People love the look of quillwork, even in its simplest form. For the background of this card, I used a bunch of open coils to frame a sentiment and make it stand out. If you’re not familiar with quilling techniques, an open coil is where you roll up your paper then release the tension and allow it to unfurl.
But first thing’s first: Go ahead and die-cut a panel with the largest stitched rectangle in the die set. Note: A complete supply list is located at the bottom of this post. Then, cut a stitched oval with the third largest oval die. You can check to make sure it’s the right one by centering it over the sentiment stamp. Once those are cut, set them aside and pick out the colors of quilling paper you’d like to use.
Grab your favorite quilling tool (mine is an ultra-fine slotted tool), and begin making coils.
To do this, slip the end of an 8-inch piece paper into the slot on your tool and coil the paper up. Once you have gotten to the end, carefully remove the paper from the tool (giving it a 1/4 turn the opposite way of how you rolled it up will “unlock” it and help it to lay flatter), then lay it down and allow it to expand.
Repeat with all your 8-inch strips and half of your 4-inch paper pieces. For the rest of the 4-inch pieces, keep them tight on the tool and glue the end before you slide them off to create tight coils.
The trick to this technique is to make sure all the “tails” of the coils are touching another coil. Below is my layout of how I wanted everything to fit together. You can see the beginnings of how it creates the look of a continuous pattern. They are still a little separate here, but when I go to glue them down, I’ll tuck them closer together. Place the coils right on the pencil line. That way, they will peek out around the oval panel. Tweezers are super helpful!
I did this because sometimes the bigger ones can be a little tricky and you can accidentally pull out the center. Be sure if you are laying glue down to your background first (instead of dipping) to use a matte adhesive like Ranger Multi Medium Matte. It’s virtually invisible when it dries! Also, it gives you a few minutes to adjust your coils in case they unfurled too much while working with them.
Then, run a small bead of tacky glue around the edge on the underside of the oval and use your pencil outline to line up where the sentiment goes.
Supplies: 1/8-inch multipack quilling paper from TealKat Creations; Wishing You stamp set from Mama Elephant; VersaFine onyx black ink pad from Imagine; Shadow ink pads (red royal, orange soda, butter bar, green hills, pool, tide pool) and Ombré ink pad (light purple to grape juice) from Hero Arts; clear super fine detail embossing powder and Multi Medium Matte from Ranger Industries Inc.; Stitched Oval dies from My Favorite Things; Stitched Rectangle dies from Lawn Fawn; stencil brushes from ClarityStamp; quilling tool from Lake City Craft.
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