Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Stampin' Up! Greeting Card - Paper Quilling

Have you tried to make a Stampin' Up! Greeting Card by paper quilling?  What is paper quilling, you ask.  Quilling (also known as paper filigree) was born over five hundred years ago when artists discovered that narrow strips of paper could be rolled, scrolled, fluted, and fringed and then arranged on their edges to create beautiful designs.  Today, though quilling tastes, tools, and even materials have changed, this fascinating art form still thrives.

Yesterday I received my September issue of "Stampin' Success" (a magazine for Demos only), and it contains an article on paper quilling.  This article inspired me to develop this greeting card using the art of quilling, which I've not done in a while.  I hope you like it!

To make this card, I first used that wonderful Stampin' Up! creation - the Lace Ribbon Border Punch - on a piece of Old Olive cardstock.  To this I added tape and filled the ribbon with Aqua Stampin' Glitter.  I added the ribbon to the bottom of my Tempting Turquoise card front, only showing a portion of the ribbon.  Then on a circular piece of Whisper White cardstock, I began quilling cardstock to form my flowers, buds, stems, and leaves.  Yes, you can use Stampin' Up! cardstock when quilling.  The Stampin' Up! Designer Series Papers are easier to quill, but don't let anyone tell you that you cannot use cardstock.

How do you quill?  Here are basic instructions; however, if you've not quilled before, you should research the art to get a complete understanding of how to quill.

The basics of quilling takes surprisingly little.  In fact, two functional hands, some strips of cardstock or DSP, one quilling tool (a Stampin' Up! piercing tool will do the trick; just don't prick yourself), glue, and you're off to a good start.  There are other tools for quilling, but for the basics, this is all you need.

Step 1:  For the petals of the above flower, you will cut seven strips of cardstock or DSP (your choice) at 1/8" x 6".  With the seven 1/8" x 6" strips, you'll make seven "Marquise Flowers".

Step 2:  To make Marquise Flowers, use your piercing tool (or a slotted quilling tool), placing the end of a strip either around the piercing tool or into the slot of the quilling tool.

Step 3: Turn the tool towards you, rolling up the paper into a "Loose Circle".


Step 4:  Place glue on the end of the Loose Circle and attach it to the side.

Step 5:  Pinch the Loose Circle on opposite sides.  Now you have a Marquise Flower (or a petal).

Step 6:  Cut a piece of cardstock or DSP at 1/8" x 3" and roll it up in the same manner as Step 1, except make it tight ("Tight Circle").  Glue the end to the side.  Start gluing onto a piece of cardstock (circle, square, etc.) the Marquise Flowers at the ends and onto the Tight Circle until you have all seven flowers into place.

Step 7:  Make a stem by cutting a piece of green cardstock at 1/8" wide and as long as you need.  Glue the stem on its side between two Marquise Flowers on a piece of cardstock (circle, square, etc.) (see picture of card for placement). 

Step 8:  To create the leaves and a portion of the buds, cut cardstock or DSP into 1/8" x 3" pieces.  Follow Steps 1, 2, 3, and 4.

Step 9:  Pinch only one side of the leaves and buds to form "Teardrop Flowers". 

Step 10:  For the remainder of the bud, cut a piece of cardstock or DSP at 1/8" x 2".  Fold the piece in half creating a V shape.

Step 11:  Using the Piercing Tool or a Slotted Quilling Tool, roll one side of the V towards you and the other away from you.  This creates a "V Scroll" into which you glue a Teardrop Flower (the bud).

Step 12:  Follow Step 8 to create a stem and glue it onto the end of the bud.  Add a green Teardrop Flower for a leaf, and glue these to the cardstock.

Step 13:  Glue your stems together and attach to cardstock (see card for placement).

Step 14:  Use either the Blossom Petals Builder Punch to cut two leaves or create them by cutting out a leaf shape from green cardstock.

Step 15:  Curl the leaves slightly and glue them to the bottom of the stems.

YOUR DESIGN IS FINISHED!  I hope to hear from you regarding my card and this tutorial. 

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God's Blessings!
Guneaux Designs by Beverly Polen
Stampin' Up! Demonstrator in FL


1 comment:

Luster Canyon said...

Very pretty! Thanks for sharing.