Quilling, the artform…now meet quilling designs for handmade greeting cards! Have you ever seen or received a beautiful card with intricate quilled art on the front? (If you received one, you are a lucky so-and-so, as that person went to the trouble to brighten your day…)
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, snowflakes and other unique designs.
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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…and if you’re the super frugal type, you will enjoy my “Quilling on the Cheap” checklist guide from my resource library! You can get started right away with those 😄 . Fill out the form below to get access:
Additionally, you’ll need these main tools:
- Slotted and/or non slotted quilling tools
- Assorted paper strips
- Cardstock for the card part
- Cork (or similar material) template board
- Straight pins
- Glue with a precision tip applicator bottle
In a pinch, if you don’t have any corkboard you could use one of those foam trays grocery stores use to hold veggies and fruits; it will perform the same purpose. Lastly, a pair of tweezers will be helpful in handling quilled pieces, and keeping your fingers free of glue residue.
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.
Decorating Your Card’s Background
The quilled designs will be in the foreground of your card, so you want to have a nice backdrop too to set it off! The card background does not have to be super-fancy, it just needs to complement your quilled design, whatever that may be. You can use washi tape, ribbon, or scrap paper in a contrasting pattern for this.
I used some washi and tissue paper to do my card’s backdrop ✂️ .
Stuck as far as what a good basic card layout should look like? I encourage you to check out this post for ideas. It will help you choose colors and patterns that look good.
Check out these two cards above….notice the choice of background colors and patterns, and how well they are in sync with the quilled patterns? That’s what you want to go for!
Quilling Individual Pieces First 🙂
New to quilling? I encourage you to read this post first…it’ll give you the straight dope on the process 😊
Your proposed card design will involve one, or a few, of the most popular shapes. Here is my handy quilling shapes chart I made so I could master the different shapes – feel free to use it as a guide!
For your designs, you can use a combination of fully coiled and partially coiled shapes together .
Roll your paper strips using the slotted tool, gently pull off the coiled shapes using your fingernail and thumb from the tool so they don’t “funnel out” upon removal.
Secure the end piece off using a dab of glue via the precision applicator. If you have some of those longish tweezers, use them for picking up the finished coil and placing it on your corkboard.
Shape your pieces accordingly, depending on what kind of design you’re going for. Repeat these steps for each coil that is part of your design. For this example here, I am using teardrops for flower petals, a round center, marquis shapes for leaves and an open v-scroll for the flower stem.
Attaching the Quilled Pieces Together
The design for your card, chances are, is going to be made up of multiple quilled coils. The template with multiple round openings will assist with making sure the pieces are the right size.
Use straight pins in the foam/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.
Attaching the Design to the Card
Attach the quilled pieces with glue to the front of the pre-decorated card using your guide, Let the quilled art/card lie flat to dry – probably at least 72 hours to be on the safe side before displaying it proudly 🙂
At long last – Here is my finished card for you to see!
I texted a picture of my card above to send to my first cousin who is employed by a major greeting card company, figuring she would appreciate the technique – and maybe glean a little inspiration? I think she did; whether or not she was familiar with quilling I didn’t know 😄!
Congratulations…you have a beautiful quilled handmade card for any occasion!
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