Excerpted from The Handcrafted Letter by Diane Maurer-Mathison
A quilled, or filigree, thank-you card is especially beautiful. Don't be surprised if you see it framed and hanging in the guest room when you next visit. Quilling is not as fragile as it looks, and if you write 'hand stamp' on the envelope, your card will travel safely through the mail.
There are two types of quilled coil shapes: open and closed. An open coil is not secured with glue, but is allowed to open and expand. It often has a long, graceful arching tail. In a closed coil, the end of the quilling strip is glued down, preventing the coil from expanding.
You can make endless designs by varying the position of the basic quilled shapes. Try making a border of daisies around the entire front of the card, changing the size of the coils. Or arrange the coils to form an abstract rather than a representational design.
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To make quilled cards, you'll need:
- Pack of 1/8-inch-wide quilling paper, or cut your own from medium weight paper
- Quilling tool, or round toothpick as a substitute
- White glue
- Toothpick to use as glue applicator
- Wax Paper
- Prefolded card
- 1/16-inch ribbon, optional
To roll a basic closed coil, tear off a 4-inch strip of quilling paper and wind the cut end around a quilling tool. Use your thumb and forefinger to roll the paper toward you so that each round stacks neatly on top of the previous one. Remove the coil from the tool, let it expand just a bit, apply a dot of glue to the lose end with a toothpick, and secure it to the loosely rolled coil.
Construct the vines to which the quilled shapes are attached by gluing strips of quilled paper together. Gently curve them by wrapping them around your finger. Position them on top of a piece of wax paper. Using a toothpick and a tiny bit of glue, add small open coils or scrolls here and there. Then glue the assorted quilled shapes to the vines and to each other to form leaves and flowers.
When the glue has dried, remove your quilling forms from the wax paper, add small dots of glue to the back of the designs, and place them in position on the front of the prefolded card. Add a narrow ribbon, if desired, tacking it in place with tiny dots of glue.
The Handcrafted Letter
Get Inspired, Find Your Voice & Create Unique Projects to Keep in Touch
A letter is more than just the words it carries.
Handwritten correspondence is coming back into vogue. Letter writing allows us to slow down and consider our thoughts fully before we commit them to paper. And there is something intimate about a hand-written letter that e-mails, typed letters, and even phone calls can't replace. Paper artist Diane Maurer-Mathison has used her design sense and expertise to create this stylish guide to preserving memories in beautiful, heirloom-quality cards and letters. Fully illustrated in color, The Handcrafted Letter covers it all. Correcting handwriting problems. Choosing the best writing implements and paper. Planning and laying out letter projects. Plus all the tricks of the trade: cutting, gluing, cropping photographs, stamping, stenciling, and using decorative-edge scissors. There are more than 40 projects that will inspire enthusiasts, from love letters and artful envelopes to quilled cards, annual holiday letters, and projects for kids.