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Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Think Spring!

 I don’t know about you, but I am SO done with this winter . . .  so I am thinking butterflies. I like to make realistc looking butterflies. I don’t use a pattern for those, I just look at the pictures in the Audubon book and try to duplicate the look with quilling,, but I also make “fun’ butterflies.

This is a very simple quilled butterfly made with ring coils. You can make a ring coil by wrapping a strip several times around anything round (ballpoint pen, the handle of a wooden spoon etc.) or you can use one of the many quilling templates  available. There is also a cute little item called a circle sizer which serves the same purpose as a template (it’s just smaller.) Once you’ve made your ring coils, pinch them into the shapes you want for the wings. Make a 6” marquis for the body, a 11/2” tight roll (squeezed into an oval shape) for the head, and a 2” open heart for the antenna. I used a new Fiskars butterfly border punch  on the card and glued the little “fall” butterflies around the ring coil butterfly. On the inside of the card I glued a strip of 1/8” quilling paper and a wider strip of colored paper which I also punched. 

The next card is made using a different technique. It is called alternate side looping. I used three strips for the wing and back half of the butterfly. The body is a 6” marquise. The head is a 1 ½” tight roll. The antenna is a 1” strip folded in half and both ends curled in the same direction. The daisy has a 3” tight roll for a center, flattened into an oval. The Petals are 6” teardrops. The stem is just a 2” strip finger curled with 3’ open coils on either side. Enjoy!



10 comments:

Helen said...

they are so beautiful! love the half butterfly one.

chillin with Quillin said...

Love the yellow and black butterfly, it's gorgeous!
Paula

Dee said...

Hello Pat, I see another beautiful design that you have made & your butterfly looks so real. Just love your work, Pat. I am going to have to try one of these.
I haven't been quilling since before the holidays, but I am planning to start again & I miss it so.
I have been crocheting a lot for my blog, but I am going to start doing quilling designs for my blog in the beginning of March.
So I hope that you will stop by & see what I am up to.
I don't know if you saw the other quilling designs by me that I had posted last year. Hope you will stop by.
Hope you & your family are doing well.
Have a wonderful & blessed day Pat.
Hugs,
Dee
bearbottommountaindesigns.blogspot.com

Katrin said...

What beauty! I don't have words... The Butterfly is simply magnificent!

Fairy Cardmaker said...

I can't believe you just eyeball it from a book! The yellow and black one is amazing.

k@rin said...

how beatifull is that, your yellow butterfly.

I like it a lot.

If you don't mind, I like to try him also. Wish me luck.

Baukje said...

Amazing your Buttefly!!! i like it
Groetjes Baukje

Antonella said...

Hello Pat - Yes!!! I am so tired of this winter as well... Your beautiful butterflies are perfect! Hurry up spring! Hugs, antonella :-)

Anonymous said...

Very lovely. I love your monarch or is it a viceroy. Love the simple ones too.

annie.anastasia said...

Love the black and yellow butter fly. beautiful!!