Jul 09 2017

Parchment Park Bench

Good Monday morning sweet friends! Summer is here and with it come summer rains and summer blossoms. I don’t know about you but that inspires me to get into my craft room and get creative. I love working in my craft room listening to the summer storms, drinking coffee and relaxing with whatever project I happen to be working on.
Park Bench 2

Inspiration to work this gorgeous pattern comes from a black wrought iron bench near my front door and a stone bench located near my azaleas. When I saw this pattern, I knew I wanted to create this card. I changed the borders a bit and enlarged the pattern as I wanted the card to be larger than the original design. The pattern is in a book entitled Art of Nature written by Dutch artist and designer Hiskia Wittenaar.

Park Bench 1

I love the softness of the color palette! It was relatively easy to paint, I used Pergamano Perga Liners (water color pencils). The leaves and flowers were painted with a #1 watercolor brush, the tendrils were painted with a #0 watercolor brush. The flowers and leaves were gently embossed with small embossing ball tools. The image was painted on regular parchment paper, dorsed with a white dorsing crayon on the reserve side. The bench was embossed, the lattice was cut with parchment scissors after perforating with a 2-split needle tool. I used a semi circle perforating tool around the border of the painted image and used a 3-needle perforating tool around the outer edge of the inner card using parchment scissors to cut both borders.

Park Bench 3

The inner card is made of regular parchment paper that I dorsed green with an earth green dorso crayon, blending with dorso oil for a smooth even finish. The seat of the park bench was perforated with a 1-needle perforating tool using a fine mesh grid. Unfortunately the perforations are not showing well in the photos, if you enlarge the photos you can see the perforations.

Thank you so much for stopping by today, I so enjoy your visits and hearing from you. I wish you all a wonderful week!

Jerri Siggy3





Products used:

Regular Parchment Paper

Pergamano White Pencil

2-Split Needle Perforating Tool

3-Needle Perforating Tool

1-Needle Perforating Tool

Semi-Circle Perforating Tool

Extra Small Ball Embossing Tool

Small Ball Embossing Tool

Large Ball Embossing Tool

Parchment Scissors

Embossing Mat

Cutting Mat

Perforating Mat


Pergamano Pergaliners

Pergamano Dorso Crayons

Pergamano Dorso Oil

Pergamano Fine Mesh Grid

#1 Watercolor Brush

#0 Watercolor Brush



12 responses so far

12 Responses to “Parchment Park Bench”

  1. Eunice says:

    Hi Jerri,
    Another lovely card. I can just picture myself sitting with you in your garden on your bench, (even thought it’s near your front door.) You have such a beautiful touch, so your cards always look so soft. Have a great week, and take care my friend.

  2. Kristine Vencel says:

    Very delicate looking design. Gorgeous colors!
    The fretwork on the bench is amazing!
    Thank you so much for sharing it with us!

  3. Pinky Roth says:

    Very elegant!

  4. Faulba Dorsett says:

    Beautiful card. I love the elegance. I am always amazed at the delicacy of your cards. Thank you so much for sharing.

  5. Chelsea Johnson says:

    Oh, Jerri, this is a charming card! I want to sit on that bench and rest among the lovely flowers. It just invites peace and tranquility. What a wonderful feeling you have created here. Just beautiful!

  6. Rita says:

    Absolutely beautiful…you do such beautiful work….I love everything you have created. Just gorgeous.

  7. Frances says:

    Amazing work of art. Love the benchwork and the lace around Thanks for sharing Hugs

  8. Cec says:

    So soft and pretty! I love the shape and the layers with their exquisite borders. Even the flowers have an ethereal feel to them.

    I have to do a DT piece on some new technique so I was thinking about trying to make a parchment craft card with a lacy border but using stamping for the main image. Only problem is that despite a couple of books, I have no idea where to start. Guess I better read again and dust off my tools – they haven’t seen the light of day for 10 years so they may go into shock when I get them out. 🙂


  9. so Beautiful, love the softness of the flowers and how they arch over the bench!

  10. Debbie Dunham says:

    Absolutely gorgeous! Hugs.

  11. What amazing attention to detail and gorgeous coloring, Jerri! And of course your parchment work is exquisite! I love the beautiful detail in this bench. Stunning! Hugs!

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