Friday, January 10, 2014
Aren't the Quince flowers beautiful! Below I have a tutorial on how to create both the Quince and Cherry Blossoms using Susan's Garden Flowering Quince dies. Susan Tierney-Cockburn not only designed beautiful flower dies which have instructions in each package, she also has step by step videos to help us create very realistic flowers. Here is the link for the Quince video.
Before I begin, I want to talk a little about the tools in the Susan's Garden Flower Tool Kit. Every thing you need is in this kit. It contains the shaping mat, leaf shaping pad, non-stick sheet, scissors, self-closing tweezers, and three shaping tools - everything you need to shape and create your beautiful flowers. The tool on top, in the above picture, is used for creating realistic lines in your leaves. I have put a piece of card stock under the tip so you can see the special design. You use this tool on the light green shaping mat that is in the kit. This pad has just the right cushion to create realistic veins on your leaves. On the other end of this tool is a small stylus.
The middle tool is one I almost always use to shape petals and leaves. There is a small loop tool on one end and a larger loop tool on the other end. The tool on the bottom has a medium and a large stylus end. These can also be used for shaping or just conditioning the card stock.
In this picture I am gluing the stamens in the center of the flowers. You can also see the nice shape of each flower.
In the Quince die set, you will find one petal shaped like this - it looks like two connected petals. I used this piece to create buds and also used it to add additional petals in the center of the Cherry Blossoms.
Next start adding the three petals, one at a time around the stamen, alternating the petals. You can form them in closely next to the stamen for a tight bud or more loosely for a slightly open bud.
Every bud will probably turn out different, but it will look something like this.
Here is a picture of the finished Quince, buds, and leaves that were attached to a wired sisal rope. The Wired Sisal Rope was purchased at Hobby Lobby. The leaves are from the Susan's Garden, Garden Leaves Dies.
For the stamen, I cut down each leg of the die cut rolled it and added Susan's Garden Pollen to the tips.
I hope this information will help you create your Quince, Cherry Blossoms, and buds for both the Quince and Cherry Blossom. Be sure to watch Susan's video for more information on how to create the Quince.
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