Technique Tuesday - Making Flowers

There are so many different techniques in cardmaking that it may feel overwhelming at times, and this is why we're introducing a brand-new Technique Tuesday series! 

In this series, we demystify some of the common techniques that you often find in cardmaking projects to help you develop your skills. 

We are kick-starting the series with something that you see LOTS of in our cards - flowers! There are a number of ways that you can transform a stamped and/or die-cut flower from a flat, lifeless image to a dimensional masterpiece - here are just a few to get you started! 

 

Valley Fold:

 

You will need:

 

Instructions:

1 Stamp out three large five-petal magnolias using a Wow! clear embossing inkpad and heat-emboss using Pure Platinum Wow! embossing powder. Die-cut using the coordinating dies.

2 Apply dots of glue to the centre and at the tip of each flower and cover in Mystical Moonlight Sparkelicious glitter.

3 To create the valley fold, fold the petal in on itself creating a crease down the centre of each petal. Carefully fold the petals up to create a crease at the base of each petal.

4 Overlay the three flowers by offsetting the petals and gluing into place using Dries-Clear PVA glue.

5 Die-cut a stamen for the centre. Apply Self-adhesive Sparkles to the dots on the stamen and then glue into place in the centre of the flower using Dries-Clear PVA glue.

 

 

Mountain Fold:

 

You will need:

 

Instructions:

1 Stamp out two large, one medium, and one small Summer Flower images onto Azalea pearl paper using a Wow! clear embossing inkpad and heat-emboss using Opaque Bright White Wow! embossing powder. Carefully trim around each flower.

2 Apply dots of glue to the centre of the flower and cover in Crystal Crush Sparkelicious glitter.

3 To create the mountain fold, carefully fold the petals down to create a fold, that points up, in the centre of the petals. Carefully fold the petals up to create a crease at the base of each petal.

4 Overlay the flowers by offsetting the petals and gluing in the centre using dries Dries-Clear PVA glue.

5 Add a crystal to the centre of each flower to finish.

 

 

Curling the Petals:

 

You will need:

 

Instructions:

1 Stamp out two large posy flowers onto vellum with a Wow! clear embossing inkpad and heat-emboss using Opaque Bright White Wow! embossing powder. Carefully cut out.

2 Apply small dots of Dries-clear PVA glue to the centre of the flowers and then edge and cover in Crystallina Sparkelicious glitter.

3 To curl the petals, hold the centre of the flower in your thumb and first finger, and with the other hand, scratch the back of the petal to create a curl in the petal. Do this for all petals and the crease at the base of each petal.

4 Glue together the flowers using 3D glue gel by offsetting the petals.

5 Cut a medium stamen from the Christmas Magnolia set from Crystal White pearl card and apply self-adhesive sparkles to the dots. Add to the centre of the flower using 3D glue gel.

6 Add a large crystal from the Bling Box to the centre to finish.

If you're more of a visual learner then your luck is in as we've created the below video tutorial for you to follow. Hopefully, with these tutorials, you'll be making magnificent, dimensional flowers in no time! Don't forget to share your makes in our Facebook group to help inspire others! 

 


3 comments


  • Carol Woodward

    What a great idea as I can never remember all the different ways with flowers, now they are all in one place. Thank you Chloe. Xxx


  • Georgina Lowe

    This is a brilliant idea Chloe.
    There are always many beginners out there and there are countless others with slower learning abilities who will find it so much easier to try and succeed because they can hear you describing what to do as well as see you doing it. Reading instructions with it too just covers everything. Due to head trauma, seeing and hearing once is not enough for me and written details of " how to " are needed to continually refer to. So please keep this going. Lots of how to’s on the basics also would be great.
    Georgina.


  • Lizzy Hartwell

    Thank you Chloe I struggle shaping the flowers as I forget how to fold flowers the right way, this is a great help


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