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Sunday, April 11, 2010

For You Flower and Butterfly card

I got this scallop square die for my Big shot quite some time ago but had yet to use it until today. To make it into the card shape, I just cut out two pieces, scored the top piece, glued the top sections together and then also held it together with the gorgeous silk ribbon from Stampin' Up! {the Bigshot die is also Stampin' Up!} I absolutely love the baroque patterned paper from Fancy Pants. I also used it on a layout with some owls and trees that are part of the collection.

Handmade flowers are all over the scrapping world right now. So many people have gorgeous ideas and give awesome tutorials on how to make them! I found a YouTube video {I haven't been able to find since} that showed some cool techniques for getting the paper to be more pliable. So I figured I would explain it here since I can't give you all the link.

  • I used the Scallop Circle, Five-Petal flower and Boho Blossoms punches. The Scallop Circle is the base and you can't see it. So really any circle shape will work. I punched out 1 Scallop Circle and about 8 Five-Petal flowers. Then I cut out one set of Boho Blossoms.
  • After the desired punches are punched out, take your crimper out and run each piece through several times, switching the direction.
  • Next, take the end of a stylus or something flat like a bone folder and get out the crimps that you don't really want to show. You will notice that since you crimped each piece so much that the paper will flatten back really easily {though not completely - you wont notice though once it's all finished}. The reason you are doing that is because crimping it breaks up the fibers and makes the paper a lot easier to manipulate. You can also do this by spraying paper with water. The downside to that is if you use paper you have inked. Crimping it instead prevents the ink from running.
  • Now I took the ball end of my stylus - because it's long and skinny and wrapped the petals around it in a down direction. You can use a pencil or something similar as well.
  • Play around with the petals. There are tons of looks you can do {you can switch it just as easily to wrap the petals up instead}. I also folded each petal just a bit in the middle. So many choices here.
  • Take the Boho Blossoms flowers that you punched and layer them from smallest to largest.
  • Then start layering the Five-Petal flowers under the Boho Blossoms and then the Scallop Circle.
  • I held mine all together with the brads in the center. You can use Glue Dots too - or a combination of both. I think I would recommend a combo of both because sometimes just a brad will still allow the flower layers to move and the petals may not stay the way you like. On another flower I made where I staggered the petals, they ended up all going on top of each other so you don't really see each layer head on. Glue Dots will help prevent that from happening.

I liked the look of the Boho Blossoms in the middle because I felt like it made it look a little more like a real flower {I know, I know, real flowers aren't green and white polka-dots :D}.

Here are the supplies used:

  • Patterned Paper - Fancy Pants Baroque pattern; Stampin' Up! Always Artichoke polka dot DSP; My Minds Eye brown polka dot scallop strip {note: I cut off the strip from a piece of paper that didn't even match the colors of this card! The strip is where My Minds Eye puts its logo. I just used the part that wasn't written on!)
  • Cardstock - Stampin' Up! Confetti, Kraft and Baha Blue
  • Classic Ink - Stampin! Up! Chocolate Chip
  • Stamp Set - Stampin' Up! Vintage Labels
  • Ribbon - Stampin' Up! Chocolate Chip silk
  • Dies - Sizzix Bigshot for Stampin' Up! - Sqare Scallop, Embosslits Die Beautiful Wings,
  • Punches - Stampin' Up! Boho Blossoms and Scallop Circle; EK Success Five-Petal Flower
  • Misc. Tools - Crop-O-Dile used to punch the holes at the top for the ribbon to go through; small scissors to cut out label.