Review: Pretty Quilled Cards

25 Mar 2014

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Pretty Quilled Cards: 25+ Creative Designs for Greetings & Celebrations is an excellent example of how to do a book for beginners well. If you (or someone you know) wants to learn quilling, this book will give you a solid foundation in the basics, plus a group of useful projects you'll have no trouble replicating.

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Cecelia Louie is a talented paper designer, and the projects she's come up with here favor a light, airy style of quilling. (Which, for the uninitiated, is a craft of rolling and curling thin strips of paper.) There are cards for all seasons and major holidays here, along with some card-related projects (which I'll get to later).

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The book starts with a basics chapter that's very thorough without being at all intimidating. Cecelia covers the materials you'll need, and shows you how to make a wide variety of coils and scrolls. I love all the clear step photos.

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This is also clearly a book written by someone who's spent a lot of time at this craft, and has evolved lots of excellent tricks for getting crisp, consistent results. My goodness, I love this gluing technique!

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The 25 projects are presented with equal precision. Using this pretty floral design as an example…

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…First, you get this awesome diagram showing exactly how long to cut your quilling papers, how many strips of each length, and what colors to use.

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You also get a series of diagrams clearly showing what coils to make, how to place them, and where to glue them together – alongside text instructions, of course.

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And finally, if the design contains any non-quilled elements (like the border on the floral card), the book has a template you can photocopy and cut out.

…So, like I said, a beginner would have no trouble at all. Cecelia has a great sense of what details to expand on, and her explanations are wonderfully clear.

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This cute jam jar card has templates for its lid and label, and I really like the idea of adding that dimensional look to the flat quilling.

Among the card designs here, you'll find some for birthdays, thank-yous, bridal and baby showers, weddings, housewarmings, get-wells, and condolences.

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There are also a few nice all-occasion cards, like this topiary design.

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…And again, here Cecelia gives you a template, which you photocopy and cut out. Then you quill within that template to form the topiaries to the exact shape and size for the card. That's what I call taking good care of beginners!

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There are also cards for Christmas, Valentine's Day, Mother's Day, Easter, and Father's Day. So really, with one book, you are all set for your greeting card needs for a while.

(Love these gingerbread men - the paper pom-poms are an awesome touch.)

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That pompom design and this woven basket also show you how inventive Cecelia is with the form - she really uses those paper strips in as many ways as she can. Love the twirled basket handle here, too.

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Finally, I'll just show you two of the six not-exactly-card projects in the book. Those wine charms are awesome, and I love the colors in this gift tag. There are also place cards, a framed name plaque, an cupcake toppers.

A really high-value book, and a great learning tool.


Disclosures: Lark sent me a review copy, and the title link above is an affiliate link. Just so ya know…

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Great review of the wonderful book.


Love this, what fun! One of the most awesome pieces of quilling I ever saw was made from double sided rainbow ombre paper…WOWZA!