Thursday, February 6, 2014

Quilled Valentine - Hearts in a Heart

Here's a Valentine idea that was the result of experimenting with the quilling technique called alternate side looping or husking. It's the looping of paper strips - rather than more typical rolling - and is often used to make leaves or flower petals. What if I made long loops of irregular lengths and shaped them as if curling ribbon? VoilĂ ! The result was this white shape that kind of/sort of reminds me of a heart.

Quilled Valentine Tutorial

By adding small heart scrolls and text that declares it a heart, there will be no misunderstanding. :)

Directions for alternate side looping/husking can be found in this recent quilled Valentine tutorial. You'll create loops of different sizes by hand, gluing each one at the heart base as you wrap the paper back and forth from side to side. (no need to use straight pins and a board - I find that method is too fiddly) Unlike the husked leaves as seen at the link, don't surround the loops as the final step. Instead, hold the base and curl each loop with the edge of a scissors blade.

Quilled Valentine Tutorial

I printed the interior message on a square of patterned paper and quilled a small motif for each rounded corner made up of two flag scrolls and a heart scroll.

To make a heart scroll: Fold a 3 inch strip in half. Roll one end to fold, allow coil to relax, and slip it off tool. Repeat with opposite end.

To make a flag scroll: Fold a 3 inch strip in half. With strip still folded, roll ends together toward fold.

Quilled Valentine Tutorial

I like the way the sheer ribbon with solid edges goes with the lines in the embossed card card blank by DCWV. I think this card style has been discontinued unfortunately, but I've seen them at Michaels in boxed sets.

Quilled Valentine Tutorial

Hearts can be used for more than just Valentine's Day cards - engagements, weddings, and new babies come to mind. And so I made this version with pale pink and silver-edged quilling paper and topped it off with a bit of angora yarn. Hmm, the heart looks more like a shamrock though.

Quilled Baby Card Tutorial

How would I mail a dimensional card like this one? Very carefully! It's probably safest to deliver it in person - perhaps as a gift topper. If it has to be mailed, put it inside a sturdy box with packing noodles so the loops won't be crushed.

8 comments:

LindaSonia said...

I love that hearts within a heart technique a lot!! Beautiful!

Sathya said...

Pretty heart designs...Love this looping techniques...

SUGANTHI said...

How clever Ann, The double strips in the loop are only going to make the swirls sturdy and easy to manage. I am not good at pins as well , I prefer to loop with my hands .

paperzen said...

Lofty and luscious, Ann. The swirls are so romantic and suits the theme so well. I love the embossed card you chose - subtle accents say so much. I thought the pink and silver one looked like a tree of love actually.

Ann Martin said...

Thanks everyone, I'm glad you like the card.

Unknown said...

Thanks for sharing! I love this cards, Ann!

Merry Weber said...

These are so beautiful! Although the hearts heart is pretty by itself, the embossed background takes it to another level – looks so gentle, sophisticated ( I run out of words here).
I agree with paperzen, that the pink and silver one looks like tree, or bush, but it's cute :D
Thanks for sharing these ideas with us. Have a lovely love week :)
Best wishes,
Domestic Cleaning London

Anonymous said...

ann. a lovely set of valentine cards!!elegant design..clever use of your quilling strips...modern and fresh!!
licia

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