Friday, May 31, 2013

Quilled Marriage Certificate and a Celtic Card Design

Spring and summer wedding season is underway... I've been busy creating quilled marriage certificates and ketubahs. I enjoy the process, especially when presented with the opportunity to work with a new color palette. Even if the requested design is similar to one I've done in the past, just working with different colors makes it feel fresh again.

Quilled Quaker marriage certificate by Ann Martin

Steph and Zach were married a year ago in April and asked that I add the quilling in time for their first anniversary. Such a nice paper-themed gift to give one another, plus it provides me the opportunity to show the look of a certificate with signatures in place.

Quilled Quaker marriage certificate by Ann Martin

The wedding colors were gray and yellow with a touch of coral - very pretty and understated. Rather than S scrolls on each side as I often do, they requested linear scrollwork. Riva Brown of Living Letters Studio did her usual beautiful calligraphy.

On a completely different note, I needed a card for a male friend's birthday party recently and found this one in my stash that I'd made while in a Celtic phase. The federal blue/olive green color scheme and non-frilly design were just right for the recipient.

Quilled Celtic card

Seeing it again reminded me that I don't especially enjoy doing symmetrical quilling, but I do like using Paplin's two tone strips. They give an interesting look because the paper is color-printed, thus coil edges appear white, not typical of most quilling paper.

Quilled Celtic card

Right now I'd better get back to a certificate I've been working on this week for a July wedding. It's a completely new design and involves a paper sculpture camellia. They are such beautiful flowers, the pressure is on to do them justice!

All Things Paper: 20 Unique Projects from Leading Paper Crafters, Artists, and Designers

One last thing for today... the Look Inside feature has been enabled for the All Things Paper book. Take a sneak peek! Release day for print and Kindle versions is coming up on June 11th.

Stay tuned for some fun book-related happenings around here and have a great weekend!


17 comments:

chillin with Quillin said...

beautiful certificate and lovely card !!!!!
Paula

Baukje said...

beautiful marriage
all your work is gorgeous!
Greetings Baukje

Zoe Brener said...

This certificate is, indeed, a bit different - that coral & yellow give it a brighter look. We would all love you to give us a tutorial on certificate decoration :)

I am glad you shared the card. I have a pack of the Paplin two-tone mix. As I write, it is still sealed. Now that I saw the strips in action, I doubt it will stay sealed for long.

Ann Martin said...

Thanks Paula!

Ann Martin said...

Thanks Baukje!

Ann Martin said...

Thanks Zoe! If there's anything in particular you'd like to know about adding quilling to a certificate let me know. My number one piece of advice (that I have yet to take myself!) would be to use a high standing table when doing the final gluing - your back will thank you. :)

Enjoy those new papers... the colors are subtle, but sometimes subtle is nice.

Lenoria said...

Ann, these are gorgeous! I love seeing your quill work.

SUGANTHI said...

Such a pleasure to see your quilling Ann. Pretty swirls and colours. I love your card, So neat and symmetrical and such a pretty design too.

Jan Castle said...

Wonderful certificate!!!! Your book cover looks enticing!!!
I so enjoy receiving your blog....TFS!
Paper Hugs,
Jan

Eileen Ng said...

You're a perfectionist as always! Congrats on your book! You're well read and on top of all of the trends--it'll be a great resource for everyone!

Ann Martin said...

Thanks so much, everyone!

craftingcreatures said...

I can never get enough of looking at your beautiful crafts-womanship, Ann. Love how the bride has gotten you to use colors we don't normally reach for because the bright colors add the touch of lighter whimsy and really state their personalities.

Ann Martin said...

Thanks Cecelia! I love it when brides lead me to new color combinations.

Melissa Kojima said...

I love seeing your quilling projects. Thanks for sharing. It's fun to revisit the past and see what you used to do and how you've grown and changed. And how exciting to see your future dreams coming true like the book project. Good luck with those flowers.

Ann Martin said...

Aw thanks Melissa. :)

a paper {life} said...

you must be really proud of your book Ann....can't wait for it to come out

Ann Martin said...

Thanks Cheryl, it was a ton of work (at least a million mouse clicks, I like to say!) but so enjoyable at the same time.

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