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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!


Helen said...

they are so beautiful! love the half butterfly one.

chillin with Quillin said...

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

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.

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!!