Sunday, January 2, 2011

Another Parchment Card

I am having so much fun with my parchment starter kit!  I don’t know why I didn’t take this up years ago.  This afternoon, I moved on to lesson four, which involved dorsing (coloring) some flowers.  I also found my fine-point embossing tool, which really helped with the fine lines on the butterfly.


I didn’t color the flowers quite dark enough and I got a little carried away with the embossing on them, so the color doesn’t show through as well as it should, but overall, I’m pretty pleased with the results.

I’m loving the 3-d effect of embossing on parchment.  You can’t see it from the scan, but the flowers and butterfly really stand out from the paper.

Saturday, January 1, 2011

Trying a New Technique

I received some money for Christmas, so I decided to buy a parchment craft starter kit. I’ve been wanting to try parchment craft for a long time.  It is so pretty, but it looks like it would be difficult and time consuming.

I ordered a starter kit from and was totally blown away when it arrived just 3 days later. Either it was a slow week for them or they are doing something right in their shipping department!

The kit had everything I needed except something called “white spirits.”  Sounded kinda creepy to me, but a quick search on the internet revealed that what I was looking for was turpentine.  A quick trip to Michael’s solved that problem.

The kit contains seven patterns arranged by difficulty so that each one builds on the skills gained in the previous project.  The first card was straight tracing and embossing.  Here’s mine:


It looks pretty good at this resolution, but if you click to enlarge it, you’ll see several mistakes.  I did a bit better on the second card.  I plan on giving it to my mother for her birthday.


The third is a book mark and for it, I had to color the paper, which is where the “White Spirits” come in.  The previous two may look like they are colored, but they are just mounted on colored card stock.


I plan on giving this to a friend as a gift, but I’m not sure how to protect it.  I was thinking about putting it in a plastic sleeve, but I don’t know where I’d find one the right size.