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!

Wednesday, December 20, 2017

Quilling Letters Tutorial - DEF (how to quill a name or word)

Quilling Letters DEF Tutorial Pattern PDF Book #quilling #typography #tutorial #paper #letters

The outlining of letters D, E, and F are somewhat covered by the tutorial techniques shown in my previous videos of A, B, and C. To ensure I don't waste your time repeating myself, this tutorial will show how to bring the letters together to form a word (even though DEF isn't quite a word, unless you're Def Leppard), the same way I did for the cover of my e-book, Quilling Letters. I'm sure you can expand upon what I'm showing to make any name or word, or even a phrase.

Quilling Letters Tutorial Pattern

After printing the outlined letters, use a pencil (and lots of eraser) to draw arcs on top of the template, connecting the letters to give the whole piece cohesiveness. The letters E and F only have straight sides, so I made sure to give them many swirls to soften them up a bit. Going outside the lines of the letters is fun too, and to me, it kind of says "quilling can't be contained!"

Wednesday, December 13, 2017

Monica's Picture Frame from Friends - Free SVG Cutting File

Monica Picture Frame Friends Fridge Magnet SVG File

If you were a fan of Friends, you'll remember the iconic picture frame placed around the peephole of Monica's apartment door. When I received some real estate calendars in the mail, rather than tossing them out, I thought the fridge magnets would make great picture frames instead.

Monica Picture Frame Friends Fridge Magnet SVG File Video Tutorial

My short video shows how to cover the magnets with vinyl, and how to avoid trapping air bubbles. If you ever have pieces jump off your work surface, getting stuck to the static cling of adhesive vinyl, you'll also see a simple trick to hold it in place.

Monica Picture Frame Friends Fridge Magnet SVG File

The fridge magnet I received in the mail was 4.25 x 5.5 inches, and my SVG file was sized to about 4 x 5 inches. Download the free SVG cutting file or PDF file here.

If you liked this file, I hope you'll leave me a comment below and let me know how it worked for you!

Wednesday, December 6, 2017

Quilling Letter C - Outline and Fill with Scrolls

Quiling Letters Tutorial Pattern

A customized monogram says so much, even on a simple gift tag. I love how a loved one reacts when they see their initial. They light up inside and feel special because they know I took the time to make it by hand. 

What I love beyond their initial reaction is seeing my creation on their mantel, even years later, because they treasure it that much.

Quiling Letters Tutorial Pattern Video

My latest video shows how to outline and fill the letter C with quick and easy scrolls.

Wednesday, November 29, 2017

Quilling Letter B - Outline and Filling

Quiling Letters Tutorial Pattern

Know anyone who loves roses? I made a rose and leaf filled letter B monogram as a birthday card for someone who does, and so can you!

Quiling Letters Tutorial Pattern Video

My latest video shows how to fill the letter B with roses, leaves, and scrolls.

Wednesday, November 22, 2017

Quilling Letter A - Filling with Scrolls

Quilling Letters Template Pattern Greeting Card

Have you ever seen quilled letters, and immediately thought of someone you'd love to make one for, but didn't know where to start? I will show you how easy it is to make customized cards and gifts for your loved ones!

Quilling Letters Template Pattern

My latest video shows how to fill the letter A with simple scrolls.

Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Quilling Letters E-book, 26 Patterns and Templates for Quilling the Alphabet


I'm exited to introduce my new e-book, Quilling Letters! I have watched quilling typography projects gain in popularity with each passing year, and hope my book will help you in your next letter masterpiece.

Wednesday, November 8, 2017

Quilling Letters 102 - Part 3

quilling paper letters

So the last word in my paper typography project is "curiosity", made in a cursive style. It took my full concentration, so I don't have much in the way of photos here. The "o" and "s" are deliberately unfinished because I have grander plans for them.

quilling paper letters

The phrase is written by Elizabeth Gilbert, author of Eat Pray Love. I enjoyed reading her latest book, "Big Magic", and endeavoured to follow her inspirational words to get past my hesitations of going down this path. I was inspired by the color and energy of the book cover and translated it into a quilling piece.

Here's a video explaining how I formed the letter E at the size of a thumb tack, the same used in my project for the beginning of her name.

Wednesday, November 1, 2017

Quilling Letters 102 - Part 2

quilling paper letter word monogram

When confronted with a letter like "y", I like to pause for a second and study where the most challenging part of the letter is, and tackle that part first.