Have you heard of quilling? It’s been around for hundreds of years and used to be the pastime of genteel ladies during the Georgian and Victorian times and was also practised by nuns and monks to decorate religious artefacts. Modern papers and adhesives have changed the work produced but the techniques are based on old ideas.
My book showed some Charles Rennie Mackintosh style roses and they looked to be the easiest of the Closed Loose Coils, since they started with a fold rather than rolling. I glued a strip of pale and dark pink together at the end and started the folding.
Once I’d got to the end, I released the tension and then glued the other ends in place to secure the rose shape. I made several of these and some with darker pink strips. The leaves were made using a different technique called Wheatear Coils. As I haven’t done this before, I experimented with trying to make the leaves in different ways. The flowers didn’t seem to sit well by themselves so I used some purple strips to make a vase type structure.
After the individual quilling was complete, I set to work on the arrangement and glued them in place after stamping the sentiment. Three of the roses were glued on top of the arrangement to give a more 3D effect.
To finish, I added a few tiny heart embellishments and mounted on a green mat and pink card base to compliment the floral arrangment.
As usual, I made two cards, one each for the two mums in my life: my Mum and my Mum-in-Law. One of the best things about handmade cards is that no two are identical – they’re the same but different!
This week’s card is inspired by a box frame I saw on Pinterest which had 3 pairs of shoes in a shop window using the Stampin’ Up! Dressed To Impress stamp set.
To begin, I stamped 6 shoes on white card and 3 pairs onto patterned paper as I wanted to paper piece my shoes. I cut the shoes out using the coordinating die and fussy cut the patterned shoes, sticking each patterned shoe onto a white background.
Next, I made my shop front. I cut a rectangle out of a piece of card and then ran it through the Brick & Mortar embossing folder. I attached a piece of acetate to the back to create a window and added a scalloped edge canopy over the top of the window.
Posh shoes need a shoe box and I created one using a couple of rectangles of Soft Suede card. These were glued to a piece of white card and the shoes added on top.
The final part of construction was to adhere the shoe layer onto a Soft Suede mat layer and then glue this to the card front. The shop front was attached using foam tape. Lastly, I added a thin strip of patterned paper and a fun sentiment.
I used 2 pairs of shoes on the previous card (one pair were on the liner) so I quickly made this last card for my 3rd pair. I repeat stamped the shoe image randomly on the card front, added a Highland Heather mat layer stamped around the edge with the rose image, and topped with the shoes and sentiment.
A couple of quick cards this week made using Stampin’ Up! Brightly Gleaming set. I wanted to create some clean and simple style cards predominantly using white and metallics.
First, I stamped two of the bauble images twice, embossed each pair in gold and silver and cut them out using the matching punches. For my backgrounds, I wanted some texture so I embossed my card using the long-retired pine bough folder.
Next, I cut some strips of gold and silver glitter card to edge my card fronts and liners and heat embossed the sentiment from the set.
I heat embossed the smaller decoration onto the envelope and the liner and stuck the liner into the card base, adding the glitter strips to the edges.
I repeated the glitter edging on the card front pieces.
The last job was to add foam dimensionals to adhere the baubles and sentiments.
The resulting cards were simple but elegant that I’d be happy to have on my mantlepiece.