Feb 5, 2021

Quilling Valentine’s Day Card – 3 Easy Heart Pattern Ideas with FREE PDF Template

If you’re new to quilling and intimidated to start, then try this easy Valentine’s Day card, using basic quilling shapes. Watch my tutorial or read more about it below.


Page 1 has two tinted hearts ready for your quilling, and page 2 has the added message of “be mine, valentine!”, so you don't have to worry about outlines or centering elements on the card.

Quilling Hearts Card Design Pattern

Steps:

Step 1: click here to DOWNLOAD my free PDF pattern, and print it onto card stock

Step 2: score vertically in half with a score board or a dried up pen

Step 3: cut horizontally, fold, then unfold so it lays flat on your desk

Paper used: conventional quilling paper, 1/8 inch wide


Quilling Heart for Valentine Card - basic scroll

Card #1: Quilling hearts with S-Scrolls and C-Scrolls

This card is based on a birthday card I made for my mom in 2007, inspired by a store in the mall called La Vie En Rose. She loved it so much she kept it on her fridge for years.

Length of S- and C-scrolls: 4” long


Quilling Heart for Valentine Card - heart design and loose scroll

Card #2: Quilling hearts with Loose Scrolls

Loose Scrolls look like question marks to me and are combined with easy heart outlines for this card.

If you struggle with accidental glue globs, what I do is set one end down first while keeping the other end up in the air. Then I set the other side down. This way your eyes are not struggling to look at so many crucial areas at the same time.

For more tips about glue, watch my video tutorial about Quilling Glue Basics - 5 Tips

Length of Loose Scrolls: 3” long

Length of Hearts: 1.5 and 2” long


Quilling Heart for Valentine Card - flower petals

Card #3: Quilling Flowers and Leaves

For this card, I used a die cut punch I bought at the dollar store to make easy leaves. After punching this flower,  I cut each petal loose, scored them in half with my needle tool, then folded – BAM! Your leaves are ready for your bouquet.

Length of Closed Coil Flowers: 2” and 3” long


Quilling Pillow Box Envelope


Pillow Box Envelope

Protect your quilled greeting card with a puff of air using my FREE pillow box envelope pattern. Read more.

Jan 22, 2021

How to Make a Quilling Circle Template Board by Hand - 5 Easy DIY Ideas - Free PDF Pattern

My Circle Template Wish List

We quillers can buy circle templates from Quilled Creations, and dollar stores, but they all have pros and cons. So I designed my own DIY circle template with the following wish list:

  • 4-6 multiples of the same size circles 
  • diameter shown in both inches and millimetres
  • 10 increments between sizes from 3/16 to 1 inch (5 to 25 mm)
  • deep enough to prevent coils from springing out
  • solid template, so it doesn’t bounce around
  • ruler
  • length of quilling paper strip needed to fill the circle
The paper length is my favourite feature because now I just have to write one number down when I’m designing patterns. The paper length is only a suggested length, because it’s based on the conventional quilling paper I have in MY craft room. If you’re using thicker paper, a different tool, or if you want fuller or looser coils, then these lengths might not work for you. In that case, then simply scratch out my measurement, and write down your own.


Watch my tutorial showing how to make a Quilling Circlet Template:


How to Make a Quilling Circle Template Board

Step 1: Download my free PDF template - Click here

Step 2: Print onto card stock

Step 3: Choose a method below


Method 1: 

Make circles out of quilling paper, using a crochet hook or any other item with the exact diameter needed to match the circle. Ensure your strip width is shallower than the coil you plan to place inside, so you can still pick up your coil again with tweezers.

Quilling Circle Template - Crochet Hook


Method 2: 

Nylon or metal flat washers are inexpensive items at a hardware store. Match up the inside circumference and glue them down with Scotch Quick-Dry Adhesive, ideal for gluing metal or plastic embellishments. I only dab a little glue to avoid it squishing out from the bottom. The depth of the washers seemed just right for 1/8” width quilling paper strips. I even stacked two nylon washers together for 1/4” width coils, and it seemed to hold.

Quilling Circle Template - Washers


Method 3: 

Mat board strips cut to 3/8 wide x 5 inch long fit in between each row perfectly. Glue down these “fences”, and allow your coils to expand between them.

Quilling Circle Template - Mat Board

Method 4: 


Adhesive foam squares from the dollar store placed on either side of a circle will also act as a fence to keep your coils contained. 

Quilling Circle Template - Foam

Method 5: 

Circle cutters such as NT Cutter or Olfa will cut a clean circle out of your card stock. To raise the template off your work surface, simply add mat board strips underneath.

Quilling Circle Template - Cutters


Although these 5 methods above will work, I will readily admit I prefer cutting my circle template with a Circuit Explore Air cutting machine. I plan to go into further detail in a future tutorial and video.

I hope you like my Quilling Circle Template Board – leave me a comment below and tell me what is your favourite template. If you have a way of making yours, please share your ideas with everyone in the comments below so we can all learn together.

Jan 8, 2021

Quilling Phrases - Patterns for Letters and Floral Borders

Quilling Phrases - PDF E-Book Cover

Quilling Phrases - new PDF E-Book

I'm inspired by quotes. They remind me of what's really important in my life. So why not make quotes out of quilling paper?

With my new e-book, Quilling Phrases, you can type your own quote and start quilling your phrase. Decorate it with floral elements and give a customized gift to your loved ones.

Every element has been pre-measured. Simply place your quilling paper on top of the template, then follow my step-by-step tutorials.

Quilling Phrases - Best Things Project


How to start Quilling Phrases:

Step 1: Choose your phrase.

Step 2: Choose your layout. Type your phrase. Print.

Step 3: Trace the template.

Step 4: Start quilling letters following the pattern.

Step 5: Glue your letters.

Step 6: Shape and glue the floral elements.

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Quilling Phrases - Done Project

PDF E-book includes:

  • 40 pages total
  • 14 Editable Pages
  • Upper and Lowercase Letters A-Z
  • Period, Comma, Exclamation Mark, Question Mark
  • 3 Floral Designs

Quilling Phrases - Love Project

The making of this book took quite some time, as I had to learn so much new technology to create it. I hope you're inspired!


Quilling Phrases - Shaping

Download a free pattern for quilling the upper and lowercase letters A and a and give it a try!




Dec 21, 2020

Quilling Circle Templates Boards - How to Use and Common Problems

Quilling Circle Template Board Tutorial

Quilling Circle Template Boards

Comparisons, How to Use, and Tips for Common Challenges

Do you struggle with making consistent basic quilling shapes using a circle template board? 

In my latest quilling tutorial, I’ll show you a couple of circle template boards that cost $10 and $2, and talk about the pros and cons of each. 

Learn how to use a circle template board for basic quilling shapes, such as regular coils, eccentric or off center coils, and teardrop shapes.

Avoid common problems beginner quillers face when they’re making these basic shapes, including tension, different types of quilling tools, and varying weights of quilling paper.

In all my tutorials, I share the knowledge I’ve gained since I started quilling in 2006, but I don’t have all the answers. So if you have a great tip or technique to share, please let us know in the comments below so we can all learn and improve, including me!

Watch the tutorial video here




Types of Quilling Circle Template Boards

The two circle templates in my craft room that I use for quilling are from Quilled Creations and a local dollar store. Here are some pros and cons of each:


Quilling Circle Template Board by Quilled Creations

Quilling Circle Template Board from Quilled Creations: cost $10 US

PROS

  • Quilling Circle Template Board from Quilled Creations has multiple circles of same size, so it lets you make 6 of the same size coils, ideal for quilling snowflake projects
  • large work surface on the back made of cork
  • the dashes link the circles visually so you don’t get them mixed up
  • packaging shows a suggested quilling paper strip length (see the Amazon photo 4)

    Circle Size

    Length of Paper (inch)

    (cm)

    Size 0

    16” and over

    45 cm and over

    Size 1

    16” and over

    45 cm and over

    Size 2

    12”  to 16”

    30 to 45 cm

    Size 3

    8” to 10”

    20 to 25 cm

    Size 4

    8”

    20 cm

    Size 5

    6”

    15 cm

    Size 6

    4”

    10 cm

CONS

  • the plastic on top of the cork is thin, so my coils can spring out if I accidentally touch it the wrong way
  • can’t make incremental circles if needed
  • the difference between the two largest circles is quite a large jump in size, I find myself wishing for more sizes
  • numbers are not a unit of measure and do not indicate circumference
  • glue can get stuck to the cork because you can’t wrap in plastic
Circle Template from Dollar Store

Plastic Circle Template from Dollar Store: cost $2

PROS

  • inexpensive
  • numerous incremental circles
  • numbers indicate a circumference, which is needed for designing quilling patterns
  • I can use with/without a cork board underneath
  • I can protect my cork with a sheet of plastic wrap
  • I can raise the template up from my surface using foam squares, to help my coils stay in place

CONS

  • I didn't need all the increments, so it's kind of too many increments
  • had to guess at the length of quilling paper needed to fill a circle
  • no circles are the same size, so I can’t do multiple circles as easily
  • foam squares underneath makes the template bouncy if pressed from above
  • dashes indicate the circle's center – not needed for quilling

How to Use Quilling Circle Template Boards


How to Use Quilling Circle Template Boards

1. How to Make Closed Coils


  • After coiling a strip with either a slotted or needle tool, push it off your tool – never pull or you risk making a tornado. 
  • Place the coil in the circle template and allow it to uncoil. Ideally, the coils should be evenly spaced and the outer ring has unwound far enough to fill the circle. 
  • Use tweezers to pick up the outer rings, near the end, to keep the coil cinched. If you use fingers to pick it up, the coil has a greater chance of slipping, which ruins the circumference of the coil.
  • Dab a small amount of glue on the end and glue the end down, closing the coil. I love using my Fine Tip Glue Bottle filled with Aleene's Tacky Glue, but you can also use a toothpick instead.

2. How to Make Eccentric Coils or Off Center Coils

  • After making a Closed Coil (see above), look where the end is located on the outermost coil.
  • Use a pin to push the innermost coil in the opposite direction of the end, and pin it to your cork board.
  • Dab some glue across the top of the touching paper coils, smear it flat, and allow to dry.
  • Lay a finger across the coils as you remove the pin, to ensure the coils are not damaged in case it's stuck to the pin.
  • When gluing to your quilling project, ensure the glued side faces down and the pretty side faces up.

3. How to Make Teardrop Shapes

  • After making a Closed Coil (see above), look where the end is located on the outermost coil.
  • Use a needle to push the innermost coil in the opposite direction of the end.
  • If needed, adjust the coils to ensure they're evenly space, using a pair of tweezers
  • Pinch the coil, where the end is located (to minimize its visibility), and allow the coils to relax into a teardrop shape.
How to Use Quilling Circle Template Boards - Tension




Common Problems & Challenges with Using Quilling Circle Template Boards


1. Tension

  • If the coil doesn't unwind to the edges of the circle, your tension might be too tight. You can fix this by unwinding and rewinding by hand.
  • If the coil unwinds and the outer rings and doubled up, your tension might be too loose. You can fix this by unwinding and rewinding by hand.
  • If your disc is uneven before placing within the template, I try to flatten it with my fingers to ensure you don’t have a tornado
  • After pushing my coil off a slotted tool, I hold it for a second, then place it in the template – I have found that often helps my coil unwind with more consistently spaced coils
  • If you leave the coil in the template for a long time, it could continue to unwind and you may lose the even coils.

2. Tools

3. Paper

  • A coil made with a thicker weight of paper (ex: Canson Mi-Teintes) will look different than a coil made with conventional quilling paper, even if they are the same length. There is no right or wrong – it just depends on what kind of look the quiller is aiming for.
  • Metallic Paper: I find the coating on metallic paper prevents the glue from adhering quickly, so I let the coil stay in the template until the glue has fully set. To glue a metallic coil, pick up a little glue with a needle tool. Look at the direction you picked up the glue. See how some glue coats just one side? Use the clear side to push the coil aside, slide the glue off, and let the coil spring back. Use tweezers to unwind the coil fully against the template.

How would you design your ideal Circle Template Board for quilling?

After making this tutorial, I started asking myself, "What would I do, if I could design my own circle template?" Making quilling patterns is like making a new cookie recipe – I have to write down how I made each element or else it won’t turn out exactly the same. I wish the current options for circle templates provided better numbers for quillers, noting both circumference and length of paper strip needed.

If you could design the ultimate circle template, what would you want it to look like? Let me know in the comments below. Thanks for watching and see you next time!

Oct 16, 2020

How to Refill Quilling Glue Bottles - Quick, Easy and No Spilling!

How to Refill Quilling Glue Bottle Tutorial

Refilling Glue from Large to Fine Tip Bottles

A common problem paper crafters face when refilling glue from a large bottle to a fine tip bottle, is the dreaded air bubble.

Even though my quilling glue bottle is empty, the air is trapped because the glue covers the opening, so you need to "burp" the air out before more glue can be refilled. If you don't expect it to happen, the glue can overflow onto your desk, making a huge mess.

Quilling glue bottle overflows

Here is my simple technique to fixing this problem:

  • Step 1: Get a plastic container (ex. sour cream) and place it under the bottle to be refilled. If you spill, there's less to clean up.
  • Step 2: Squeeze the empty bottle to push the air out. The amount you squeeze tells you how much room you have for refilling.
  • Step 3: As you pour glue from the large bottle, trapping the air, release your fingers and suck the glue into the fine tip quilling bottle. You can safely refill with no spill!
Quilling glue bottle - how to prevent glue spilling

Refilling Glue from Large to Medium Bottles

When refilling from a large (16 oz) to medium bottle (4 oz), the natural tendency is to hold the bottle openings close to each other, to prevent any overspill.

However, if you look at the stream of glue, you'll see it's wide near the opening, and tapers as it pours.

  • Tip 1: My method is to hold the openings about 2 inches apart. I can even squeeze the larger bottle and force more glue out, without worrying about the glue spilling because of the way it narrows as it falls.
  • Tip 2: If you have challenges holding your bottle steady as you pour, try stacking some books as high as you need, then resting your bottle on top of the books to help keep the stream steady.
  • Tip 3: When you are finished refilling, brush the two openings against each other to stop the stream, as you tilt the large bottle up.
Quilling glue bottle - how to pour

Customize Your Aleene’s Glue Nozzle from a Pinhole up to 3/16 inches

Did you know you can customize your Aleene’s glue nozzle? You can choose how fast you want that stream of glue to flow, like I did with my 16 oz bottle. A new nozzle has a small protrusion at the tip and you can’t squeeze any glue out just yet. Here are the steps to customize it:

Pinhole

  • Trim off the protrusion using an x-acto knife. Use a thumbtack to pierce the middle of the nozzle, making a perfect pinhole. The thumbtack has the perfect flat surface for you to push against.
  • Pros: This pinhole nozzle can be used to smear the glue stream, because the nozzle tip is relatively large and flat.
  • Cons: This pinhole nozzle can't make as fine a stream of glue as my fine tip quilling bottle

Enlarge your Nozzle

Refill your glue faster by cutting the nozzle exactly the size you want.

  • 1/16 inch
  • 1/8 inch
  • 3/16 inch (Note: only cut this far if you are finished using all the glue, or else the cover can't be capped back on)

Quilling glue bottle - how to customize nozzle size



Aleene's Always Ready Tacky Glue

I love this bottle! I remember doing a little dance of joy in the aisles at Michael's when I found Aleene's Always Ready Tacky Glue bottle! Here's why:

  • The nozzle is at the bottom, so the glue is "always ready" to be used.
  • The 1/16 inch nozzle is tapered, so it's very easy to control to make a fine stream of glue.
  • The cap has a protrusion to prevent clogging and it works well!

Aleene's Always Ready Glue Bottle

I use this bottle when I want to smear my glue puddles for quilling. Why would I smear my glue puddles? Watch this video for Quilling Glue Basics:



Elmer's Glue Nozzles

Some quillers enjoy using Elmer's glue, which already has tapered nozzle. Your hand can go numb trying to squeeze the glue through that small hole when refilling.

Try this instead:

  • Place tweezer prongs on either side of the nozzle cap (Elmer's School Glue 7.63 oz shown in video)
  • Pry the nozzle cap up to expose an inner nozzle of a 1/4 inch diameter
  • The glue will pour out on either side of the triangular piece used preventing clogging
  • When you're done, simply place the cap back on and push down firmly to snap it back in place
  • If you want to put the large nozzle from Aleene's onto an Elmer's bottle, simply swap them! Most nozzles between Aleene's and Elmer's are interchangeable (the Elmer's 1.25 fl oz glue bottle is smaller and won't fit the Aleene's bottles).

Elmer's Glue Bottle - How to pour and refill glue


Easy Fill Glue Bottle Nozzles

If you don’t want to trim your nozzle, you can buy a 3D printed nozzle from Ana of Her Paper Paradise, from her Etsy shop. The Easy Fill Glue Bottle Nozzle is 1/4 inch (7 mm) wide and allows you to refill from both Aleene's and Elmer's bottles.

Easy Fill Glue Bottle Nozzle