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Pergamano Paper Craft

Updated on June 21, 2015
Valentine Envelope Made with Parchment Craft
Valentine Envelope Made with Parchment Craft

Introducing Pergamano Paper Craft

Pergamano paper craft is a beautiful form of paper arts that uses crisp vellum papers and special tools to create beautiful effects. Pergamano is a company name. The generic name is parchment craft.

A new variation on a very old craft, Pergamano Parchment Craft is an art form that creates beautifully delicate, lacy paper projects similar to the Valentine Envelope with its cut-out hearts shown to the right. Pergamano Parchment craft projects can take many forms -- including cards, envelopes, tags, gift boxes, lampshades, embellishments for scrapbooks, journals and altered book, framed wall hangings and various other decorations.

Although parchment craft in some form has been with us two almost two thousand years, the modern day variation represents the work of Martha Ospina, a Colombian woman who relocated to The Netherlands and established Pergamano International in 1987. Martha's dream was to bring Pergamano Parchment Craft to international audiences. Her products, tools, designs and patterns are well known in Europe and South America and are gaining in popularity in North America.

This video demonstrates basic Pergamano Parchment Craft using the Beginner's Starter Kit sold at as well as from various other online and offline sources.

Photo credits: June Campbell

Video Demonstration of Basic Pergamano Parchment Craft

Parchment Craft Card Showing Old Fashioned Girl in Hat
Parchment Craft Card Showing Old Fashioned Girl in Hat

Pergamano Parchment Craft Techniques and Tools

Pergamano Parchment Craft typically involves four techniques:

  1. Tracing a Pattern. Using a tracing pen and Pergamano pattern, the crafter traces the pattern onto parchment paper.

  2. Embossing.Working on the back of the parchment paper, and using an embossing pad, the crafter embosses selected elements of the pattern. This creates a raised effect on the front. By decreasing or increasing the amount of force applied to the embossing tool, the crafter can create varying shades of gray and white. Please refer to the Girl in Hat Birthday card. The frill on the blouse is embossed with shades of gray among the white.
  3. Stippling. Working on the back, and using a pointed tool called the I Tool, the crafter makes a number of hammer like motions on some areas of the pattern.This creates a raised effect of tiny bumps on the pattern front.
  4. Perforating. Using the I Tool used for stippling, or using any number of other perforating tools, the crafter creates a series of small holes that allow the perforated area to be separated from the rest of the paper.
  5. Coloring: Coloring tools such as Dorso crayons and pastels or various paints can be applied to selected areas of the back of the pattern.
  6. Cutting. Depending on the pattern used, special cutting tools may be required to create decorative cuts.

The video below demonstrates making a small gift box The project uses white parchment paper, but the back is colored with a lavender Dorso crayon.

Video Tutorial: How to Make a Gift Box with Pergamano Parchment Craft

Pergamano Supplies at Amazon

Pergamano Parchment Craft Birthday Card with : Morning Glory
Pergamano Parchment Craft Birthday Card with : Morning Glory
New Baby Card with Layette Made with Parchment Craft
New Baby Card with Layette Made with Parchment Craft

Permanago the Easy Way Using A Stamped Image

© 2008 June Campbell


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      Janet Humphries 

      6 years ago from Sutton in Ashfield, Nottinghamshire, UK

      Excellent hub and really informative videos, thank you :-) Pergamano is really popular over here in the UK as well.

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      6 years ago

      I love your parchment crafts.I am recently searching for free patterns especially for a three year child `so I can Do one for her.

      I enjoyed very much seeing your crafts.They are very beatyful. Thanks

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      Lyn Jacobs 

      7 years ago

      I am in Humansdorp, in South Africa and am having a hard time finding patterns for Pergamano. I have done a lot and have made some of my own tools. It is a beautiful craft and very addictive. I really love to do it. I take photos of all my work and can go back and see my progress. Anyway perhaps you can tell me how to get some free designs. I am a state pensioner, so can't afford to buy any. Thanks

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      7 years ago

      im learning this stunning craft.

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      Cross stitch 

      7 years ago

      I love it! thank you so much

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      June Campbell 

      8 years ago from North Vancouver

      You might be able to get the supplies from Petrov Art and Craft Supplies in North Vancouver. There is a kit that is good for beginners. I don't know if Petrovs carry it.Petrovs phone is 604) 985-1545 I would look online if I were you.

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      8 years ago

      I have been trying to find a supplier in BC Canada. So far I am not having much luck. I can't find the tools or even a list of what I need to start. I don't want to go out and purchase stuff I don't need as the tools are very expensive. It is really hard when you cant see the items. Can you give me any info. Thanks

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      9 years ago from Cary, NC USA

      Beautiful! I've never heard of this craft before! thanks for sharing; enjoyed your hub!


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      June Campbell 

      9 years ago from North Vancouver

      Parchment craft is truly lovely. Some of it is incredibly intricate. And yes, it does remind me of those old fashioned hankies that women used to carry.

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      9 years ago

      While doing a search on paper I ran across your videos. The Pergamano craft is very lovely. Reminds me of vintage ladies kerchiefs.



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      9 years ago from Central United States of America

      What a beautiful craft! I have actually bought some vellum to try it - some time ago - and forgot about it! Your hub is so fascinating I will have to try it myself. Thanks for sharing, and your pix/projects are lovely!

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      9 years ago

      this is my first experience to see this craft

      it's beautiful !! owe some!!!

      i want to learn 'bout permago but i don't know how to get the kit or course in my country (indonesia)...can u help me???


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      June Campbell 

      9 years ago from North Vancouver

      Sorry, coolie, but these patterns are purchased patterns with a copyright. To give copies would be illegal and would violate the work of the artists who created them. Hope you understand.

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      9 years ago

      these are very ugly just joking by the way please can you give me the patterns of them pls.

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      June Campbell 

      10 years ago from North Vancouver

      I'd love to see a photo of your projects.

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      Zsuzsy Bee 

      10 years ago from Ontario/Canada

      I forgot about Pergamano it's probably been 8-10 years since I took the night classes to learn this craft. The last project I did was a lacey lampshade for a small night table lamp. I must go dig out my supply of vellum etc. I feel a creative session coming on... Thank for reminding me

      regards Zsuzsy

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      June Campbell 

      10 years ago from North Vancouver

      Yes, I beieve this is one craft that requires a reasonable amount of practise to get it right. I'm still very much a beginner myself. The good thingis that even beginners can turn out nice items.

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      Cindy Lietz 

      10 years ago from Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada

      That is such a pretty craft! I had done a little bit of it years ago but didn't know it was called Pergamano. I used pencil crayons on the back at the time. Had to have a dull pencil and a light touch though, not to accidentally emboss the parchment with with the pencil crayon. That crayon looks like a much easier way to get the color. Love the stamping method... very easy and quick!

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      June Campbell 

      10 years ago from North Vancouver

      Thank you! There is actually a book about using Pergamano in scrapbooks. Its hard to find nowadays, but the title is Pergamano Parchmet for Scrapbooks and Cards, by Suzanne McNeill from Design Originals.

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      Jerilee Wei 

      10 years ago from United States

      Very nice. This might work well for some scrapbook projects. Very useful hub!

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      June Campbell 

      10 years ago from North Vancouver

      Thanks! I love your Letter Costume hubs. I could spend hours looking at them. Of course I always was partial to costume.

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      Party Girl 

      10 years ago

      nice hub, like the videos, good job!!!


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