Monday, August 15, 2011

Another flower tutorial for you...and a little bonus tip too!

When I started working on my card I wasn't sure if I wanted a small or large label for my sentiment, so I tried both. These dies are the bracket pages from the Sugarplum and Gingerbread mini books from the Quickutz Santa's Workshop gift set.

To make my sentiment label, I folded a piece of cardstock {to fit the die I chose} and ran it through the cutter placing my paper with the fold inside where it would not be cut. You can use this technique on pretty much any shape to make a card or folding shape from cookie cutter style dies. Tape it in place to keep it from shifting while you cut.

Be sure to fold your paper right sides together so that the tape won't ruin the good side when you remove it.

and here's the finished background label. I ended up using the larger of the two sizes for my card. You can diminish the fold by using the bone folder on both sides of the paper to smooth it out. If you use non textured paper, the fold should be barely visible if at all after you "un" crease it.

For this flower, I used Tim Holtz tattered florals die by Sizzix. I cut four of the medium size blossom and one of the smallest in a different shade of blue than my flower. If you choose to ink the edges, do that now. I added cinnamon Stickles to the flower pieces before assembling. {and let it dry first, of course.}

Then I spritzed them all with water and ran them all through the paper crimper a couple of times to soften them and make the paper more pliable. I take a bone folder to smooth them out after the last run through the paper crimper but it's not a necessary step. You can smooth them with your fingers just as well.

Spritz again, squish up each one again, then unsquish and stack the four larger pieces together.

Pierce through the center of the stacked flowers and secure together with a mini brad.

To make the flower center piece, fold the petals of the small flower toward the middle, forming sort of a little cup shape.

Fold up each layer up around the brad and squish it all tight. Unsquish and shape it how you want it and secure the center piece to the brad with hot glue or other strong adhesive.

Embellish the flower center with stickles, button, bling or whatever you like; I used amber bling by Imaginisce for my flower; and add some leaves.

Product list:
Stampin' Up cardstock
My Mind's Eye, Wild Asparagus patterned cardstock
Bazzill Swiss Dot cardstock
Bazzill textured cardstock
Tim Holtz Tattered Florals die by Sizzix
Quickutz leaves, 2x2 die RS0101
Quickutz Gingerbread mini-book bracket page die
Quickutz mini scallop edger die
Spellbinders foliage die, S4-328
Fiskers paper crimper
Paper piercer
PaperTrey Ink stamp, Ad Sense
My Creative Time stamp, Happy Mail
Ranger Stickles, cinnamon and lime green
Tim Holtz Distress Ink, walnut stain
Memento Ink, rich cocoa
Imaginisce Bling, amber
Making Memories mini brad, brown
American Crafts Precision Pen, brown

I hope this has been helpful for you to make your own flowers. They are not difficult at all and can be changed up so many ways for different looks. Have fun with these and if you have any questions, feel free to email me and I'll be happy to answer them if I can.


  1. This would have been a great video! (hint, hint) LOL

  2. Oh my goodness. These flowers are so adorable. I agree w/ Gia - a video is in order. (Please)???


  3. That flower rocks! You are so good!

  4. How pretty!! Thank you for the great tutorial ;0). Have a blessed day!
    HUgs, Carol L.

  5. WOW!! Thanks for sharing all the details! You card is gorgeous!!! Love your inspiration!!

  6. There are a lot of steps to make the flowers...they are worth them.
    quilt 4 fun 2 at hot mail dot com


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