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 :)