Pergamano 'thank you' card

Posted by TheDocraftsTeam, 14 Jun, 2017

Pergamano (or parchment craft) is the art of embellishing, decorating and colouring parchment or vellum. Collectively, these fascinating and creative techniques are thought to date back to the 15th or 16th century, way before Anita’s released the first ever pack of plain vellum! This beautiful beginner project brings it right back to the present day with large modern floral motifs and a textured background. Why not try your hand at this age-old craft yourself?

1. Select a 5 x 7" card blank and cut a Forever Friends Opulent mat to just a little smaller. Stick this centrally to the card front with a thin layer of Anita’s Tacky Glue, leaving a small white border. Select a copper metal sheet and cut to measure approximately 3½ x 5½".

2. Sponge a little Mocha Artiste Acrylic Paint sparingly across the whole copper sheet. Repeat with noir and sea spray in turn, until happy with the overall effect. Work quickly and, while the paint is still wet, sprinkle over a little paprika (yes, the spice!) for some rusty realism. Allow this to dry fully. Once dry, emboss the panel with the honeycomb embossing folder. If you find your painted surface dried a little too quickly, just add some more paint and apply the powder. (This works in the same way as heat embossing – you want the paint to be wet for the powder to adhere to).

3. Centre this finished panel on the card front and stick firmly in place. Trim a gold metal effect sheet to measure 4 x 6" and use a craft knife and a metal ruler to cut a rectangular aperture in the middle, measuring 3½ x 5½". This will have created a narrow frame. Scratch faux stitching into the surface of the frame with your craft knife or an embossing pen. You may find it easier to cut the internal aperture first, add the faux stitching and then cut the external shape – there is no one correct order! 

4. Slowly trace around the floral images provided, using a white gel pen. Add as many layers as you need, allow each to dry before applying the next.

5. On the reverse of the work, use a fine embossing nib to very gently stroke along the drawn design. Build up the stroke intensity gradually to strengthen the image.

6. Finally, use a larger embossing pen nib to create shading in the flower centres. A light, feathering stroke is used to achieve this. Repeat with all three flowers.

7. When tracing, ensure that you have a solid white outline, so retrace with more ink if necessary. Avoid pressing too hard with your embossing pen, as this may result in a hole. Be patient and work the design gradually. It may take a little practice to perfect this stroke, so it’s a good idea to start with a few little strokes away from your work. This way, you’ll get a good idea of what is too little or too much pressure without spoiling your image.

8. Fussy cut all three flowers out as neatly as possible and arrange on the card front. Stick down as shown with a 3D foam dot in the centre of each flower – this hides the adhesive quite effectively. Place more 3D foam on the back of the gold frame and stick down, overlapping one of the flowers. Die cut a ‘Thank you’ sentiment from white cardstock, using both upper and lower case script alphabet die sets and glue to the front.

Project and how-to instructions by Julie Hole. Project originally published in the January issue (78) of docrafts Creativity magazine.

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