FREE Lesson - Graduated Embossing Technique
By Wendy Walters 2014
The 'Splash of Colour' Aperture Heart background can be downloaded from the link below.
Simply print direct onto a sheet of 140gsm parchment craft paper and allow to dry flat for at least 5 mins before using.
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- Parchment craft paper
- Mapping Pen & White ink
- Embossing Mat
- PCA Micro Ball Tool
- PCA Scriber Tool
- PCA Large Ball Tool
- PCA Medium Ball Tool
- PCA Small Ball Tool
- Pergamano 2 Needle Perforating Tool
- Perforating Mat
- PCA Micro Sun Tool
Trace the pattern image using a Pergamano Mapping Pen & Tinta White Ink.
Video Tutorial on Tracing using this technique click link below:
Emboss the leaf veins with a PCA Scriber Tool (from the front) this will shape the leaves to look more real.
TIP: When using the scriber tool be careful not to press on hard otherwise you will tear your paper.
The first layer is worked very softly in the direction of the natural growth of the petals, start from the outer edge and flicking inward toward the centre.
Where the petals overlap leave a small gap unembossed to give the impression of a shadow. Don’t emboss all the way into the centre.
TIP:You can always add more embossing but you cannot take it away.
Working directly over your first layer to increase the whiteness and create more definition.
At this stage the traced outlines should be disappearing into your embossing, if not you maybe embossing short of the traced line or your traced lines are too thick!
TIP: Do not over work the embossing at this stage, gradually build up the depth and look at your work at regular intervals and remember to emboss with an even pressure.
Work directly over the previous embossed layers.
Concentrate on achieving crisp white edges to the petals and eliminating the traced lines.
Create highlights to the individual petals. Especially to the edges of the one’s that overlap.
NOTE: Place your work on a perforating mat
A 2 needle tool is one of the basic tools you will use again and again.
Hold the tool as upright as possible; this will achieve nice round holes.
NOTE: if you use this tool at an angle you will get oval shaped holes, when you come to cut them it will affect the finished look.
Perforate your first 2 holes to the outside edge of your flowers; it doesn't matter where you start.
Move the tool left or right depending this will depend if you are right or left handed the technique is the same, drop your last needle in one of your first perforations and perforate again, you are only perforating new one hole at a time, the 2 needle tool leaves just the right amount of space to be able to cut.
NOTE: The neatness of your cutting will depend on the neatness of your perforating.
TIP: When cutting make sure your scissors are over the excess parchment (the area that will fall away), you will achieve a neater finish and a lovely ‘Picot’ lace edge.
Click here to see a video tutorial on Perforating & Cutting
I hope you have enjoyed this lesson on if you have any questions please do not hesitate to ask.
Click here - Video Tutorial on How to attach parchment using a 'Sewing Method'