Awhile back, I made a happy birthday card using some quilling strips curled up to look like those neat bows you can buy in the party section of your local Giantmart. It came out a little like this:
I know, I know… it’s fabulous, isn’t it? 🙂
This project was one of those cards I got so frustrated with that I put it aside for weeks before I pulled it back out for another round. I liked the curly bow on the gift, and I loved the colors, but I just couldn’t figure out the sentiment or placement. The little peg that I used in the center of the bow annoyed me as well, but “it seemed like a good idea at the time..”
It just wasn’t right.
So, I set myself to the task of separating the panel and gift from the card front. It wasn’t as hard as I’d originally anticipated. I had it apart in about 15 minutes, with minimal damage. I put a fresh panel (5.25″ x 4″) on the card base, then trimmed off the rounded corners of the gift. It didn’t make sense to me to have rounded corners since the card was a sharp rectangle.
Also, on the original card, I felt the white panel was too dull, but using patterned paper would be too busy to look at with the glittery paper of the gift and all. A 1.5″ banner strip in a coordinating color did the trick, and I heat embossed my (new and improved!) sentiment on it before I attached it to the card front.
Just a note: embossing everything first (when possible) makes things a little easier; that way you can just glue a warped paper down real well, and no one would know it was messed it up 🙂
Next, I adhered the square piece for the gift with some foam squares, pulled the peg off my bow and wrapped the center of it with another piece of quilling paper. I used a tiny snip of a foam square to stick the bow in place, and then strategically placed a few extra paper curls with tacky glue to make it a little fuller.
Finally, I sprinkled a few sequins here and there with a dab of Glossy Accents to keep them on the card, and this is what it came out like:
I love the curly paper strips 🙂
Thanks for stopping by to check out my festive happy birthday card today! Do you use quilling strips for decoration? Leave a comment below and tell me some of the non-traditional ways you’ve used them in your projects!