Thursday, April 7

Layered Flower Tutorial


I've had lots of admiring enquiries about the flower in the above piece so... thought it was about time for a tutorial and share how I made it.... I hope you enjoy! (there's lots of pictures too)
I used some grate paper as it's double sided patterned paper, or you can use plain and ink it up yourself.
 Then cut eight of the long petal flowers from the tattered florals die.
I use a thick piece of foam, I used to use the back of a mouse mat but found it compresses so much over time!
I use the end of this tool, really should get some professional tools but this one works... so any rounded pen top should do the job... LOL!
Now it's time to create texture, I run the end round the edges of the petal, notice the creases?
I then push along the centre which allows the paper to curl, the harder you press the deeper the curve.
Now simply push the petals together to form a ball
You can even push on the top to really help it to form a ball, now continue with the rest of the flowers,
 you may notice that they don't need to be shaped so tightly, as you reach the outer petals.
For the two bottom layers turn them over and burnish the centres.
Now it's time to build, starting with the bottom petal apply hot glue (or what ever your favourite is) to the centre
Lay the next petal in place adjusting it off centre slightly.
Then glue the next shaped petal layer
Simply glue and push the centres of each layer till you have all eight secure.
It's alright to open the petals up... as you can fiddle with the shape when built!
Complete, you can add a decorative centre with button or gem and have the petals looser.
Or... tighten the ball shape again for each layer!
Can't beat a little bit of glitz... LOL!
Hope you have fun and I would love to see your makes if you do try.

Have a wonderfully creative Day, BiG HuGs Kim :)


17 comments:

Julie said...

Thanks for the tutorial, I tried this style of flower using my EK Success Retro flower punch but it came out so much like a cabbage that I never used it (didn't help that I made it out of green paper). You've inspired me to have another go using a different style of flower.

Cassie_lu said...

I'm so glad you shared the how-to on this amazing flower. can't wait to try it out myself.

Dawn B. said...

Well isn't this just the cutest flower ever. Thanks for sharing!
Dawn♥

Barb said...

Kim, love your work.... I am looking to purchase a die cutter... can you tell me what you use and where you can get the tattered flower die.. thanks.

Holly Tracy said...

thanks so much Kim. A friend and I tried copying your flower last week with a little trial and error, if we had only waited one more week lol thanks for all the tips and great pics. You are very inspirational :)

CraftCrave said...

Just a quick note to let you know that a link to this post will be placed on CraftCrave today [08 Apr 01:00am GMT]. Thanks, Maria

Virginia said...

They are amazing Kim - thank you so much for sharing!

Gunilla/Nilla said...

This is a great tutorial that I just have to try. Love making my own flowers.
I saw a flower on your blog that you covered with Utee. How did you do that? Think it looked so cool!

Have a lovely weekend.
Hugs from Sweden//Gunilla

Randi WS said...

Sweeeeeet Kim!! ;)
It's so much fun to visit your blog and watch your amazing talent!! Thanks for sharing

Lots of love,
Randi WS

Auntie Em said...

This is an AWESOME tutorial! Now I have to go buy another die to try this out!
Your altered frame and book are gorgeous!!!
Thank you so much for sharing! :)

Reflections from Granny said...

Absolutely adorable!

:) Lori m

Alex said...

WOW - this piece is FABULOUS! Thank you for the flower tutorial! It is GREAT.

Crystal said...

Kim this is FABULOUS, WOW you did a wonderful job with this cutie!!! Your layout, coloring, and details are GORGEOUS!!!!! I LOVE the dreaming tag, how cute!

Shazza said...

oooh this is brilliant!! Thanks Kim x

Lorraine said...

Beautiful card and coloring of that sweet peeker!

Alison said...

Brilliant tutorial Kim! Your flower is beautiful! Definitely going to try that! TFS
Alison x

Beatrice said...

Hi Kim! I wanted to thank you so much for sharing how you did these wonderful flowers. I've already done a few in different papers. So much fun! I've posted a card on my blog with one on and I'm sure there will be more to come! http://alifeofcrafts.blogspot.com/

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