This is the Quilled St Valentines day card tutorial I promised, that completes the valentine gift set trio , the gift was a handmade paper rose, a handcrafted gift box , and now the quilled greeting card .
I realize I’ve changed the color theme everything else was pink don’t worry you can still make your quilling shapes in shades of pink or pink and white. Its just I am a lousy poet
Quilling shapes used scrolls and hearts
The best I could come up with was Will you be my Valentine …how original (I hear you cry), But wait it gets better (but not much), inside it says My HEART WOULD BE SO BLUE WITHOUT YOU . So you see I had to change the colors,(My husband doesn’t care about colors anyway, probably won’t even look at the card handmade ,quilled or not the chocolate fiend that he is he will be way too interested in the giant sized bar of Cadbury’s fruit and nut he will be getting ) And I’m sure you can come up with better poetry than that, if not you can always borrow mine and make a blue quilled card, for now I’ll just show you how to do the quilling for your card.
First of all lets tell you what quilling or paper filigree is.
“Quilling, also known as paper filigree, paper rolling and paper scrolling involves rolling narrow strips of paper into shapes that make up part of a larger design. Typical quilling shapes resemble leaves, coils, and flower petals, inspired by Ancient Egyptian and Roman wire filigree.
While some sources speculate that quilling originated in Ancient Egypt, others connect the quilling craft with the invention of paper in China around 105 AD. In any case, the first known quillers were members of cloistered religious orders, in Europe during the Middle Ages who used individual bird quills as a quilling /rolling tools. Later on in the 15th century nuns collected gilt-edged parchment that fell off bibles that they quilled into decorative designs for religious medallions. With the wider availability of paper, French and Italian nuns achieved more intricate quilled work in 16th and 17th centuries decorating relics and religious images with quilling as ornamentation. Walls and altars of poorer churches displayed these icons and backgrounds quilled with gilded or silvered paper, mostly indistinguishable from genuine gold or silver filigree work.”
So paper filigree/quilling being such an ancient craft obviously needs no high tech tools or gadgets to do it with, as a matter of fact besides the use of a small pair of scissors or an exact-o knife to cut your paper quilling strips with you can do it completely by using just your finger tips, but having some kind of quilling aid certainly makes most quilling projects a little easier .If you decide you like quilling the only real essential tool is the slotted quilling tool, you can usually buy both the slotted quilling tool and needle quilling tool as a kit for for about $6.00 .Although personally I haven’t found much use for the needle quilling tool so far ,apart from as an aligner for small quilled pieces. But the slotted tool makes quilling so much easier and is essential if you wish to create folded quilled roses which are my favorite and one of the nicest but hardest (in most peoples opinion) of the quilling techniques to master. More on the folded rose in a later tutorial after you all have had chance to get hooked on the art of quilling and to buy yourself a slotted quilling tool.
quilling tools slotted and needle quilling tool
What You Will Need
Strips of colored paper (quilling strips)
Small Scissors/ exact-o Knife
Quilling Tool or substitute (kebab skewer, thin screw driver,
the handle end of small paint brush all these make quilling tool substitute)
A flair for poetry ???
That’s it really , now you may download the Free Quilled Card Tutorial or follow through the quilling project step by step online by following this link to Pages from the Heart home site where as usual the free tutorial walk through is posted in its entirety online.
In case you have never seen quilled folded roses here is a variation of the above card (still blue and the same dreadful verse) but employing the slightly more advanced quilling technique of folded filigree roses
Quilling roses is often thought the hardest of the quilling shapes to master
If you like the quilled roses as shown above you can find another free quilling tutorial on how to make them
Quilled Roses the Easy Way