Little Circles On Edge Outline Weight Strips Review

Little Circles On Edge Outline Weight Strips Review

Little Circles On Edge Outline Weight Strips Review

Little Circles On Edge Outline Weight Strips Review


Little Circles On Edge Outline Weight Strips Review

I used to make monograms all the time. It was what people wanted and they can be such wonderful gifts that are specific to the person it’s being made for. As a result, I can honestly say that I’ve tried a LOT of different techniques and products to make the job easier.

When it comes to creating monograms (or other quilled art), one common technique we all (or most of us) use is an initial outline. That helps keep the monogram separate from the background and it also helps give you something to work inside as opposed to making curvy quills stay straight.

Outlining is important and because of that, we need the paper to cooperate. One of the hardest things to do is keep it perfectly perpendicular to the paper and straight. It has a tendency to bow, especially if the underlying background paper contorts in any way.

Another consideration is the weight or density of the outline. Normal quilling paper is extremely thin. For a bold outline, you often need to stack strips together, and this can cause even more bowing.

Thin paper tends to crimp easier than thick. When you’re trying to create a smooth rounded edge of like small letter and you force thin paper around a bend it’ll sometimes kink. That’s bad because then you loose the flow of the outline.

So here is where Little Circles Outline Weight strips come in. I recently joined Honey’s Facebook page and saw someone mention Little Cirles or maybe they made a post. Either way, I went to their website and checked it out. Mind you, I didn’t even know they sold paper!

Because I didn’t want to invest a lot of money into several colors in the event I didn’t like it, I just bought a single pack of white (White on Rice). Here are my first impressions.

Pros

This paper is THICK and SOLID. It’s impressive. I’m so used to the regular quilling strips that this was a really big change for me. I can see now why this will be my go-to for outlining in the future.

It holds it’s shape. Once you’ve shaped it, it likes to stay in that shape. So, if you create a gentle bend, it keeps it. This is nice because you don’t want to have to spend too much time forming a shape, then forcing it back into that shape once it’s time to glue down. This paper pretty much does it all itself as far as outlining is concerned!

It’s solid. Sometimes I use outlines to help contain the quills inside the outline. Meaning that I use the outline to compress or straighten quills pressed up against it. With thinner outline paper, this is more difficult and sometimes takes a bit of glue to help it stiffen. This paper does this with ease and no fuss at all. I also like the heft of the finished product. This gives pieces a nice weight and dimension that I truly want to incorporate into everything I do now!

It likes to stay straight. One issue I have with normal weight strips used as outlines is that they do well on curvy sections because they are flexible but when you need long straight lines, they tend to bow a bit. This has been a minor annoyance that is completely solved with these cardstock strips. They hold a straight line as you glue them down. A very nice feature!

They stay upright. If any of you have outlined with normal weight paper, you’ll know what I mean when I say that the paper has a tendency to fall over to either side. Keeping it perfectly perpendicular to a background is hard and takes practice and patience and even then it’s not 100%. This paper just simply stays upright. I outlined four letters last night as a test and the outlines all have perfect posture!

Cons

With every great product, there are pitfalls. In some, they outweigh the good, but in others, the few annoyances are acceptable because the overall benefit is just that incredible. The latter is the case with these strips. I spent several hours testing them last night and found three things that I didn’t like (but all are minor in comparison to how much I love them!).

  1. They take more effort to join seamlessly. When you are outlining, it is impossible to not, at some point, have to join two ends together. The solution for this with regular weight strips is to tear one or both ends and glue them together. This helps hide the seam. These cardstock weight strips are so thick that tearing isn’t an option, nor is overlap (which you can get away with to an extent on thinner strips). Overlap is VERY noticeable. Tearing bends the paper too much and still leaves a thick joint. The solution I found was to cut with extreme accuracy and join the two ends at the very end. I was successful about 50% of the time. I will get better with practice.
  2. They take more effort to work with small letters. I find that outlining small letters is pain in the butt with normal paper and even more so with this. It’s much better at larger, longer stretches. Getting all the tiny ends of the serifs shaped was difficult and it slowed me down considerably. The solution? Make larger letters! It’s fine for me because I rarely quill a monogram less than 8×10. I just happened to have tried out a new 3″x3″ letter and boy it was time-consuming. Again, this is to be expected. You’re working with a stiffer, larger medium so small, intricate shapes will be more difficult to work with. Knowing it’s limitations makes it easier to apply to the right project.
  3. They don’t glue as quickly as thin paper. I think this is because the cardstock is kind of smoothed out on the surface so it’s not as porous. It just seemed like a lot of the sections I worked last night took double to triple the normal length of time to get to stick. I think the solution is to use far less glue than I normally would and maybe to keep a blowdryer on hand. Not a deal-breaker by any means, but I do want you to expect this so you can work around it.

Overall Impression

I wish I could find the post that someone made about these because it pretty much fit the bill, but it was something like “This paper will take your quilling to a whole new level.” I agree with this wholeheartedly. This outline weight paper is already on the top of my wish list and I can envision it in almost every new project I begin. I’m incredibly impressed and even gladder that I didn’t have to cut it myself. I have never cut my own paper and have always wondered what it’s like to work with heavier paper strips. Now I know and I have a supplier. There is nothing more exciting than finding new products to add to my quilling stash, especially when they are so incredibly useful. If you don’t find a hundred ways to use it, there is something wrong!

I give this product a well-deserved two thumbs up.

Thank you for creating this product Little Circles!

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