Celebrating All Things Paper 15th Blogiversary with a Quilled Card Tutorial

Thank you for visiting All Things Paper for the past fifteen (!!!) years. That's right, it launched in the spring of 2009. So, here's to another 15? It could happen! There is never a shortage of talented artists or topics to feature. I continue to enjoy writing about the world of paper art and paper craft, as well as posting what I've been making.

handmade greeting card with quilled flower, stamped thank so much sentiment and fiber art yarn tied on spine

If you would like to make a quilled card similar to this one, let me tell you about it...


Flowery, but not too sweet, it would be fine to send to a male or a female for a host of reasons, whether as a thank you card, birthday, thinking of you, get well, sympathy, etc., just by changing the stamped sentiment and color palette. The spiral paper clip flower center is a fun touch and it's so easy to fill in with domed tight coils in graduated sizes.


Rather than reinvent the wheel on how to do the two quilling techniques in the design, here's a previous tutorial for alternate side looping and for making domed tight coils. Brand new to quilling? See my answers to Frequently Asked Quilling Questions.

And as extra inspiration, here is an example of a card that features alternate side looping leaves, and this one is yet another basic quilling tutorial that shows how to do the ASL technique.


By the way, the largest two leaves are also done with ASL... just add more loops, keeping the number the same on both sides of the center looped column. To make the stem sturdy so it will stand on edge, I suggest either using card stock or qluing two strips of quilling paper back to back. 

One of the most enjoyable aspects of making cards is the variety of available supplies that are quite inexpensive... I predict you'll be planning your next design before you've even finished the card you're working on! 

mixed set of wooden rubber stamps titled Sincere Salutations in clear plastic box

A pre-owned, but never used Stampin' Up! stamp set identical to the one I used for the Thanks So Much sentiment, Sincere Salutations, is available from Etsy shop, StickersStamps. It's a really nice set for card making... I use mine often. Free delivery from Oregon too.


silver spiral paper clip

The beauty of using a spiral paper clip to make this flower is that it will turn out perfectly shaped... just follow the curves! 1-inch silver spiral paper clips are available on Amazon with a wide choice of colors.

array of blue and aqua strands of art fiber yarns

Here's a beautiful selection of art fiber yarns in shades of blue and aqua from Etsy shop stitchwhimsymarket to tie onto your cards' spines. The butterfly yarn (below) is available on Amazon... it's also quite unique. 


open hand palm displaying blue and yellow butterfly art fiber yarn

As mentioned in my most recent newsletter, this 3M Scotch glue stick comes highly recommended for wrapping gifts without tape. Try it for card making too... it's great for adhering layers of paper and card stock. Coincidentally, 3M Scotch makes the clear gel glue that is my favorite quilling adhesive.

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Ann Martin
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  1. Happy Blogoversary. Love the card.

  2. Beautiful card! Happy Bloganniversary!

  3. Well done Ann on 15 years with All Things Paper! What an achievement! I love your blogoversary card, I was wondering how the spiral centre was achieved. What a great idea to use a circular paperclip! I just adore your SO perfect ASL quilling technique….. here’s to another 15 years of @allthingspaper👏👏👏


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