Tuesday, May 11, 2010

Technique Tuesday - Paper Flowers

Welcome to Technique Tuesday!  I'm sure you've noticed that flowers, always popular in design, are even more so lately.  Flowers seem to be everywhere, in art, in fashion, in home decor, in jewelry.  And they are made of everything from paper to metal to fabric, to leather....everything!   Today I'll show you a few variations of a simple paper flower to enhance your projects.   To start, you'll need:

  • thin paper, such as origami paper, old text, vellum, or parchment
  • a system for cutting different sized  circles (shown are punches and a die), or you can cut them freehand
Each flower will use four circles in different sizes.  You will also need:
  • a quick drying glue, like Glossy Accents or Zip Dry
  • optional elements for decorating the flowers, such as:
  • ink and rubber stamps
  • clear ink, embossing powder and heat tool
  • glitter glue
  • jewels, pearls or other bling for flower centers
Here are the basic directions for the flower.  After cutting the circles, decorate as you desire (more on that later), then crinkle up each circle.
Put a dot of glue in the center of the largest circle.
Attach the next largest circle.
Repeat with the next two circles, ending with the smallest.   Using this simple technique you can create a lot of different looks.
In this example, a decorative stamp was stamped with clear embossing ink on vellum circles.  Gold embossing powder was added and set with a heat tool.  Then the flower was assembled as per the above directions.  A gold metal rose (available at the PID shop!) was added as the flower center:
This flower was made from old dictionary pages, and the edges of each circle were lined with Stickles.
This next flower was cut from pearlescent paper, stamped with a french script stamp, and the edges inked with deep red ink:
In the final example, patterned origami paper was used:
I thought about making flowers when I got my idea for this week's challenge at the PID yahoo group.  The theme is "Wear Me" and I knew right away I wanted to make a hat.  I created this design for a greeting or note card:
The lovely lady, one of my favorite images of all time, can be found on several PID collage sheets, and I used one from sheet #252.  It is black and white, but I used some chalks to add some subtle color to her face and dress.
The hat was cut freehand from patterned paper.  I wrapped it with a length of ribbon and then added the gold embossed vellum flower to finish it off.   Along the left side of the card is a strip of German scrap, which I also found in the PID Shop.
Why not gather together some simple supplies and make yourself a bouquet of paper flowers!
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Angie Hall Haviland said...

These are FABULOUS!!! Love the ones you've made :)

Elaine A said...

Eileen -

Fabulous work, as always! I love the flowers and I think your card is just adorable. LOVE, LOVE the hat!!

Elaine Allen

Mel♥ said...

Great job Eileen!!! I love the flowers :D

Anonymous said...

As always...........yet another wonderful project for us to try.

Anonymous said...

Another great demo, thank you!

Lori said...

Like the gold embossing on vellum, very classy and elegant. Great technique for some fast flowers!