Monday, November 29, 2010

Quilled Christmas Tree Card

Is it really time to kick off the Christmas season? Wasn't it just the middle of summer?! I miss the warmth, but have to say it's kind of nice to live in this corner of the northern hemisphere where staying inside to make things goes hand in hand with the chilly holidays.


Here's an idea for a card that would be a good design to try even if you're brand new to quilling. Because the rolled coils are random sizes, there's no need to stress over them being exact. The card itself is a simple gate fold, meaning the short sides of a cardstock rectangle are folded in to meet at the center. The red, elongated triangle is glued to the left side only, so the flaps can be opened to reveal a greeting.


Quilled loose coils make nifty little ornaments. Roll a narrow strip of lightweight green/red paper, 1/8 inch wide, anywhere from two to seven inches in length, on a quilling tool or even a toothpick. Glue the end (a torn end blends in best), spread a little glue on the back of the coil, and randomly trim the tree. Tweezers are a huge help in handling quilling coils. To give the ornaments a bit of shine, dab one side in a metallic ink pad before gluing the opposite side to the card, or use specialty quilling paper with a gilded edge.


Make the tree trunk by rolling a loose coil and pinching it at two opposite points... this is a marquise shape. Rotate the marquise slightly and pinch again at two more points to create a rectangle.

I punched the gold metallic stars with a Fiskars three-way snowflake corner punch and used a Uniball gold gel pen for the lettering.


21 comments:

SUGANTHI said...

what a great card idea ! It looks beautiful.

Сузана Илић said...

It is simple and elegant Christmas tree. Really beautiful way to do it.
Suzana

BellsInSpires said...

clever, clever, clever! i love the way the card folds open. but i think i love the tree trunk the best ;) hope your thanksgiving was super spectacular!

CraftyRichela said...

okay, this one I definitely will try. You make it sound fool-proof. And I am certainly the fool here! Wish me and my thumbs luck.

Ann said...

This is a good one for me to try since I always have so much trouble getting the coils the same size. I love this one. I'm going to check out those sales too.

Molly Smith said...

CUTE, CUTE ... and very unique. Your card is perfect. Thanks for the idea! hugs xo

CraftCrave said...

Just a quick note to let you know that a link to this post will be placed on CraftCrave today [30 Nov 01:00am GMT]. Thanks, Maria

Lu said...

Such a simple and elegant card. I love the gilded edges! I'm adding a metallic ink pad to my shopping list. :)

Also, I wanted to let you know that I have a quilled earrings tutorial going up tomorrow at the blog Gwenny Penny, and I recommended your tutorials for beginners. I'm hoping to spread the quilling joy. :)

Paula said...

Simple and elegant. Definitely I will try this model.

Charlotte said...

Ann, another beautiful card! I think that of all of the Christmas symbols, trees are most open to artistic interpretation. Your abstract tree is just wonderful. Great use of a gate card.

Ann Martin said...

Thanks so much everyone!

Lu, thank you for linking over here in your guest post at Gwenny Penny - cute, cute, cute little tree earrings! Everyone needs to go read Lu's post - it's full of great quilling tips and is funny to boot. :-)

Priscilla said...

gorgeous :)

Jansie said...

What a super cute card! Love the simplicity and originality. Thanks for sharing your designs. :)

Ren said...

Hi Ann, thanks for stopping by at my site. I love all your designs! The pecan pie looks delicious, I love this christmas tree! In fact, I am opening up one section at my site to talk about quilling, can I feature your works and link back to your site? Thanks.

Ren
www.handmade-cards-ideas.com

Ann Martin said...

Thanks Ren, and yes, I'd love for you to feature quilling. A link back here would be great. Let me know if you have any questions.

candyapplecrafts.com said...

You do beautiful work!

Kathy said...

love it.. turned out great.. thanks for showing it...

Ren said...

Hi Ann,

I have featured some of your works on my website. Do take a look. :)

Will check back often for more of your works!

Best regards,
Ren

Ann Martin said...

Thanks everyone!
Ren, I appreciate the feature, thank you!

Ren said...

Hi Ann...I really love the quilling works on the marriage certificate. It's really a great idea! Can't wait to feature more of your works! Cheers!

Ren

PMT~ Meg said...

What a great idea for a Christmas card, Ann. You have so many good ideas on your blog!!

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