Hello, crafting friends! I'd like to share with you all my very first Pergamano attempt. I happened to run across some absolutely beautiful Pergamano craft card project ideas on line and decided to try it out. I purchased a starter kit which came with instructions, patterns, parchment paper, perforating mat and a few basic tools
Before I did anything else, I watched video tutorials on how to do this parchment craft. My favorite tutorial is by Craft Academy which has a 5 part series. Here is a link to Part I - An Introduction to Parchment Craft. Even though the kit came with instructions, I am a visual person and like to "see" how techniques are done. I learned what tools to use for various Pergamano techniques. And there are many, many tools out there each having a different purpose or result. As I master this craft, I will probably purchase more tools.
I began by selecting a pattern from the kit that I felt would be an easy one. I placed my pattern on the perforating mat followed by the parchment paper over the pattern. Next, I traced the pattern with the white gel pen provided in the kit. In the next step I embossed the areas marked on the pattern with the embossing tool. Then the flower petals and the butterfly were embossed using the "feather" technique (which is similar to feathering with Copic markers). The final step was to perforate around the entire image using a 2-needle perforating tool. This is where it became a challenge for me. I could not do a neat perforation around my image. This will entail lots of practice. I ended up cutting the image out, also a challenge for me around curves. Straight lines I can do just fine.....curves give me problems. LOL
Anyway, although it's not the best job, I hope that with practice, I will get the hang of it. I gave myself a grade of B-. What do you think? Was I fair?
There are some beautiful patterns out there, some you can download free on line. If you haven't tried this beautiful parchment craft, I encourage you to do so. I promise, you will fall in love with it just as I have.
Let me know what you think of my first attempt. I would love your feed back. See you again soon with another card project. Have a wonderful day!