I’ve always hesitated to make quilled cards. Give me that tiny space and I have no idea how to fill it. Luckly for me, my friend Khush kept nagging me (in a nice way, of course) to give it a try. I saw a few weeks ago on Angelin’s blog a very nice diamond shaped greeting card and since she was kind to share the tutorial (thank you, Angelin!), I decided to make a similar one.
And this is the result:
I used 160g/sm card board, but I think thicker card board would have been a better choice (the card tends to tilt to the sides because the quilled part is a bit heavy). For the flowers and the fringed centers I used 80g/sm paper, hand cut into 2mm strips, and for the leaves 120g/sm paper, hand cut into 2mm strips.
Everytime I want to buy colored paper for quilling, I end up getting a stack of 6 to 10 colors. Now, from all of these, I never use more than let’s say… 4 or 5. I buy the whole stack because few colors catch my eye; I know the other ones are going to lay somewhere never to be used. In the past couple of days, I cleaned (or tried to clean) my workspace and I realised how many sheets of paper were waiting to become a leaf, a flower or anything else you can turn them into through quilling.
I picked a few of them which I’ve never used before. I was surptised to see that they actually have a great deal of potential.
I started this project more than a month ago, but I had to put it on hold because I couldn’t find a suitable frame for it and I wasn’t sure how I wanted the background to look like. Last week I went to IKEA where they have some beautiful shadowboxes. I bought a white one and fortunately, the size was perfect for my quilled yellow dahlias. I chose a dark purple background which I think makes the yellow flowers really pop out. So here it is, behind real grass! I am so happy I finally framed this picture and I am very pleased with the result. I hope you will like it too!
The total size of the picture is 23cm * 23cm. For both flowers and leaves I used 120g/sm paper, hand-cut into 2mm paper strips. The diameter of the largest flower is aprox. 5.5cm.