Let it snow! After seeing how popular my snowflake grid has been in my Craftsy class, I've designed a simple quilled snowflake pattern, called “Arctic” so you can keep making more unique cards for your family and friends this holiday.
Just like the patterns I designed in my book, Pretty Quilled Cards, you won't need to reach for a ruler to measure the length. Simply place your strip on top of my guides and trim to the right length. Dotted lines indicate where you'll need to fold.
A table lists what size of circle template should be used, whether you are using the one from Quilled Creations or the dollar store variety with incremental sizes in millimeter units.
After releasing within the circle template, pick up the coil and glue the end closed. I like using a fine tip glue bottle so I can apply very little glue (I like using Aleene's Tacky Glue because it's thick, not watery).
The first shape in the Arctic snowflake is a marquise, which is made by pinching either side of the coil.
I try to hide the end of the strip by pinching exactly along that line. This way, the viewer rarely sees the seams. When I glue the snowflake together, I will face all these "seams" toward the center, with it's inner coil all facing the same direction.
The 3rd and last shape is a teardrop. After making your coil and gluing the end closed, pinch along the seam and release.
Cut out my snowflake grid and place it on a cork board or styrofoam sheet. Cover it with plastic cling wrap so your work does not stick to the template.
Assemble all your elements on top of my grid and glue each set of 6 shapes together, one set at a time. Use pins to keep the shapes aligned and behaving.
The step-by-step photos above were made of Stardream Vista, in an 81blb Text weight (120 gsm) so that you can see each stage more easily, but I love how classic white on white looks.
Ever been tempted to buy pre-made silver edged quilling strips? There's really no need if you have a metallic silver ink pad – simply dab it on top when you're finished. When it's been gilded with silver, it just looks so chic!
The ink pad I've been using is called Platinum Planet by Brilliance.
I love hearing what people are inspired to make, so please let me know how it goes for you!
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