Monday, July 29, 2013

Paper Flowers Tutorial

As Featured at:

All Things Thursday Blog Hop
I am so excited about a project I've been working on.   It's not finished yet, but I just had to show you part of it. 


I'm making paper flowers to use on this project.  It's going to take a lot of them, but I've got about half done.


I thought I'd show you how I went about making these particular paper flowers. 


I started with script paper from Hobby Lobby.


I also used Stampin Up inks (cranberry and close to cocoa), but you could use any water based ink pads.


I cut my flowers out with my Silhouette, but you could use a large flower punch or cut them by hand.


This is a very forgiving project.  If your flowers aren't perfect it won't matter!


Other supplies I used were a small brass paper fastener for each flower, small hole paper punch, makeup sponge, small bowl of water and scrap paper to work on.


So do you want to know how to make them?  Yeah...thought so.  First I want to apologized for the poor quality of the following photos.  I did this project at night and the lighting was terrible.

Start by cutting or punching 5 flowers for each finished flower.  Punch a small hole in the middle of each piece for the paper fastener.


Dip the makeup sponge in water, then wring most of it out.  You just want it a little damp, not runny. Next dab it onto the ink pad a few times.  Using scrap paper, pounce most of the ink back off, then pounce it onto the back of each flower petal.  I started with the cranberry ink first, which created a soft pink using this technique.  Then I went back over with the cocoa ink, blending the two colors together.
                                                                       

Then I flipped the flower over, and just inked the tips of the petals.  In the first picture below, you can see the difference between just the cranberry ink, and after adding the cocoa.


After the flower petals are dry, you can start assembling them.  Layer  petals, staggering them so they don't all line up.  Use a small paper fastener to hold them all together.


Now start crumpling them 1 layer at a time.  Crumple each layer up around the previous one.


Almost finished!  Now just use your thumb to press open the flower, flattening our the tips of the petals a little to open up the flower.  You may need to gently pry the outer edges out a little, but don't pull too hard.  You don't want to seperate the petals from each other too much.

Now you have some beautiful flowers to decorate something with.  I have to finish making more flowers before I can show you what I am doing with mine.  I have dozens of ideas buzzing around this poor brain of mine for other uses too.  Too many ideas and never enough time!  If only I could just play all day...



Until next time, keep craftin' and smilin' :)



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33 comments:

  1. Deborah- Those are just darling! Great tutorial- thanks- xo Diana

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  2. Hi Deborah, Love your darling flowers and thank you for the great tutorial. Have a great week.
    XO Celestina Marie

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  3. I love a beautifully crafted flower and these certainly are, Deborah! Just lovely. Thanks for the tutorial so i can try them out. :)

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  4. Well this is getting pinned most definitely - they are gorgeous Deborah!!!!!!!
    Thanks so much for the tutoria ( are you making a wreath out of these??? )
    I want to do these - just love them
    Ok - off to pin now
    Thanks for sharing!
    Hugs,
    xxx

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  5. What perfectly beautiful flowers! And...I didn't know there was script paper at Hobby Lobby! I am on my way! Thanks so much for sharing at The Scoop!...hugs...Debbie

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  6. Deborah, your flowers are stunning!!!! I LOVE them!! And I'm on my way to pin for future reference. I absolutely must make some too!!
    You are a tease! Can't wait to find out what your project is all about.
    Blessings!!

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  7. Oh, I love these!! I don't have a silhouette(yet) so I'll have to look for a big punch!

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  8. These are gorgeous! They look like a ton of work! Can't wait to see what you do with them! I will be back tomorrow night to link up for the party

    CArol

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  9. Your flowers lok amazing. I love the soft faded colour they are.

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  10. these are lovely, deborah:) thanks for the tutorial!

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  11. These are beautiful - I love anything with script on it...stopping by from Knick of Time...

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  12. This is quite the project. The flowers are so vintage looking....I love their look! Visiting from The Scoop and following you via Bloglovin'!

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  13. These are so cute! I'm pinning these so I can remember for my friend's wedding.

    Allison

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  14. Amazing paper flowers! Thanks so much for sharing the great tutorial!

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  15. This are lovely... What weight paper did you use? Card stock or lighter weight... Such as scrapbook paper?

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  16. I love these flowers, Deborah! I hope you'll be linking them up to our All Things Thursday Blog Hop!
    Blessings,
    Nici

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  17. Love these paper flowers. You added so much texture and detail. Great tutorial.

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  18. These are beautiful Deborah! I'm featuring you tonight at Knick of Time Tuesday - thanks for sharing at the party!

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  19. Hello! New follower, super cute flowers!! ~Ann @ Tarnished Royalty

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  20. Hi there,
    I imagine you could make the flowers a bit bigger? These are wonderful. I saw a mannequin at Market in Las Vegas, dressed in paper book pages, with paper flowers attached. What a great project for my shop!
    Thanks,
    Barbara

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  21. These are gorgeous - thanks for sharing. I pinned!

    Sue
    bebeandj.com

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  22. These are so pretty! I'd love for you to link up to The DIY'ers! http://homecomingmn.blogspot.com/2013/08/the-diyers-and-my-new-rug.html

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  23. Hi Deborah Lynn! These flowers are so cute! I just love them! Thank you so much for sharing how to do these! I am learning how to use my Silhouette, so this will be a great project! Did you purchase the image from Silhouette or draw it? HL has the papers 50% off this week so great timing! Can't wait to see what you use these flowers on! Blessings from Bama!

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  24. Just gorgeous, and what a great tutorial, even I could do it! Thank you so much for sharing at Redoux!

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  25. These were too pretty not to feature! Your flowers are one of my picks for the features of All Things Thursday Blog Hop #4. So happy you linked them to the party. I hope you'll be back again tonight to bring some more inspiration to our party!
    Blessings,
    Nici

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  26. Really lovely!! The gang over at My Personal Accent think your post about the Paper Flower Tutorial is terrific. We would like to invite you to party with us starting at 5:00 Thursday nights at our new Blog Strut Peacock Style Link Party to share your creative ideas. Come on over!! http://wp.me/P2Vf55-1K

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  27. The process looks so much easier than it they appear. They are really beautiful! Thank you for linking up this post to The Strut link party last week. I hope you can stop by this next Thursday - Saturday sometime and share another great post old or new!

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  28. Your post it's very interesting and very creative,this is amazing thanks for hosting. Does any of you have ever heard about www.elcoplanet.com or maybe use their web hosting service ? Because I need web hosting for my page. Thanks

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  29. Love these!

    Paula@SweetPea
    www.virginiasweetpea.com

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  30. I just found these - gorgeous! I might cheat and use pre-printed craft paper! Julia

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