Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Whip It Up Wednesday: Quilled Father's Day Card

For us, Father's Day is just around the corner! 
So I thought I'd share the quilled card I made for my Dad's birthday back in July.

What You'll Need:
White glue
* Plain paper
* A "base" card
I made one using a square of patterned vellum paper attached to coordinating cardboard using brads.
I used gold wrapping paper and gold 'heart' stickers

What To Do:

Assemble your "base" card. Mine looked like this:

I just attached my vellum paper using brads in each corner - easy peasy!

Next cut your plain paper into thin strips. So I could cut them into strips of even thickness, I folded the paper into a 'fan' first then unfolded it and cut along the creases. I did quite thick strips because I folded them in half to give the paper extra thickness before I glued it down. 

If you don't fold, then you'll just have more delicate quilling, so it's totally up to you!

Lightly drawing with a lead pencil, sketch your letters or whatever shape you're quilling onto your card as a guide to where to stick you paper strips. 

Roll one of the folded strips into a tight coil then let the coil unravel. Work out how you want the strip to sit, coil any 'straight' ends if you want and trim the excess paper. Apply glue to the underside of your strip and attach it to your card. You might need to hold it in place a little until it's tacky and keeps its place.

Repeat this process to finish your first letter.

Then do the remaining letters. 
I also did a strip above and below my letters, with some curly embellished edges.

I decided this looked a bit plain, so to fancy it up, I cut out a large heart from wrapping paper, put a little bit of glue on the back of it and carefully slipped it behind the vellum paper.

I also added some gold heart stickers behind the vellum.

Then I decided I didn't like the brads I'd used, and swapped them over :P

Next time I'd do the quilling in black or something dark to make it stand out more, 
but Dad thought it was pretty cool, so that made me happy! 

Have a great week!


Janlynn said...

Your card is really striking. You are patient as that looks like finicky work.
The result is worth the effort.

Ann said...

Very, very nice! I love quilling and calligraphy, so it's no wonder this design caught my eye. :)

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