This post is all about the flowers from yesterday's Caardvarks "Get Published--Your Best Wedding Card" challenge... Prima & other pre-made store-bought flowers are so lovely, but they're just not in my skinny old budget. ;o)
I made another bucket handbag box & embellished it with the small white flowers, but most of this post is describing how the Fred She Said flowers were made to put on this card:
Please click the photo, if you'd like to go to
the card tutorial with the Caardvarks Challenge link...
....and now for the flower making schtuff:
(These large 5 pointed petal flowers are about 1-1/2 inches wide)
& LITTLE freds
- Paper Temptress Candido Incandescent cardstock &
- Pearl Vellum cardstock
- Flowers from Fred She Said's Flowering Hearts Doodledallion Digi Set
- Vellum, Clear & Pearlized embossing powder, heat gun,
- Stylus (or end of a paint brush or pen)
- YG-91 Putty Copic Marker,
- Three For You flower punch
- Paper piercer, needle, silver thread
- Pearl seed beads & silver bugle beads
from Paper Garden Projects here:
I put it on my my Cuttlebug plate (as a block to stamp with)
since it's so nice and BIG & comes on Ez mount.
Step 3) Colour the flowers... The darker flowers are just coloured with a Putty Copic marker. The clear embossing powder is a-okay for your Copic markers (Copic site says embossing powders won't damage the tips, but suggests avoiding coloured embossing powders.)
Nifty thinger: Copic colouring will dull the shine of the embossing effect--which I quite liked for this look--BUT the really nifty thing is that it turns out you can just heat the powder again quickly to make it all shiny again!
3B)For more subtle colour tinted on the clear embossing:
1) Scribble with a Copic marker on an acrylic block or something
2) Quickly, while the Copic ink is wet, pick it up with your finger (if you're nutty like me)
3) Smudge over the flower with your inky finger & repeat until you're happy with the results
Step 4) Cut the flowers out & shape them: I shaped these quickly by pressing in the centers with a stylus after putting them on a homemade fun foam mat (made of 4 layers of 12x12 fun foam.) It gives cushioning, so they shape nicely.
A little of the embossing powder may flake off. You could discard the ones that happens with, if you like (but I just use them strategically since this is a shabby chic look after all.) ;o)
...make medium bud (or trumpet lilly-like)
variations of the large fred flowers:
Step 2) Shape the flower like an opening bud & glue it:
2B) Pull the glue-y petal over to adhere it to the front of the petal on the other side of the cut section (onto the petal marked B).
2C) Trim it up: cutting away any of the petal that may stick out from underneath where you don't want it to.
2D) I save the cut-off petal (marked C) to use as a single bud or leaf.
2E) You end up with the 3-petaled, trumpet-shaped bud flower on the right in the photo above (marked D.)
Step 3) Pierce the into the bottom center of the flower (to sew it on securely and add a decorative bead center) or you could just glue it on.
Step 4) Pierce a hole if you want to stitch on the flower on: make a hole in the patterned paper where you want the flower using the paper piercer (going through the hole you made in the last step.)
5B) Stick the needle in from the back & adhere the thread end at the back of the patterned paper.
5C) Put the flower on the tip of the needle (bottom side first)
5D) Thread the flower onto the thread.
5E) Add the bead onto the needle tip
5F) Go back through the flower and into the front of the patterned paper, where you made the hole using the paper piercer.
5G) Adhere the thread end at the back of the patterned paper.
..make small Fred Flowers:
Step 4) Punch the flowers out (cutting off strips of the scrap parts left after punching as you go, so the punch will fit.)
Step 5) Shape the small flowers & stitch them on in the same way as the large ones (in the tutorial above.)
To make the bucket handbag, I just...
...adhered a whole bunch of the flowers on the front of
a stitched white bucket handbag. (The template can be found here.)
Punch guides for digital flower centers
(using Photoshop/other software)
flower punches here's how this one was made:
(This might seem like a fair bit of work but it makes a punch guide matches your very own punches, and it can be used again and again with any style of center you like.)
Step 1) Punch once on a sheet of white copy paper to get the three flowers (or your shape) out of it.
Step 2) Lay the punched white paper on a scanner bed.
Step 3) Place a dark sheet of cardstock behind it (to make the flowers show up)
Step 4) Scan it, save the document, & open it in the software of your choice (layers are needed, so I used Photoshop)
Step 5) Cut and paste in Photoshop to make fairly even rows. No need to be perfect the set of 3 is all that matters & it will always be even since it was scanned from the punch.
Step 6) Merge the layers (in Photoshop, this is under the "layer" tab at the bottom "merge layers") At this point, it will look something like the grey rows of flowers in the picture above.
(since the next steps involve obliterating this layer) ;O)
To use the punch guide:
Step 7) Create a new layer to put the centers in click "layer" tab "new layer"
Step 8) Make a photoshop brush from the center of Fred She Said flowers & use it to put the centers in--nice because you can size to fit your particular punches. Merge this new layer with the centers.
Step 9) Delete the under layer of original flowers. Save & print it out for punching.
then you can simply skip to step 7 (above) after opening the punch guide.
The 3 for U punch guide is
available for download here:
Download Three For You punch guide PDF
Download Three For You punch guide JPG
Download Three For You punch guide PNG
Hope you're having a great weekend!