So after finishing jewellery work we started working with parchment. Never having done this before I wanted to start with an easy piece, so I chose this rose pattern. Made using a 3-layer template, it was done using the instructions below. If you’d like a go, I’d love to see the results!
Rose Parchment Piece
Parchment, white pencil, small ball embossing tool, large ball embossing tool, colouring pencils, stencils, foam pad, clear tape
- Place the parchment paper on the foam pad, aligning the bottom edge of the paper with the bottom edge of the pad. Tape parchment paper down on both sides. (The taped paper will not be moved for all three of the stencil design steps)
- Place #1 design stencil onto the parchment stencil, top side up. With the fine embossing tip, outline all motifs with a firm, downward motion, with the non-tracing hand holding the stencil down firmly. (nb If you press too hard, you will break through the paper.)
- With the white pencil, shade all the motifs, using the foam pad to help give the shading an even coverage. Shade, for example, all the leaf bottoms with a solid colouring, and gradually shading up towards the tip of the leaf. This shading will give you a delicate, shaded effect in your finished design.
- Remove the #1 stencil, but do not remove the taped down parchment paper.
- Place #2 design stencil onto the parchment stencil, top side up. With the fine embossing tip, outline all motifs. There is no need to re-emboss lines that are already there from #1 stencil.
- With the large embossing tip, solid emboss all motifs. Slowly stretch the paper by using a light hand to lightly emboss the motif. Go over it again, in a 90′ direction, to stretch the paper further and create a nice, even white area, paying close attention to the edges of the design.
- Remove #2 stencil, but don’t remove the taped down parchment paper.
- Colour the motifs with a white pencil before proceeding further to help eliminate dark patches in your solid embossing.
- Place #3 design stencil onto the parchment stencil, top side up. With the fine embossing tip, outline all motifs. Using the embossing tips and piercing tip, emboss and pierce design fields in outlined motifs. (This is where you get to be creative!!)
- Remove parchment paper from foam pad, carefully removing the tape to prevent tearing. Turn the paper over to view your finished design. If needed, touch up any areas or add any additional piercing.
Adding Colour with Coloured Pencils
You can add colour to the design by simply using coloured pencils. Add the colouring in place of the white shading after you have outlined the motifs in the #1 stencil. After colouring, continue the steps for the #2 and #3 stencils. Make sure the shading is smooth, without any heavy marks, and that you colour right up to the white outline of the motif. Working on the foam pad helps to give this shading an even coverage.
Nb Stencil used for this item is from Fiskars Parchamore kit, designed by Marie Browning