Thursday, March 1, 2012

Flower Tutorial

Joan's Gardens is now carrying dies from My Favorite Things (MFT) and I have used some of them today.  I used the "Botanical Beauty" dies for the flower.  You get three size flowers and three sizes of stamens in this package.  Today I wanted to show you a way to create a very dimensional flower using all three sizes of the flower.   They were die cut using white card stock then were colored using the Tim Holtz Blending Tool and Spiced Marmalade Distress Ink.  To create something very different, I decided to cut down each petal four or five times to kind of "fringe" them.  I did this on two of the smallest flowers.  

 All three flower sizes were die cut and sponged and shaped.

Here you can see how the smallest flowers were "fringed", then I used the tools from the "Flower Tool Kit" to "cup" both of them.

In the center of one of these fringed flowers, I used a chop stick to add a "blog" of "Yes" Glue.  This is a very thick glue and easy to shape things around it.  All the fringed petals were pressed into the "Yes" glue to form a cone.  I tried to be sure all the fringed pieces were sticking together on the first flower.  Next I put that   flower in the middle of the other fringed flower only putting glue on the bottom of the shaped flower and sticking them together.  I pressed the second flower up against the closed flower trying to attach most of the fringes, but not necessarily all of them.

 Two of the middle size flowers were cut between petals down toward the center then shaped with the stylus.  They were stacked, alternating petals, then pressed down into the shaping mat.

Here is what the center and the two middle layers look like when glued together.  I then added just one of the large flowers on the bottom.   

You can see the dimension of the completed  flower in this photo.  The leaves used with the flower is the Cheery Lynn "Judy's Blooms" leaves (C184).  Can you guess what doily I used under the flower?   I like to get as much use out of my dies and I can, and I have used the Cheery Lynn "Christmas Ball Decoration" (DL150) which also comes with an Angel Wing.  I don't think it  looks like it needs to be used just for Christmas.  You could even change it by snipping off the little circles on the outside edge.  I don't know if you have been to Joan's Gardens to see the Cheery Lynn dies Joan has on sale for 40% off, but this is one of those dies.  What a savings because these dies normally don't come on sale.  There are also some other dies in this sale you might want to get while they are on sale. 

Along the bottom of this card I used the MFT "Jumbo Ric Rac".  It is a really nice size and will really be perfect to use with Easter cards.  I experimented and found out that after you die cut it, you can place the die back on the ric rac and cut it different widths.  There is also a Texture Plate called "Grosgrain Texture Board" that make the Ric Rac look real.  I was hoping that texture would show up in the photo but it doesn't.  This Ric Rac was die cut using white card stock and also sponged with the "Spiced Marmalade" Distress Ink.    By adding color it helped to bring out that embossed grosgrain texture.  I added a strip of the design paper across the center of the ric rac and added some rhinestones.

The sentiment is from the JustRite "Kindness" stamp set.  There are 10 stamps in this set.  To complete the card I added additoinal Kaiser Craft Rhinestones

As you know, you can purchase all the products I use from Joan's Gardens



Donna said...

Wonderful card and tutorial Selma, that flower is so pretty!! I so wish I could make it out for the weekend with you guys at JOans, but that is just a bit too far for me to drive!! Would love to see you in action.

Again, wonderful and very pretty card.

Nan G said...

Beautiful, Selma! Thanks for the pics. I need me some of that YES glue!

The Other Patti Sue said...

Great tutorial Selma! This really pretty ... love the color!

Kathy said...

You make such GORGEOUS flowers!!! I need to sit down and try these out! Thanks for the tutorial! Blessings!


CraftinGranny said...

Love your tutorials and flowers Selma. Always pure elegance my friend. Great color combo too. "Hugs"

Linda Carson said...

Beautiful! Thanks for this tutorial!


Good morning Selma! Lovely card! Your tutorial is wonderful and your flower is amazing! I love how you fringed some of the petals to add a different look!

Sheila - Ginger said...

Oh such a pretty card Selma and thank you for the great tutorial. It's a card full of sunshine!

Love Sheila xx

Mrs. Swandog said...

I love this card Selma. Your flower is beautiful and I love how you added the bling!

Payne Holler Cards said...

double thud! gorgeous!
great pic toot also...TFS (-:

Sillyfilly said...

Selma I get your blog updates and I needed to take time to thank you for all of the things you share with us. First you seem so giving and second you are such a talented designer. I love this rose. It's just gorgeous as is all of your creations. So Thank You!!

Cheryl O said...

What a great tutorial. Your card is stunning and that flower is absolutely gorgeous!!!

Thank you for the detailed info, so very helpful....

Paula Touhey said...

Selman, this is my first visit to your blog and I'm in love with your work and your tutorials! I just bought the Memory Box window frame die and I was searching for some inspriration and found you! Wow.... I will definately be a frequently reader! Thanks for taking so much time to share your creativity with us.

windycindy said...

My friend and I have been making different types of flowers. Yours
is fabulous! How many layers of each
size of flower did you use to make
your final flower? Many thanks,

Anonymous said...

wow!!! Selna u have done a very beautiful card n the flower is just so easily done can't wait to try it out.thank u for sharing

Melinda Bandow said...

Can't wait to try this...I love your blog and your work speaks for are definitely my role-model. Thanks so much for your sharing.


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