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Quilling Hints And Tips 
by Teresa Leys

Here, we are going to learn some important tips that will help us understand the concept of quilling at a far deeper level. By following these vital tips, we can use the concept of quilling with great expertise and efficiency.

To avoid the problem of different sizes with same measurement materials, ensure to pick spirals of equal dimensions. Make sure the coils are the same size before you glue them. Moreover, do not forget to apply glue on them afterwards.

If you are new to the quilling world, to gather any additional information select a standard art magazine or go to a recognized art shop.

Do not get confused regarding the quilling paper dimensions. Go for the standard dimension. In case of a spiral, it is 3 mm (1/6") and in case of fringed flowers, it is 7 mm / 10 mm (3/8")

Try to avoid using rice or handmade paper for quilling due to their extreme thickness. Making a spiral out of them is quite tough.

To increase the strength of the finished product, put a light layer of proper varnish onto it. Otherwise, adequately gluing is enough to have a firm grip over it.

In case of fringed flowers, choose a wider paper of 10mm and trim it appropriately on the one side of the quilling with the help of scissors. It is also available readymade on the market.

To make 3-Dimensional designs, begin by making the shapes and gluing them to each other on a Quilling mat (a cork mat covered with polythene or baking parchment is quite adequate). Using a quilling needle carefully separate the item from the mat. It will now be free-standing and the glue should make it quite firm. However, a light coat of Craft varnish will strengthen it further.

In order to quill a basket with beautiful flowers, create the figure and paste the glue onto them collectively on a single mat. To make it free standing, take it apart from the mat using a quilling needle.

Have a strong grasp over the strip of the paper to achieve equal tightness in all pieces. Avoid putting too much pressure, resulting into excessively tight spirals. Try to hold the strip being quilled firmly, without stretching too much as this will result in too tight coils.

Use a standard glue for affixing purposes. Craft PVA is the commonly preferred glue. Zig 2-way and Sailor are specialist types of glue. Some quillers think they work better because they are thinner and they dry faster. In my discussions with other quillers, no one could agree on which was best glue to use, but the most popular was PVA glue which is readily available from most craft shops worldwide. Always use glue sparingly.

You do not have to purchase expensive fringed paper from the market. Whenever possible you can use the scissors to cut the paper strip.

To quill jewelry items, such as earrings or necklaces, use the quilled objects like butterflies, animals, and flowers and attach them to pins.

If you are new to the quilling world, start with some easy techniques, like flowers for a gift tag.

To make folded flowers, use either tailor-made, fringed flower paper or the use scissors resourcefully.

You have the option of shredding the quilling paper to curtail its length.

When using ultra-fine metal glue tips, the best way to clean them is to soak them in extra-strong nail polish remover. This is much more effective than hot soapy water. Organic solvents work every time.

When pushing out grape rolls, I found it easier pulling it inward than pushing it out.

How to make loose coils uniform and the same size? Loose coils will get more uniform in size with practice. Try maintaining the tension. However no two coils will ever be exactly the same, very much like in petals on a flower.

You can make your own quilling board using some cardboard and some washers. Look for washers that are the size as what you want then glue them to a piece of cardboard.

What kind of paper is best used scrapbooks? (Cardstock, or regular weight quilling paper). Cardstock paper holds up very well, but I'd at least try regular quilling paper as it is very strong. Some people use dots or pegs on their pages to hold the pages up off of the quilling.

The best method for applying glue is to use an ultra fine glue applicator. Only use tiny drops of glue. A small glass with a wet sponge placed in the bottom will keep the bottle free flowing and stop the tip from drying up. Place the bottle upside down with the tip touching the sponge.

To put the strip into proper frame, place a light layer of craft varnish onto it.

For making a 3D design, create various shapes and affix them together with glue. This must be done on a special quilling mat. After that, carefully separate the pieces from the mat with a quilling needle.

To safeguard your finished object, place a light varnish onto it.

Do not forget to store the quilling strips in a constricted style or in a polythene bag. Store the small strips and miscellaneous items in a craft box with various compartments. Long strips can be loosely knotted and stored in small polythene bags. Short strips and odds and ends are best stored in a craft box with compartments.

For a step by step guide on how to do anything and everything with quilling how to, please visit Teresa Leys website http://www.quillingsuccess.com. Article Source: Free Articles ArticleSnatch Article Directory

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Paper Tole or 3D 


3d Decoupage art involves cutting, shaping, sculpturing and gluing cutouts from photo prints to create 3d dimensional pictures. Cut the largest image, paste it and go to the next image. It is mounted on top of the first image using foam tape. Repeat procedure on each image. To create a nice frame, you will need around five to six pieces.

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Tips on Basic Quilling 

To make different shapes, you have to learn how to use the tools as follows:

  • Needle Tool - Hold one end of the paper close to the needle, roll the paper around the needle and glue the end. Release it on a circle board for the size you want. (Tip: Moisten one end of the paper for a sure grip.)
  • Slotted Tool - Insert one end of the paper in between the slot, start rolling the paper, and glue the end. Release it on a circle board for the size you want.
  • Tight Coil - Roll one end tightly, turn, glue end, and remove from tool.
  • Loose Coil - Roll one end tightly, loosen for the size you wanted, glue end, and remove from tool.
  • Teardrop - Roll and glue a loose coil. Pinch one end to make a point.
  • Beehive - Roll and glue a tight coil, push the inside out from the center with an object to form the shape. Glue the inside of the hive. (Tip: Use the end of your slotted or needle tool.)
  • Diamond - Roll and glue a loose coil. Pinch the both ends and shape.
  • Fringed flower - Use 3/8 size of paper. Draw a line on one side and cut along edges (other side) close to each other. Roll the fringed paper to a tight roll and glue the end. Open the fringes from the center to create a beautiful flower.
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Scrapbook Brads 


Creamotion Brads can be used for decorating scrapbook pages, cards, and so on.

Sale: $3.50

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Leane's Embroidery Kits 


Each kit contains 6 cards, 6 Tri-O cards, 6 envelopes, 2 Decoupage paper flowers, 1 thread, 1 Lace ornament sticker, 1/2 number sticker, 2 x 29 flowers(small), 1 pattern sheet, and 1 instruction sheet.

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Rubber Stamps : 10 Great Tips For Making Multiple Cards 
by Kathy Williams

You know the feeling. The kids have tons of demands, vacation is just around the corner, that big project at work is eating all of your free time. How will you ever make those handmade cards for the big party, or mail the invitations for the guests at the big wedding? What started out as a great idea for some very special cards has turned into a stressful project. These ten simple steps will maximize your time and free up your creativity when making multiple cards for any size project.

1. Determine and plan your cardmaking schedule. Do you want to set aside a few hours or just 30 minutes at a time? Pick a design suitable for the available time. Make a simple "assembly line" schedule to maximize the time you have to spend on the project.

2. Work on individual elements, individually. It may sound silly, but working on one element of the cards will retain the "look" of the cards while creating a "unity" among them. Start by stamping all of the impressions, then work on cutting out all of the backgrounds, folding all of the paper, tearing all of the sheets simultaneously. You don't want to spend too much time on any one card.

3. Have a party! Kids and relatives love to involved. Make the work fun and don't be overly concerned about the smaller details of the project. You will ultimately put all of the individual components together, giving you plenty of time to add any special touches. Working together with other people will also add a new level of uniqueness to your cards.

4. Stop writing. One of the most frustrating tasks of mass producing cards is hand writing messages. Find "handwriting fonts" available online, at your nearest craft supply store, or your local computer store. Sign the finished card or pen in any details or RSVP information as you would with a store purchased card.

5. Use a paper trimmer. If you need a fast way to make background frames or trim down embellishments, scissors just won't cut it! Stacking paper in 5-10 sheet groups and trimming all at once will provide perfect multiple shapes. Often, your scraps can be stacked in such a way to trim them into useable pieces with a trimmer. Rotary trimmers will also allow you to add perfect "scalloped" edges to the base of the card(s).

6. Punch It. Remember your time is valuable. Whether it's a heart, circle, flower, even a fork and spoon, your local craft store will have a perfect punch for the card. Cutting out shapes by hand is tedious and rarely looks well. Circles can be particularly difficult.

7. Stamp, Stamp, Stamp. When placing stamped images on a card, use one stamp at a time and make as many impressions as needed. Don't clean stamps or switch colors until all of the cards have been stamped. This keeps your ink pads from becoming "mixed" and makes the impressions uniform.

8. Avoid difficult embellishments. I am sure that rows of bows, lines of brads, or glued dots would look wonderful on each card. Finding a simpler alternative will save you hours. Paper tears, taped bows, even stylish stickers can be just as attractive without the hours of difficult handy work.

9. Customize backgrounds. If you absolutely must have a "look" provided by a stamped background, make a "master" copy on white paper EXACTLY how it should look. Scan the paper design into a computer at 300 dpi. (If you're already confused, spend a minute with the scanner manual.) Print onto colored cardstock or paper. When done properly, no one will even notice!

10. Have fun...with a budget. These are the two biggest factors when mass producing cards. You don't want to get partway through the project only to realize you have far overspent your intended budget. That special patterned paper and those cute hologram stickers can max out the cost of the cards. Alternatively, when the project simply becomes a duty, it is unlikely you will ever finish. Remember to always plan lots of time. After all, this is by far the greatest hobby in the world!

Kathy Williams is a rubber stamp addict! She writes informative rubber stamp articles that focus on techniques, trends, and styles. From chalking, antiquing, crimping, trimming, inking, and even shadowing, her ideas are sure to inspire hours of stamping creativity. Find more of her great ideas, stamping articles, and favorite rubber stamps at http://www.rubberstampingfun.com. Article Source: http://EzineArticles.com/?expert=Kathy_Williams



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