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Thursday, April 28, 2011

Artsy Addicts Technique Blog Hop


Welcome to the Artsy Addicts Technique Blog Hop. You should have come here from Teri Dorowsky's blog. Come check out the Creativity Bugs blog to see a nifty flower technique, enjoy collecting a few recipes, and then click here to go to Marion Smith's blog for the next technique.

I love flowers!! There is nothing I like better than to create a scrapbook page, card, or tag and embellish it with my favorite Prima flowers. They are big, luscious, glittery, fancy smancy, and stand out on a page.



My problem is that my love of Prima flowers and my pocketbook do not agree. So, I searched all over the web looking at websites, blogs, and YouTube videos trying to find a way to make these flowers without putting me in the poor house.

After countless hours, I found a few great sites, combined their ideas, and came up with the Creativity Bug version of the perfect paper flower.

Supplies:

large flower punch (Retro Flower by Paper Shapers)
double sided pattern paper
light weight card stock paper
coordinating brad
paper piercer
spritz bottle filled with water (optional)
Distressed ink (optional)
Stickles (optional)

Step 1:  Punch out 8 of the same sized punches from pattern paper or cardstock


Step 2:  Distress the edges of the punched out paper pieces with coordinating ink (optional)

Step 3:  Scrunch up punched out paper pieces tightly. If you are using thicker cardstock paper, spritz lightly with water before scrunching up.


Step 4:  Carefully open up scrunched up paper pieces and stack.

Step 5:  Pierce a hole in the center of the paper pieced stack with a paper piercer.


Step 6:  Insert brad and tighten.


Step 7: Re-scrunch the paper pieces starting tightly with the top piece and more loosely with each layer following.


Step 8:  Fluff the paper pieces until it resembles a flower.

Step 9:  Add Stickles to flower tips to add an extra touch of bling!



For variation, punch out 4 flowers in one color and 4 flowers in another to create a variegated rose.



Or try using a different flower punches to create a different style of flower. The first flower shown uses the Paper Shaper punch called Daisy. The second flower shown using the Stampin Up punch called Flower.





Here is a look at all three different flowers.



If you like what you see, please leave a comment or become a follower of our blog.
Creativity Bugs ~ Sandy and Sue

41 comments:

Dawn said...

Love these flowers-heading down to my studio to play with your ideas! Thanks!

Liz said...

You have inspired me to go look in my box of punches. I'm hoping that I have these or other punches that I can make me some flowers. TFS ;D

Chrys said...

Pretty flowers!

NancyD said...

I have also tried this type of flower and found the more water you spritz the better. It gives you more options in shaping. Great work!

Sandy said...

Great technique sis!

Flora Garcia-Alvarez said...

I love making flowers .... I love your work .. thanks for sharing

Teri said...

Always looking for flower techniques, love this one. Thank you for sharing!

peggylee said...

Fabulous technique and tips-thanks for sharing about how beautiful punches can be.

Peggy Lee
http://pegbaker.blogspot.com

Chiara said...

I love using my punches to create flowers! Its tons of fun! You can match them with any project your working on. Its a great technique! Thanks for sharing!

mootseeka said...

i likey very much

Snickerdoodlin' Journal said...

I love how something simple as a punch can produce such gorgeous flowers... these are beautiful. Thank you for sharing these beauties.

hugs
Darlene

kellyjp29 said...

Thank you right now flowers are my favorite embellishment! Kelly (walkelmol yt)

ClassyDify said...

WOW!!!! Thanks for sharing!

Julia Smith said...

Love this technique, use this all time, thanks for sharing that, it does save the pennies!! Julia

www.straydreamsblog.blogspot.com

AngeeLeeButler.com said...

This is fabulous. TFS. I will have to try this.

Danielle said...

Cool I have a stamp like this! Must try..your blog is soo cute!

nantastic said...

Your flowers are fab. Awesome hop and I am def a new follower.
nana5604 at gmail dot com

neddie58 said...

love the pink flower

famillemarleau said...

Love trying to do new flowers. Thanks for sharing your technique. Johanne L.

Mariam said...

pretty pretty flowers :)

Lucy said...

I just learned how to do this too! BUT I didn't know about how to make a rose. Thanks so much for sharing :)

Cat said...

Awesome tip! I've done this with the scallop punch but never tried the flower punches. Will definitely try this technique. Thanks!

Karen Bahit said...

I have done this but with a cricut cartridge call "Mother's Day Bouquet" It is one of my favorites and i use the same technique as you do... Thank you for the BEAUTIFUL flowers!!!

SamsMom said...

Love these, going to go try it right now. Thanks for sharing.

Barbara said...

Nice. I love flowers! Always looking for a new technique!

Adeline E. Brill said...

Love the flowers - looks easy enough to try!

robin said...

Lovely flowers! I have been experimenting with different paper flowers,and now you've given me another great idea...time to buy more punches!! Thanks

Beth said...

Any thoughts on how to attach them to something else? Pin packs, sewing, glue? What projects do you all use these gorgeous flowers on?

Sue C said...

Beth, I attach them with E-6000 glue or a glue gun when using on paper crafting projects such as wreaths, altered boxes, or covers of altered journals. They can also be attached using Alene's Tacky glue when added to cards or scrapbook pages.

Anonymous said...

Thank you so much. Awesome flowers - a must-try.

gailsglamdesigns said...

Wonderful inspiration and information. Very timely for me...as my friend and I are having a flower making party this weekend coming up. Keep up the good work. Thanks

Anonymous said...

Too cool. I already have some of these punches and will be attempting this soon. You did a great job. Thanks for sharing.

Anonymous said...

These are adorable! I only have the large daisy punch, but I can't wait to try this out. I am going to try to put on a birthday card. Thank you for the idea.

Unknown said...

T hank you for sharing! I too love flowers and my pocketbook can't afford my expensive tastes and appreciate you for sharing. I am anxious to start making the flowers.

Linda said...

I did a few of these flowers and spritzed them with my own glitz spray that I make, they were stunning and so much fun and yes a lot cheaper then going to the store to buy them. Plus the girls and I have fun doing them together!
thanks for the ideas they are wonderful, keeps my creative jucies flowing.

Benita said...

Wow! I love this idea and so does my pocketbook. :-) I am login off right now to go punch away! Thanks 4 all your hours of surfn web so we can play. :-)

Anonymous said...

You have given me the courage to try and make my own flowers. Yesterday,in a craft store, I went into sticker shock and walked out without buying anything. Thanks! I can visualize the 'black' flowers I need with some of those pretty little touches you added. Two questions, though: Why do you spritz the paper and about how much? I guesss I don't want water running down on to my work table! LOL Have you ever put a floral wire through these flowers and made a bouquet with them? Thanks again. When I figure out how to add my name & Pic I will

Anonymous said...

I liked the Prima flowers too, but making them myself is so much more fun! Thank you for your crafty research!

elaine said...

thanx for sharing....i saw this on tv but you have explained it in simple terms. Even with hand dexterity problems i am sure i can have a go. thankx again

Pam said...

Thanx for sharing, indeed! This is Fabulous, and I so appreciate it. I will definitely be doing this! Thank you again.
Pam

Anonymous said...

Love them, thank you for taking the time to photo and write the instructions.

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