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This stunning 3D design captures the true beauty of the spring countryside. An amazing array of purples, oranges and yellows, this is a vibrant make and would look great adorned on your kitchen wall.
Firstly, download and print the ‘Spring Countryside download’ and attach a sheet of parchment over it. Carefully trace it with a black fine liner. At this stage, ignore the butterfly images as these aren’t needed until you are ready to add a 3D element to your piece.
On either an acrylic block, tile or palette, apply colour directly from the water based felt tip pen. Using a slightly damp brush, pic up the colour by rolling just the very tip of the brush into the ink.
We can now enjoy painting the flowers etc. I have chosen purples, oranges and yellows as I wanted springtime flowers. You can choose whichever colour palette you like. Paint on the front of the parchment.
Once all the painting is complete, we need to emboss the whole of the image. This is done on the back of the piece over several light layers. This stage of the project needs to be worked slowly, allowing the work to rest between layers. Use a tumble dryer sheet or smoothing wax before embossing to help the tools glide across the parchment.
I found that after embossing the first layer, there had been sufficient resting time to begin the second embossed layer, starting where I began the first layer. Always start with the largest ball tool that will fit within the area and then gradually move down to smaller ball tools as you progress. Do not be tempted to apply more pressure for a whiter result, the white will come as you apply more layers with smaller ball tools. The light pressure should remain the same at all times.
You can see from the Images that the embossing makes the colours more vibrant.
If you wish to add the butterflies as a 3D element, trace these with black fine liner on a separate piece of parchment. Paint these in the same way as you did with the flowers.
Once you have painted the butterflies, emboss them on the back. Now perforate around the outside edge of the butterflies with the 2-needle tool. Try to perforate as close to the outline as you can.
Next, snip out between the perforations with parchment scissors or snips. We will fix the butterflies onto the floral image once we have completed the Grid work.
The next stage of this project is to do the grid work design to frame the florals. Attach your work, face down, to the Parchment Lace, fine straight grid.
Following the grid reference below, firstly complete all the embossing, using the 1mm ball tool. Looking at the finished sample image, work out the placement of the grid pattern. I would suggest starting with the circular emboss at the bottom of the card. If you start here, you will be able to centralise it by noting where the protruding leaf on the bottom is positioned within the design. Once you have this sorted the rest of the design can be finished without fear of the flowers not being in the centre.
When you have all the embossing done, keeping your work on the grid, flip over to complete all of the perforating with the 1-needle tool.
You can now mount your completed piece onto the backing card of your choice. I have stitched mine but if you wish you could use brads. Fix to a card blank with double sided tape.
Finally, using Parchment Lace Vellum glue, fix the butterflies onto your card. Crease the wings upwards along the body of the butterfly and apply the glue to the body only.