My name is Nikita Azad and I am one of the new Design Team Members here at Pretty Paper Studio and I’m pretty stoked about it. For my part, I will be focussing on Quilling Projects. Quilling is a very old art of rolling strips of paper of various lengths and widths and then pinching and shaping them to make various embellishments. I’m really looking forward to making new projects with Quilling as the focus. So get ready to roll some paper strips with me every month.
But before I show you my project for this month’s theme – LOVE, let me tell you a little bit about myself.
I live in Mumbai, India with my husband and a cat who comes and goes as he pleases. I was studying to be a Chartered Accountant (CA) and it was during my CA intern-ship that I realised that I’m a creative person and that a 10-hours-a-day desk job was not for me. At heart, I’m a writer and later, while I was still studying, I discovered, a crafter too.
My foray into paper crafting happened when I bought a Quilling Kit at a craft store in the local mall. Back then – almost four and a half years ago – when I was hiding in my ‘study room’ doing everything BUT studying, I fell in love with paper strips and the amazing patterns that could be created by just rolling and pinching them. And when I was browsing blogs online for tips, techniques and tutorials, I landed in this whole new world of card-making and scrapbook-ing. Since then, there has been no looking back. And even though I do make cards, scrapbooks and other crafty paper goodies, Quilling has been my favourite part of crafting and I try to incorporate that in almost everything I make.
Other than crafting, I am currently working on (what is hopefully) final revisions (read: Draft #5) of my first novel.
I blog about my crafty creations at infiniteemotionsblog.blogspot.com.
Let’s talk about my project for today now.
I decided to keep my card very simple and use minimum tools other than Quilling tools. Since roses signify love, I decided to make that using Pale Pink Quilling Strips and Leaves using Leaf Green Quilling Strips.
Then I wrote a simple ‘I LOVE YOU’ with, and here’s the best part, stamping ink and a waterbrush. I dabbed the inkpad on an acrylic block and without adding any water, picked the colour up on a water brush and wrote the sentiment in the centre of the card. But to get the position right, I drew lines:
1. Marking the vertical and horizontal centre of the card, and
2. Lines for the text.
Then I wrote the ‘I’directly ON the central line. For LOVE, I wrote ‘O’ to the left and ‘V’ to the right of the central line and the other two letters next to that. And for YOU, I wrote the ‘O’ on the line and ‘Y’ and ‘U’ on either end of it. Take a look.
Once the ink was dry, I gently erased the pencil marks. Then I added the roses, leaves and some scrolls to complete the design. Here’s what the finished card looks like.
Here is the amazing dimension added by Quilled embellishments.
A close-up of the roses, leaves and scrolls.
Here are the dimensions and number of pieces required for this project.
Roses: 10 nos. | I used one entire 5mm strip for each rose.
Leaves | Large (8 nos.): 1/2 the length of the strip | Small (12 nos.): 1/4th of the length of the strip.
Scrolls | S Scroll (4 nos.): 1/4th of the length of the strip | Large Scroll (4 nos.): 1/2 the length of the strip | Small Scroll (4 nos.): 1/4th of the length of the strip.
That’s all for today. I will be back in a few days with a fun tutorial for you. Till then, have a great weekend!