Friday, March 9, 2012

Paper Flowers!

Aren't these too cute??  I've been wanting to make some of the paper flowers featured on the front of the Idea Book & Catalog ever since it came out in July, but didn't have a CLUE how to do it.  One of the blogs I follow is Song of My Heart Stampers by Lyssa Zwolanek, and Lyssa had directions posted in her archives!  So, here's my attempt and a little tutorial :)  Thanks, Lyssa!!

First, punch out 5 Scallop Circles.  I used Melon Mambo cardstock and the 2 1/2 inch Scallop Circle Punch.  Then mist both sides with water til they're pretty wet.

Next, layer them one on top of one another.  They don't have to be perfectly lined up.

Next, using your Piercing Tool and mat, pierce the center of the layered scallops, or if you have a Crop-o-dile Big Bite, you can punch a hole in the middle using that.

Insert a brad into the center of the layers and fasten in back.

Now start scrunching your dampened layers.  If the cardstock feels too dry, you can mist with water in between.

Keep scrunching your layers.

You'll want to let your finished flower dry several hours or overnight.

Now you can make some leaves for your flowers.  Using a circle punch, punch out several circles.  I used Always Artichoke cardstock.  You'll also use your circle punch to make the leaf shape.

Here's how you shape the leaf.  See how the circle shape is slid into the side of the punch?

(I didn't take a photo, but I also ran my "leaves" through the Big Shot using my Spider Web embossing folder to make them sort of look like they had veins.)

That's it - wasn't that easy?!  You can use these on bags or boxes, or stick them on the ends of green wire to put in a vase.  Punch out more circles and glue them on the back of the flower to have a "base" to make them a little more sturdy.  They're also beautiful on cards - of course, they'd have to be hand-delivered :)

If you'd like to learn how to make these in person, sign up for Technique Tuesday in April - the theme is Paper Flowers and we'll make these and more.  Check the "Events" tab on my website for details.

Happy stampin'!


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