May 13 2012
My niece recently graduated from the University of Georgia. She has always been so complimentary of my quilling that I wanted to make her a special card rather than purchase one off the shelf.
The card turned out to be more of a challenge than I thought it would be. It took three stops to find a paper that meshed with the idea I was playing with in my mind. When I finally had the card layout set, I thought that quilling the graduation cap would be a snap. Oh, my goodness … was I ever wrong.
This card may say, “Hats off to the graduate,” but to all the quillers who have already created a quilled a graduation cap, my hat’s off to you. I had a devil of a time shaping the coils the way I wanted them. And when I glued the bottom cap part onto the mortar board diamond, I decided that the mortar board was a bit too small. I certainly did NOT want to create another cap, so I carefully added more “layers” to the top diamond shape to enlarge it.
I could have created a paper tassel with fringed paper, but as you all know, I’m not a purist and like the look of mixing different materials together. I had trouble finding a light blue tassel small enough in the stores, so I made my own using embroidery floss.
The sentiment on the front of the card has rolled ends like a diploma. I found a quote online that I thought was appropriate and used it for the inside of the card.
I hope she likes it.
Even if your quilling design isn’t quite right — keep working with it before you throw it away. You can reshape or add to your coils until you have the look you want.