The Love of The Cross – A Paper Craft

After years of telling myself that I am not creative or crafty, why did I then buy a cutting machine and start doing all sorts of different crafts?  I still don’t know if I really consider myself creative or crafty. However, I will continue to craft and see what God does with them. I have found enjoyment in using this new found skill.

This first craft I’m going to share with you is one I’m trying as a few combinations of different crafts. This craft includes painting and quilling, and I will show you all the steps I went through to create this craft.  

Before you start

I do want to say one thing before we start, make it your own and have fun.  I struggle with having fun with a craft, that is why I don’t think I’m crafty or creative. Perfect crafts will not be something you find here at CraftyDevos. The only one who is perfect, is our Savior Jesus Christ. 

While working on this project, my focus is on the love Jesus showed as He died on the cross for me.  John 3:16 “For GOD so LOVED the world that HE gave His only Son, that whoever believes in Him will not perish but have eternal life.”

The Project

Here is the picture of my final project (remember nothing here is perfect).  

Are you interested in making something like this project? Below I have listed the materials used and the steps to follow.  

Materials Used

  • 8 x 10 canvas
  • Acrylic paint
  • Paint supplies (brushes, water, paper towels)
  • Cardstock (cut into ¼ inch strips)
  • Glue (drys clear)
  • Tweezers or quilling tool

First Steps

After I gathered all the materials, the first thing was to paint the canvas, including the sides of the canvas.  Therefore, creating a nice background for my cross.  Now you do not need to use a canvas, but that was my choice. I bought a pack of them at Hobby Lobby.  In fact, that’s where I got most of these supplies.  

While the canvas was drying, I prepared the quilling strips.  Quilling is an art form using strips of paper that are rolled, shaped, and glued to form creative designs.  Using a craft knife and a ruler, I cut strips of card stock into ¼ inch strips. Thankfully, I did not cut myself and I wish I was a little more accurate on my cuts.  You can purchase precut quilling paper, but I had a lot of card stock already, so why spend more money?  

I also printed out the template for the cross and drew out the plan for the design.  Even though I want to have fun, I still need a plan. So, let’s see what happens next.  

Now that the canvas is dry, it’s time to start working with the card stock paper.  I traced the cross and got the glue ready. First, outline the cross with glue, then place the card stock on the glue holding it in place while it dries.  As I went around the outline folding it at the corners I continued until we had gone all the way around.

Quilling

Now to quill the paper and place it on the project.  To roll the paper I use a pair of reverse tweezers I got with my cutting machine.  Hold the paper with the tweezers at one end and start to roll. Once you have it rolled tightly you can do so much with the roll.  There are many shapes you can do with quilling, but I only used really four in this project: a coil (tight and loose), an S-scroll, a marquis, and a heart scroll.

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I do one piece at a time, roll it, glue it, and place it.  My glue for this is white tacky glue that dries clear. Personally, this is not my favorite glue for this project because it gets really tacky and dries quickly, but it is what I had on hand.  I have heard that basic white school glue works fine for this and I’m not sure why I don’t have any, but I didn’t at this time.  

I put the glue on a paper plate and had a q-tip ready.  Once a roll was ready, I placed the side I wanted glued down in the glue, then placed it on the canvas. 

Now that the cross outline was complete, I filled in the cross with my rolled paper.  I used the same color (a gray) for the outline and the pieces inside, except for the heart in the very middle.  

Then to embellish around the cross.  My thought was to create something that resembled flowing material with multiple colors and roll the end of each piece.  It required to cut the piece for each section and glue it in place. Having to be this precise was challenging for me because to get it to line up from one section to the other requires patience. Not always one of my better qualities.  

Conclusion

This is when I have to remind myself that it doesn’t have to be perfect.  To be honest as I got to this point, I wasn’t liking it, but kept going. After this section was done, the next part to work on is the flower and sun.  

However, now that the entire project is done, I am not sure I would use the hot glue for this again.  You can still see the hot glue, but the other glue dried nice and clear and you do not see it on the finished product. Another reflection on the project is trying to connect the paper from one section to the other. I made another one, same concept, a little different design.

I hope you enjoy this and want to make it. If I can answer any questions on the materials or steps, leave me a comment below.

Have a blessed day!

Heather

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