Dec 29 2009

Groovy Birthday Wishes

groovy-card2I was browsing through the bargain bins of ribbon and found a funky retro paisley design in yellow, green, and orange that simply screamed mini skirt and go-go boots. 
 
I wasn’t a teen during the Mod 60′s, but I do remember having a pair of white go-go boots when I was in kindergarten (thinking I was quite the femme fatale) and watching Hullabaloo and Shindig on TV.
 
groovy-card-inside2I used the ribbon as my inspiration for a fun retro birthday card featuring a quilled go-go boot.  The boot was created using an “outline & fill-in” quilling technique.  You can use this technique to create any design you wish by following these simple steps:
 
  1. Draw an outline of the desired design, or find inspiration on the web.  Resize the pattern as needed and print it out for your work board. 
  2. pinned-boot2Tear several strips of paper (I find 6″ to be a good length) and quill them into loose coils.  Starting at either the top or bottom of your design, pinch the coils into shapes that fit within the outline of your design.  Glue the quills together where they touch and pin into place. 
  3. Continue filling in your pattern with pinched loose coils.  If you are creating an elaborate design, you may want to “draw” lines within the pattern using paper strips or “paint” with your quills by changing the color of the quilling paper used for the coils.
  4. Glue a strip of paper along the outside of your quilled piece to finish off the edge and complete your design.
 
 
Quilling Tip:  Try coloring books and needlework patterns for designs with simple outlines.
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3 Responses to “Groovy Birthday Wishes”

  1. Jenniferon 31 Dec 2009 at 9:51 pm

    I love it. Very Groovy! Jennifer

  2. Scarlett Clayon 03 Jan 2010 at 8:54 pm

    This is CUTE! Great idea!

  3. Lisaon 13 Jan 2010 at 11:10 pm

    Groovy is right on. Love it. Reminds me of my 70′s barbie doll.

    Gotta try it. :0

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