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Cards: Summer Hummer

May 24, 2010

Hi everyone! Well, I’m back again with a new project. A while ago, a friend asked me to make her a set of cards that she can keep on hand to send for special occasions. We sat down, talked a bit, and I was able to come up with some ideas. Nothing like getting some commissioned work  to nudge you into designing your own cards.

Keeping in mind that this person’s taste runs to florals, nature and traditional lace, the first card in a series was born! I couldn’t resist the ruby throated hummingbird, and I dare say that would be another idea for a 3D element.

Being that hummingbird feathers are opalescent, I used a little bit of silver pencil under the main colors. Just a few little strokes here and there, with a little more pencil strokes on the lightest parts of the wings.  I’m not sure that you can see it in the scan, but here’s just the hummingbird.

I found that the hardest part for me was designing the lace. That is not necessarily the easiest part to pull out of your mind! After playing around for a while in the Parchment Lace Designer, I finally came up with something I thought would fit the design and the person’s tastes.

There’s a little bit of everything here — slots, X’s, dots, and the sun tool! Whew! To keep the perforations straight, I worked the border on the PCA Fine Diagonal grid. Then for a little added lacy effect, I used the 4-needle tool around the card on the PCA Fine straight grid.

It’s also a good thing that I LOVE cutting, by the time all that cutting was done, I was going cross-eyed!

There is a bit of blue oil pastel spread out around the back of the image for an outdoorsy effect. After trying out several colors of cardstock, I settled on a metallic blue, which I think sets off the greens and the pinks nicely. I sewed the insert paper, card stock and parchment paper together with silver thread on the spine of the card.

I put together a quick sewing diagram, using 3  and 5 “holes” (with the 1-needle tool) in the spine of the card for your sewing. If you sew your cards together, it is a good idea that you use some low-tack tape to hold the layers together.

Depending on the theme of the card, and who it is for, I may tie the thread ends into a bow on the outside of the spine. Most often, on that last “pass,”I won’t thread the needle through all the layers, choosing to stop between the insert paper and the card stock, tying off the threads and putting just a tiny dab of glue on the ends so they won’t unthread themselves. And then finally, a small piece of double-sided tape to hold the insert paper and the card stock together near the spine for added protection.

This is what has worked for me — some of you more experienced parchers may have developed another way of sewing your cards together.

Other methods of attaching the parchment paper to the card stock include using double-sided tape. However, I find that no matter which tape I use, it always shows through. Even with the tape on the back of the card, showing through the parchment the way it does, to me, takes away from all the hard work we’ve put into a card.

All in all, I have to say that I am quite pleased with how this pattern came out.

  1. May 24, 2010 4:14 pm

    Outstanding work……beautifully written article!!!

  2. Suzi permalink
    May 24, 2010 8:14 pm

    Is there a line-drawing pattern that goes with this?
    Thank you for a nice article and beautiful card.

    • cepet permalink
      May 24, 2010 8:38 pm

      Suzi, thanks for the interest! I am finishing up the directions as I type, and I’ll email it to you.

  3. May 24, 2010 11:18 pm

    Absolutely stunning Chiara, your artwork is breathtakingly beautiful!

  4. dorita permalink
    May 25, 2010 1:01 am

    Chiara: congratulations! The card is beautiful and the explanation very didactic. i hope some day to master the Lace Designer like you. Thank you.

  5. Sue James permalink
    May 25, 2010 7:13 am

    Recently found your blog and it’s lovely. It’s full of information and interesting links.
    This card is beautiful your friend will be very pleased I am sure.
    Will you be posting the instructions?

    • cepet permalink
      May 25, 2010 7:45 am

      Thank you so much, Jerri and Dorita!

      Sue, glad you found the place. I hope you come back often. I probably should have prepared a separate page for the pattern before hand, but quite honestly, didn’t expect this reaction. Do check back in a few days, that will give me some time to put something together.

      • Sue permalink
        May 25, 2010 5:07 pm

        I’m sure I will. Your pattern is lovely, don’t be surprised.

  6. Katy Kasar permalink
    May 27, 2010 9:20 am

    A big hello Chiara – first of all I would like to congratulate you on your fantastic blog, and I am so pleased I have found you –
    Your little `Summer Hummer` is just gorgeous (as is all your other work), and your colouring is superb – are you going to bring out a line drawing drawing of this very desirable design – I`m sure there would would so many people (including myself) who would love to do him/her?
    I have read `How-To` instructions for more parchment craft designs than I can even think about, but your instructions for this little beaut are second to none – they are very clear and informative, and I`m sure you give even beginners the belief that they, too, can accomplish this –
    Well done on the pretty and befitting border design with your PLD programme too – I am getting on quite well with mine too after a few hiccups in the beginning –
    Well done Chiara – I salute you!!, and look forward to more –
    LLL, Katy xx

    • cepet permalink
      May 27, 2010 11:07 am

      Welcome, Katy! So glad you found the place, and hope to see more of you here! 🙂

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