This is my first love and I started having classes some years ago. There is a lot to learn about this craft and it takes time but it is so relaxing it is joy to do.
Today there are a lot of ‘short cuts’ or ‘cheats’ to this wonderful craft but they can have their place. There are stencils and CDs to help beginners start and I think if they get ‘hooked’ as I did they will expand into the real thing. I use the stencils etc for certain things. Making a perfect flower is one cheat that I love and making your own coloured parchment is great when using a CD.
This is not a cheap craft but when you have the tools and they are looked after they can last a lifetime.
Unfortunately I have not photographed all of my artwork so there are gaps between the stages.
This is a card I made many years ago. Learning to use the wheel tool and snipping the border to give a scallop effect
This is one of my very first cards. Learning the techniques of cutting the crosses and using colour for the first time. A very simple but pleasant card to begin a craft
This has to be my all time favourite parchment piece. It is made up of 3 layers for the dress all scalloped at the edge. The cuffs on the neck and sleeves are separate to the dress as in decoupage. The top has gridwork to give more definition and the little flowers are dimensional pearl paint. This dress is decorated on the back and front. It is quite a small piece of work, very intricate but rewarding to make. I hope the parents of this young baby keep it in a treasure box
This pink dress was a Christening commission and is double sided. It is decorated both front and back. The ribbon is threaded through slots in the parchment and tied into a bow. The little flowers are coloured with pencil
This is a fairly simple wedding card with embossing and a little lace work. I think I would have liked a printed or embossed sentiment. Peel-offs are not my favourite except for the lovely borders and corners
Another new baby girl commission. This one is purely whitework and lace with pale pink glitter card behind
This baby girl card was a commission using mainly whitework and cutting away the centre to make an aperture. There is a little colour on the bow and leaves just to lift the design. I put glitter card behind to give texture and bling
This card was made using a template similar to the bookatrix board. The card is lilac pearl and the rest is parchment