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A new direction

I’ve always been fascinated by collage work, so recently decided to try and combine a little collage with quilling! When I relocated my craft room recently, I came across several drawers-full of patterned/coloured scraps of paper that I’ve been collecting ever since I first got ‘into’ crafts – and now their time has finally come!

Helen's card copyrighted

This card, made for my daughter-in-law, uses the ‘sandwich’ quilling strip border edging that I described in an earlier post, lined up around a green square (her favourite colour!) which I had printed on to a card blank. I used two flower-shaped templates to create an overlapping design drawn on to a piece of cardboard (you can see the templates I used and the layout in the picture below.) Being drawn on to card, the individual segments were easy to cut out and draw around with pencil on my chosen background papers … then it was just a simple matter of cutting the papers and fitting the resulting shapes together on the card. Once I had glued them in place, it was time to add some quilling!


I created the ‘Happy Birthday Helen’ paper using my word processing software with a mix of typefaces to produce a typographical square which could be printed out.

As a result of all this, I’ve definitely got the collage ‘bug’ and can’t wait to start using lots more different background papers in future projects.  Watch this space!!


Feeling edgy!

If there’s one thing I have learned over the past few months, it is that two strips are often better than one … and multiple strips can open the door to a whole host of possibilities.

I’ve found that two standard quilling strips glued together along their length are great for use in ‘on-edge’ and open filigree work, as they can be readily curved and ‘sculpted’, just like working with light card. I suspect that it’s not just the extra thickness, but also the plasticity of the dried glue in between the two layers that helps them hold their shape so well.

Being me, of course, I’m not content with just joining a couple of strips together! In fact, I’ve been experimenting with creating multiple ‘sandwich’ strips which are nine, 12 or even 15 layers thick (see photo below)!


This particular one is a 15-strip ‘sandwich’, made up from five separate parts: three strips of lime green glued together; three strips of olive green glued together; three strips of yellow glued together and then crimped while the glue is still wet; another three strips of olive green glued together; then three strips of brown glued together. I made each colour component separately, then joined the lime green to the olive, the olive to the yellow, the yellow to the olive etc and allowed the whole thing to dry thoroughly before use.

Once the glue between the all strips has completely dried (you have to be patient!), these ‘sandwich’ strips can be bent and shaped to form substantial edge pieces and borders for quilled designs. They even hold their shape when curved inwards for ‘concave’ shaped features, provided you apply a thin layer of glue to the underside.  When you just want straight sections, you can cut the sandwiched strip with scissors, although it requires a bit of effort – you could, alternatively, use a paper cutting knife (but be sure to mind your fingers while you cut!).

Here’s another example that I have used in a recent project …


Sandwich incorporating two sets of gold-edged crimped strips

I’ve found that you need to use a minimum of three strips of each colour to make a strong visual impact. The addition of crimped sections adds interest to the overall effect.



I used my 15-strip ‘sandwich’ to make a border frame for a new quilled project which I will share in another post.

It’s great to be back!!