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Quilling Kits 

If you are a self-starter, these kits will be good for you. All Quilling Kits come with instructions, AF/LF, and strips of quilling paper.

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Quilling Projects - Greeting Cards 
by Claire Harris

A quilled greeting card is especially beautiful in that it's a unique piece of artwork made for someone special. And for added value, the recipient can frame their card to view and enjoy for many years. If your quilled cards are framed, be certain to make them with that eventuality in mind, so use good solid cardstock and extra care in gluing.

Pick a good quality cardstock in a solid color that is complimentary to your quilled pieces. Consider using a piece of foil or vellum as a front panel to further accent your quilling.

You can use rubber stamps to print your greeting, or you may experiment with various inks and paints to freehand the greeting. Be sure to use Jet Black solvent ink with your rubber stamp to ensure a clean, dark imprint.

Attach your quilled pieces to your card using small dabs of clear-drying glue. If the card might be framed, be sure to glue every piece well enough to ensure they will stay in place.

Creating a basic card decorated with quilled shapes should require scissors, tweezers, a rubber stamp of your choice, brushes or pens if you decide to freehand your greeting, and your glue applicator.

To begin this project, first decide on the size of your card. Next you need to decide on which quilled shapes you wish to use and the design for your card overall. You can arrange your quilling pieces on your board as a 'dry-fit', to make sure the arrangement will fit on the card attractively.

Next, decide which form of print you want to use for the greeting stamp or freehand and if then try both on scrap paper to make sure you can get the effect, or a clear imprint before going to the actual card. Once you feel comfortable with creating your greeting, do a final printing on the cardstock, then allow it to dry completely.

Now you are ready to apply your quillings. Have your tools ready: tweezers, scissors and glue applicator filled with glue. Carefully transfer each quilled shape from your 'dry-fit' area to the card, gluing each piece one-by-one, until all have been moved and glued to the card. Allow the work to dry completely. Before you move the card again, re-check all pieces to make sure your glue has set up and that all pieces are secured. Any quillings that seem loose should be carefully re-glued and then allowed to dry.

Your simple, yet beautifully decorated card is now ready to go to family, friends or anyone you wish to surprise with such a wonderful gift!

This basic card approach can be upgraded using a number of decorative techniques, adding beads, using a paper punch on paper overlays to expose the color of the underlying cardstock, using scribing tools to bring texture and depth to leaves and many, many others. You will, undoubtedly, find techniques from other crafts that can be utilized in your quilled cards, or other, projects.

Claire's website has a Step by Step guide on Quilling. Please visit her site for more info on quilling patterns. Article Source: Free Articles ArticleSnatch Article Directory

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Paper Quilling For Beginners  
by Milo Go Lim

There are a lot of shapes that one can create out of strips of paper. In paper quilling, using a quilling tool, paper strips are rolled, coiled, fringed, crimped, pinched, and then glued that is put together to create a design, figure or a completely amazing artwork!

Starter Kits

The great thing with paper quilling is doesn't cost much to start the craft or you can simply improvise! Although there are many cute and quality starter kits that are being sold online or out there in paper craft stores, all you need to begin a project is strips of colored papers or paper sheets (these you can cut on your own although it takes a long time at first), quick drying glue (in a fine tipped container or use a toothpick), and a quilling tool (you can purchase or just use an old long needle and attach it a wooden dowel pin.

Basic Techniques

  • Tight coil/circle: Roll the paper strip and glue the loose end to the side of the roll. Make sure that it does not unfurl even a little.
  • Loose coil/circle: Roll the paper strip and allow the coil to loosen up to desired size after removing the quilling tool. Then glue the loose end.
  • Teardrop: Make a loose circle. Pinch one side of the circle to a point, literally making a teardrop shape.
  • Marquise/Eye: Make a loose circle, and then pinch it on opposite sides. End product is a shaped like an eye.
  • Square: Make a marquise. Then turn it ninety degrees and pinch it again on two opposite
  • sides, exactly making a square.
  • Triangle: Make a teardrop. In one hand, hold the teardrop between your index finger and thumb. With the other hand, press the rounded end inward to form three points.
  • Rectangle: Make a marquise. Then turn it slightly and pinch two more points on opposite sides. There should be two short sides and two long sides forming a rectangle.

The strips of paper are folded and the ends are formed into rolls to create the desired shape. Unlike the rolls, scrolls' ends are not glued. It helps create a light "feel and look" in the design.

Basic scroll shapes are scroll, heart, v scroll, c scroll, and s scroll.

  • Spirals are formed by slowly pulling the paper off while firmly holding the other end that is still attached to the quilling tool. Spirals are usually used for bird beaks, bird feet, springs, and zig-zags.
Very Useful Tips
  • Cut your own strips so that you can easily plan and customize your own design.
  • To help hold the strip when rolling it, you can lightly moisten the tip of the paper strip.
  • A quick drying glue is best suited to close off the end of the paper strip after you've rolled up the paper.
  • To substitute for the circle template board, use a corkboard and cloth pins to hold or shape your rolls.
  • Tearing the ends, before gluing is better that cutting. This way it doesn't leave a hard edge.
The secret to being a successful and expert quiller is to master these basic techniques.

Milo Go Lim was born into a family of artists. Paper crafts are her specialty, paper quilling being her favorite. You can visit her latest website at Paper Quilling for more great articles and more tips about Quilling Paper. Article Source:

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5 Pro Quilling Tips Every Beginner Should Know  
by Charlotte Canup

When you are learning to quill, it is natural for you to want your finished quilling to look exactly like the pattern you are following, but it probably won't. There are many factors that affect the look of a quilled piece that most artists are not even be aware of. Here are five quilling tips that explain the problems you may be having and what you can do to create more consistent, professional quillwork that you can be proud of.
  1. Your rolls and scrolls will be unique to you. They will not look exactly like mine or like those of anyone else. Everyone uses different tension when they curl the paper strips resulting in variations in the coils and scrolls. Not only that, but your own quills will vary from each other depending on your mood and how you feel at the time. To see for yourself, compare coils that you made when you are tired or frazzled with those made when you are relaxed and rested. You'll notice a big difference. A great tip is to prepare all of your strips for a project at one time. This allows you to roll your strips one right after the other, producing quills with more consistent tension.
  2. Neatness counts, control the glue. Nothing will ruin the look of a piece of finished quilling more than seeing bits of glue all over it or gobs of glue under it where it is attached to its backing. It only takes the tiniest drop to seal the end of a coil to itself or to attach one coil or scroll to another as you build your design. A bit more adhesive may be needed to attach the paper quilling to the box or frame back, but not much. Clean hands are an absolute must when working with paper filigree and you'll want to wash your hands before starting on any quilling project. The best quilling tip I've found to help keep glue off the fingers is to keep a wet paper towel handy to wipe your fingers on as you quill. Also, keep hand lotions to a minimum so the oils don't discolor the paper.
  3. All quilling paper is not created equal. You would think that one package of 1/8 inch wide paper would be the same as another, but that's not the case. As we all know, paper comes in different weights and even among those of the same weight, some papers simply have more "body" than others making them more suitable for quilling. The weight of the paper used to create the strips will vary slightly between manufacturers and even within the same manufacturer. In fact, there is one manufacturer out there selling quilling strips made from thin card stock that is very difficult to work with since it cracks and splits. If you are having trouble quilling, before you give up out of frustration, try a strip of paper from a different company. You may find that the problem with your coils is with the paper and not you.
  4. Quilling paper has a right" and a "wrong" side. If you examine a strip of quilling paper, you will notice that one side has smooth edges that curve down ever so slightly. The other side has edges that slightly curve up. This is because the paper cutting blade pushes down on the paper as it cuts. The smooth side is considered the right (or top) side of the paper. You will want to start your curls with this side of the paper up. This difference is especially noticeable when joining several strips together to form a large tight coil for use as a base, etc.
  5. Use the quilling tool that works for you. There are many commercial tools available for curling paper, both slotted and straight needle types. A round toothpick or corsage pin can also be used. As for me, I prefer the most basic tool of all -- my fingers. Keep in mind that quilling tools are just that, tools to help you create the desired coil or spiral. By all means, follow the instructions that come with the tool or those you find online, but if the directions just don't seem to work for you, don't hesitate to try using the tool in a slightly different way. The instructions that came with my first slotted tool told me to curl the paper toward me. I tried many times, but my fingers struggled with that motion. However, when I rolled the paper away from me it felt right and that is how I use that tool today. If you are still having trouble using a specific type of tool, try a different tool entirely. You will soon find the one that is right for you.
Put these quilling tips to work for you and you'll see improved results in no time.

Click now for a free quilling e-book packed with more tips and three complete quilling patterns. Written by award winning quilling artist, Charlotte Canup, it's more than just a great book for the beginner, it has something for quillers of all levels.

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