Sunday, October 21, 2012

Paper Flower Tutorial

Here we go again. Second tutorial, EVER! Let's see how I do this time.

I've been looking for some easy but creative ways to make paper flowers to embellish cards, tags, bags, you name it. So of course the first place I went looking was on Pinterest, because really, is there any other place worth checking? I found this great tutorial but for some reason, the big man upstairs only knows why, I didn't pin it. So I would like to apologize to whomever came up with this AWESOME way to make flowers. Let's get started!

Things you'll need:

Cardstock (light, heavy, colored, patterned, whatever tickles your fancy. I used white and cream)
Distress Ink and pads
Spray bottle filled with good 'ol H20
Cricut Machine*

*If you don't own a Cricut Machine:
Buy one. (I kid, I kid)
Patterned Scissors
Paper Punch

Here she come's to save the daaayyy!
~I will show you steps for both Cricut AND scissors.~ 

Misc. (Don't have to use):
Spectrum Markers
Spray clear acrylic

Step One: 
Protect your work surface. Always Always Always. I just grabbed a roll of brown paper from the dollar store (most amazing store in the ENTIRE world. Just sayin').

Step Two: 
Cut out your petals. (You will need 8 petals in all) 

If using Cricut:
I used the Scallop Circle found in Cricut Craftroom Basics (nothing fancy). Set the default height at 1.75" and then set the image quantity to 8. My cut settings looked like this:

If using scissors:
Draw or trace a circle that is roughly 1.75-2 inches in diameter. Use any type of patterned scissors to cut out.

Step Three:
Once you have all 8 of your 'petals' cut out it's time to decorate them (If you chose a patterned paper you can skip to Step 4).

I chose to use Distressed Ink and Spectrum markers for highlights. I find that using these created rich colors and dimension. 

Pretty cool huh?

Step 4 (aka Most Simple Step):
Give them a few squirts of the H20. Just enough to make them damp. Do not go and grab your super soaker and have some target practice. Doesn't work. I tried.

Step 5 (or Spit Ball Step):
Pinch them into little paper balls.

Step 5.2:
Gently open them back up, they are going to be pretty fragile (I said that word in my head like the dad from A Christmas Story when he got the crate with the 'leg lamp' in it).

Step 5.3:
As you are unfolding them you can feed them onto the brad making sure the head of the brad is in the inside of the flower.

Inside                                                                                                                            Backside

Step 6:
Start to pinch each layer up towards center individually.

Step 7:
Spread each layer back out however you want and VOILA! You're done! You now have a gorgeous paper flower. Give yourself a pat on the back, you deserve it!

What did you think? I would love to hear your thoughts. Leave comments!

Did you make them and find a creative way to use? Send me pics and I'll add them to this post. (If sending pics I just ask that you subscribe/follow my blog and let me know in the email that you did just that) 

Thanks for playing and have a Super D Duper day! ;)

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