Tent cards with quilling
On my Facebook page I promised to write a blog post dedicated to cards of a new, at least to me, type. So, here we go.
They are so-called "tent cards", I first saw a card like this here (try to load the page in a translator, the author tells how she came out with the idea). Some time ago I created two greeting cards of this kind, too, and absolutely loved them. Naturally, quilling is one of their main elements. The first of my cards, in shades of light-brown and pink, is actually my very first (and hopefully successful) attempt at tent cards.
Inside the card, in a window I placed a flower pot suspended from a string. The pot was made using the basic techniques of three-dimensional quilling. The flowers are mostly tiny folded roses and fringed flowers. To decorated the card around the window I used the Martha Stewart Crafts Punch Around the Page, French Scroll Punch Set, which is a great product in my opinion.
On the reverse side of the card I added a pocket and prepared a tag to put into it. The tag is intended to write greetings or wishes on. This card was made for a friend, and you can imagine how happy I was to hear that she liked it very much. Size of the card is about 3 1/2 x 4 3/4" (9 x 12 cm).
As I already mentioned, my family are the best admirers of my work. I am sure the same is true for most artists, artisans and crafty people. That is why when my youngest daughter saw the card I made for the friend, she immediately asked me to create another one for her. And I must say that the idea of this second card was entirely hers. She decided on the colors of the card, selected a light blue scrapbooking paper for it, and requested me to quill a puppy in a basket instead of the flowerpot :) Well, my mission was to figure out how to make a puppy with quilling, and I cannot say that I did not like the assignment.
Both the basket and the puppy were made of 1/8"-wide (3 mm) paper strips (using the same three-dimensional quilling techniques). The white puppy has a cute black nose and googly eyes, which I think give a somewhat sad expression to its face. The window in this card is little smaller than in the brown one, and I also added a paper ribbon with a bow in the lower part of it. Size of this card is the same as of the first one. Needless to say that my daughter loves the card a lot and keeps it on her desk all the time.
By the way, the fact that tent cards can be enjoyed free standing is probably their most important feature. They also have a very special look, of course, and present almost endless possibilities for excuisite and creative gifts. If you are interested in adding cards of this type to your "arsenal", here is a good tent card tutorial. In addition, I invite you to visit my Etsy shop. There you can buy one of my latest quilled creations (including my latest greeting cards), or find ideas that I hope will inspire you to create unique designs of your own.