Saturday, January 21, 2012

Winter Joy with a Quilled Snowflake

Voila!  Here is the Joy Fold card I will be showing my creative crew at my next workshop benefiting the Southern Ontario Animal Rescue (SOAR).  A Joy Fold card is somewhat like a card within a card.  Sometimes it's just fun to have a different kind of fold.  It certainly makes your cards stand out more!

This card features a polar bear stamp by C.C. Designs and a die cut snowflake by Boss Kut.

I used a beautiful foil paper by SEI.  I'm not sure if it shows well in the photo.

I used a sentiment stamp from Little Paper Shop on the inside.  I really like this sentiment.  It's one of my winter favourites.  It reads: "Snowflakes are the flowers of winter."

With such a lovely sentiment, I decided I would try my hand at a paper quilled snowflake.  I've never tried one before.  The required symmetry has always put me off.  I know that I am not good at making uniform shapes with quilling.  I didn't plan it out.  I had an idea in my head and just went at it.

This was the result:

Borrowing some gamer lingo, this result is what I would call an EPIC FAIL!  The circles were easy, but the delicate swirls are a complete disaster.

I decided to make a second attempt.  I made it bigger, too, in hopes of reducing the mangling that happened when I handled the pieces.  This time, I assembled all the parts first and then attached them to the centering anchor.  First, I made the circles, some snowshoe shapes and some hearts.

Then, I put the circles in the snowshoes and then I put the snowshoes inside the hearts. Lastly, I attached the hearts to the centre.

It's still lopsided, but better.  It took me a long time to make it too!  I guess practice makes perfect.  While it is far from perfect, it was good enough to try it on my card.  (It's actually a little too big, but good enough!)

I will have to keep trying to get better.  My next experiment, I will replace the hearts with two tear drops.  The circle and snowshoe is really an eyeball shape.  *sigh* We'll see!  Maybe in my trials I'll hit on something that is easier but still looks complicated.  (One can hope!)


  1. glad you kept trying and didnt give up, snowflakes can be a little tough, but you ended up with a good one, great job, I've made a few and its hard to get the shapes all the same ,just have fun quilling!!!

  2. I think you did great for a first try and agree with Paula - snowflakes aren't easy in the beginning. Cute card!

  3. Wow, that is sooo cute! I love the snowflake, I think it's perfect :)

  4. What a cute card! Hmmm flowers of winter you say, wow you should see how great my garden is growing right now up north where I live. LOL!

  5. Your card is adorable.
    Your snowflake looks stunning. I think you are being to hard on yourself.


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