Monday, February 22, 2010

Cuttlebug Quilling Dies

Buzz about the new Cuttlebug quilling dies from Provo Craft has been making the rounds on paper crafting and quilling blogs recently.
daisy

A video, filmed by Mark Giles of scraptime.ca at the recent CHA convention (Craft and Hobby Association), shows Maggie Lamarre demonstrating how to die-cut and roll a strip of paper.

Scrap Time - CHA Winter 10 - New for Cuttlebug from Mark Giles on Vimeo.

fast forward to 2:15 to see the quilling demo

To my eyes, the result looks more like a balloon punch flower than a quilled daisy, but perhaps that's splitting hairs. It's all good... the popular Cuttlebug name will bring new attention to quilling and the dies will appeal to those who want a relatively quick and satisfying way of adding dimension to their projects. Satisfying, because one feels more a part of the process when actually creating an embellishment, instead of just pasting something on that's been produced by the millions in an impersonal factory. chrysanthemum

The slotted tool ("quilling pen") handle looks ideal. I've been after manufacturers to design a more ergonomically correct quilling tool for ages and hope it will be sold separately. Those of us who do true quilling would like access to it too. And fingers crossed the slot is ultra-fine, because why not make the less than pleasing crimp that a standard slotted tool produces as small as possible? Yes, it's fine to dream!rose/carnation

In addition to the demonstrated daisy, Provo Craft offers dies for a chrysanthemum that resembles a quilled fringed flower, and a rose or carnation.

4 comments:

  1. Thanks for sharing this, Ann! I agree that I don't know if I'd call this "quilling", per se. I'm not a quilling expert, but I've dabbled over the years and haven't seen anything like this in the realm of quilling.

    Either way, as you said, this is going to bring more exposure to the art of quilling (not a bad thing), and it's going to allow people to feel more a part of the creative process, instead of them just buying the premade dimensional flower stickers. Those dies create some neat dimensional flowers.

    This actually gives me lots of ideas for doing custom cuts with my Cricut and the Sure Cuts A Lot software!

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  2. oh I like it. I just recently purchased a cuttlebug and now I want those dies :) Thanks for sharing.

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  3. Thanks, Ann. I hope the tool is an improvement on the status quo. I could use the help!

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  4. That is an awesome tool! Anything that can be added to the die cut lines makes the tool more versatile. I can see so much potential for something like this to be used in the jewelry making arena. Thanks for sharing this with us!

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