Tuesday, August 7, 2012

Creating Paper Flowers

I've seen some video tutorials of how to make these absolutely adorable paper flowers that can be used for anything from home decor to cards to pages and jewellery, so I thought I'd give it a go myself!

Now- mine is a 2 part tutorial. In order to make the flowers, you can use water OR Smooch Spritz. Smooch spritz is amazing and can be used in so many ways, but the colour is limited. Stampin' Up sells everything you need to create your own coloured smooch spritzes. You'll need:
*New! Stampin' Spritzer- 126185
Shimmer Paint (I used Frost White) 116854
Stampin' Re-inkers (Rich Razzleberry shown) 115664
Water (free! lol)

These spritzers are amazing! You can forgo the shimmer paint and just make a coloured spritzer. I added way too much shimmer paint in mine ;) You can add less- just a few drops of re-inker and shimmer paint, (depending on the intensity you want- start small), add water and shake it up! Make sure you leave room at the top to add more if you want, and to close your spritzer. You'll have to shake between uses as well. Being as I added too much shimmer, I was able to add more water after I used some already and make it go longer. Another cool thing about the spritzers, is that you get TWO in a package! You can use it to splatter die whisper white ribbon, mask images and create a background. So I made myself some personalized smooch spritz and used it to create my own flowers.
 Okay- first you're going to need to cut out some flower shapes. You can use your dies with the Big Shot, or some punches. You can use the same flower over and over, or you can use different shapes and types of flowers for a different dynamic.
 I cut 6 flowers out of Whisper White cardstock, and then I inked the edges (this is important if you're using plain water and want some colour on your flowers- I didn't really need to do this step as I used my Rich Razzleberry smooch spritzer I made earlier).
 Next, add liquid. You can do this by spraying your flowers with the Smooch Spritz, personalized spritzer or plain water (as you can see- mine turned out really silvery- too much Glimmer Mist in my mix!)
 After the flowers are wet enough (not TOO wet though! be careful!) pinch/crumple them up. I start at the outter centre and crumpled them inwards.
 Uncrumple them. Make sure you have a protective mat and paper piercer. I used the Paper-Piercing Tool (126189) and the Stampin' Pierce Mat (126199) (note- these are handy to have beyond using them for this project. Check out the Essentials Paper-Piercing Pack in the Annual catalogue- great way to accentuate various SU! punches and dies!)
 Layer your crumpled flowers on top of each other. You can have them perfectly layered, or of set them.
 Using your tool, pierce through all the flowers at once.

 Be careful!
 Once you've pierced them, add a brad (I used a Glimmer brad in the 2012 In Colours). I also used some Vanilla Smooch Sprtiz to re-wet my flower so I could squish the flowers inward.
 Squishing the petals inwards create a different shape. Play with it til you get the desired effect. You could make it more 3D, and once the flower dries- it'll be sturdy for whatever project you'd like. You could also sponge some ink on it here if you'd like.
Lay the petals flatter if you're putting your creation on a card or scrapbook page.

use your flower to accent your creations. I made a simple card so the flower could be the focal point. I've made a few other flowers and these are so much fun and so elegant. They look like the expensive pre-made ones, but are quick, easy and can be customized for whatever project you're doing! Try them, they're addictive!

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