Quilled Owl Card

Something fun today... just wanted to show you a birthday card I made for one of my nephews last week.
 quilled owl birthday card
Who-o-o would believe it, but owls are hot again after their claim to fame in the '70s. I'm not sure why I'm surprised, considering '80s shoulder pads and '90s neon brights are making a comeback this spring. Perhaps it's survival of the fittest and survival of the flashiest?!

For some crazy reason, I waited until the last minute and only had a short while spend on the card. Ordinarily I don't enjoy quilling with a time constraint, but this Twirled Paper owl was pretty darn cute, not to mention I couldn't imagine young Jake being a tough critic. I decided to give the brown and black fellow a smaller crown and bigger beak. Wish I'd tweaked the crown so it stuck up in feathery tufts, but other than that, I loved Jacqueline Lee's design just as it was - she is so clever. Her book has often been a huge help to me when it comes to making cards for kids.

I used bits and pieces from my craft stash... the chartreuse card stock (chartreuse? that doesn't sound quite right... peridot perhaps?) started life as a folder that came in the mail.
 quilled owl detail
What wasn't neat was that the card stock had a very slippery surface. The nifty glitter gel pen I had planned to use for the lettering smeared right off, so I wound up using an ordinary black ballpoint after a black marker rubbed off also. grrrr Not to mention my favorite Elmer's Clear Glue didn't do its usual good sticking job. Crafter's Pick - The Ultimate saved the day.

And creasing the cardstock caused the color to crack along the fold, leaving a ragged white edge... what else could go wrong?! Luckily some leftover ribbon from another project covered that little disaster.

Whew.... not perfect, but that's okay. I had a good time and was able to deliver the card to Jake's mailbox in time for it to be a surprise when he arrived home from school.

By the way, the message reads:
Who-o-o is 6?
YOU are - that's who!
Happy Birthday!

Ann Martin
Ann Martin

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