plates. The plate above is the plate I used to create the lingerie design I’m presenting today. As you can see from the plate, there is an incredible amount of combinations to create multiple, totally different, designs using ruffles, lace, flowers, bows, etc. This plate was designed by Master Pergamano Instructor Linda Williams for Clarity Stamps. I have watermarked the plate with the words Clarity Stamps, that is not on the plate itself.
To use the plate you place it on a light box and place a sheet of parchment paper over it, using a very small ball embossing tool, emboss within the lines on the plate to create the design of your choice. Before you start embossing, gently rub the parchment paper with a Bounce dryer sheet, this will ensure very smooth embossing. You do not need to know how to do parchment craft to use these plates. There are videos on You Tube by Clarity Stamps that demonstrate how to use the Groovi plates. Here is a link to getting started with the plates with Barbara Gray: Clarity Stamps
To create the design I came up with I photocopied a page from Graphic 45’s Gilded Lady Collection paper (8×8) onto a regular sheet of parchment paper using a HP 6968 photocopier. I’m sure most any ink jet color copier will work.
To create the lace at the top of the bra, I embossed the areas using this lace plate (again, the white lines are grooves that have been laser etched into the clear acrylic plate).
In this close up photo you can see that I pierced the areas within the embossed lines of the lace with a 2-split needle tool. This was a little creativity on my part, the bra plate does not have lace on it, I used the lace plate to emboss the lace (the plates are interchangeable . . . so cool!). There are various other designs on the bra plate you can work with to create your own unique piece of lingerie. I used needle tools to perforate and cut the edges with parchment scissors. You can easily use paper snips to fussy cut all the edges without the need to perforate and cut with parchment scissors. The same applies to the flowers and bows, all can be fussy cut around the embossed lines.
The lace area, as well as the cups of the bra are all the same piece of parchment paper. The ruffle is made from regular parchment paper that I embossed. I fussy cut the inner edge that went under the bra cup and perforated and cut the outer edge with parchment scissors creating picot edges.
Look at the area behind the lace. After embossing the outline of the bra on a white sheet of parchment paper on the bra plate, I fussy cut outside the embossed lines using paper snips creating the white lining for the bra. I’ll explain that in the next picture.
In this close up photo you can see the white lining beneath the lace. If you look closely at the lace, it’s not white, it’s the color of the colored parchment (all the same piece of parchment paper that I copied from Graphic 45’s Gilded Lady Collection). However, because I embossed the lace lines on the plate, the embossed lines themselves are white, the parchment paper changes to white when it’s embossed on. I used a star embossing tool to emboss the stars on either side of the ribs of the bra for a lacey effect. Remember, you can emboss on the colored parchment paper, the embossed areas turn white. The flowers above the cup, as well as the ruffle beneath the cup were embossed and cut, then sandwiched in between the top layer of the bra and the white lining. It’s important to point out when embossing on colored parchment paper, you emboss on the side that has been colored, the opposite side will turn white and since the parchment paper is semi-transparent you get a softer shade of the color on the back side of the paper. As you can see in these pictures, the colors of the bra are very soft and muted (the front side of the bra is actually the back side of the parchment paper I photocopied from the Graphic 45 paper).
I adhered the layers together with Perga glue by placing the glue on the embossed lines of the white lining. I first attached the ruffles and flowers to the back of the bra. If you’re a sewer, think right side of the ruffle and flowers to back side of the bra. I then placed the adhesive to the outer embossed lines of the lining and attached that to the back of the bra, thereby sandwiching the ruffle and flowers between the bra and its lining.
Using the plates, I embossed and cut the bows and the flower straps. Again, you do not have to perforate and cut as I did, you can fussy cut the bows and straps with your regular paper snips. I adhered pearls to the bows and flowers with the Perga glue. You can make the straps as short or as long as you like by adding more flowers as you emboss.
I absolutely love Graphic 45’s Gilded Lily Collection papers for this design, so delicate and feminine. If you have any old stash of Graphic 45 papers, you can create your own floral design on the regular parchment paper. Graphic 45 has so many beautiful collections to choose from.
I embossed the flowers and bows with 3mm and 1.5mm Pergamano embossing ball tools on the back side of the parchment paper. Again, the flowers, ruffles and bows were all embossed on regular parchment paper using the bra plate. To attach the straps, I folded and adhered the strap, end-to-end, I then adhered that to the bra. Once the glue had set, I attached the bow with Perga glue.
This image shows a larger area of the lace detail.
This is not a small piece by any means, the measurements of the bra are 7″ x 3 3/4″ without the straps and 7″ x 5″ with the straps. You can determine the length of your straps, as well as the design of your straps by using other patterns on the plate. As I stated at the beginning of the post, there are countless ways you can customize the bra.
I’ll be back tomorrow with a post showing you a card that I designed with the bra. I hope you’ll come back to take a peek, it truly is a beautiful card that a blushing bride would cherish.
If you’re interested in the plates, please e-mail me. While, I don’t have them listed in my store, I do have some in stock.
Wishing you a fabulous Friday,
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