Tuesday, May 5, 2015

Susan's Garden Anemone with Tutorial

I love the color of these flowers.  They were created with Susan's Garden Anemone dies.  This is a 6x6 inch card.  I used Elizabeth Craft Designs Peel Off Stickers for the frame and the corners.  The sentiment is one of Susan's Sentiment stamps available from ECD. The background was embossed with the ECD Heart Strings Embossing Folder.

Anemones are such pretty little flowers and they come in a variety of colors.  Here are some of the colors I created.  You can get many ideas by looking at seed catalogs or by going on the Internet.

This is a picture I found on the Internet of an Anemone that has more than 5 petals.  I love the color so decided to try and duplicate this flower with Susan's Anemone dies.

 This is my version of the flower I found a picture of.  Below I will show you the steps I took to create these flowers.


This is a picture of Susan's Anemone Die Set used to create these flowers.

 I die cut all the pieces, including the leaves, using cream card stock. For the darker color on the edge of the petals I sponged on Fired Brick Distress Ink.    

 For the light pink color over the top edge of the petals, I sponged on Spun Sugar Distress Ink.

 I forgot to take a picture, but I sponged on  light green Pan Pastel at the base of each petal.  The petal was turned over and shaped on the backside using the small loop tool from Susan's Tool Set.

 Susan's Garden 4pcs. All metal Tool Set in Luxury Case (sku 808)

This is a picture of Susan's new All Metal Tool Set with the Luxury Case for storing.  It contains 3 different size stylus, the leaf shaping tool, a Loop tool with two sizes, and the self-closing tweezers.  I don't know what I would do without these tools for creating beautiful flowers!  You can also purchase her new molding pads and a leaf pad from Elizabeth Craft Designs.

 Once all the petals were shaped, I used the self-closing tweezers, to pinch the base of each petal for additional shaping. 

To create this double petal Anemone, first glue five petals to the base, as shown on the left side.  Next glue five more petals in the center alternating the petals and you will have a double petal Anemone. 

 For additional shaping, use the medium ball stylus and push down in the center on the flower molding pad and the flower will "cup", giving it a nice shape.

 Now you are ready to create the stamens.  I used two die cut stamens for each flower.  Each projection was cut in half; this creates a "frilly" stamen.  I like using the Elizabeth Craft Designs scissors because they have very fine points and are perfect for cutting detail work. To achieve the color of stamen in the photo, I colored both stamens a very pale green with a marker then used a dark green marker to color the lower half of just one stamen.  When you roll the stamen using the self-closing tweezers, start with the stamen with the dark green on the bottom.  Glue that stamen closed, then glue the light green stamen around it.  You will have a finished stamen that has dark green at the base in the center, and light green on the outside.   

Here is a close up of the flowers when completed.  Before gluing in the stamen, I put a tiny drop of glue on the tips and dipped the stamen in  Yellow Pollen.  They were then glued into the center of the flower.

 There are two leaves in this die set for this flower. The leaves were detailed by using the Leaf Tool.  I sponged Mowed Lawn Distress Ink all over the leaf then highlighted the center line and edges with Forest Moss Distress Ink.

 I hope you have fun creating these pretty Anemone Flowers.  Do my tutorials help give you additional ideas for using your dies?

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Dr Sonia S V said...

Fantastic tutorial Selma...loved all the detailing and the tips on making a realistic center
Dr Sonia
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Karen (TLgirl353) said...

Selma, I can almost smell these. So realistic!

Olga said...

I swear, if I didn't know better I'd think they were real!

Martie Rollin said...

I agree...the centers are so realistic! I definitely need to get some of that "pollen" as that seems to be the key to realism. Beautiful blossoms! Thanks for this tutorial!

Anonymous said...

Hi Selma, Thank you for this great
tutorial. The flowers looks so
realistic. How big are they when they are ready?


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