Quilled Wedding Invitation and Bridal Flower

One of my favorite projects is to add quilling to a framed wedding invitation. Actually, the very reason I learned to quill is because I wanted to give one as a gift after being introduced to the idea via a magazine article. I've completed quite a few since then... this invitation was a commissioned gift for a Texas couple.

quilled wedding invitation with white floral design and gray mat

The understated charcoal invitation by Vera Wang featured raised white lettering. It called for a modern design, so I created a double scroll floral and leaf motif in white with touches of silver-edged white.

Quilled wedding invitation by Ann Martin

Gray fabric-like paper lined the invitation's inner envelope, and the client rightly suggested the mat board have a similar look. Luckily my local frame shop stocked a linen-covered one that was perfect.

Quilled wedding invitation by Ann Martin

A few tips in case you're thinking of quilling and framing your own invitation:

It's best to use acid-free paper and glue. Choose the highest quality materials available so the piece will look its best for many years... an archival mat and conservation or museum glass that will help protect the colors from fading.

Quilled wedding invitation by Ann Martin

A framer can advise on the proper depth and use of spacers as the glass shouldn't press against the quilling. Keep in mind that any art piece is best hung in a location that doesn't receive direct sunlight.

white paper flower bridal hair accessory with green quilled leaves

Another wedding item to which I added quilling recently is this doublette crepe paper hair accessory made by Jenny Jafek-Jones of The Crimson Poppy. I love the crystal center she used - so pretty. Quilled scrolls and leaves in green, silver, and white surround the flower. The bride lives in Hawaii... considering that location has more than its fair share of beautiful flowers, Jenny and I were delighted she considered wearing one of our paper blooms on her wedding day.

Many thanks to Nole at Oh So Beautiful Paper for featuring this invitation.

Ann Martin
Ann Martin

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