Tuesday, 25 January 2011

A floral canvas for quilling

Last year I did quite a bit of quilling with crimped strips, and decided to return to the technique when creating this new card. When you roll a crimped strip, the resulting coil has so much extra texture and remains fairly tight even when you have released the tension, which is great. I love the fact that you can easily create teardrop and marquise shapes with these crimped coils, and I think they make beautiful flower petals.

The background for this card comes from a photo I took last year featuring a beautiful display of sweet peas and other summer flowers. But - you guessed it - I've been playing with Photoshop Elements again, and managed to create a kind of 'brush strokes on canvas' effect with the image. Please don't ask me which filter I used, because I can't remember! (It may have been the 'spray strokes' one, but I got so excited by the visual effect that I forgot to note it down!!)

Anyway, I thought it made a lovely colourful background, and I've added a little drop shadow outside the circular frame on this card for added effect. Then all I had to do was add some quilled flower petals and leaves to echo the colours in the picture.


  1. Philippa,
    I loved it.
    The colors are harmonious and different textures on paper make the cutest quilling.

  2. It is very pretty. Don't feel bad about not remember what effect you used. I do that all the time. I try out several different ones, go back, change things, combine effects and when all is said and done I have no idea what exactly I did...lol

  3. Another lovely background. Love the colours you have used.

  4. I think these are some of my favourite colours. But we'll see what they think down at the market!

  5. Always love the backgrounds you use, wish I could travel as you do cause I love taking pictures to and would love to use them as backgrounds to, you are very inspiring!

  6. I think we can inspire one another, Paula. Your latest vase picture is great!



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