Showing posts with label My Designs. Show all posts
Showing posts with label My Designs. Show all posts

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!!




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,

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...

 


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,



Friday, April 8, 2011

Parchment Craft Magazine - White Work Special Edition 2011

I'm very excited to share some wonderful news with everyone.  One of my designs is featured in the  White Work Special Edition 2011 of Parchment Craft Magazine!!!!!!!!  

 











 
To obtain the pattern and instructions please  click here to purchase the magazine, which was published on March 30, 2011.  My design is a wall decoration (to be framed) and will challenge your embossing, perforating and cutting abilities and I hope you'll give it a try.  Now, there are 23 other totally awesome, white work designs in the magazine that will knock your socks off, so please order your copy and see for yourself!!!

I've been a bit under the weather and my apologies for not getting this terrific news posted sooner :((   Let's get the party started!!!!!!!!!!!

Happy Parching,



Sunday, March 20, 2011

A Few Bits and Pieces

Today I am going to step away from the thread lace conversions we have been focused on recently and share with you how sometimes I come across different things in my travels on the web, or in magazines or many, many other places and I always store those things away for future reference, or I print it out immediately and put it in my "snippet file"!!  

Here I will be combining an image from my snippet file with a grid border pattern I have used quite often in my work.  I have stated many, many times throughout my blog, that I ALWAYS make a vellum TEMPLATE for any grid border I ever make on a project.  I never, ever, ever make a grid border directly to the parchment paper project...NEVER!!!  I have a very large collection of border templates from which to choose from.....and I'm always adding to it as well.  The majority of the grid border designs I use are from Piet and Annie Janssen and they are always FREE.  They generously share their work with the whole world so please click on the link and go see  their beautiful grid work and if you like anything you come across and still need to know how to convert it to a size you might use for your own work....well, there is a tutorial right here in the "Tutorials" tab!!  Now, I always have to 'alter' the size of the pattern they have made because I do not make any of my work in centimeters.....I work in inches and that creates a significant difference in how I use their designs....so, it's absolutely necessary for me to adjust for the measureing system I use here in the USA.  This sometimes also means I have to make changes in the original grid design in order to make everything work for my purposes....and I have written permission directly from Piet and Annie and Arie v.d. Linden to do that, so I'm not infringing on any copyrights.....and I do not ever claim the grid borders as my own.

Swan and Cat Tails
Okay, this grid border is an Arie v.d. Linden design #27 and it's for the Pergamano Bold Diagonal grid.  As I stated above, it is not designed for a 5 X 7 inch (completed size) American greeting card, so  when I made the VELLUM TEMPLATE from the original pattern I had to alter it by adding to the height and width and yet still maintain the pattern design sequences.  I know, now I'm talking some heavy duty mathematical stuff (oh, and plenty of patience!!) but my tutorial will walk you through all that :))
Once your grid TEMPLATE is made, you then bring the "bits and pieces" you've been saving in your 'snippets' folder to your work area and proceed to attempt to put everything together in hopes it will turn out the way you envisioned it in your mind when you began the project!!!


This is the image I discovered in my snippets folder the other day and my mind immediately saw it combined with a grid border.  Ah yes, you say....but what kind of grid border....especially considering this is an oval image  and could just as easily be  enlarged and used all by itself for either a wall decoration or sized for whatever measurements you use for your greeting cards.  Well friends, I am well known for "stepping out of the box" and I chose to be true to my own character sooooooo, I chose a rectangular border and I gently tucked the oval image inside the rectangle!!!!!  I also chose to use only parts of the image in my project.  

I have always found it to a fun adventure (and sometimes quite challenging) to pull together things that one would think simply wouldn't work....and make them work!!!  Who would ever think an oval image would work very well in a rectangle border/frame??  Remember one thing though.....I only knew what I "thought" would work when I began this project.....there were absolutely no guarantees that it actually would!!!!

In closing for this time.....sometime when time permits.....give this adventure a try and see how much fun it really is :)  I know....I'm always challenging my readers to try  new parching experiences...and the best part of each challenge is that I've already TRIED it and worked the rough parts out for you.....all you have to do is "step out of the box" and try it too!!!

Happy Parching,


 

Friday, March 4, 2011

One More Time.....For Lace Conversions!!

I've had several readers contact me asking for a more specific mini tutorial on the last post with the three vintage ladies.  I'm always happy to oblige (whenever I can, that is!!) and the problem appears to be this:  "How do we know how to follow one specific "lace thread" when we're making the lace on the project?"  I believe the best way I can answer that question is to provide an image with each "lace thread" in  one section of the gown, in a different color so you can follow it visually and hopefully that will help  better understand what I am instructing when I say follow one "lace thread" from beginning to end, in one section at a time!!


























 
























Okay, click your mouse on each step, to enlarge it a bit, so you can see the different colors for the different "lace threads".  Until you get the hang of things, you will have to look very closely, in the sample I've created, for the color of each step.  Now, I have only provided the sample for one section of the gown but once you understand the process/theory behind lace conversions you will easily be able to proceed on to the other sections of the gown, the bodice and the sleeves.  The color "lace thread" you will be looking for in each step is the color of the step number!!  (Step 1.....Step 2.....Step 3.....Step 4)

My suggestion, until you get the 'feel' of things, is to take a piece of scrap parchment paper and practice a couple of times on that.  Do the four practice steps SLOWLY and you should be ready to tackle the 'real' project after that :))  The one thing to always remember when making a lace conversion to parchment is:  you only really need the image OUTLINE (Step 1) because from there you create your own "lace threads" in any manner you choose, however, you must always remember to make only one complete "lace thread" at a time, from beginning to end, and then move on to the next "lace thread".  When all the 'lace' has been completed, the remainder of the project can be completed according to the pattern.

I hope I've done a better job with this breakdown and more specific explanation for those  who have had difficulty making the pattern I provided in the previous post.  As always.....if you have questions.....contact me :)) 

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....