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June 2009

Faux Pergamano

I-O Butterfly Tree F2334
This technique gave me an opportunity to learn something else.  I had always said Peragamo and it is Pergamano.  And I found out I wasn't alone.  Hee hee.  There is also some confusion as to whether Norwegians, Danes, or Spanish nuns created the technique.  Genuine Pergamano takes a lot longer to do than what I am about to show you.  I have seen Faux Pergamano done 2 different ways, so I have used both on my card to let you decide what you would like.

The image is Butterfly Tree E2334 by Leigh Hannan.

I-O Butterfly Tree F2334 2

Pergamano is done with vellum (parchment paper). I put my Vellum through the Cuttlebug using the largest die from the Spellbinders Large Oval Scallops. The stack was A Plate, B Plate, Die Cut (sharp edge facing up), vellum, Spellbinders emboss mat (or Lowes gasket), B Plate. Now you are probably wondering why not die cut it before embossing it. Well, because it's vellum, it embosses and cuts it at the same time. I was thrilled when I discovered that.

1.  Quickest Faux Pergamano Method for the Tree: Brilliance Moonlight White was used to stamp the tree in the oval.  Brilliance ink raises up when it is heated and simulates Pergamano lightly done. I turned it over and painted the tree and butterflies with Dye markers. You can use Tombow, SU, etc.

NOTE: The important characteristic of Vellum to remember when selecting your color medium is that when it gets too wet it buckles or curls.  Dye or alcohol inks seem to work fine as long as the area is not saturated with it.  I don't think I would try watercolors.

2.  The closest to Pergamanotechnique was used on the the outside scalloped edge.  I painted it on top with a thick Twinkling H2O Siam White.  It doesn't have any mica or shine to it other than white.  When dry, it was turned over and a Stylus with a medium ball was used to create the puff look you see above.  If it had all been done this way, the white areas of the Butterfly Tree would have all been done from the back, after the color was applied to the tree and butterflies.  It needs to be done on a surface with some give.  Mine was done on the stack of used computer paper that I use for all of my stamping, etc.  If the surface is too soft or you push too hard, the paper can rip.

A piece of white cardstock was cut using a Spellbinders Large Oval die that fits inside the scalloped one.  It was taped on the edge with ATG tape and mounted in the center on the back of the tree.  It was mounted onto a piece of Stardream Serpentine paper.  A 1/4" disc from Magic Matter and a pencil were used around the scalloped edge to create the outside border of the Oval.  It was trimmed and mounted onto a piece of Anna Griffin Designer Paper and then onto a piece of White cardstock embossed with scrolling ivy. Two slits were punched using a small slot punch. The ribbon was threaded through and left free until mounted to the final piece of Designer Paper.

Final Steps:

It was then mounted on another piece of the Anna Griffen cardstock and the ribbon was secured to the back of each side. The words, from Clear Stamps Sentiments I, were stamped on the front with Brilliance Pearlescent Lime and heat embossed to speed drying.  The bow was tied with my Bow-Easy.  A Gold bead cap is from my stash from AC Moore. It was mounted on the cap with a glue dot and a pearl placed on top.  The pears were also added to the opposite corners.  They are all 5MM. Stickles Diamonds and Yellow glitter glues were added to highlight the center of the flower and little swirls on the tree.

Stamps: Butterfly Tree E2334 by Leigh Hannan, Clear Stamps Sentiments I WP16
Paper:Vellum, Stardream Chiara Serpentine,  Anna Griffin Designer Paper, White Embossed cardstock
Inks: Brilliance Moonlight White and Pearlescent Lime, Twinkling H2O's Siam White, SU Markers Gable Green and Pretty-In-Pink
Accessories: Spellbinders Nestabilities Large Oval and Large Oval Scallops dies, Hobby Lobby Ribbon, Bow Easy, Stickles Diamonds and Yellow Glitter Glue, Gold bead cap

There you have it.  A really simple card that took a lot of explaining about Pergamano.  Thanks for stopping by to look and share.  I will see you all back here on Thursday I hope for the Greetings for the Guys in Our Lives Challenge.




It's A Stamps Only - No Patterned Paper Challenge

CL168 Branches Of The Tree - B5515 Thinking Of You

Well, this really was fun for me because usually it is the patterned paper that is my real challenge.  :-)


CL168 Branches Of The Tree - B5515 Thinking Of You 2

The Tree, flowers, and leaves are from Branches Of A Tree CL168. The tree was stamped with Brilliance Coffee Bean and then cut out with scissors and an X-Acto Knife. The leaves were stamped by applying Twinkling H2O's Douglas Fir to the stamp with a Niji waterbrush. The flowers were stamped the same way, but with Cherry Sorbet. They were cut out and placed randomly on the tree with slices of glue dots as shown. Pink rhinestone stickers were used for buds with the leaves and Yellow rhinestone stickers were used for the centers of the flowers.  The finished tree was set aside to do the background.


The frame is a Mattie Octagon Embossing Stencil.  It was used with Neenah Classic Laid Solar White cardstock and placed in the Cuttlebug to emboss (B plate, embossing stencil, cardstock, Spellbinder embossing mat, B plate).  The 1/8 inch Magic Matter disc was used inside and on the outside with a pencil.  The inside was cut out using an X-acto knife and the outside was trimmed with scissors.


Another piece of Neenah Classic Laid Solar White measuring 5.25"X5.25" was used. The corners were done using a stylus and a piece of the Octogon stencil. It took maybe 15 minutes at the most to do the 3 corners. A leftover piece of Stardream Chiara Rose Quartz was placed along the bottom.  Gesso was used to make dots on it and also to enhance the ones on the ribbon after it was placed.

Putting It All Together:

First the grass for the tree was done using the EK Success Torn Corner Adorner Shaper Punch negatives and Stardream Malachite text weight paper.  They were attached to one another using tape.

Next the frame was mounted to the background using 3D Pop Dots on the corners.  The grass was placed on top the frame first and then down even with it along the bottom of inside the frame.  The words were stamped using StazOn Forest Greenon the bottom layer of cardstock.  The ribbon, from May Arts, was mounted at an angle as shown.  The bow is, of course, a Bow-Easy Double Bow.  Then the tree was mounted using 3D Pop Dots material cut in thin strips.

Last but not least the three little flowers were placed in the lower right hand corner.

  • Stamps: Branches Of A Tree CL168, Thinking Of You B5515
  • Paper: Neenah Classic Laid Solar White and Silverstone; Stardream Chiara Rose Quartz amd Malachite text weight
  • Ink: Brilliance Coffee Bean, Twinkling H2O's Douglas Fir and Cherry Sorbet, StazOn Forest Green
  • Accessories: May Arts ribbon, EK Success Torn Corner Adorner Paper Shaper Punch, Mark Richards Crystal Stickers, Stylus, Cuttlebug, Scissors, X-Acto Knife, 3D Pop Dots. 

    Don't forget, this is a DT challenge.  If you want some real treats, stop by the DT member's blogs to see what they are doing!  Also a really big welcome to the 2 newest DT members:

    So that' sit, for today anyway. Mitra has been very very busy and you all know what that means. She has some wonderful new surprises that will start appearing around the first of July, and through the CHA show that is scheduled for the end of July. If you want to be among the first to see the newest stamps and her great ideas for creating, stay tuned to all of the DT blogs and here too.

    ****OH MY GOSH****

    One of our fellow bloggers has linked to us and posted one of her cards that is stamps only, no DP's. I was planning on this for future posts and she stepped right up and started it today.  Thanks so much Melisa for playing. Here is the link to her blog:

    Any of the rest of you who would like to play too are more than welcome.  Just leave the message in your post below.  In the future I will try to give all of you a couple of days notice on what the challenge will be so you and the Design Team can plan for it.  Thanks for stopping by to look and share!




  • Fishing Line Dropped Again

    D2195 Polka Dot Fish

    This card was so much fun!  I used VersaMark Resist with Heat Embossing, and some cut-outs too. IMAGE: The image, Polka Dot Fish D2195, was stamped with Brilliance Galaxy Gold on white cardstock.  It was painted with a Niji Waterbrush and Twinkling H2O's.

    • Tip 1.  I almost always go around the edges of the image after cutting it out, with a Waterbrush, Sharpie, or Marker of a similar color to give the image more depth, especially if I use 3D pop dots, like I did here.

    For more bling I used a VersaMark pen on each dot of the fish and then embossed with Judikins Egyptian Gold EP.  I highlighted the starfish with Stickles Orange and the Jelly Fish with Stickles Diamonds glitter glue.

    Background: I stamped Wave Background F2209 on White Glossy Cardstock with VersMark.
    • Tip 2.  I used a heat gun to dry the VersaMark.  I did want something that was very distinct, and this gives it kind of a muted tone.  I actually heat dry almost everything but dye inks and areas done with markers.
    I pounced all over the card with Ancient Page Neptune Ink as shown. I highlighted areas here and there with Stickles Diamonds glitter glue. It was trimmed to be mounted on Neenah Classic Crest Laid Solar White.
    Tag: The tag is also Neenah Classic Crest Laid Solar White cardstock, but it has also been put through the Cuttlebug using Spellbinder's Large Scallops next to smallest die.
    • Tip 3.  I love how I get embossed edges and an edge around the outside too.  Kind of reminds me of an old fashioned frame.  This is the stack I use in the Cuttlebug to to it.  A Plate on bottom followed by:  B Plate, Die with sharp side up, Emboss matte from Spellbinders (or gasket mat from Home Depot or Lowes), B Plate.  I drew the edge around the die on the cardstock to make it easier to see and then trimmed.
    The words, from Angel Fish MC183, were stamped with Mica Magic Green in the middle of the tag.  The raised ridge from the embossing was highlighted with painted with Ancient Page Neptune and then highlighted with Stickles Eucalyptus. A hole was punched in the middle top of the oval.  An old leftover gold stickpin was used up side down for the fish hook and was passed through the hole and a bow from May Arts ribbon, made using the Bow-Easy.  Gold cord was wrapped around the stickpin as shown.
    • Tip 4.  I love it when others share.  I picked up this hint from someone and I need to thank whoever it was.  Sometimes I do things out of sequence and don't want to undo what I have done.  I needed to thread the gold cord up the Polka Dot Fish rope and the fish hook too.  Tiny itty bitty holes.  I used a dental floss guide.  Yep!  Worked like a charm to pull the cord through every teeny tiny space without hurting what had already been mounted. When not that tiny I have also used a crochet hook.
    The last thing I did was mount the rhinestones. Thanks for stopping by to look and share.





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