Over the last couple of months a few people have admired my big flowers and some have said they would love to make them so I am doing my first ever tutorial - forgive me it is not perfect, especially the photos, but will, at least, give you a general idea of how to make them.
The flowers, when completed will measure approximately 2.1/2" (6 - 7cm) across, you can make them much smaller than this but the large size is perfect for putting on gift boxes, tags etc and the larger size is easier to show you on the 'how to' side. My thinking is that I have lots of Christmas papers that are heavily patterned and not really appropriate for small cards so I am going to make up a batch of flowers to use on presents and gift tags.
I always use good quality card stock, Coredinations if possible or something of a similar weight for the plain colours and Tim Holtz patterned card/BoBunny or Kaisercraft or similar weight patterned cardstock. You will see why once we get going.
For this tutorial I have used a nested set of flower dies by Go Kreate (flower set #1) but Spellbinders also do a nested flower set which also works and so does Tim Holtz Tattered Floral die set.
You will need to cut one of the largest size and two each of the rest of the sizes so that you end up with 7 flower die cuts for each flower, the same applies to other dies, you really need 7 to give a good result.
Now for the fun bit - scrunch the flowers up really well (sorry about the blurry photo), you can also pick up any water on your mat or craft sheet with the scrunched up flowers.
The plain flower is the one I have made using the above instructions, the patterned ones are made using Tim Holtz Tattered Floral die and the smaller one at the bottom is made using just the smaller dies in the Go Kreate set. So don't be put off thinking you have to make large ones, it works equally well for small flowers too. The beauty of this method is that the resulting flower is very hard and will not go out of shape easily.
Apologies for the blurry photos, my little camera does not like close-ups, I will get better with time......I hope!
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