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Wednesday, 6 April 2011

FLOWERS ON THE BEACH?

Well, not quite lol, but we do have a little of both for you this Wednesday. New images from Debbie and a flower making tute from our Leesa - The Navy Wife.

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Due to go on sale by the end of this week (in digi format only) at THE CRAFTY PAD DESIGNS are these fabulous summer themed images. There is so much potential with these that your summer cards will be brimming with colour and sunshine. You can layer them, you can paper piece them and you can decoupage them. Colour them with your markers but also try printing onto watercolour paper and using your watercolour paints,(make sure your ink is dry though) they lend themselves to that beautifully....lots of choices to work with these lovely images.


Also, if you joined us for last weeks mid week post, you will know that we have a competition still running HERE to alter a CD and one of the prizes was the collection of Fairy Chloe images...well, a little boy fairy has now joined the group and he's just adorable.


So you better go check your paypal accounts so you can treat yourself to all these scrummy new images.

OK, so what's The Navy Wife been up to this week? Well, she's been making flowers and we're going to show you how she does it.


You will need:-
A 6 petal flower punch or die cut
Complimentary ink to distress petal edges
Scissors
Toothpick or similar to shape and curl petals
Fast adhesive glue (I use my glue gun)
Tweezers
OPTIONAL:
Beads for centres
Glitter mist
Kindy Glitz

Step 1 - Cut 4 petals from punch or die cut. ~ For this tutorial I have used Marianne Design Creatables Rose LR0145 and am using the largest (bottom) die cut. The cardstock is Core Dinations - Fortune Teller.


Step 2 - Ink all the edges of the four petals. ~ I have used KaiserCraft Lilac IP715.


Step 3 - Make the following cuts as per picture-
With the 1st flower cut out one petal.
With the 2nd flower cut out two petals.
With the 3rd flower cut in half (you will have one spare 3 petal)
On the 4th flower make no cuts.


Step 4 - Line your petals up starting with 1 petal, then 2 petals, 3 petals ect, with the full uncut petal last. Using your toothpick slightly curl the top of the petal edges over as per picture.


Step 4 - Using your toothpick again, make petal creases in your flower to prepare them for joining each end petal together, try and make a cup shape.


Step 5 - Using your fast drying adhesive glue (or glue gun as I do), join each end petal to each end petal, forming a 'cup shape'
*The single (or 1st) petal can be tricky and I often glue it while on the toothpick*


Step 6 - Building your flower - Taking the single petal and your scissors cut in half, as in the picture. This is going to be your 'flower center'. Discard the bottom segment you have cut away.
* Cutting the 'points' away from the bottom of each layer of the flower will help it to fit snugly together in each layer that you add underneath.*



Step 7 - Holding the flower center with your tweezers add some glue to the bottom and insert it into the 2 petal 'flower cup' creating your next layer.


Step 8 - Taking the 'beginning bloom' and your scissors cut away the point from the bottom of the bloom so it can fit nicely into the next layer flower cup. Discard the bottom segment you have cut away. You are now building your bloom and it should be starting to take shape.
Do not worry if petals need to be curled back as you will do this with the finishing touches when the bloom is fully assembled.


Step 9 - Holding the beginning bloom with your tweezers add some glue to the bottom and insert it into the 3 petal 'flower cup' creating your next layer.
At this stage try and off center the petals between each layer to create a more natural looking effect.


Step 10 - Again, taking the beginning bloom and your scissors cut away the point from the bottom of the bloom so it can fit nicely into the next layer flower cup. Discard the bottom segment you have cut away.


Step 11 - Holding the beginning bloom with your tweezers add some glue to the bottom and insert it into the 4 petal 'flower cup' creating your next layer.
Again, try and off center the petals between each layer to create a more natural looking effect.


Step 12 - As per step 10, take the beginning bloom and your scissors cut away the point from the bottom of the bloom so it can fit nicely into the next layer flower cup, as per picture. Discard the bottom segment you have cut away.
As you add more layers you will find it increasingly difficult to cut the point away. As long as you have taken some of the 'point' away your flower will still layer nicely and have a space to place enough glue to hold it together.


Step 13 - Holding the beginning bloom with your tweezers add some glue to the bottom and insert it into the 5 petal 'flower cup' creating your next layer.
Remember to try and off center the petals between each layer to create a more natural looking effect.


Step 14 - As per the previous steps, take the beginning bloom and your scissors cut away the point from the bottom of the bloom so it can fit nicely into the next layer 'flower cup'. Discard the bottom segment you have cut away.

Step 15 - Holding the beginning bloom with your tweezers add some glue to the bottom and insert it into the 6 petal 'flower cup' creating your next layer.
Don't forget to off center the petals between each layer.


You have now created your bloom.
If you find that your bloom is still somewhat 'pointy' you can again cut the point away, this will not effect the result of your finished bloom.

Make your final touches and adjust and curl any petals that you feel need to be curled back again. I usually use my tweezers to 'tweak' at this point or I will pick the whole bloom up and work the petal with a toothpick again.

When you are happy with how your bloom is sitting, add your finishing touches.
With the bloom in this picture I have add a spray of glitter mist.
You can add a bead in the center if you like.
You can glitz the petal edges (this looks wonderful for Christmas roses in red with a touch of gold glitter on the petal edges).


Using different sized punches / die cuts will result in your blooms being different sizes. As you can see in this picture these are all the sizes I can create from my original die cut shown at the start.


Additional notes - If you do not have a 6 petal punch or die cut, you can use a 5 petal or more petal punch / die cut. A 5 petal punch will not result in a flower as big a 6 petal flower but you will still acheive a very similar result. If you use a punch with more than 6 petals, as you will be adding more 'layers' it will be very important to try and cut as much of those 'points' away as possible so your end result will still sit flat.

Here are some examples of how I have used my finished blooms on various projects.




So there you are. We hope you liked that and if you use it, please come back and tell us. Leave us a link so we can come and drool.
See you next week and don't forget to go and have a go at the current challenge and enter the altered CD comp.

xxThe Crafty Pad Teamxx

3 comments:

Linda w said...

Beautiful roses, and a great tute to follow along. I actually think I could make these. Hugs lin

aqualeiga said...

Fab tute Leesa, I really AM going to have a go at making some of these! And I can't believe this fabby altered tin is going to be mine................all mine!!!!! Yay! Hugs, Ali x

tamra119 said...

What a wonderful tutorial. Thanksfor sharing. I am going to try and make some for my mothers day frame.