Paper Flowers are all the rage right now. They are so cute and simple. But sometimes it’s difficult to figure out how they’re made.
We’d like to see all the different types of paper flowers you can come up with!
Are you game? Ready to play along? Want to WIN three of your favorite My Mind’s Eye collections?
The Challenge: is to create a layout (or other project, your choice) using My Mind’s Eye paper to create the flowers for this sketch from Anam Stubbington.You can change use it as-is, flip it, whatever you'd like as long as we can still recognize the sketch (We you know what to do with a sketch).
The rules: Use ANY My Mind’s Eye products (current or past) you’d like as long as your project has at least 80% My Mind’s Eye products.
The deadline: Email your project, first and last name as well as instructions on how to make the flowers to firstname.lastname@example.org (with Blog Challenge 6 as your subject) or add a link in a comment on this post by Thursday, December 17, 2009 (midnight, MST).
(For tips on how to best photograph your entry, click here)
The PRIZE: Our lucky winner will be featured in a blog post and receive one of everything from three collections of their choice! We will also award an honorable mention winner with one collection of their choice!
Everyone is a winner! We are grateful to everyone who will participate in this challenge. We will put every entry in a photo album here on the blog. By submitting, you are giving My Mind’s Eye permission to include your entry.
We asked three of our talented designers, Wilna Furstenberg, Tiffani Smith and Trisha Ladouceur to give you a few ideas (along with instructions for the flowers) to help get your creative juices going.
Here are the instructions for my papers flower:
1. I used the MM Slice (Basic Elements design card) to cut 2 different flowers with 2 different patterned papers 4 inch big.
2. I also cut out two 6 inch circles from pink tulle. These two circles I overlapped and hand stitched in the middle to adhere them together. This is the basis of my flowers.
3. Next I stacked the die-cut flowers on top of the tulle and each other and with hot glue, adhered them. Yes, I did burn myself. Lucky for me my husband is a doctor. You might not be so fortunate so be very careful. This is a disclaimer so you can't sue me.
4. The top 2 flowers are die-cuts from the amazing Laundry line.
5. Adhere to page.
To make the flowers:
The larger flowers were made by first cutting 2 circles the size I wanted to finished flower to be. Next I cut 8 pie wedge shapes into each circle. Then I cut each wedge into a petal shape. For the smaller flowers I used a punch to make the base flowers. I inked the edges and pinched the centers of each petal to give them some dimension. Then I simply attached two layers together in an offset pattern and added a punched center. For the centers of the smaller flowers I cut down the same punch I used for the larger flower.
All pattern papers are from the Merry Days of Christmas Collection. I also used Prism Metallic Pearl for the scallops and flower centers.
As we all know, I love my projects to have plenty of lumps and bumps and this was no exception. To create these paper flowers, I used an assortment of punches. You could easily use flower die cuts or your Cricut/Silhouette machine too. By simply adding a touch of brown ink lightly with my ink applicating tool and then outlining each flower with my Sakura Micron pen I was instantly able to add detailing to add more visual interest to my flowers. However I needed to add dimension to really have them POP from the page. To do this simply grasp the flower in the center between your thumb and forefinger. With your other hand, grasp an individual petal and bend towards the center and then curl the tip of the petal down in the opposite direction. Continue this motion on each petal until you are finished the flower. You can mould and shape your flower as needed and before you know it, your flowers will have been given an entirely fresh look! Be sure to try crimping the petals or shaping them each differently to give each a unique look. Layer multiple colours and styles to create a stunning flower cluster that is sure to compliment your paper project
A BIG thank you to Anam for designing such a wonderful sketch for us!
Okay, now. Get ready, get set … Go! We can’t wait to see what you come up with!