When I send a note to someone I like to make a card. For a while I had needed to send cards to two different people. So one day I finally sat down, picked out cards to make, and made them.
I looked through one of my quilling books: The Art of Paper Quilling and found a real pretty design which I snapped a picture of for you to see. This design was actually meant for a frame, but I liked the flowers so decided I would take two of the flowers, make them, and put one on each card.
The purple one I made was actually from modifying the middle flower in the picture. I didn’t have the right colors so I used what I had on hand. I think it turned out real pretty.
The second one I made was using the design for the fourth flower in the pictures. I really liked how it looked using two different pinks and the bunny ear flower petals. The leaves were done using a technique call fan husking. They took the longest to do but I like the way they look.
I think both the cards turned out real nice. I had so much fun making them. If you want to make them the instructions for these flowers and lots of other cute designs for frames, cards, place cards, and little paper gift bags can be found in the book: The Art of Paper Quilling. I purchased mine at Hobby Lobby but I don’t think they sell it anymore so I linked it to amazon’s page for the book.
I always try to be prompt about writing thank you cards right after Christmas. I also like to make my own cards, not use bought ones. For thank you cards for this past Christmas I decided to get to work and make some shiny snowflake ones.
While I was prompt about making them I was obviously not prompt about posting this. However, I did think about posting it several times (and it’s the thought that counts), so please enjoy this 6 months late and get a head start for this Christmas.
For all of my cards I used a set of plain white cards and envelopes from Hobby Lobby, an embossing heat tool, and silver embossing powder. I also used small pieces of dark blue paper for the two cards just below. I used two different thank you stamps and a variety of snowflake stamps.
I really like the combination of silver and dark blue so that was my focus on the card above and below.
However silver still looks nice on a plain white background.
I used one large snowflake stamp and did it three different ways: landscape, portrait, and portrait with thank you at the bottom.
I have to say that the card below is my absolute favorite. I used two different small snowflake stamps and randomly positioned them on the card.
I hope you’ll try out making your own snowflake cards. The possibilities are endless.
A sweet little girl we know wrote me a note recently. I wanted to respond with a cute card. After having taken a break from quilling for a long time I decided to pull out my books and find a cute design. So I found this card design “Bright Butterflies” in my book Quill It Easy.
I modified it slightly from the book in order to fit what I had on hand but used pretty much the same color scheme. The dimensions of the card and green squares were different because I had a smaller card then the design called for. The only thing I wished I could of done which I didn’t do was to run the background paper through a crimper. This was in the original design and looks real nice but I don’t have a paper crimper.
As I mentioned this design came from a book Quill It Easy. This book has some real cute designs in it along with a couple pages on the basic materials needed and the basic shapes. I found mine at Hobby Lobby several year ago but I don’t think they carry it anymore. You can buy the e-book from the publisher here or order the print copy from amazon here.
I really hate to call this a tutorial because in all honesty it is little more than do this and this and you’re done. But I did.
I had a friend’s birthday party to go to and wanted to make a quick gift (sort-of left it to the last minute). (Also because this was such a last minute thing the pictures are minimal and of poor quality). Stationary is always an easy thing to make but I wanted to do mine differently and not just go with plain paper. My mind went back to this card I had seen on pinterest. However being that it was late spring I chose to do the cards with an initial. Here’s how I did it:
You Will Need:
- Fabric Scraps at least 3″ x 3″
- Coordinating Cardstock
- Blank white cards and envelopes
- Double-stick tape
- Tacky Glue
- Pinking Shears
- Paper Cutter
How To Do It:
1. Cut your chosen letter out of your fabric scraps using pinking shears. I chose to do it freehand but you could use a stencil if you wanted. The size of your letter will depend on how big you want it, if you want to put it in the corner I would use a small letter, if it’s going to be in the middle go big.
2. Cut a piece of coordinating cardstock using your paper cutter one half inch less than the dimensions of your card (if your cards are 4″ x 5 1/2″ cut a piece 3 1/2″ x 5″).
3. Glue the fabric letter to the piece of cardstock, allow to dry.
4. Use double stick tape to attach the cardstock piece to the card centering with 1/4″ margins.
1. The fabric scraps allowance 3″ x 3″ is very generous and will give you room to do as big a letter as you would want on a regular size card. Depending on your letter, (if you did an “I” for example you might only need a piece 2 1/2″ x 1″) you might need less, but this measurements give you room for error and big letters.
2. I chose to use white cards though you could use coordinating cardstock and make your own cards skipping the extra layer of cardstock. I buy a pack of 50 cards and envelopes from Hobby Lobby. With a coupon they are a very cheap way to buy cards and envelopes (since envelopes seem to be crazy expensive). You can find them in white and ivory in several different sizes though I like the 4″ x 5 1/2″ size.
3. A great way to buy cardstock that will coordinate with your fabric scraps is to buy a matstack. We got this one and one in pastels from JoAnns. These are great because they are just bigger than the size needed to make cards like these.
4. You could always do something other than an intial, you could make a flower using pink scraps for the bloom and green scraps for leeves and stem, be creative.