Friday, August 23, 2013

Printable Vintage Invitation for Birthday, Shower, or Retirement


It's no secret that I have a passion for both die cutting and quilling. What's better than finding ways to combine my two worlds? I'm being entranced by 3D quilling in the sense that the strips are not fully glued down along its edge entirely.


I like how the coils are left scrolling in mid air, casting soft shadows – don't they seem even lighter this way? As a quiller, I admit I have to hold myself back from finishing off the uplifted coils, but when I stand back, I really like how romantically playful they are. It might be too subtle, but I even gently rolled the edge of the ivory paper background to give even that flat surface some dimension. Somehow it reminds me of the romance between Robin Hood and Maid Marian.


For years, I've admired Victorian wood cut illustrations. It never ceased to amaze me how artists in those days conveyed light and shadows in line art because technology didn't allow for shades of grey. Today I can capture the shadows cast by my ribbon banner, sculpted out of matching yellow paper.

After photographing and adding text, I can now customize this piece (via my Etsy store) for anyone who would like to make a printable invitation, whether for a birthday, shower, or retirement party. Looking forward to hearing what you think!

4 comments:

  1. I absolutely love how you have used your strips . Really looks elegant. I love the loops especially.

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    1. Hi Suganthi, thank you! Yes, the loops are my favorite part too. I had so much fun making and re-making them until they fell in the right spot. It's just a great change to see quilling strips in a new way.

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  2. Oh, my, Cecelia! It looks so elegant and fun in the same time! I love how you layered all the swirls and loops, it's so artistic!

    Hugs!
    Manuela

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    1. Hi Manuela, thank you! It was amazingly freeing to not glue everything down. I was so impatient to finish this layout because it was a completely new look. Give it a try! Cecelia

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