Wednesday, 28 July 2010

Parchment Craft Techniques.

Parchment craft is used to make intricate designs out of paper. Some common parchment craft projects are customized greeting cards, picture frames, gift tags, bookmarks and invitations. Parchment paper can be purchased with a pattern already printed on it or traced from another drawing. The tools for parchment crafting include scissors, tracing paper, embossing tools, and special inks or pens.

Tracing is necessary to create the lines that will become the boundaries of your parchment craft project
. Place the pattern under the piece of parchment paper. Use a mapping pen and tinta ink to trace along the lines of your pattern. To make the lines for folding a card, trace along the pattern with a white pencil.


Perforating the parchment allows you to make a border around your piece. You can also use the perforations as guidelines to cut out small sections of the parchment and create a lace-like effect. Place the parchment face up on a perforating mat and use a perforating tool to poke a series of small holes in the front of the paper. If you are perforating a line that is next to an embossed section of parchment, you will have to make two passes with the perforating tool.


Once the perforation is done, you can cut out pieces of parchment to add open spaces in your design. Specialized cutting tools, like the cross knife, perga cutter or pointed scissors, should be used to give you the precision needed to cut out small areas. Make sure the perforations are done cleanly according to the line of your pattern and that the lighting in your work area is bright enough for you to see the outline of where you need to cut. Snip the connecting areas between each perforation and carefully pull out the pieces of parchment as you cut.


Embossing creates a raised surface on one side of the parchment. Embossing tools are available in a variety of sizes and shapes to give you precise control over the area that is raised. Trace the lines of your pattern onto the parchment first; then place it upside down on top of a specially designed embossing pad. Press down inside your traced lines in the areas you wish to emboss.


Stippling is also done on the underside of the parchment. First, the parchment should be lightly embossed; then you can use the one-needle tool to make several small holes. For best results, spread the holes out evenly and keep them close together inside the embossed area.

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How to Create an Embossed Parchment Card

Having a card made of soft creamy parchment with an embossed image offers an elegant and unique look. It takes just a little time. No complicated steps are needed to create your own embossed parchment card. Read on to learn how.

Difficulty: Moderately Easy

Things You'll Need:
Parchment paper, cut to desired size-vellum works also
Colored card or card stock
Embossing tool
Dense foam pad
Adhesive for parchment or vellum
Sharp colored pencil to match colored card or card stock
Pattern you want embossed

Step 1

Place the parchment over the pattern and trace the pattern onto the parchment paper with the sharp colored pencil. It's important to keep the pencil sharp so that you both keep the image clean and make it easier to trace. You may also need to use a fair amount of pressure to keep an even amount of colored pencil to have uniformed lines.

Step 2

When the entire image has been traced, place the parchment onto the foam pad. Using the ball of the embossing tool, gently apply pressure into an area of the image to be embossed. Then, turn the parchment over to see if you need more or less pressure to create the desired look.

Step 3

Continue using the same pressure to emboss the rest of the pattern. The embossed pattern will have a creamy white color. Double-check the entire area once it has been embossed. Finish off any extra areas that need to have a bit more done to them.

Step 4

Turn the parchment over so that the embossed side is up. Apply the parchment to the desired area with the adhesive. Make sure that the adhesive will be nearly if not completely invisible. This way, the adhesive will not take away from the embossed parchment image.

Step 5

Once the embossed parchment has been applied, finish decorating your card. Or, leave it as is, with the soft creamy embossed image of the parchment.
How to Learn Parchment Craft

Parchment craft dates back to 15th century Europe. It uses special tools to perforate, cut and emboss heavy parchment to produce lacy designs. Often these designs are inked or colored to finish them. Embossing parchment involves pressing a blunt stylus into the parchment to make a dent, while perforating involves making many small holes to produce a design. Parchment craft designs can be simple or complicated. These designs can be used to decorate cards, invitations, lamp shades and almost anything that can be made from paper.

Difficulty: Moderate


Things You'll Need:

Parchment craft instruction book

Parchment paper with and without grids

Parchment pattern

Perforating tool

Fine-tipped embossing tool

Cutting tool

Embossing pad

Step 1

Find an instruction manual on parchment craft. Look through several books and find one with step-by-step instructions with diagrams. It should also have projects ranging from easy to hard, pictures and lists of tools and instructions to use each one.

Step 2

Practice using each parchment craft tool on a scrap piece of parchment. Place the parchment on the embossing pad. Make small patterns with each tool and technique, then try combining the techniques to make more small patterns.

Step 3

Become comfortable using the tools. Choose a parchment craft pattern for beginners. Place parchment paper with a grid on the embossing pad and follow the book's instructions.

Step 4

Once you are comfortable with using just the tools, begin using embossing ink, paint or colored pencils to embellish your art.

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Parchment paper is both surprisingly tough and delicate. Take care when embossing not to use too much pressure, as this could tear the paper. Some tools, such as the embossing stylus, have a very fine ball point and can also easily tear the paper. Watercolor paints can create gorgeous parchment craft effects, but parchment paper and water don't mix too well. Take care not to overwet the paper as this can lead to buckling.
Uses for Parchment Craft

Beginners in parchment craft usually start with creating greeting cards, but the stiff, opaque parchment paper lends itself to several other uses. You can make bookmarks, trinket or favor boxes, raised decoupage, framed pictures and even lampshades using parchment craft.

Basic Techniques

The first parchment craft technique for beginners to learn is embossing. Once you trace the chosen design, usually with either white ink or pencil, you dry emboss the parchment paper with a dedicated embossing tool which has a blunt, ball-shaped tip. Use short, flicking strokes to create a soft, feathered effect.
Following basic embossing and shading of the outlines in the design, you can use more advanced techniques to perforate, cut or color the paper with oil pastels. Painting, dabbing and stenciling are all applicable to parchment paper.
Beginners usually start with tracing and embossing and gradually add more complex techniques as their skills progress.

Basic Tools

An array of different tools are applicable for use in parchment craft, all designed to do different tasks, from basic, ball-ended embossing tools which come in a variety of sizes, to perforating tools with several needles and special scissors or cutters to create lacy effects. You can use grids, which consist of wire mesh frames, to evenly perforate patterns in the paper for easier cutting techniques.
To make embossing and perforating possible it's necessary to use a padded mat under the work. This gives a firm but yielding surface for both the bruising effect of embossing and the stabbing action of the perforating needles. Specialist mats are available but other household items can work just as well.
Parchment Craft for Beginners

The art and craft of parchment craft creates wonderfully delicate, lacy or romantic greeting cards or pictures. Even the most basic techniques look complex to the untrained eye. This makes the craft very appealing to beginners as they can achieve excellent results very quickly.


Parchment craft dates back to the 15th and 16th centuries when Catholic European communities crafted such items as religious communion cards and pictures. The craft developed though the 18th century as more techniques were added to include fancy borders and perforations. French romanticism added floral themes in the 19th century and in the 20th century Martha Ospina started Pergamano, one of the leading manufacturers of parchment craft supplies, in the Netherlands. Parchment craft is also popular in Latin-American countries, with each region and country adding another dimension to style and technique.

Uses for Parchment Craft

Beginners in parchment craft usually start with creating greeting cards, but the stiff, opaque parchment paper lends itself to several other uses. You can make bookmarks, trinket or favor boxes, raised decoupage, framed pictures and even lampshades using parchment craft.

Thursday, 22 July 2010


Well! where do I start,
I'm a beginner at parchment it's not a craft that can be hurried as I'm sure you'll all agree, passion, patience and time is required as well as a healthy bank balance ha ha!
While on my own journey, learning the art of parchment I'd like to share it with others a piece at a time so here goes hope you enjoy the blog.