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Here's a handmade card to go along with a baby shower gift.
I was in need of a card to go along with a baby shower gift... and who can resist a cute duckster? I'm always amazed that little bits of paper can take on personality and can practically hear this fellow quacking a tune as he splashes along in the rain.

Trust me, the swing card looks much trickier to make than it is... it's cut from just one half of a sheet of cardstock. I found a free template at the houseofstirfry. For the patterned papers, a Google search will bring up free printable gingham and stripes.

The site keeps deleting supplies from the "You Will Need" list, so here is the full list (you probably already have many of them if you like to make cards):

cardstock - pastel yellow
printable paper - 2, aqua/white, checks and stripes
ribbon - gingham, 6 inches
buttons - 2, 3/8 inch
quilling paper - narrow, yellow, aqua, orange
- 1/8 inch (standard), aqua vellum
quilling tool - needle or slotted
craft glue
glue stick or double-sided tape
small scissors
decorative edge scissors - scallop
paper piercing tool or glass-head pin - to apply glue
paper crimper
paper trimmer or craft knife and cutting edge
non-stick work surface
damp cloth - to keep fingers free of glue

If you need information about getting started quilling, you'll find all the basics by googling Quilling 101. For those who already know how to quill, let's get to it!:

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  • How to make a quilled greetings card. Quilled Duckling Card - Step 1
    Step 1

    Print out swing card template on cardstock; cut along lines and fold.
    a. Trace and apply printable papers with a glue stick or double-sided tape.
    b. Use decorative edge scissors to cut a scallop at each corner of the center swing section.
    c. Adhere ribbon with glue stick. Trim excess.
    d. Adhere vellum side strips and buttons with glue.

  • Step 2

    Make umbrella handle and crimped water:
    a. Stack and glue two 2 inch strips of aqua quilling paper.
    b. When strip is completely dry, cut 3/8 inch to use as umbrella handle. Crimp remainder to use as water.

  • Step 3

    Create quilled components:
    a. umbrella - 5 inch aqua shaped arrow, 6 inch aqua arrow, 5 inch aqua shaped arrow - glue side by side
    1 1/2 inch aqua oval tight coil
    b. head - 5 inch yellow loose coil
    c. beak- 3/8 inch orange, fold in half, curve ends
    d. body - 12 inch yellow shaped loose coil
    Roll loose coil; pinch to make teardrop point (tail feather). Hold point with thumb and index finger of right hand, use left hand to push rounded end toward point so coil begins to roll over right index finger. Pinch another point at this rolling section to create second tail feather.
    e. foot (make 2) - 1 1/4 inch orange
    Fold strip in half. Hold open ends between right thumb and index finger. With left thumb and index finger grasp fold and push toward right hand. At the same time, push toward fold with right hand. This forms a webbed foot. Glue open ends together and trim excess paper.

  • Step 4

    Assemble duckling and umbrella on a non-stick workboard. Apply a thin layer of glue to back of quilling and place directly on card. Try not to slide it into place as this will leave a shiny trail of glue.

  • How to make a quilled greetings card. Quilled Duckling Card - Step 5
    Step 5

    Finished card measures 5 1/4 x 5 1/4 inches. Duck plus umbrella is about 1 1/2 inches high.

    Hand deliver or mail in a bubble wrap-lined envelope sandwiched between two sheets of light cardboard.

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Isaura · De Haan, Flanders, BE · 36 projects
This card looks so beautiful!
Ann Martin
Ann Martin · 17 projects
Thanks so much!

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