Hi there friends. The January kits are full of inspirational ideas and gorgeous rainbow colours. The cardstock kit is always great value as you receive 8 colours that co-ordinate with the main kit. I’m always thrilled to see the beautiful array of pretty colours. So this week, I am using some of the co-ordinating cardstock to create a rainbow effect on my page.
I have seen quilling projects online – a technique using thin strips of colour paper which are rolled and manipulated into patterns. I have never tried before but I thought, how hard can it be? Well, they do make it look really easy on the internet but with a little time and practice, I love the rainbow effect I achieved on my page.
To begin with, I cut 4mm strips of the Bazzil cardstock in different colours. I used 2-3 strips of the same colour in each swirl. It’s worth taking your time to be accurate so the finished swirl looks even. I then curled each strip over a bone folder to try and loosen the fibres a little so that they curl rather than crease – after all, this is cardstock rather than thin paper.
To make the ‘swirl’, I layered the coloured strips together before gluing them together at one end. I let the glue set before rolling the strips into a circle – this gives the overall shape and curl. When the roll is unfurled, the layers curve depending on how tightly your rolled them. By pulling the layers individually, the colours fan out into the swirls. I applied glue to the bottom edge to stick down into place.
I love the different effects with different colours – it adds such a bright and cheery element to the page.
January can be such a gloomy month so I love the positive elements in the January’s Main Kit. The die-cut title was really inspirational – we have all had such a poor 2020 but I do feel ready for what this year brings! Also in the main kit, the wood veneer pieces are really unique. They have printed and foiled words and elements. I particularly love the ‘365 Chances’ – so true!
To balance the page, I added another embellishment cluster to the bottom of the page, mixing up the die-cuts from the Main kit and Embellishment kit.
Rainbow Birthday Card
I have also created a birthday card using the same quilling technique. I swiped some gold Nuvo drops (from November’s Color kit) and then some glitter stickles over the top to add a little interest to the background.
To create the rainbow swirl, I used two strips of each colour. To finish the card, I topped of the swirl with a punched star and added the gorgeous Magical chipboard piece (from the Embellishment kit).
You can see the process for the card on my YouTube channel:
I love how my these projects turned out, I feel that it is fun and whimsical (perfect for my Snapchat selfie). I do hope that I have inspired you to try out ‘quilling’ on your next project. It is a great way to add some colour and fun to a page.
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