Monday, 15 April 2019

Gingham Basket

A cute presentation idea - just the right size for a gift card or a small surprise. The design has a pillow basket base and it fits onto one sheet of A4 copier card.
There's a 3D flower on the basket tab and another on the gift tag.

The basket is pretty and pink - sorry about the photo!

Here's your free print-and-cut-design: 



To make:
1 Print the design.

2 Score the fold lines. Crease the fold lines, paying special attention to the curved base. You must also fold the bases of all the flower petals.

3 To fold the flowers, fold petals consecutively, tucking the last petal under the first.

4 You can glue a dot on flower centre to secure it.

Enjoy papercrafting your spring basket!

Tuesday, 9 April 2019

Fabergé Egg-Style Sliceform

Here's a Fabergé Egg-inspired sliceform that can be posted as a greeting and used as a decoration. It slots together - big fun to assemble - and folds flat for posting. (It fits neatly into a C6 envelope.)

Here's your free sliceform egg:


Assembly tips:

Print onto photocopier card. You must have two copies each of the largest eggs -
two with slots on top, two with slots on the bottom. Glue like large eggs together (a glue stick does the job best). 

Important: you must cut slots - not slits - for the egg to collapse down smoothly and stand up straight. 

First join the large eggs at centre slots, the progress to the medium and small eggs. 

For a more detailed explainer, check out my Sliceform Snowflake Card.

Happy papercrafting!

Thursday, 4 April 2019

The Art of Modern Quilling, by Erin Perkins Curet.

Contemporary Paper Techniques for Captivating Quilled Designs
By Erin Perkins Curet
Quarry Books 2019
Paperback £19.99 UK/ $24.99 US/$24.99 CAN

ISBN 978-1-63159-603-2

Here’s a fab new quilling book from an imaginative and resourceful self-taught quiller. Erin Perkins Curet shares her clever techniques, which include making your own quilling tools (a Stacked Quilling Form Tower) and using cookie cutters as moulds for quilled shapes.

Erin’s projects are colourful and often – useful (in addition to being decorative, as you would expect from a quilled project). There’s a lovely Arching Candle Holder – a quilled construction filled with bubble-like quilled coils, an ornate Mandala Wall Clock, and some Quick Roll Coasters.

Quilling techniques taught include How to Cut Your Own Quilling Paper Strips (more design versatility), Quilling Using Circular Forms, and how to make sphere-shaped beads by joining two domed shapes made using a mould. There’s perhaps a bit less on making basic quilling shapes – but the book provides the know-how to get you started.

If you like your quilling contemporary rather than trad, this new title is for you.

Note:  I was supplied with a review copy of this title.