A white card has flower pot designs of various colours, mounted on rectangles of colourful craft paper edged with black quilling paper. The flower pot designs are made using quilling techniques.
- A white greetings card 88mm x 114mm (3½ ins x 4½ ins)
- Strips of 3mm wide quilling paper in colours of your choice.
- Strips of 2mm wide quilling paper in a dark colour of your choice.
- Nine rectangles of craft paper in colours of your choice.
- PVA adhesive
- Quilling tool
- Quilling board (optional)
Make a template out of thin card as shown. Draw round the template and cut out rectangles of coloured tissue in chosen colours - i.e. rainbow shades, or shades of a single colour from dark through to light.
If the background of your card is a colour other than white, cut out a piece of white paper to the overall size of the design and mark rectangles on it in pencil. Using a Pritt Stick or similar, glue tissue rectangles to the white paper and carefully smooth them out.
If necessary, trim the tissue to size and glue the whole thing to the background card. Edge the design using 2mm wide quilling paper in black or a dark colour depending upon the colours in your design. It is easier to glue the short strips first, before placing the longer strips over the top.
To find the position of each flower centre, measure 15mm in from the side of each rectangle, and 15mm down from the top. Make a pencil mark at this point for each flower.
3mm wide quilling strips are used throughout the rest of the design.
You will need two whole strips for each flower head. For each petal, make a tear drop shape using a quarter strip. Each flower has seven petals, so use the remaining quarter strip to make a peg shape for the centre of another flower in the design. Try to make all the teardrops the same size - they will fit together better.
Leaves and Stems
Make two 'eye' shapes as leaves for each flower using 75mm strips. For the stems, glue two 75mm strips on top of each other to make a stronger strip. Allow to dry, then cut into 15mm lengths.
Each pot is made using half a strip of paper. Roll a coil (not too tightly) and glue down the end. Pinch the top edge of the pot first, using the join as one of the points. Then form the lower edge of the pot, making sure that it is narrower than the top edge.
When you have made all the parts of the design, glue them down in the following order, working from the top downwards. Begin by sticking the first teardrop in the centre, with the point touching the pencil mark. Then glue the remaining teardrops in the order shown - this will help to keep the flower balanced.
Put some glue along the edge of the stem and gently push it between number 6 and 7 petals, until it reaches the centre. Glue a leaf either side of the stem, so that they touch the top edge of the pot. Finally, glue a contrasting peg to the centre of the flower. Complete the remaining flowers in the same way.
This basic design can be adapted in a number of ways, using different arrangements and numbers of flowers. Experiment using different colours. A single flower could be used to decorate a special sheet of notepaper, as a gift tag, or as a place setting.
Flower pot card made by Diane Crane.
The flower pot photographs and line drawings are reproduced here by kind permission of the copyright owner Diane Crane and may not be reproduced elsewhere without permission.