Sheer Genius

October Theme
Translucent Papers
Week 42 – October 17
Art Challenge: Vellum
Journal Prompt:  Sheer Genius

For this week’s challenge, I used Parchment instead of Vellum as it is a little bit heavier.  I knew I wanted to do some embossing and the parchment holds up a little better. I wanted this page to be clean and simple so I painted my page a solid Pthalo Blue to showcase the white vellum.

I cut my parchment to create a border on my page and I used the center piece for my focal point.

Years ago, I used to create embossed cards and delicate paper crafts with a Pergamano® system. It consisted of different sized embossing tips and paper piercers. Using the tools and patterns you could create almost a lacy look on paper if you had the patience for this tedious craft.  I never did, but I loved the way it looked!  I dug through my stuff and dusted off the set and put it to use this week.

I chose to use a mixture of stencils and the embossing tools like a pencil to draw my own designs. When you press into the parchment paper over top of a soft pad, you create a debossed area that turns bright white. Turn it over, and it is embossed and full of texture!

For the heart, I used a Julie Balzer stencil from The Crafters Workshop. It was easy to just outline the shapes!

When I finished, I had a pretty white on white  design that I adhered to my blue page with a tape runner. Unfortunately, the tape showed through – in hindsight, it would have been better to use vellum tape but it was too late, this sucker was not going to come off the page – which is kind of sad because it took a long time to make it! Ah well, we learn from our mistakes, right?

I’m looking so forward to seeing what you all create this week.  Can you believe there are only TEN MORE WEEKS in the year!?  Hmmmmmm, wonder what we have up our sleeves for 2016!!!!!

xoxo, Lorraine

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  1. Mary W

    I’ve been looking for a way to make an edge for some autumn thank-you cards I’m making and this is it. I can always count on you for inspiration and I’m getting up to find my dry embossing tools now. You reminded me of something the Amish did in their quilting – always leaving one mistake to show that no one is perfect except God. So now you have a perfectly done page – right up to the tape showing! Love it.

    1. Lorraine Bell

      Oh Mary, thank you so much for sharing that with me! I never heard it before and now I will be sure to do it with everything I create! You made me feel so much better!

  2. Rae Missigman

    I love that you revisited an old technique! It was a great idea and the perfect way to jazz up that parchment paper! SO happy you shared this and p.s. it is NOT AT ALL what you said it was !!! 😉

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