A little while ago, Barbara Gray challenged those of us who already had the Groovi Starter kit to create cards that could be shown on Hochanda whenever she was using the kit. For those who are now totally confused, Hochanda is a fairly new crafting shopping channel where you can watch loads of demonstrations from experienced and talented crafters. The Groovi system from Clarity is a way for anyone to dip their toe into the beautiful art of parchment work
Like many others, I sent off a few cards for use on the programmes. I was very happy when three of mine were shown on what turned out to be a really incredible weekend of sellouts. This was the first one and is actually my favourite. Reflections on parchment do take a little thought to get it all the right way round so I was pleased when I decided I had it right.
My second one was just a use of the landscape plate which comes as part of the Groovi Starter Kit, including the word boxes and the letters on the main Plate Mate.
My third one for now is a much smaller piece (a 6x6 card) and again uses only whatever comes with the Starter Kit. The little house is just drawn using one of the straight lines on the landscape plate. It was originally intended to just have a path to the edge of the lake, but I was not concentrating properly and went too far with one of the lines. There was a fair bit of muttering went on there as it was the last bit of outlining I needed to do. I left it for a while and then realised that I could use the same straight line and create a small jetty out into the lake.
All three of these pieces of parchment were mounted onto mirri card of different colours to reflect the colours back and intensify them. The second and third one were also mounted using a corner punch. You can, very rarely, use any form of glue on the back of parchment as it shows through, so brads or corner punches are a good alternative. The first one, the reflections, was simply folded round the mirri card and glued at the back.
After doing the embossing on the back of each one, I added colour using soft waxy pencils, which are perfect. My favourites are Caran D'Dache, but Fabel Castell are also excellent. If you want a more modest priced set, Derwent also do a very good range and can be bought singly if you wish.
Hope you like these, and if you fancy having a go at this ancient craft, just have a go with the Clarity Groovi system, which cuts out the slow and laborious job of tracing the line art at the start.