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6.04.2012

Gallery Idol!

(for my Clear and Simple Stamps post, please scroll down)
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Well.....here we go again!  I'm so happy to be in Gallery Idol again this year, and I'm super excited to share the card I made for this week.  The theme for this round is "You Color My World."  I love color gradients and when things are in rainbow order, so I knew this would be right up my alley.

When brainstorming ideas, I thought of the amazing artwork by Yulia Brodskaya.  She is the MASTER of paper!  I wanted to give a little nod to her work by incorporating some quilling into my project.  Only problem- I've never quilled!  Instead of doing the smart thing, and looking up how to do it, I decided to jump right in and wing it.  Here's how it went:

I adhered some die cut letters straight to a black card base


Next, I cut thin little strips of cardstock

Using a glue and some tweezers, I started making free-form loops and swirls, and adhering them down

Here is one finished letter:

I followed the same process for each letter, just making it up as I went, adding paper where I thought it would look good. 

It was hard to decide when I was done (I could have added like 20 more swirls!), but I stopped at this point:

Some close-ups:


The trickiest part was where the swirls intersect- make sure to "dry fit" the pieces before you glue them down.

Tip 1:  Use thin glue!  I started on the "h" with tacky glue, but it got a little globby.  Then I went with good ol' Elmer's, and that was a lot better!  If you want to know what real quillers use, I'm sure you could look it up, lol.

Tip 2: Thinner paper is better!  It's no wonder they sell special quilling strips. I used thin cardstock, and had to run my fingers over the paper many times to get it to smooth out.  In the end it worked out well, but I could have saved time/hassle with thin paper.

Now it's time to vote! You can check them all out, then pick your fave. You've got until Thursday, June 7 at noon MDT.  Thanks so much!! Contest info can be found here.

(in case you missed that first link...vote HERE!  I'll also leave the voting widget in my sidebar)

52 comments:

  1. What a fab card, Jennifer!! Best of luck to you. :)

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  2. Super Cool card, Jen. Good luck!

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  3. Good luck Jennifer, definite 10 out of 10 for creativity and design!

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  4. You're like a paper charmer, lol! Love it Jen!

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  5. Jen, this card is so amazing! I'm rooting for you! I made sure to post about your card on the YCU twitter as well. :) GOOD LUCK! <3

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  6. Jennifer, this is amazing! I love how the lines cross through each other! Fabulous!

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  7. This is the 3rd GI card I've seen, and you ladies are seriously talented - WOW! This is amazing!

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  8. Awesome card!!! I just love those curvy lines!

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  9. Fantastic. So striking against the black. Gorgeous lines!

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  10. Uhhh...to quote Lilly of Lilly's Purple Plastic Purse..."Wow!" That was just about all she could say. "Wow!" Amazing work!

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  11. Awesome card Jennifer!! Those strips are quilled so perfectly given you do it freeform without tools!!

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  12. sooooooo wonderful...love your quilling idea....looks magnificent.

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  13. wow, so cool Jen, that is so striking on the black card. Love the quilling, and the time that must have gone into it to get those pieces to cross is crazy! Its amazing!

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  14. So cool, Jen! I love the quilling! Good luck to you!

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  15. Stunning Card! Great Job on the quilling!

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  16. Love how those colours just pop off the black! And wow that paper work must have taken some patience :)

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  17. Beautiful! I just took out my old quilling kit over the weekend..time to resurrect an old craft with a modern twist and you did it perfectly!

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  18. Beautiful and striking card, Jennifer! Best of luck to you; your talent really shines in this entry!!

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  19. super cool and striking card. good luck.

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  20. You must have tons of patience but the end result is so effective. x

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  21. wow this is AMAZING...you are so clever...Good Luck.

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  22. Wow! Thud! My jaws just fell to the floor. AMAZING work,Jennifer:) Love love love it :)

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  23. you were right, NO ONE else made this. IT IS SPECTACULAR!!! sigh...

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  24. Wow Jennifer, you always impress with me with your creativity! Love your quilling in all these wonderful colours!

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  25. This card definitely stood out in the crowd! I just LOVE it!! Good luck!!

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  26. This is gorgeous! Very eye catching and striking!

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  27. Your card ROCKS!! How do you come up with things like that ...
    It is breathtaking!

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  28. Wow how immaculate is your card!!!!
    Paper might have been easier but I love the thickness of the quilled card :0)
    Jenny x

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  29. So super amazing and beautiful Jennifer! I LOVE the colors and your amazing quilling! Wow! This is one of the most amazing cards I've ever seen!

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  30. Holy moly...you are so talented Jen! Big congrats on making Top 20!!

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  31. Wow! That's the first word that comes to mind. Stunning and dramatic, but not over the top.
    Just perfect!
    By the way...you got my vote!

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  32. Jen this is amazing! As usual you always make my jaw drop! Awesome girl!

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  33. I knew you'd make something amazing! I can't believe you've never quilled before and still made this beauty. And it was so much fun reading about the process. Good luck to you in this round!

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  34. TOTALLY AMAZING! I have to be honest, if I made this card, there is no way I would give it away. It's like a work of art!

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  35. So fabulous! Love the bright colors on the black!

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  36. I always enter these Gallery Idol galleries with an open eye and a serious mindset (perhaps we all do?) and your card won my heart hands-down!

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  37. I love your card!! The quilling is so awesome!!

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  38. Your card is STUNNING !! You're so talented ! Love it !

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  39. Holy smokes, that is one HOT card! So different, yet simple, but still really interesting ... just love it!

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  40. OMGosh, what a gorgeous card!!

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  41. O. M. G. Jen! If I had to choose right now, this card would be it! This absolutely BLEW ME AWAY! Seriously, a novice? No way. Stunning is what I describe this! So glad to be in the Top 20 with you!

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  42. This is seriously an amazing card! I love it!

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  43. thank you for the tutorial! i specially registered to vote for this card.

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  44. Wow what a truly awesome card. worthy of framing.

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  45. This card is GORGEOUS!!!!!!! HOLY COW!!!! I have never seen anything like this...what inspiration! :)

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  46. This card is absolutely stunning! Congratulations on making it this far. I can't wait to see what you create next!

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  47. Your Hello card has been my absolute top favorite of the entire Gallery Idol process. I've never quilled before and I wasn't familiar with Yulia, but WOW, what an impact!

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  48. I love this design and bright colors. I'm glad you've introduced quilling to so many people... totally agree, Yulia's work is fantastic.

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  49. **sigh**
    Loved it then and still love it today...this is so incredibly WOW.

    thanks for linking up!

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  50. Hi there,
    I linked to your card from Marie's blog (legogenta) to see this card up close...what a BEAUTY!!! Thanks so much for inspiring me to try it!

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