Think summer with this retro flower card!
I love to quill modern designs and subscribe to the less is more theory. The use of all white quilling paper for the flower reminds me of the way wearing white is cool on a hot summer's day.
I find quilling so relaxing to do and hope you will too. If you haven't quilled before, do a Google search for Quilling 101, which goes over all the basic information. You may feel all thumbs at first, but after a bit of practice, you'll get the hang of rolling paper smoothly.
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Fold an 11 x 5.5 inch piece of peach cardstock in half to make a top fold card that measures 5.5 inches square. Cut a 3 inch hot pink square and a white square that is slightly larger than 3 inches. Adhere the pink square to the center of the white square with double-stick tape or a glue stick.
Glue two strips of quilling paper together, one on top of the other, and set them aside to dry while making the other quilled components. This double strip will be the stem and small straight bits. I use clear craft glue and if any glue gets on the outer edges of the strip, I wipe it away with a damp cloth.
Make two 12 inch shaped marquises for the leaves: Make a marquise shape by rolling the strip on a quilling tool, allow the coil to relax, slip it off the tool, pinch two opposite points, glue and trim end. Hold each end of the marquise between thumbs and index fingers and shape it gently, one end up and one end down so it looks leaf-like.
Make a 7 inch domed tight coil as the flower center: Roll the strip on a quilling tool. Glue the end in place without allowing the coil to relax. Slip coil off tool. Give the coil a domed top by pressing a fingertip against one flat side to curve it. Apply a thin coating of glue inside the dome to preserve the shape.
Make 8 ring coils by wrapping the paper around a 1/2 inch diameter cylinder 4 times. (I used my quilling tool handle.) Slip the coil off the cylinder and pinch one end to a point, creating a teardrop shape. Glue and trim end.
Make 2.5 inch tight coils (7) as the outer beads and 3 inch tight coils (8) as the inner beads. Same method as in Step 4.
Use the double thickness strip made in Step 2: Snip straight pieces - 3/4 inch (7) and 1/4 inch (8) - one for each tight coil.
Cut a 3 inch strip from the double thickness strip and curve it slightly between thumb and index finger as the stem.
Use tweezers to assemble the flower on a nonstick surface, such as a sheet of acrylic. Less glue is best for a neat result. When gluing the competed flower to the cardstock, it works well to spread a thin layer of glue on the acrylic. Touch the flower to the glue, then place it directly on the pink square. Try not to slide it into place, as that would leave a snail trail of shiny glue.
Last of all, apply adhesive foam dots to the back of the white square and adhere it to the center of the peach card.
If you prefer a side fold card, a nice thing about this design is that it works either way.
To mail a quilled card, use a bubble wrap mailer and sandwich it between two sheets of cardboard.