Niki’s Technique of the Week: Quilling
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Happy Monday to you! Niki here and today I want to show you how to incorporate one of my favorite techniques, quilling, into a card without spending a lot of time working on shapes.

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.

I chose a 1/8-inch-wide multicolored pack of paper since I wanted to do something in rainbow. I went with ten different colors: one 23-inch strip of each (red, pumpkin, sunflower, banana, leaf green, lime green, blue, turquoise, lilac, and grape) torn into two 8-inch pieces and two 4-inch pieces. That ended up being enough for me to go all around the oval. The actual number of coils you need varies based on how tightly you roll the paper.

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.

Next, stamp the sentiment on the oval and heat-emboss it with clear detail embossing powder. Center it over your rectangle panel and trace its outline with pencil as light as you can. The pencil line is how we’ll know where to place the 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!

To glue them in place, I used two methods: smearing a thin layer of glue on a piece of acetate and lightly dipping each smaller coil, and dipping my little finger into the glue and dabbing a tiny fingerprint onto my background to adhere the larger coils.

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.

While they’re drying, use a stencil brush to blend your inks around the edge of the oval, coordinating the ink colors with your quilling paper colors.

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.

There you have it! I hope you?ll give this a try on your next card. It would be great to see what you make. If you enjoyed the post today, please share the love by pinning it to Pinterest!

Happy quilling!


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.

5 Responses to Niki’s Technique of the Week: Quilling

  1. Pat Lalor says:

    I love quilling and am not that good at it, but always find new techniques so exciting.

  2. Jane says:

    I’m a little fuzzy on some of the instructions but would definitely like to try this new technique (for me). Do you have a video on your quilling. Thank you.

    The card is very beautiful.

    • Niki Coursey says:

      I’m not so good at making videos yet, but it is something I am currently working on! If you need some help with how to make the pieces, there are a ton of tutorials available on YouTube. Just search “how to do quilling”, and that should bring up some helpful videos for you 🙂

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