Paper Stitched Card

Several summers ago I came across a wonderfully instructive site/shop in England called Card Inspirations. A bonus was its small, but active forum comprised of a group of cardies who posted with enjoyable British wit and helpful info. I loved every minute spent at that address.

Iris folding, spirella, teabag folding, embossing... all were new terms to me, and soon I was trying every idea that was presented. The site is under new ownership and has changed quite a lot over time, but I was delighted to find the original paper stitching tutorials are still available.
 quilled and stitched floral card
This is a card I made for a group swap fairly soon after discovering paper filigree and the CI site. Perhaps it looks complicated, but what I'd like you to take away from this post is that it honestly doesn't take a huge amount of time to learn to quill or stitch. If you'd like to make a card like this, refer back to my simple quilling tutorial for the flower directions; combine them with the free paper stitching template and instructions from Card Inspirations.

The border design is made up of tight coils and S scrolls. Tight coils are made the very same way as flower centers. To make an S scroll, roll one end of a 2.5 inch strip toward the strip's center and let the coil relax. Turn paper over and roll the opposite end to meet the first coil. Allow the strip to relax, forming an S shape.

Ann Martin
Ann Martin

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  1. Thank you! I've got this one book marked for reference when I start some simple quilling and card making.

    Very sweet piece.

  2. Your card is so beautiful and delicate! Thanks for the interesting links.

  3. lovely card .. thanks for reminding me about that site..haven't been there for ages.. learned alot there..have a great day...

  4. Love the card! Thank you so much for sharing this site--I love the tutorials and am excited to try teabag folding!


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