Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Mum Tutorial Using Cheery Lynn Sunflower Die

This past weekend Joan (Joan's Gardens) had everyone complete the gorgeous card below.  There were several new techniques she learned at CHA that she wanted to teach on this card and she asked me to design an easy mum she could also teach them to make.  I decided to use the Cherry Lynn "Sunflower" die (DL121).  I think you will love this quick and easy way to create a mum using a die intended for creating pretty sunflowers.

 This is the card Joan designed for the workshop.

First I will give you the information about the card above, that I designed, then give you a mini tutorial below on how to create the mum.  This is a 5 1/2" card.  The design paper is from the BoBunny "Forever Fall Collection".  The pretty rectangle doily behind the flower is the Marianne (LR0117).  On the right side of this pretty doily I stamped a sentiment from the JustRite "Seeds of Kindness" stamp set.  The dragonfly is the Cheery Lynn "Small Dragonfly with Angel Wing" (DL152).  The lacy portion of the dragon fly was die cut using burgundy card stock and the Angel wing was die cut using dark green card stock.  Dark green Stickles was added to the angel wing.  The flower was created as shown below out of burgundy card stock.  The flourish is the Cheery Lynn "Tropical Flourish" (B127).  It was die cut using brown card stock and highlighted with gold.  Green punched leaves were added around the flower.  Off white seam binding was colored using Distress Inks and a Webster's Pages button was added. 

Now for the tutorial on how to create a Fall Mum using the Cheery Lynn Sunflower Die.

 Die cut eight sunflowers with the Cheery Lynn Sunflower die shown on the right of the die cut flowers.  You don't need to die cut the center of the sunflower which is the circle on the bottom of the sunflower.  You can use any fall color for this flower.

 You need to condition the center of the flowers using the large white shaping tool from the Flower Tool Kit.  You want "cup" each flower.  Two of the flowers should be misted with water and folded up to create a tight center for your mum.  The paper will bend and shape better if it is slightly damp.

Start gluing the six sunflowers together and press down with the top of the tool's handle from the Flower Tool Kit.  Press all around the center pushing down into the black shaping mat.  Glue the two centers you have created together, pressing down into the black mat to shape well.  Add glue to the center of the stacked flowers and press the center down using the small stylus and pressing down right in the center.  You should have a flower that looks like the picture below.  (For some reason the flash went off when I took this picture and it has changed the color.)

 This is how the completed flower will look.

I love to find different ways to use my stamping tools.  I think you will have fun creating pretty sunflowers with this die and also pretty mums. 

As you know, all products I use can be purchased from Joan's Gardens.



Melissa Cash said...

Awesome card and awesome tutorial Selma! I have a funny story to tell you. Last week the owner of the store I work for forwarded me a link to check out as she thought the card was beautiful. Guess what? It was a link to one of your beautiful cards. It made me so happy to tell her that we were friends through the net.

Have a great day!


Another great tutorial! Love the mum. You make your flowers look so real! Just gorgeous!

Sheila - Ginger said...

Anther gorgeous card Selma and so ideal for an autumn Fall) birthday etc. You mum is stunning and thank you so much for the great and easy tutorial.

Love Sheila xx

MD said...

une carte ravissante

The Other Patti Sue said...

Very cool tutorial and totally awesome card!


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