Wednesday, March 25, 2009

Merci beaucoup

Yesterday I wrote about the popularity of pink and rose shades this season... in that same vein, here's a card I made for the January 2009 issue of CardMaker Magazine. Shown as a thank you card, the wording could be altered to make it suitable for a spring birthday, Easter, or Mother's Day.
Perhaps you've noticed the prevalence of scrolls and flourishes everywhere lately... we see them in print ads, fabric patterns, and as a multitude of rubber stamp and rub-on designs. It's quite simple to make flourishes as I did for this card with narrow strips of quilling paper - just curl each piece with a scissors blade as if you were curling ribbon and roll the ends with a quilling tool or your fingertips. Cluster a few strips together and accent the coiled ends with tiny pearls. The daffodil image (from StampinUp!) was stamped with Versamark on torn vellum and dabbed with glittery eyeshadow left over from the 80's - I kid you not. And isn't that one of the best reasons you've ever heard to save nearly everything?!

4 comments:

Anonymous said...

Ann, What a beautiful way of blending the stamping and the quilling. Beautiful card! You are creative and an artist! Blessings, Louise Fox

Ann Martin said...

Thanks Louise!

Niffer said...

Hi Ann!

I came across this card while searching for ideas for invitations for a friend's wedding. She LOVES the scrolls but she's concerned about whether or not they would get smashed in the mail. Do you ever have problems with that when you're sending cards with quilled designs on them? If so, do you have any suggestions on how to get around that issue?

Thanks a ton from a complete stranger!
-Jen

Ann Martin said...

Hi Jen, usually quilling mails just fine if it's placed in a bubble wrap-lined mailer with a piece of cardboard placed behind the card to give extra support. However, with scrolls like these that aren't as sturdy as regular rolled coils, I would package the invitation in a shallow box. Boxes can be made from sturdy cardstock - google 'box template' - or purchase real boxes from an online supplier. They aren't expensive, although the postage will probably be a little more. I know brides who have done this and actually it's nice for the guests to receive a little package, as it makes a special occasion even more special right from the get-go. The invitation sets the tone for the wedding, so it never hurts to make them as beautiful as possible. Hope this helps!

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