I mailed off this quilled wedding invitation mat last week... a commissioned gift for a couple who married in September. The wedding color palette was cranberry and sangria; the elegant pearl white invitation featured deep red lettering.
The client requested a standard size mat as she planned to purchase a
ready-made frame. 11 inches x 14 inches worked well for this invitation
as it was a little larger than a standard 5 x 7-inch rectangle. Having a
mat custom cut is more costly than a pre-cut mat, but there are far
more color/texture options, not to mention the cut-out can be
placed where desired. I positioned it so that the majority of blank space was at the bottom to accommodate the quilling.
The invitation's debossed, symmetrical design is what I recreated... far from the easiest
thing to do, but so beautiful I wanted to give it my best shot. In addition to wine colored quilling paper, I used warm white strips with a gilded edge - shiny and elegant, they make any design extra special.
I always count on my local frame shop to have just the right mat and
happily, that held true this time. In fact, there was only one choice
that was the perfect shade to coordinate the lettering and burgundy
quilling paper. Also, it was a fabric-covered mat board - my favorite type on which to glue quilling. This in-progress shot makes me smile... it looks more like some sort of winged creature!
Time to glue... the first thing I did was mark the center
of the mat with tape just above where the quilling would
be placed. Because the mat measured eleven inches across, my trusty six-inch
ruler came in handy to make sure I was staying true to the center
marker, yet it didn't get in my way as a longer straight-edge would have.
There are probably a hundred ways to glue a scroll and
ninety nine of them will look off-balanced. Measure, measure and measure
again is always my motto when doing final gluing.
Edited to add: If you are in search of tips on how to glue quilling, visit my Quilling FAQ page.
Have a look at more quilled wedding invitation designs.