Friday, May 20, 2011

Peony Tutorial

On May 8th, I posted a card with a large flower on my blog and have had so many people request I do a tutorial for this flower. Here is the link to the other flower. The dies used to create this flower are the Spellbinders "Peony" dies. I have used some other new products from Joan's Gardens. The white doily was cut with the "Italian Flourish" doily die; the white flower sprig and the green leaf flourishes are the new Marianne Creatables that Joan now carries. The butterflies are also part of the doily die collection and these mini butterflies come in a set of three. Joan carries three different sizes of these beautiful butterflies. The pink flowers were created with the "Small Blossom" punch. The banner along the bottom of the card was created with the Martha Stewart "Deco Shells" border punch. The sentiment is from JustRite "Elegant Frames". All pieces were arranged and attached as shown with "Art Glitter" Designer Adhesive.  All products used on this card can be purchased from Joan's Gardens.

Below is a tutorial on how I created the large flower:

Use Spellbinders Peony Nestabilities.  Cut four or five of each of the four smallest flowers.  Every flower you create will be a little different depending on how many petals of each size you wish to use,.

Cut toward center of each flower to create separate petals.  When you do this it allows the flower to shape and look more realistic.

For my flower, I sponged pink ink on the edges, both front and back, to give it a two toned effect.

Using the black mat and tool from the "Flower Tool Kit", each flower was shaped.  You can get full direction on how to do this in the "Paper Bouquet" book that Joan sells.

For the very center of this flower three "Small Sun" stamens were cut between each point, shaped and glued together.

When I create flowers from punches I always punch a lot of extra pieces so I know I have enough to create what I want and then save the extra pieces for other flowers at a later date.  You can experiment with getting the look you want by stacking the flowers together, before gluing, just to see how many of each flower (petal layer) to want to use for the finished flower.  You can get so many different looks with the same punched/die cut pieces by changing the number of layers, the type of stamen, and the shaping of the petals. I'm sure you know this by now, but I really love creating flowers with die cuts  and/or punches. 

I have been sick for the past three days and hope I have explained this well enough for you to create some of your own beautiful flowers. As you know when you don't feel well, things don't always come out the way they should.  If you have any questions, please let me know.

Thanks for visiting my blog.  I always love to read your comments so hope to hear from you.


Mary G. said...

Selma, this is STUNNING!!! Thanks so much for the tuturial! I'm going to have to give this a try!


Just gorgeous! Even though we all have the dies, we don't all create the same. You have a knack with flowers...So very beautiful!

Karen W said...

Thanks so much, hope you are feling better, love your blog and everything you create.

Joan Fricker said...

Beautiful card Selma! Great peony.
I love all the details too and your tutorial is wonderful.
Great job!


Anonymous said...

WOW! Is that eye popping or what? Just gorgeous!

Anonymous said...

Glad you are feeling better now Selma. Stay healthy!

Marg said...

What a beautiful flower. Your tutorial is very clear and I appreciate all that you do to show us your techniques. Thank you.

Mary Anne / MA54K said...

Oh how funny, you were on my blog while I was sitting here reading and oogling over yours! Thanks for the demo. I am going to head to Joans and see what that sprigy thingy is you used in with the leaves. Love it!

Sharon said...

Thank you for the lovely tutorial on making peonies, I enjoy seeing all the different flowers you do.

CraftinGranny said...

I hope by now you are feeling much better Selma. You sure couldn't tell you not well by the looks of this beautiful card. The tutorial is awesome and thanks so much for taking the time to share. "Hugs" Carol

Anonymous said...

You make the most beautiful cards I have ever seen! They are great! Keep up the good work as I look for your blogs every day to see if you sent one.

Thank you for all you do to make others happy,


redwasher1 said...

Beautiful card!!! But the flower is STUNNING!!!!

Olga said...

another fantastic lesson and gorgeous card! Thanks for sharing.


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