Anyone who sees my work on a constant basis knows that I don’t make a lot of greeting cards. I usually prefer making more permanent paper quilling projects such as jewelry, frames, magnets, etc. But for those special occasions when I can make a card for a friend or loved one, I enjoy making a paper quilling design for it.
Just a little disclaimer – I am not the most creative greeting card maker, as it is not something I do all the time. I only strive to make something that the person will enjoy and that I will enjoy making. There are countless other quilled cards out there that are more fully decorated with cute designs and embellishments. I admire those considerably, but at the moment I manage to only make simple ones myself 😉
This time it was my Grampa’s 89th birthday. Since he lives in a climate where it is pretty cold this time of year, I decided to send him a little warmth from Malaysia with this fun palm tree design.
I used 1/16″ (narrow) width paper for the card. It is a little trickier to work with such skinny paper, but I like it for cards that I will have to send in the mail since it makes them much less prone to crushing!
I based the design off of this other little palm tree that I made to match my dinosaur patterns. You can view the free tutorial for the palm tree here. The fun accompanying dinosaur patterns can be found on Etsy.
Sometimes when I am making handmade cards I’ll use some papers that I have around and cut and fold it to make a card. But for this card I used a pre-cut card and matching envelope. I honestly prefer using the pre-cut ones as it saves me time and I can be assured of straight edges! Someday when I have a fancy cutting machine I’ll make my own, but for now I’ll stick to pre-cut when I want to make sure it looks good and fits the envelope perfectly. You can find many precut blank cards (see some on Amazon and at Custom Quilling) in all sorts of shapes and sizes, some with fun cutouts in the middle like the one I used on this other card.
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Honey, what a fabulous idea for a card. We live in the subtropics and I am constantly looking for inspiration for a card I never thought of a palm tree even though we’re surrounded by them 🙂
Aww honey..so cute
I love this!! I am very new to quilling and I stumbled on your site when doing a Google search to understand how to adhere my quilling creations to a background piece of paper. I would love to know how you do it.
Hi Jackie 🙂 Thanks for the comment, glad you found my site! When I need to adhere my quilling to a background I spread a thin layer of glue on a plastic surface and use tweezers to pick up the piece, dip it in the glue, and then apply to the background. Alternatively sometimes I use a toothpick or needle tool and dip it in glue and then dab it in several places on the back of my design and then place it where I want it on the background. It depends on what the shape is, how big it is, etc. I have tutorials for these things on my list of things to blog about 😉
Thank you so much for your advice!! Greatly appreciated. I will be serching your site up and down for all the little goodies you seem to provide. I can’t wait to take my new hobby to the next level with your help!