Thursday, August 11, 2016

Quilling Love Birds Anniversary Card

quiling bird anniversary greeting card

My friends celebrated their 15th anniversary recently, and this is the card I quilled for the love birds. I didn't have time to capture the entire process, but thought I'd show a bit of how I work anyway.

Instead of using standard quilling paper, I decided to cut them 1/4-inch wide out of Canson Mi-Tientes paper, using an electric cutting machine (such as Cricut Explore or Silhouette Cameo / SD). I enjoyed quilling with the substantially thicker paper (160 gsm), and I really liked how all the colors went so well together, especially how the colors are earthy without being drab.

To create the tiniest coils, I used a quilling needle, but I always pre-soften the paper strip beforehand to soften the fibers.

As you can see in the video, I am using a crochet hook to rub the paper into the shape I want for the dragonfly. I prefer using the greater circumference of a crochet hook rather than a quilling needle because I want a gentle and soft curve. A quilling needle could also be used if you prefer.



Please leave a comment and let me know what you think. If you enjoyed this video, please do take the time to give it a thumbs up.

... and a shot of my messy desk after I'm done a project.

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Thanks for watching!

Cecelia Louie
Paper Zen

8 comments:

  1. They must have loved this...............how thoughtful of you!! It is exquisite!

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    1. Yes they did Four11Lady! Thank you! I really enjoyed making it for them. Somehow it doesn't seem like work when you think of how they're going to receive it, right?

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  2. GORGEOUS and so ELEGANT!
    Paper Hugs,
    Jan

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    1. Aw THANKS Jan! I learn so much each time I tackle a project.
      Cecelia

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  3. This is just beautiful, the colors and shapes are wonderful together. Outstanding!

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    1. Thanks for your kind words Wyn! Happy to hear you're inspired!

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  4. AT LAST!!!!!! I have been searching for months to try to find someone to show me how its all done. This is just beautiful and I cant wait to try out some quilling. Thank you so much. x

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    1. Hello Lesley, I'm SO happy to see you found my blog! Thanks so much for becoming a reader. I hope to see your quilling masterpieces one day.

      Another video I made that you might enjoy is: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z7KbtQYqG9w

      Happy quilling!
      Cecelia

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