A New “Twist” on Quilling

A while back, I found out about some Cuttlebug dies that allow you to create adorable flowers using a quilling tool. Now years ago, I had tried out the original quilling technique where you create all kinds of shapes by quilling long rectangular strips into little tight coils of paper and gluing them together. That was kind of fun, but didn’t excite me all that much.

However, when my close friend, Barbara Aras (who I affectionately call “Mom”) brought a set of the Cuttlebug quilling dies to our weekly Thursday Therapy crafting session, I was blown away with how beautiful and easy it was to cut and quill these “petal strips” into beautiful flowers! Then it occurred to me just how easy it would be to create my own custom flowers with different sizes and types of petals and leaves.

So, I’m sharing with you today, a base file that has a variety of flower centers, petals and leaves, which you can use for designing your own files. I’m also sharing three different completed flower files I designed and cut for the attendees at the recent San Diego retreat to do as a make and take. Here’s a photo of one of those:

Here are the files in KNK, SVG, and EPS formats:

Quilling Flowers in KNK format

Quilling Flowers in SVG format

Quilling Flowers in EPS format

Of course, the attendees were also taught how to take the base file and design their own! That’s the point of attending one of my retreats! : ) Fortunately, it such a simple process in KNK Studio, that I can show it in just a few screen quick shots:

Select a petal and size it to the height you want and then arrange over the left side of one of the rectangles. You’ll see, in the inventory file, that I have two sets of rectangles… pick from the upper set for shorter flowers or from the lower set for slightly taller flowers.

Next select the flower petal and go to Layout>Array. Make the following changes to your settings. Note that your spacing and the total number might vary from what I have. No problem! That’s the beauty in the designing of these flowers… it doesn’t matter!

Click screen shot to enlarge, then use back button to return

Now close that Array window, select your petals and rectangle and apply the Basic Weld. You’re done!

Now do another sized petal or a flower center or even a leaf. Just be creative and have fun!

Note, if you’re designing in a software program lacking something like the Array function in KNK Studio, then just manually copy/paste the petals and arrange along one of the rectangles. Then select all and weld. The petals do not have to be equally spaced in order to create one of these flowers!

For those who need to learn how to quill, here’s a link to one of the You Tube videos.

Quilling Demo

The only difference between my technique and what’s shown in this video is that I like to apply a small amount of adhesive (glue stick) along the strip before quilling to make it more secure. And, I also apply liquid glue to the bottom of my quilled flowers to make them even more permanent for a lot of handling (I do this since I take these flowers to demos, retreats, etc). Also, if you notice, as you are quilling that the petals seem to be clustering in the same spots, just unwrap a bit, and tear off the strip and glue down the end. Then move over a bit and start again so that the next petal will be positioned in one of the gaps in your pattern.

For those who do not own a quilling tool, here’s a link to the slotted quilling tool (Product 301) that I gave everyone at the retreat:

Quilling Tool

Also, I’ve learned that the Curling Coach (top right, Product 311) is supposed to be REALLY nice when quilling these flowers. I haven’t tried one yet, but I do plan to.

So… this is a VERY easy project! Have fun and feel free to send me any photos of beautiful flowers you’ve designed and created yourself.

Reducing Nodes AND Lori’s Internet Store

Congratulations to Lori G on the launch of her web site, www.studioalohadesigns.com, selling her beautiful cutting files in .knk, .svg, and .gsd formats!

Lori contacted me a few weeks ago about the best way to reduce nodes in the file shown above. As all of the file designers know, it’s not critical having a lot of nodes in a KNK file as it will cut quickly and smoothly to digital die cutters. However, a file with hundreds of nodes is NOT handled nearly as well when cutting to a Cricut, Silhouette, Wishblade, or Craft Robo. So, I showed Lori, in a video, how I would handle reducing the nodes in this file and then decided the video I made should be posted to my blog and shared with all of you! Even if you’re not a file designer, you could be creating files that you’d like to share with your friends or family members who own the other cutters mentioned above. So, take note of how nodes can be eliminated without compromising the file itself.

Here’s a link to the video: Reducing Nodes

I wish Lori the very best with her new Internet store!

And the Winner is….

Number 6 Poster… Colleen Peace!!!

We had 63 entries before I submitted the names to Chris this morning. While only 50 comments will show up for any given post, I had all 63 in the control panel of my blog and I numbered them 1 – 63 based on when the posts came in and had Chris draw a number between 1 and 63.

Congratulations, Colleen! Chris will email you the Gift Certificate number for ordering from www.knkusa.com.

Thanks everyone for participating! Be sure to check out other celebrations today at Visual Designs By Chris.

Post to win a $25 Gift Certificate!

Wow… I can’t believe it’s been 2 years now since Chris started her own Internet store selling adorable cutting files and building a team of talented designers! From the first day, I knew she would be successful because Chris is smart, creative, motivated, and VERY warm and personable! I had the great pleasure of meeting her last February at the KNK Retreat in Scottsdale and everyone there loved her!

So, to celebrate the 2nd Anniversary of www.visualdesignsbychris.com, I am offering a $25 gift certificate to www.knkusa.com! The winner will be selected randomly from those who post a comment to THIS post today. I will draw the name of the winner sometime after midnight tonight and announce the winner tomorrow!

Thus, post your message to Chris and her team here! And don’t forget to then head over to VDBC to see the adorable cutting files available by Chris and her designers. Also, click on the Forum there to join in on more celebrations this weekend!

Happy Anniversary, VDBC!

And one more thing… Click on the TITLE of this post above to view all comments posted so far! : )