Quilling paper and tools are fairly inexpensive compared to other art supplies, but the extras added to a project can drive up the cost. If you are making a lot of cards and quilled gifts, here are some tips to help keep the cost of supplies down along with comments on product quality.
Flat Backed Pearls
I love the look of pearls with quilling. They make beautiful flower centers, help balance a design on a card (grouped in threes in a corner for example), or look lovely on their own sprinkled in a quilled flower arrangement. They can be found in gold and silver metallic, white, and colors.
- Found in the scrapbook/paper crafting section of your local stores, use your coupons and watch sales for the best deals.
- If you need just a few colored pearls for a design, you can color white pearls with permanent markers instead of purchasing a whole package of commercially colored pearls.
- Pay attention to the product packaging. If the pearls are spaced apart on the backing sheet, they will be perfectly round. If, however, they are placed side by side in a long strip, there will be a flat edge where they touch. This may or may not make a difference in how they look in your final design depending on where they are placed.
Flat Backed Gems
Anyone who has looked at my finished quilling knows that I love to add the bling. What inspired this post was the realization that they can be found in so many different store departments.
- The gemstones and jewels found in the scrapbooking/paper crafting section of the store come in all shapes and sizes and are pretty cheap even without a coupon, but they are rather dull in appearance and you have to be super careful in peeling the gem off of the sticky backing because the silver will pull off too, making the gem even more dull and lifeless.
- Swarovski crystals are the absolute best when it comes to sparkle and come in any color you could need, but you won’t find them in the paper isles – they are located with the beads. They are much more expensive so be sure to catch the sales or use your coupons.
- You can also find Swarovski crystals in the decorative textile section of the store as iron on crystals. They have adhesive on the back that you can heat with a special tool to adhere the gems to shirts. However, a little dab of glue affixes them to paper just fine. I have found these to be a little less expensive than the ones found in the beading isle.
- My biggest shock came when I discovered a brand called Brilliance by Bead Treasures in the beading isle. They are packaged in strips just like the scrapbooking ones, but the sparkle is amazing!!! And the price is super cheap (112 pieces for $2.99). Unfortunately, this seems to be a Hobby Lobby product only. This will be my new go-to gem as I use up my current stash.
Off Price Stores
I frequently visit off-price stores such as Ross, Marshall’s, and Tuesday Morning to look at their frames, but did you know that they now carry paper craft supplies, usually just one isle over?
I have found a pair of Martha Stewart scissors for $1.99, a punch for $3, and a pack of colored textured card stock for pennies on the dollar. They also had ink pads, stamps, stacks of patterned scrapbook paper, and embellishments such as chipboard.
The selection is small and turns over quickly, but it is always worth a look if you are near the store anyway.
My most recent find was this paper pack from Colorbok for only $1.99 at a Tuesday Morning Outlet Store. It has paper in what I thought to be more masculine colors. I also grabbed a Metal Embellishment Set with Storage Container from Anna Griffin for $8.99 (retail price was $40).
Share Your Tips
If you have discovered other great products, places, or tricks to purchase the extras inexpensively, do let us know. We need to spend our crafting dollars wisely so we can keep on making the quilling we love.