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Quilled Daisy Card

By Ann Martin @allthingspaper
I've turned to my Twitter friend, UK designer Sharon Bennett, before for inspiration... first, this gilded bird pendant and now her dot-dot-daisy. A quick glance at Sharon's stylish graphic was all I needed to get rolling... paper, that is.
Quilled Daisy Card
I think I'll use the card for an upcoming wedding, no wait, Mother's Day, no, a friend's birthday... get the point?! It's one of those designs that has a ton of applications and is simple enough to make in an evening. Not to mention that a card with a top fold is a boon to lefties like me. I'm less likely to inadvertently press down on the quilling while writing a message. Plus, positioning this particular design with a top fold allows the flower to point downward as a natural branch would, when loaded with heavy blossoms.
Quilled Daisy Card
On the other hand, a card is a touch more traditional with the fold along the left side and the flower growing toward the sun... happily when a quilled design works in either direction, the choice is yours.
By the way, it's the same card in both pics, honest! The first is the most realistic color-wise... I snapped them in different locations/different times of day and no amount of correcting would do the trick. Thanks for graciously giving me permission to quill your flower, Sharon!
Edited to add the pattern:
Since there's been such nice interest in this design - thanks everyone! - I thought I would post tips about how I made it:
The peach colored card measures 5.5 inches square and the hot pink interior square is a bit larger than 3 inches square. Cut a white square that is just a bit larger than the pink one. Adhere the pink square to the center of the white one with double-stick tape or a glue stick.
I used 1/8 inch white paper for all of the quilling.
Glue two strips together lengthwise and set them aside to dry while making the other components. This will be the stem and tiny straight bits. I use my regular clear, liquid glue and if any gets on the outer edges of the strips, I run a damp cloth down both sides to wipe it off.
Make two 12 inch shaped marquises for the leaves.
Make a 7 inch domed tight coil as the flower center.
Make 8 ring coils by wrapping the paper around a 1/2 inch diameter cylinder 4 times. I used my quilling tool handle. Slip the coil off the tool and pinch one end to a point, creating a teardrop. Glue and trim end.
Make 2.5 inch tight coils (7) as the outer beads and 3 inch tight coils (8) as the inner beads.
Snip straight, double-thickness pieces - 3/4 inch (7) and 1/4 inch (8) - one for each tight coil.
Cut a 3 inch strip from the double-thickness strip and curve it slightly between thumb and index finger as the stem.
Use tweezers to assemble the flower on a nonstick surface, such as a sheet of acrylic. Remember that less glue is best for a neat result. When gluing the competed flower to the cardstock, I find it works well to spread a thin layer of glue on the acrylic. Touch the flower to the glue, then place it directly on the pink square.
Last of all, apply adhesive foam dimensional dots to the back of the white square and adhere it to the center of the peach card.

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