Tuesday, March 19, 2013

Easter Card

When I hear the word "Easter" first thing that comes to my mind is the basket, a basket full of colorful eggs!
So I decided to make a colorful egg basket card. My source of inspiration was this clip art from about.com.

I started out with the making of the basket. I used Alli Bartkowski's technique of braiding the paper strips to construct the top and the bottom tiers of the basket. Then attached 1 inch paper strips to connect both. Lastly arranged few paper strips perpendicular to the 1 inch strips to form the basket.

For the handle, I attached a tendril made out of a single paper strip to the either side of the basket.
I made the tendril following instructions from this video by Inna Dorman.

I made grape rolls and pinched them slightly to one end so that they would form an egg like shape. Next, I shred wrapping paper into thin strips of 1 inch length and used them to fill the basket.

Eventually, I stamped the words "happy easter" on the card.

Friday, March 8, 2013

Money Envelopes

Gifting money during weddings or other festive occasions is quite a common sight in India. Money envelopes make a perfect gift wrapping solution when presenting either cash or gift card.

I thought it would be artful to make these envelopes so gave them a shot!

The best thing about these envelopes is that they are easy to make and add a personal touch to the gift.

Paper between 70 to 150 gsm should be good to make these envelopes, anything higher than this might be difficult to work. Personally, I prefer handmade paper with sheen if working with sequins and cardstock or printed paper when quilled.

A brief view of the opposite side of the envelope.

Closer look at few of the works.


Friday, March 1, 2013

Quilled Photo Frame

Another first from me!

I had paper roses left from a previous craft project and an unadorned photo frame wanting a makeover. So I put them together and here's the outcome.

I used 3/8 inch or 9.5 mm strips of quilling paper to craft the roses and 1/8 inch or 3mm for the leaves.

I made the roses following instructions from Claire Choi's tutorial.

Once done, I brushed the roses and leaves with mod podge and let them dry. I used mod podge with gloss finish.

I then arranged them in a pattern of my choice.