Paper Quilling Cards
Paper Quilled Greeting Cards Designs
Paper quilling is considered to be a lost renaissance art that is rarely commercialized. About 4 years ago I was simply amazed when an vendor approached me with a small selection of greeting cards. With a small square footage in my store and a theme that consists of home goods and kitchen items I was initially resistant to take a look at the cards and wanted to quickly rush the appointment and quickly place my Jason coasters and placemats order, but as my rep insisted I took a quick peak! Once I saw them I simply fell in love. The detail in this cards is unlike any other greeting cards that I have seen in any store and they are simply a form of art sold at great retail prices. Well I decided to take a leap and placed a huge order and my customers really are in love with them and I continue to re-stock with amazing new designs. I invite you to learn a little bit more about how these artform was created and I invite you to check out a variety of quilling art greeting cards at miximports stores. Hope you enjoy this page and the beauty and detail in each single card and please come back as I will showcasing new designs quite often.
Last Updated: 09/10/14
Paper quilling curiosity!
Paper quilling is a very time consuming art. Because of that reason it is really hard to find ready made paper quilling cards for sale at regular stores.
Fine Filigree Detailing. Eagle 6x6 card
History of Paper Quilling
What is paper quilling? Paper quilling or paper filigree is an art form that involves the use of thin strips of paper that are rolled, shaped, and then glued together to create decorative designs that resembles shapes. The paper is wound around a quill to create a coil shape. The paper coils are then glued at the tip to create a 3 dimensional design and arranged to form flowers, leaves, characters and various ornamental patterns.
The name Quilling is derived from the feather quill, on which the strips of paper were originally rolled to form the coil shapes. Paper Quilling is an ancient art and it first originated in china and it seems to be connected with the invention of paper around 105 AD. Quilling as an art form came of age over five hundred years ago and became very popular then. During the Renaissance, French and Italian nuns and monks used quilling to decorate book covers and religious items. The paper most commonly used was strips of paper trimmed from the gilded edges of books. These gilded paper strips were then rolled to create the quilled shapes. Quilling often imitated the original ironwork of the day and with time became more scarce as other types of less time consuming art forms.
In the 18th century, quilling became again very popular in Europe where "ladies of leisure" practiced the art. Quilling also spread to the Americas and there are a few examples from Colonial times. However with the industrialization and the invention of printed books and cards the Paper quilling art became a hobby amongst few. Today, quilling is seeing resurgence in popularity. The craft has become increasingly popular due to the low cost of the basic material the paper and glue, that is required to make the shapes. It is used to decorate wedding invitations, birth announcements, greeting cards, scrapbook pages, and more, however rarely industrialized since it is still a very time consuming art.
Given the intense detail of the art and the fact that creating paper quilling items takes many labor hours this type of art is rarely commercialized and you cannot find ready made pieces available to buy, mostly tools, kits and supplies. As a store owner always looking for unique thinks I was very happy to find a great source for amazing greeting cards handcrafted using the paper quilling technique and I hope you enjoy checking them out. Do not forget to grab a few as they are very unique and not only can be used as greeting card but they can also be framed as well and used as an art piece.
Michelle Mafra representing Yoderdo
Handcrafted by Artisans. How Renaissance quilling cards are made
This amazing line of paper quilled greeting cards are designed using the highest quality paper products and handcrafted by artists and artisans in vietnam. The paper is cut into 1/16 inch thin slices of paper and then each single line of paper is rolled into coils, shaped and glued to form different designs. These smaller coil designs are then assembled together and glued to create a new larger figure, design, item, or shape. What is unique to the process is that the paper is not laid flat but is professionally glued and placed on its end to give the cards a 3 dimensional effect. This allows the design to obtain an artistic and handcrafted look that is unique and simply so beautiful..
Birds & Insects quilled cardsClick thumbnail to view full-size
My favorite 2014 spring new design
Ocean and Beach Themed Quilled CardsClick thumbnail to view full-size
Quilling Cards Flowers and PlantsClick thumbnail to view full-size
Frame this ART
This selction of paper quilled greeting cards can not only be given to someone as a gift but they can also be framed as an art piece. Given their detail they look simply amazing when placed on the wall, specially when displayed in series.
Love and Romance Quilled CardsClick thumbnail to view full-size
12 Signs Horoscope Quilled CardsClick thumbnail to view full-size
Holiday Greeting CardsClick thumbnail to view full-size
Special Occasions Quilled CardsClick thumbnail to view full-size
Fun Characters Quilled CardsClick thumbnail to view full-size
Animals Quilled CardsClick thumbnail to view full-size
Paper Quilling Tutorial 1
Decorations. Basic Shapes
Amazing 8 x 11 Quilling ArtClick thumbnail to view full-size
Sail Boat on Sunset 6x6 inch quilled card
Fine Filegree Detail - 6x6 Birthday Party Clown
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