Quilling Designs On Cards: A Guide For Beginners
Quilling, the artform…now meet quilling for handmade greeting cards! Have you ever seen or received a beautiful card with intricate quilled art on the front?
I’ll bet you couldn’t wait to put it up on the mantelpiece, or wherever you like to display your card collection. The same curled artform this time adorning the front of the card, in the form of flowers, hearts, and much more.
Well, for all I know…we don’t send quilled cards through the mail, obviously….the pretty designs are raised above the surface of the flat card so there’s no way you could stick them into an envelope, I’m sure, without that pretty art getting smooshed, am I right??
Quilled cards are great for ornamentation, tabletop decor, to adorn a gift for a friend, among other things …🎁
If you need a really cool idea for the next upcoming occasion, here you go!
For this you’ll need to acquire the basic tools…All the major essential quilling tools I’ve listed here…including the winding tool, paper strips, and templates for your quilled art…You’ll also need a few sheets of cardstock in your preferred colors.
Having a design template will help you bigtime in putting it together and making sure you don’t leave out any details, as well as keep the correct proportion intact so it doesn’t go outside the bounds of the card front.
You’ll also need a corkboard and some straight pins to hold your quilled pieces together while working and gluing pieces together, as well as a nice pair of tweezers for handling quilled pieces while gluing.
Quilling the Art First 🙂
New to quilling? I encourage you to read this post first…it’ll give you the straight dope on the process 😊
If you’ve gotten some practice under your belt (alright!👍) you want to start by assembling your quilled objects first, by using whichever winding tool you prefer; slotted or non-slotted.
Paper quilling is an artform with special nuances in it that are easy to miss unless you have some nearby guidance. Like some other techniques and skills, sometimes it takes more than reading a book to learn how to master it. I know, back when I was learning to paint…..that would never have worked!
Just recently I had been interested in an online venue called Bluprint….after lengthy lurking around, I finally decided to see what the fuss was about. I’ve only been a subscriber for a week, but so far, I’ve been nothing short of intrigued – and delighted 😁
There just happens to be a handmade quilled art card course in the bunch. In a little over an hour, I got to see at least FOUR card projects in action. A few involved paper flowers, another snowflakes and yet another involved a cute paper owl.
(I suspect the owl was intended for Valentine’s Day or anniversaries; as the included message included a funny pun “owl love you always” something like that.)
For your designs, you can use a combination of fully coiled and partially coiled shapes together .
Roll your paper strips using the tool of your choice. Gently pull off the coiled shapes using your fingernail and thumb from the tool so they don’t “funnel out” upon removal.
Glue the end piece off just as you do normally.If you have some of those longish tweezers, use them for picking up little bitty paper elements and keeping your fingers free of residue.
Shape your pieces accordingly, depending on what kind of design you’re going for.
The template with multiple round openings will assist with making sure the pieces are the right size. If you are wanting to work on a more elaborate shape, with lots of little pieces that go together, it helps if you have a piece of corkboard and a design template you can use as your guide.
You can use straight pins in the corkboard to hold the shapes together as you attach glue to them. You want to let the glue dry thoroughly before you finally attach the design to your card (which will also involve glue.) Or designs, I should say, if you have multiple pieces that go together.
Attach the quilled pieces with glue to the front of the card using your guide, Let the quilled art/card lie flat to dry.
Congratulations…you have a beautiful quilled handmade card for any occasion!
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