Hello everyone! Hope you are all having an amazing Easter - The Easter Bunny visited our garden this year and left some eggs in the snow....the kids were thrilled that the Easter Bunny still came along despite the weather being bitterly cold....
I am still recovering from a nasty flu bug - so haven't done any craft projects. Today however I did need to tidy up the craft cupboard and while I was sat there sorting stuff out (and the kids were occupied with chocolate) I decided to see if I could do the flower tutorial that I got a lot of requests for....I did manage to do it but I really apologise for the quality of the photos...my camera isn't wonderful at the best of times and trying to take pictures and make flowers at the same time was a bit too much for my poor fuddled head at the moment....some of the photos are too blurry and of course the lighting in my art cupboard isn't great......
Anyway, enough of my poor excuses....lets see if this is helpful at all.......
Here are the items I used -
Peeled Paint DI
Forest Moss DI
Antique Linen DI & DS
Scattered Straw DI
Wild Honey DI
Tattered Rose DI
Shaded Lilac DI
Glossy Accents Glue
Flower and Leaf Diecuts
Most people know the Tim Holtz Rose technique and I doubt mine differs in any way - but here is how I made them anyway...
Three flowers edged in Antique Linen
Cut one segment from one, two segments from the second and three from the third
Glue the flower together in a cone shape
I hold them together with pegs while they dry. I use the extra segment of three petals rolled up to make the centre of the rose
Then glue them all together, roll the edges of the petals back - and you have a rose.
Select two flower shapes, one larger than the other, and shade the edges with a pastel colour - Here I have used Tattered Rose.
Make sure you cover both sides
You can see here I have gone a bit to far and torn the card slightly, but that won't matter when it is all glued together. So don't be afraid to really squash the card. Although it doesn't look it, the card flower here is very soft and flexible and easier to mould to shape.
When both flower shapes are done, glue the smaller inside the larger and bend the petals backwards slightly and arrange how you want them.
Very simple flower here...cut a length of card - about 4-5 inches depending on how large you want the flower to be. Shade it both sides with any colour you want - Here I have used Shaded Lilac.
Stick a strip of double sided sticky tape along the fringe
Keep swishing them in the stain
I keep drying them with the heat dryer and then dabbing up any excess
Cover some card with a contrasting colour - Here I have chosen Scattered Straw. Cover both sides of the card. You don't have to be too neat here, just smoosh some ink over it...
Using a small flower punch, cut out several small flowers. I use normally about 7-8
Poke a small hole in the flowers
Push a brad into the centre - Mini brads are best but I didn't have any this time so had to use a normal sized one. Keep adding the flowers but overlap them so they form a multi-layered effect
When you have enough, secure the brad
Add a drop of glue onto the brad
And fold over 3 - 4 petals so that the brad can't be seen
Then push up all the petals so that they no longer lie flat.
Place the end of a pencil in the centre of the flower and squash the petals against the pencil.
Glue the three flowers together
Glue the yellow flower centre into the centre of the flower shapes......
Now how about some leaves?
Give the leaves a really good DS bath in Antique Linen
Allow them to dry (or heat gun them) but when they are still very slightly damp apply some Forest Moss and Peeled Paint DI's to the mat and spritz with water...
Cover the leaves with a light coating of Peeled Paint....you don't have to be too neat with this. Ivy leaves rarely have neat markings in real life and all are different. Just follow the leaf shape and leave a small edging of the Antique Linen.
Apply for a second time working your way inwards...so leave a wider edge this time, focusing on the center of the leaf
Now dab the Forest Moss over the stems and just at the top of the leaf
Take two flowers shapes and cover with Wild Honey DI
Cut a small strip of card and cover both sides with Wild Honey DI. Cut very fine strands about 0.5 -1 cm deep.
Use the pencil as described before and push the petals into a cup shape against the end of the pencil.
Roll up the fringed card
Cover the two flower shapes with glossy accents glue and leave to dry
Glue the fringed petals into the center of the flower
And here is the finished arrangement. I dabbed the flowers with a bit of Walnut Stain as I wanted them to look a bit more shabby and grungy (I have plans for them that involve a tag with some grungy paper and rusty wire!)
I hope that this inspires you to make your own flowers....If you do follow the tutorial I would love to know so please leave a comment!
Thanks so much for being here and reading this tutorial!