My friend Teresa inspired me to create these beautiful flowers this week. She shared a beautiful handmade book/album she had made for her granddaughters first birthday. I fell in love with these tiny flowers she had on the book. They were made out of paper and they were glittery and they were a beautiful keepsake. She shared that she had bought the stamps and dies from another company so I quickly went to work seeing what I could do with my Stampin' Up! supplies. This is only the beginning ladies and gentlemen. So many possibilities.
Let's start with the supplies needed:
- A Pansy Punch
- A Petite Petal Punch
- Spritzer filled with water
- Ink color of your choice (I used Watermelon Wonder)
- Sponge Dauber
- Embossing Stylus from the Simply Score Tool
- Liquid Multipurpose Glue
- Stampin' Pierce Mat
- Whisper White or Very Vanilla Cardstock scraps.
Start by punching 3 flowers from each punch for the bigger flower shown on the tag. This totally can be changed to make buds or bigger flowers. This is just how I started and I liked the way it looked.
Next you will need to color your flowers with the sponge dauber. I start in the center and work my way out highlighting the edges. The 3 Pansy punches (the bigger of the two flowers) you only need to color one side. The Petite Petal punches I recommend you color both sides since you will see both sides of the petals on the buds.
After you color the punched flowrs turn them over and spritz them with water, spritzing one at a time. Using your embossing stylus with the smaller tip pounce the edges of the back of the flower making the petals turn toward you. View my short video to see how this looks in action. After you have "pounced" all of the petals turn flower over and using the larger end of the embossing tool pull each petal in from the outer edge in to the center. Set aside to dry. Repeat on the other flowers. You will see in my video that I accidentally tear off one of the petals but notice it's a quick repair and no one is the wiser. :)
Now it's time to glue your flowers. Use plenty of Multipurpose adhesive to glue your petals together. Don't be stingy. Usually I am known to say less is more but not in this case. Form each flower as shown in the video. Attaching each layer so they petals alternate. Now you have a beautiful flower as is, or add some glitter with a little fine tipped glue to the edges of your petals, sprinkling with dazzling diamonds. Oh Yes!
When your flower is completely dry it will be very firm. The combination of wetting the paper and the glue makes your flower very stiff and your flower will last for a very long time. Like I said this is only the beginning. You could stamp the flowers with the coordinating stamp sets for more detail or what about using vellum? It is gorgeous when you emboss on it but that is for another day. I hope you will enjoy making some of these flowers and then let me know what you plan to put them on. Leave me a comment and let me know what you think.
Now for another "Quicky Create With M.E." video for you to see how it all comes together.