Hi everyone!! The weekend is almost over...*sigh* I hope yours was wonderful! I got a lot accomplished. One main thing being the cleaning and organizing of my stamp space. Woo-Hoo!! Now I should be able to find things without spending hours of digging and searching. LOL
Well, I promised a tutorial on how I make my flowers. I learned how to make flowers from the Paper Bouquet Floral book by Susan Tierney-Cockburn. Here's my take on a flower made with the three smallest Dahlia Spellbinders Dies. You can get the Dahlia die, as well as many of the new Spellbinders dies at Stamper's Dream. That store is a one stop shop, I tell ya. A huge variety of stamps, Ribbon, buttons, Rhinestones, and more.
You will need two of the larger, 6 of the middle size, and two of the smaller. I forgot to add the black snowflake punched piece in the photo, so here it is below. You will need two of these. These will be your stamens.
I don't usually cut into the petals, but I wanted a full flower with this shape, so I cut part way in on each petal section of every piece.
I then cup and shape the flower (Terms used by Susan), by placing my flower upside down on a thick foam mat, and firmly rubbing the stylus over the flower in circles. The petals naturally cup, and the cs is softened making it easier to work with in the next steps.
After that, I brushed some Sunflower Yellow Brilliance ink onto the petals and curled them a bit by wrapping them lightly around the stylus.
Then, by poking the stylus in the center and pressing down firmly, the flower will curl up around the tool giving it some shape.
After you've done each of these steps with each piece, you're ready to layer. I use a small dot of Tombow Mono Multi liquid glue between each layer. When dry, fluff up the petals a bit.
I didn't show it, but the I curled up the more central layers a bit more before layering. Almost into a ball. That gives the center a tighter feel.
Finally, I added the snowflake stamens to the center and some Cinnamon Stickles. I left it wet so you could see how I added it. Nothing fancy...just enough to give it some depth and sparkle. That's it. Click HERE to see the card I used this flower on.
I do these steps with all my flowers and leaves. Well, except for the curling. Sometimes I omit that step.
Hope this helps. Have fun!! And Happy stamping!!