July 24, 2009

Project: "Have a great vacation!" card with a quilled crab and sailboat

Another simple handmade card with elements of paper quilling (a step up from the summer card I showed). The quilled shapes require some experience in quilling (especially the crab, which is very tiny), so I can't say this is beginners level. I also tried to incorporate some embossing into this project.

Tools and materials

  • Colored paper: bright yellow, orange, dark blue, light blue
  • 1/8'' quilling paper strips: orange, yellow, blue, and white
  • Small scissors
  • Adhesive
  • Craft knife
  • Cutting mat
  • Slotted quilling tool recommended, or a thin wooden stick (toothpick or similar)
  • Embossing tool or a substitute
  • Wave stencil for embossing (can be made by cutting waves in a piece of card stock)
  • Pen, marker or paint for lettering
  • Pattern-edged (waves) scissors


1. Cut a dark blue rectangular base 4 1/8 x 6 1/4'' (10.5x16cm).

2. Cut out an orange rectangle 3 1/2 x 5 7/8'' (9x15cm) with rounded corners and glue it onto the base. This will be the background, with an appox. 1/4'' (7mm) wide dark blue border.

3. The sea is a blue rectangle of approx. 3 1/2 x 3 1/8'' (9x8cm). Make yourself or use a ready-made embossing stencil to create embossed wave pattern on this piece. Create a wavy upper edge using the pattern-edged scissors.

4. Cut out a yellow rectangle, 1 1/2 x 3 1/2'' (4x9cm), cut a large wave at its upper edge. Make rounded its bottom corners.

5. Do the lettering before you attach this piece to the card so that you can easily replace it if something goes wrong. No need to worry if you don't do the lettering by hand, though.

6. Mount these pieces onto the base, one on top of the other.


1. Roll 7 or 8 short (3/8 to 3/4'' / 1-2cm) white strips to make open coils.

2. Arrange them into a cloud, and glue at the spots where they touch one another.

3. Glue the cloud to the card.


1. Make a loose coil from a blue strip about 6 inches (15cm) long.

2. Shape a triangle to form the flag.

3. Use two 24 inch long (60cm) yellow strips for the sails: roll up, let open, glue down the tip and create the shape.

4. The boat is made from a 12'' (30cm) white strip.

5. Arrange the parts of the boat and glue them down.


1. Use a 4 1/8'' (10cm) long orange strip for the body.

2. Roll two tight coils for the eyes. Use short 5/8'' (1.5cm) strips.

3. Make M-shaped claws from 3/4'' (2cm) strips, and legs from very short pieces.

4. Attach the eyes, claws and legs to the body.

5. Mount the crab onto the card.

Have a great vacation!


Esther said...

Nice design pattern!! Good Job Inna!! i love that cute crab and clouds

Ольга Чернышева said...

Здорово! Спасибо за подробный МК! Открытка чудесная!

Inna D. said...

Thank you, Esther!

Inna D. said...

Оля, большое спасибо!

Mary said...

Инна, отличная открытка! такая жизнерадостная и по-летнему! какое облачко! какой крабик! чудесно! слов нет!
Кстати, Космо купила (хотя перестала покупать еще полтора лет назад), прочла интервью. Рада за тебя. Только мало написали :(

Inna D. said...

Mary, спасибо большое за внимание, мне очень приятно.

Madhavi said...

nice idea..thanks for sharing. will give it a try for sure :)

Ana Baird said...

fantastic! Love your quilled sailboat!

Inna D. said...

Madhavi, Ana, thank you both very much!

Anonymous said...

Крабик очарователен! Обожаю такие мелкие и милые детальки на ваших работах, они сразу оживляют картинки, открытки становятся такими интересными! =)

Inna D. said...

Спасибо большое :)

Christelle said...

Thank you for the crab pattern, it was exactly what I was looking for!

Inna D. said...

You are welcome, Christelle!