Kannikar Sukseree’s new book ‘Borders and Decorations’

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This is the third book in Kannikar’s series ‘A Classic Collection’. It is an extremely useful book packed with 200 designs for borders, decorations, motifs and embellishments. Kannikar and her team of creators and designers have created a fantastic collection for parchment crafters to dip into and use for cards and many other projects.

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The third book has been written with the information gained from feedback on books 1 and 2, they have designed these patterns to be made with the minimum of tools. You will only need embossing tools and a few perforating tools as there is very little gridwork involved.

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The patterns in this book are for all abilities both beginners and experienced parchers will find something to suit them. There is a section at the front describing the tools and equipment you will need, and then there are three pages of quick guides to tracing, embossing, cutting, working on a grid etc.

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There are quite a few pages of ideas for completed projects but it is very much a book of borders and decorative edges and embellishments, so you choose your own centres whether a photo, drawing or parchment craft work.  All the patterns have to be enlarged by 140% on a photocopier to obtain their true size, but you can alter this to suit your requirements.  Altogether this is a fabulous book that has endless opportunities to make your own parchment craft projects really special and unique. 116 pages.

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Finishing off a parchment craft card

After you have spent a good many hours on a parchment craft project, you probably want to finish it off neatly and be looking for a means of attaching your parchment creation to the card. Glue marks and double sided tape can be seen through parchment paper spoiling your work.  Here are several ways you can attach the parchment paper and finish off the card.

GLUE

You can use very tiny drops of Perga Glue or Perga Kit: find some heavy embossing, coloured area or embellishment and hide the glue behind those areas, be careful though, if possible try on scrap parchment first.  

BRADS OR EYELETS

You can use brads or eyelets at each corner, or as part of the design, for example coloured brads could be used as the centre of flowers. Brads and eyelets can be bought  in loads of colours shapes and sizes.

Free Parchment Craft Pattern 'Spirals'

 

Tiny brads have been used to fixed this parchment craft square to the backing card at each corner.

SEWING

If there are a pattern of holes around the edge you could sew the parchment using silver or gold thread.

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Gold Thread has been used around the edge of the circle, holding the parchment to the card.

A CORNER PUNCH

Another way you can attach or display a parchment design is by using a corner punch that has slots.

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These slotted corners are produced with a Woodware Cloud Corner Punch

AN APERTURE CARD

An aperture card can also give a neat finish to parchment craft. The parchment becomes easy to fix to the card in areas where it won’t be seen!

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Aperture card decorated with a scalloped edge from a Siesta grid.

SEWING THE SPINE OF THE CARD

The traditional method of fixing parchment to card  is to have both front and back in parchment paper and then sew the parchment to the card at the spine.

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 First of all, lay the card open and mark the centre with a pencil then mark two points equally spaced from the centre where you wish to sew the card. Then using a sharp thickish needle make a hole through both the card and the parchment on each of the three marks. I use a tapestry needle and thick cotton thread – starting on the inside of the card push the needle and thread through the centre hole (leaving a longish piece of thread) and then down through the upper hole, next up again through the centre hole and down through the lower hole. On the inside of the card pass the needle through the loop, pull it tight and tie a knot with the thread you left at the beginning. The knot can be completely covered by fixing an insert to the inside of the card with double sided tape.

I hope this is helpful – let me know in the comments below if you have another method of fixing parchment paper to card.