Friday, March 23, 2018

How to Mail Quilling and Other Box Storage Ideas

How to Mail Quilled Cards

How to mail quilled cards

That's a question I get quite often. The very nature of quilling means we want to protect it from any rough handling, so how do you present or mail it to someone without ruining all your hard work?

Hand Delivering Quilled Cards

If I’m giving my card in person, I use a stiff jewelry box (affiliate link):

Mailing Quilling Box

Mailing Quilled Cards

The postal service is notably rough on packages. So I surround my jewelry box with crumpled paper, and put it inside a corrugated box. This way it has protection from conveyor belts, dropping, and other types of rough handling.

Divided Chocolate Box for Quilling Snowflakes

Divided Boxes for Quilling Components (ex. Snowflakes)

I save chocolate boxes because they have divided sections, and the cardboard is very stiff. A divided chocolate box comes in handy when you’re quilling component pieces like snowflakes. It’s shallow so it’s great to stack and label your work in progress. Best of all, it’s free!

CD Case for Quilling Storage

CD Cases for Quilled pieces

CD cases are great for storing quilling pieces that are too big for the divided chocolate boxes. They’re clear so you don’t have to guess what’s inside and they stack well. It’s not great for smaller pieces because they could fall out of the side area after you’ve removed the insert.

Stationery Box for Quilling Project Storage

Stationery Boxes for Large Quilled Projects

If you’re working on a large piece, stationery or filing boxes can be found at garage sales.

If you have ways of mailing or storing your quilling, please share your ideas with everyone in the comments below!

Friday, March 9, 2018

How to Find the Right and Wrong Sides of Quilling Paper

How to find the Right and Wrong Sides of Quilling Paper - Which is wrong?

How do you find the right and wrong sides of quilling paper? 

It's barely noticeable, but your fingers will feel the slight downward facing edge created when a guillotine blade cuts down across all the sheets.
Can you spot the right and wrong sides of the coils, sitting side by side? 

How to find the Right and Wrong Sides of Quilling Paper - Wrong Side

In my latest YouTube video, I show how to spot the edges simply by shining light on the coils.

How to find the Right and Wrong Sides of Quilling Paper - S Scroll

And after all the microscopic investigation, I'd like to ask you, “Does it matter?” 
My answer would be, “Only if it bothers you.” 
If you can’t see or feel it, then I would suggest you don’t worry about it. Most non-quillers are too busy enjoying the overall quilling piece. Besides, when you quill an S-scroll, you’re faced with both a right and wrong side, and there’s not much you can do about that.

Friday, February 23, 2018

Quilling Letter O Tutorial - Wreath

Quilling letter O tutorial

How to join two quilling strip ends when there is no corner

For me, the letter O is the hardest letter of the alphabet because there are no corners or straight sides to hide the join. In this tutorial video, I'll share my techniques for making seamless join.

Tuesday, February 13, 2018

Friday, February 9, 2018

Quilling Letter L - Cut Coil Flowers

Quilling Letter L Cut Coil Flowers Tutorial

A friend and I were beading necklaces one day and she suggested I arrange the beads randomly. For my organized brain, that sounded like blasphemy, but I gave it a try and happily realized it was perfectly imperfect. Since then I've embraced randomness wherever I can.

My latest video shows a technique that I call "Cut Coil Flowers", because they are formed by cutting a coil apart. The resulting petals vary in size, resulting in random flower petals. They are surprisingly fast to make.

Friday, February 2, 2018

Quilling Letter K - Negative Spaces

quilling tutorial letter k

We often overlook the negative space of a letter, which is as important as the positive space.

Watch how to easily outline a letter by creating a "fence" for the negative space.

quilling template

Download the template to make your own 6x6 inch "fence", and replace the letter K with any letter from my book, Quilling Letters.


Friday, January 26, 2018

DIY Cut Your Own Quilling Strips

Cut Your Own Quilling Paper

I am often asked what type of quilling paper I prefer to use. It really depends on the project. Find out why I would bother to cut my own, when I would use it, and how I store it in my latest YouTube video:

cut your own paper quilling strips

Download free PDF templates for hand cutting or 
SVG files for cutting with an electric cutting machine:

Thursday, January 18, 2018

Quilling Letter J with a Color Background

how to quilling letters tutorial pattern

Ever wonder how to fill a quilled letter with color? I first did it many years ago for the Letter E, but didn't take good photos of the process because I was still trying to figure things out. Watch the video and you'll see just how easy it is with the letter J.

how to quilling letters tutorial pattern

I also show how to make "paper pollen", giving your flowers a realistic element that will make your loved ones believe you went out and harvested pollen from real flowers.

Wednesday, January 10, 2018

Quilling Letters H and I in a Comment Bubble

Quilling Letters Tutorial Pattern

Why does everything look cuter when it's shrunk? I printed the letters H and I from my book at 25%, and applied them on a folded notecard, to be tucked into hubbie's lunch bag.

Wednesday, January 3, 2018

Quilling Letter G - Outline and Fill with Teardrop Shapes

Quilling Letters tutorial pattern

My nephew's name starts with the letter G, so I'm glad to have this chance to make his birthday card way ahead of time. I remember one common gripe about quilling is that there aren't many examples made for guys, so I hope this example is inspiring to you.

Although I have already shown how to make shapes intersecting the letter outline in a previous YouTube video, this time I'm going to cut the letter, and not the shape, because the shapes don't lend themselves to easy cutting.

Quilling Letters tutorial pattern

Wednesday, December 27, 2017

Quilling Paper Jewelry - Bubbles Pendant

Quilling Paper Jewelry

I wanted to make a gift and thought Ann Martin's Blue Bubbles pendant project from her book, The Art of Quilling Paper Jewelry, struck the right chord – playful sophisticated minimalism!

The person I am giving it to admires teal and green, so I paired those two colors with metallic silver.

Quilling Paper Jewelry

I changed up some of the dimensions to suit my needs and as I made the smallest tight circles with the metallic silver paper, I was dismayed I couldn't achieve the same metallic shimmer that Ann creates using proper silver edge quilling paper. 

Although I flattened my tight coils as much as I could, I could still see the rings, and I found it distracting. So I simply hole punched the same metallic sheet of paper, and glued it on top. Not only did it hide the rings and innermost bellybutton hole, I found it showed off more shimmer from the paper naturally. 

I hope she'll like it!

Update: she was surprised by her Christmas gift, a necklace made specifically for her!