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Let there be light!


Here’s the birthday card I’ve made for my friend Nicky … inspired by today’s post on The Quilling Guild members’ blog, and captured on camera inside my new photographic light box! I would never previously have attempted to photograph work on a dark winter’s night – but I’m pleased to say it’s turned out OK, thanks to some powerful lamps. No shadows, either! I thought about lightening the image even further using Photoshop, but didn’t want to ‘bleach’ the colours. It’s all still a learning curve for me.

I printed the lettering for the card via word processing software, and then set about decorating the initial letter with quilling, using a variety of different techniques. I could easily have gone on and on adding decoration, but I decided that sometimes ‘less is more’. Hopefully this was a good place to stop.

If you’d like to know more about the Guild’s blog and how you can access it, please visit this link. The blog has been going for nearly three years now, and I can promise you it’s a good read!!


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!!

Reverting to type

I’m sure most quillers would agree that when it comes to card making, the written greeting can be the most challenging element to create, especially if – like me – you really don’t like ‘peel-offs’, and you need to complete a card in a hurry!

For me, peel-offs are tacky (in more ways than one!); hand-written greetings hardly ever look good enough (unless you are a skilled calligrapher); stencilling is OK but time-consuming … and quilled lettering? Well, that looks terrific if you’ve got the time and inclination to tackle it, but just isn’t a practical proposition when time is pressing.

As most of my followers know, I almost always look for a digital solution to challenges like these, and I generally find that my computer has the answer to my problems! Over the years I’ve been exploring many different ways of printing the backgrounds and greetings for my quilled cards – and lately I’ve started playing with typography to try and make my printed greetings an integral part of the overall card design.

Here are some of my most recent creations, all of which seem to have been well received. I like to repeat my greeting over and over in a mixture of different typefaces, thereby creating an additional design element in the form of a block of text.


The cards in the row at the top of the picture have the text block printed at an angle to form a frame for my quilling. The other three cards utilise a printed text background cut out to fit precisely within an embossed frame.

I also utilised pre-printed card blanks for a workshop that I held earlier this week for a group of Girl Guides who wanted to create Mothers Day cards. I always find these workshops SO rewarding, as kids seem to pick up the principles of rolling and shaping coils so fast, and are soon adding their own creative twists to any pre-planned quilled design!

In this picture, you can see the basic sample card that I had developed for the workshop on the right, standing alongside one of the girls’ very pretty variations …


… and here are some more of their lovely creations:


Well done, girls – I’m proud of you!!