I have been watching Creat and Craft TV a lot for inspiration lately and I came across a few inspiring paper flower demonstrations. Having only recently bought a great amount this month I knew I couldn’t afford to buy their set but wondered if I couldn’t achieve something with my papers cut using my circle dies.
So first I set about cutting out a large number of various sized and coloured circles that would layer up to become my flowers. I initially didn’t fray the edges but decided that I much prefer the texture given when ripping the edges of each circle. I also didn’t initially ink the edges of the circles but decided I liked the look of the two toned petals, however both work nicely to create a flower of many layers.
I would spray the circles after inking and scrunch them up individually giving further texture and the water not only helping to mold the paper but also helping the ink blend.
I then placed them on a huge number of lids of various sides to help the paper keep it’s shape. To further help the paper keep it’s shape I would spray all the paper with hair spray and then leave to dry for around two hours.
I was so happy with how well my experiment worked out and turned to building up my flowers using my UHU glue to stick down each layer with just a small dot of glue on the middle of each layer.
The two tones of yellow paper inked with a mixture of yellow and orange gives I think a very cheerful flower and then adding one 3mm bronze sticky jem just gives a touch of glam to the card. I recently got myself a leaf die set so I chose 5 of these loopy leaves some twisting to the left some to the right (I do love that you get two dies for each leaf shape to create realistic looking foliage).
I used a snippet of golden dotty paper that has a glitter effect on the dots (sorry my photos don’t show this shimmer) for a matt to help my sentiment fill the space nicely and also highlight the words a little as the flower just grabs all the attention otherwise.
I love my 3D flowers, I had to crush them a little more flat infact as they really do hold their shaping.
For more glamour I decided to have foiled leaves. To do this I used my double sided tape to create a stripped blue/green paper with silver foil. I then cut out the shimmery leaves.
I decided to team yellow with the blue and cut a small square of yellow card to back my flower and arrange the shimmery leaves around to create this featured corner design. I stamped my sentiment having to mask the words as they are actually one continuos line of words on the clear stamp but I wanted them to be one word ontop of the other.
I snuck the simple blue/green foliage under the yellow card. This time I left the foliage alone without foil detailing. Finally to fill a bit more of the space on the card I stamped two blue butterflies on the card and I stuck one large pearl sticker in the center of the blue flower.
This large flower is not inked but still uses the large pearl sticker. I also loved the foil on the foliage so used the largest dies on the strippy foil paper. Placing it all against a shimmer silver card it was simple to make but one of my favourite card makes.
These yellow flowers don’t have any jems in their centers but a few of the very small torn circles scrunched in together tightly.
I gave the top leaves definition by rubbing the ball point end of a pin to get a deep groove down the center of each leaf. I chose to keep the bottom line of leaves plain without the definitin.and tucked them all slightly under the blue dotty paper.
I finished with the blue stamped sentiment to tie in nicely with the blue dotty paper and just a dash of sequins. I just love these 3D looks.