Thursday, November 12, 2015

Quilling Snowflake Pattern: Arctic


Let it snow! After seeing how popular my snowflake grid has been in my Craftsy class, I've designed a simple quilled snowflake pattern, called “Arctic” so you can keep making more unique cards for your family and friends this holiday.


Just like the patterns I designed in my book, Pretty Quilled Cards, you won't need to reach for a ruler to measure the length. Simply place your strip on top of my guides and trim to the right length. Dotted lines indicate where you'll need to fold.


A table lists what size of circle template should be used, whether you are using the one from Quilled Creations or the dollar store variety with incremental sizes in millimeter units.


After releasing within the circle template, pick up the coil and glue the end closed. I like using a fine tip glue bottle so I can apply very little glue (I like using Aleene's Tacky Glue because it's thick, not watery).


The first shape in the Arctic snowflake is a marquise, which is made by pinching either side of the coil.


I try to hide the end of the strip by pinching exactly along that line. This way, the viewer rarely sees the seams. When I glue the snowflake together, I will face all these "seams" toward the center, with it's inner coil all facing the same direction.


The next shape to make is called a V-scroll. After firmly folding the strip in half, coil both ends outwards. Place it on top of my template to ensure they are about the right size.


The 3rd and last shape is a teardrop. After making your coil and gluing the end closed, pinch along the seam and release.


Cut out my snowflake grid and place it on a cork board or styrofoam sheet. Cover it with plastic cling wrap so your work does not stick to the template.

Assemble all your elements on top of my grid and glue each set of 6 shapes together, one set at a time. Use pins to keep the shapes aligned and behaving.



The step-by-step photos above were made of Stardream Vista, in an 81blb  Text weight (120 gsm) so that you can see each stage more easily, but I love how classic white on white looks.

Ever been tempted to buy pre-made silver edged quilling strips? There's really no need if you have a metallic silver ink pad – simply dab it on top when you're finished. When it's been gilded with silver, it just looks so chic!



The ink pad I've been using is called Platinum Planet by Brilliance.


Click here to download the snowflake pattern in PDF format.

I love hearing what people are inspired to make, so please let me know how it goes for you!

Cecelia




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    1. Hello Patrycja Ż, thanks so much! I'm happy you enjoy it and hope you'll show me what you make :D
      Cecelia

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  2. This work is beautiful. If I had the patience and manual dexterity for this type of work, it would be a pleasure to follow your clear and detailed instructions. Thanks for sharing this!

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    1. Hey Rob! Thanks for visiting and taking a boo! I think we both have different types of patience and dexterity that are mutually admirable :D
      Cecelia

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  3. This is so pretty and I can't wait to make these snowflakes. Thank you so much for sharing this project and download. You are too kind.

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    1. Hi Hazel, I'm so thrilled you are inspired to make these snowflakes - thanks for your sweet words. Please let me know how the pattern works out for you?
      Cecelia

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  4. Hi Cecelia. Thanks so much for sharing your pattern!! I love your elegant snowflake. My quilling tools all have either 8 or 10. Can I just use one of those instead of the 9 which you show here on your blog? And do I need to adjust lengths in any way?

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    1. Hello Mette, thanks for visiting here and for your kind words. If you are using text weight paper, then the 10mm circle should still work. If you are using standard bond quilling paper, then try the 8mm circle. Either way, the template will still help you keep the elements even and it will STILL look great! Try it and let me see! Can't wait! :D
      Cecelia

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  5. I have signed up for your email newsletters, but have been unable to find the links to download the snowflake or the beautiful new thank you card. Could you please help me?
    Thanks so much,

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    1. Thanks so much for your kind words! After signing up, an email would have been sent by Mail Chimp to confirm, and then a thanks/welcome email would have been sent immediately – that's the one that includes all the free tutorials and patterns.

      To ensure everything was working correctly, I created a new Gmail account to test it, and it worked ok for me. Perhaps it went into another tab? The default Gmail accounts come with both a "Social" and "Promotions" tab to the right of your "Primary" tab and I think mine ended up there.

      I've just emailed you directly and the two links you're looking for is in my email.

      I look forward to seeing what you make!
      Cecelia

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  6. I have the same issue as Cyndi Heck. I signed up (at least, I thought I completed the steps properly) but haven't ever received an email to confirm. I tried a second time last week with the same results. Should I try again? Thanks.

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    1. Hello Keeral,

      Thanks so much for your kind words! After signing up, an email would have been sent by Mail Chimp to confirm, and then a thanks/welcome email would have been sent immediately – that's the one that includes all the free tutorials and patterns.

      To ensure everything was working correctly, I created a new Gmail account to test it, and it worked ok for me. Perhaps it went into another tab? The default Gmail accounts come with both a "Social" and "Promotions" tab to the right of your "Primary" tab and I think mine ended up there.

      I would like to email you directly with the download links, and tried to search for your name and email, but can't find it under "Keeral". If you would like to email me at paperzeninfo (at) gmail.com, I'll send it to you as soon as I can.

      Cecelia

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    2. Thank you so much! I just sent you an email.

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  7. hi Cecelia, I also have subscribed to your e-mail newsletter and have had the same problem with not getting the free pattern/template for the snowflake and your other free tutorials & patterns. I tried to subscribe again & the reply was that i am already subscribed. I have read all your replies and tried the sugggestions to no avail. Could you please resend the freebies? Thank You for you shares and your time. I love quilling and learned it many years ago,and am picking it up again. It's wonderful to have people and a site like yours to help me "relearn".
    tx again, b

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  8. Hello Zaspree / b, I'd love to help you rekindle your love of quilling!

    Cyndi did receive the follow up email (it was under the "Promotions" tab in her Gmail account). Please email me at paperzeninfo (@) gmail.com and I'll send it to you directly.

    Cecelia

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    1. Hello Pily, thank you so much for taking the time to let me know you enjoyed the snowflake pattern. How many have you made? Are they going to family or friends?

      Cecelia

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    1. Hi Thama, happy to hear you'll give this a try!
      Cecelia

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