Thursday, 20 December 2012

A summertime scene for the darkest days of winter

Summertime garden scene by Philippa Reid
Summertime garden scene, a photo by Philippa Reid on Flickr.

Well, the shortest day of the year is nearly upon us here in the Northern Hemisphere - so I thought it was high time I posted this 'sunshine' card design to remind us all of the warmth of summer!

I made this card for the North American Quilling Guild competition in 2012, in which the theme was 'A backyard garden scene'. I decided to use an oval aperture card as a frame for my quilled picture, which is set on a solid background of vortex coils that form the sky and grass. I love working with square vortex shapes - they are so much more amenable than circular coils for filling up awkward spaces!

The sun is made from a crimped coil, and I have used the beehive technique for most of the foliage and flowers. I also couldn't resist adding a few 'twisted wheatear' shapes for some of the larger leaves. The fence panels are cut from plain gold quilling strips.

The result? An unusual image which was probably way too quirky to gain many votes in the competition. But I'm pleased with it, and I'm sharing it today as an antidote to the gloom of the winter solstice!


  1. First i love the most is unusual quilling with vortex squares and second is the oval layout!!! So lovely!!!

  2. I always love how you combine techniques. I have a feeling of depth space here!

  3. What a beautiful card, almost like a painting!
    Hugs, antonella :-)

  4. It's very pretty. I can use a little summer right now since winter is supposed to hit us in a big way tomorrow

  5. hmm, I like the outcome. It does look like a painting, an oil painting perhaps? I mean the bold 'touch' is similar to oil painting effect. By the way, how do you do the vortex coils? I look up on the web for tutorial but couldn't find a clear explained one.

  6. I think it turned out great, you would get my vote !!!
    Merry Christmas to you and your family!!!

  7. You are always the one to bring new different ideas!This creation is really lovely!
    Merry Christmas and Happy new year!

  8. Wow!This project is beautiful.
    Happy New Year 2013 and the best of all!

  9. really so sweet details and colors

  10. Wow. Love the texture of your blue sky and contrast with the sun and fence.



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