By Ann Martin
Are you planning to make cards to send this holiday season, but running out of time? Or perhaps you’ve been toying with the idea of giving paper quilling a try, but have hesitated because you think it must be too complicated? Worry not … these retro ribbon trees go together quite quickly. The 3D quilled scrolls add a bit of extra dimension, but if really pressed for time, you could omit them and still have a pretty card.
Cardstock: green, ivory, white, and glossy red
Velvet paper, dark green
Ribbon, 14″ long, metallic, 3/8″ wide
Printer and tree template
Quilling paper, white, 1/8″ or use computer paper and cut 1/8″ strips with a paper cutter
Quilling tool, slotted
Paper cutter with scoring blade
Double stick tape or glue stick for mounting layers
Glue, clear drying, suitable for paper
Download and print the tree template.
Directions for the Red Card:
Step 1: Prepare a green card blank by cutting cardstock to make a 5½”×8½” rectangle. Score and fold the 8½” length at the midpoint to make a card that measures 4¼”×5½”.
Step 2: Cut a 3″×5″ rectangle of glossy red cardstock. Center and glue it on the card.
Step 3: Print out the tree template. Adjust the size to make a tree that measures 2¼”×4¼”. Cut out the tree, trace around it on white cardstock, and cut out.
Glue strips of ribbon diagonally across the tree, allowing a little extra at each end. It’s easiest (and you’ll get the cleanest cut) if you wait until the glue has fully dried before trimming. Then turn the tree over and trim the excess ribbon. Glue the tree on the card, allowing room below it for the quilled stand.
Step 4: Insert one end of a 4″ quilling strip into the slot of a quilling tool. Turn the tool with one hand and guide the paper with the other to make a rolled coil. Stop rolling at the halfway point and slip the coil off the tool.
Repeat with the other end of strip, rolling it toward the midpoint to form a C. Make 2.
Step 5: Glue a 1″ strip of quilling paper on top of another 1″ strip, creating a double thickness.
Step 6: Make a glue palette by spreading a thin puddle of glue in a plastic lid. Pick up a C coil with tweezers, touch its underside to the glue, and place it on the card. Repeat with the second C scroll, turning it over so it faces the opposite direction. Glue the 1″ strip at the bottom of the 2 C scrolls as the base.
Directions for the Green Card:
The ivory/green card is nearly identical to the green/red one, except for using a 3¾”×5″ rectangle of dark green velvet paper on an ivory card and a slightly larger tree template (2½”×4¾”).
The quilling gives just the suggestion of a tree stand. Make an asymmetric C scroll by rolling one end slightly past the midpoint of a 4″ strip, so that one coiled end is larger than the other. Make 2.
Mailing Tip: Is it possible to send a quilled card through the mail without the quilling getting crushed? Yes! Cut a square of bubble wrap and place it over the quilling before sliding the card into a regular envelope or use a bubble wrap mailer. You might also want to include a piece of cardboard behind the card to prevent bending. And if you’re really daring, considering how busy the post office is at this time of year, take the cards there and ask to have them hand cancelled.
About the Author:
Ann Martin of all things paper is a quilling enthusiast who loves introducing the craft to others. She teaches, designs projects for books and magazines, and is especially hooked on making paper filigree jewelry.