Wednesday, November 12, 2008

Paper Flowers


OK, I know that many, if not all, of you have already made these super-cute flowers. I see them on layouts and cards all over. But, until last night, I had never made one myself. These little cuties don't take up much time or paper at all. In fact, you probably have scraps big enough for these and too little for much else....... what a great way to use them!

Here are my first three attempts. To start, I used a circle punch (around 2") and cut all the circles for each flower. You could use even less paper by cutting each circle with nesting punches, or if you're really good, hand cutting diminishing sizes. I am not really good, so I started with four-five 2" circles. I picked the pattern I wanted to be the largest. Then, holding all three-four of the remaining circles, I hand trimmed them all one size smaller. I choose the next largest and repeated. Does that make sense? Doing it this way made it easiest for me to get the sizes of each circle right. Anyway, in a nutshell, you need to get 4-5 circles each smaller than the one before.

After you have your circles, you can try some different techniques. I only had time to try three, but have some other ideas in mind I'd like to try later.

For my first flower, I cut the circles and then sprayed them with a water bottle. When they were wet, I tore the edges and crumpled them up. I flattened them slightly and let them air dry.

For my next flower, I cut the circles and then fringed the edges. I think next time I might spray and crumple these too. And, I think a larger brad or maybe a button would work better in the center here. I'll have to see what I can find.

My final flower was simply cut with decorative edge scissors. Then I inked the edges and used a cute button for the center. It seemed to be the homey-est of all the flowers and so I picked it for the one on my house warming card. Now, to bake up a plate of cookies and welcome the new neighbors!

Update 2:39PM-- I thought I would let you know what I used on my card just in case you wanted to replicate it. The base is Prism cream colored cardstock (I don't know the color, sorry). Then, I used a journaling card from Chemistry for the background. The flower was cut from Flirt cardstock and the brown border from Forget Me Not (both Chemistry). I added a random button from my jar. The stitching is all done with embroidery floss, using all six strands. The tag was made with Flirt and Prism cardstock with a rub-on from Jack's World. I used Making Memories red string to tie on the tag. The crochet trim was just something I happen to have an entire bolt of. I found it at a tag sale years ago...... almost evey article of clothing I have ever sewn for my girls features it and I still have tons!

31 comments:

pattyb said...

I've never seen these flowers. Thanks for posting, it's so easy and a cute addition to a card or LO. This is something I would definitely try.

MandieGirl said...

I just started making those flowers a few weeks ago, and I LOVe it! They are so quick and cute! Love your card!!!

Sandra said...

I love making these!! I've also bought some really pretty ones on ETSY.com (because I can be lazy). Yours are o pretty (love that cosmo line). Never thought to fringe them...thanks for the tip!

Houston said...

Oooh very cute, I haven't tried making these yet, but I want to now!

Shari said...

Love your flowers, great card! Now try some with your beautiful Hey Sugar fabric!!! :) So fun!

Terrie B x said...

These are `beautiful` :)~X~

NanaBeth said...

Oh you must make some from Cosmo fabric. I just tried to explain and couldn't. I am going to try and find the place I found the instructions and get back. Hate tehse senior moments!

NanaBeth said...

I have asked Pinky (big prize winner) to e-mail you about the flowers. She's the person who thought them up anyway. They are really cool.

Lisa-Kate said...

These are so cute! And thanks so much for the huge goodie box! Hopefully I can look forward to more published items using all CC papers :) Thank you guys, yall are way too generous to me :)

melita said...

those are all great! going to do some of those!

KateB said...

I've never seen those flowers eithe since I'm not a card maker; I really love the distressed one; very cute!

ScrapAloha said...

Totally fun flowers! Great colors! TFS!

Carl said...

The pictures are just outstanding and wonderful to see, great paper work this is,also good to share.

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