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Tuesday, 19 July 2011

Freebie Image and Flower Tutorial from circle shapes

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For our mid-week post this week we have a Freebie 'Heart Petal Flower' image for you..:)
And not only that but our lovely Leesa aka The Navy Wife has made a fabby tutorial on how to make you own flowers. :)
She shows you step by step and also a finished card using the Freebie image. :) :)

Here is the free image (click on it to bring up the bigger picture, then right click and Save to your pc)
Heart Petals Flower

Flower Tutorial – from circle shapes

Scrap paper
1 x Brad
Ink pad(s)
Paper pricker
Mist bottle of water (optional)
Circles in a minimum of 3 different sizes
-          To make your circles you can use punches, circle cutters, die cuts or trace and cut with scissors.
-          Traced objects cut with fancy scissors give a really nice different finish for the petals.
Optional – Bead(s), glitter, embossing powder.

For this tutorial I have used 4 circle sizes as I want my flower to have a lot of depth and texture and I have used a circle cutter.  I am using a recipe mix that I personally like myself of 2, 3, 3 & 3.

1. Start by cutting your circles – I have 2 smallest, 3 small, 3 medium and 3 larger (2, 3, 3 & 3).
2.Ink the edges.
3. Scrunch them up in your hands really tight.  If the paper is thick to work with add a spray of water from a mist bottle to help work the paper.
4.Once you have them all scrunched up, un-scrunch them but do not press them flat.  Allow them to have the scrunch characteristics you have just scrunch them up for.
5.I like to re-ink them at this point over the edges again and to high-light the some of the ‘scrunch’ textures to help add depth to your petals when your flower is finished.

6.Take your smallest circles and with your paper pricker, prick the middle.  Add your next layer of circles underneath and again prick the middle, building your flower up on the pricker.  Continue till you have added all your layers. 

7.Remove the pricker and replace it with a brad to hold your flower together. - If you like this look you can leave your flower like this at this stage.

 8.With your flower now together again take each layer individually and again scrunch up the layers around the brad.  Do not be afraid to turn the edges of some of the layers down.  This adds character and makes the flower more realistic.
9.Once you have your flower layers all scrunch up around the brad again; take the flower in your left hand and with your right thumb gently flick the layers back, turning the flower in your hand at the same time.  If you find the centre petals hard to spread apart, take your paper pricker and gently pull them back.
10.At this stage it is your own discretion as to how open you would like your flower to be.  If you would like it to be about to bloom, leave the centre petals tight and almost closed.  Or if you would like your petal blooming, open them up.

For my finished flower I have opened the centre petals right open as I intend to add a gorgeous bead to the middle and I have given it a spritz with glimmer mist. 
You can add some glitter flecks to your finished flower, some heat embossing to the edges or as I have done, a bead to the center.  Embellishment options are endless!

This is a great flower to ‘play’ with and find the ‘look’ you like.  Personally for me I like to use a recipe of  2, 3, 3 & 3/4.  If I was going to use more circles for a larger flower I would then make my next layer 2 and then the next or possible next 2 layers from 2 circles as well.  Remember you must be able to fit all the layers onto your brad to hold it together.

Here is my finished card with my flower. 
Doesn't it make a nice embellishment!  
And it is CHEAP but yet looks so classy and store brought!
And just works so well with the
Hearts Petal Flower freebie from The Crafty Pad Designs  

Hope you enjoy the freebie and also my tutorial. :)


Suzi said...

It's adorable Debs, love the tutorial. So very sorry I haven't kept in touch, life is hectic sometimes. I always visit and comment. I hope you are well and happy.
Suzi x

Dawn said...

Great tut thanks Debbie!
Dawn x

Adele said...

Looks like a great tutorial. I can't wait to try it!

Anonymous said...

This digi is awesome, and thank you for the tutorial and the awesome card sample. Your the greatest, hugs Cathy

Moments by Marla said...

Thank you so much for the flower and the purse freebies!! They are great! The flower tutorial is fabulous and looks quite easy. Thank you!

klm said...

thanks for the freebie : ) your flower is gorgeous!

Ardilla said...

Nice card, great tutorial...

Thanks for the freebie :)

Kelley said...

Thank you for the image and tutorial. I really need to try this flower.

Silverbutterfly said...

Great tut and delighful card. Thanks...

fallonmjf6 said...

Thanks for the free image and the great tutorial.

Anonymous said...

Just a quick note to let you know that a link to this post will be placed on CraftCrave today [20 Jul 01:00am GMT]. Thanks, Maria

Made by Mandy said...

Great tutorial and thanks for a lovely freebie :)

Nannieflash said...

Thank you so much for the fabulous freebie. hugs Shirleyxxxx

Gina said...

Fantastic tutorial Leesa :D Thank you for sharing this technique :D XXX

Sandra's Handmade Cards said...

Fabulous, thank you!

Barbara said...

Hi Leesa, what a fantastic tutorial. I needed some inspiration for a wedding card for the weekend. I think both the digi and your flower will be perfect. Thanks for the ideas and the digi too. Hugs. Barbara

Teresa Arsenault said...

Cool Flower and sweet image. Thanks!

jperr said...

Thanks for the cute flower.

snehal watwe welde said...

Thanks a lot

LeeAnn said...

Thanks for the flower and the tutorial! Love how your flower turned out!

Denise said...

Thanx for the freebie! I am going to try your TUT thanx!

Linda said...

Great tutorial, Leesa! You can use these floowers on any type of card! Fab!!

Thanks for Sharing

txexperiment said...

Great tutorial and digi. Thanks so much!