Monday, November 21, 2011

Quilled Bird Thank You Card

Quilling and birds often seem to go together. I've enjoyed making quite a few and have seen real beauties that lots of others have created. Because of the color variations and feathery details, it's no wonder birds are so popular in the quilling world.

aqua-thank-you-card-side

All that said, here's a very simple one that would be good to whip up when time is limited, yet you're determined to send a handmade card. It's just a pinched ring coil with the addition of teardrop wings. Sit him on a curved strip and quill a few leaves. There you go! Add a sticker and a couple strips of washi tape - love that stuff - as an accent at the top and bottom of the background paper.


The full tutorial can be found in November's CardMaker Magazine where there's a whole section on using aqua as an accent color. Check out the little stamped tree on the cover - wouldn't it be great as a quilled design? Come to think of it, my bird could be adapted as a dove of peace... hmm, the wheels are beginning to turn as to what I'll do for Christmas cards this year!

19 comments:

  1. This is stunning!! Looks quite elegant and could make a good formal card too =)

    Kavya
    www.nkavya.blogspot.com

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  2. sweet card, but till now i'm failed to make a curved strip and swirl strip properly.

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  3. The quilled creations always look so effortless. This one is elegant, and what a lovely color.

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  4. Beautiful creation dear.

    Sudha
    sudha-kalra.blogspot.com
    http://sudha-kalra.blogspot.com/p/shop.html

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  5. Such a sweet card Ann, Thanks for mentioning the shaped ring coil Ann,It wouldn't be easy with just one strip. I am also so caught up with the tree on the magazine cover.

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  6. I love it. It's so simple and beautiful. :)

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  7. Thanks everyone. eiela, to give a curved strip some stability, try gluing two strips back to back for extra strength (let it dry completely before curving) or use lightweight cardstock instead of quilling paper. I'm not exactly sure what you mean by a swirl strip, but will try to help if you leave more info.

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  8. what a wonderful and lovely card I love it!
    Greetings Baukje

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  9. less is best! really love the little bird that sits on the branch.

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  10. Ann, this is so outstanding! The simplicity of the card makes it even more stunning! I wonder how you get such looooooooovely ideas! :)

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  11. Very simple yet beautiful. Yep, that tree on the mag cover caught my eye too. Hope to give it a try next X'mas.

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  12. Ann, I love your new birdy card. The washi tape sets a lovely background to your design. That is such a cute birdie!! Licia

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  13. very elegant, and love the color!!!
    Paula

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  14. Less is more - lovely in its simplicity. Congrats on the editorial!

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  15. What a pretty card! I love to color (may take a bit of getting used to for Thanksgiving!).
    Hugs, Antonella :-)

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  16. Thanks everyone! Antonella, I know what you mean... we don't exactly think of aqua as a Thanksgiving color. The other cards shown in the magazine managed to do a nice job of mixing it with traditional colors though.

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  17. Ann, very beautiful and elegant card! Love the bird, it's so neat!

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  18. Simple and so very elegant....loved the quilled bird...

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  19. Your design is gorgeous, Ann! The open bird is very unique. I love the color. Thanks for sharing your magazine project. YAY!
    -Molly

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