May 16, 2013

{3-D FLOWERS} With A TGF Die!

It's my post day over on The Greeting Farm's {SPLENDID STAMPING} blog.  Yesterday, my awesome design teammate Suzanne showed us how to make rolled flowers with coffee filters... so cool!

Today, I'm sharing how I make 3-D flowers using the TGF "Mini Fleurs Die".
To get started, die cut 8 flower shapes with the "Mini Fleurs Die".
I like to make mine out of old book-page paper because it looks cool and it's thin enough to cut multiple shapes at one time.  I cut 8 small squares of paper, placed the die on top, and ran it through my die-cutting machine.
Next, ink around the petals.  You can do this with any ink, in any color.
Once the edges are inked, lightly spray the flowers with water.  The thin book paper only needs a tiny bit of water.  You want just enough to soften the paper fibers.  The thin paper also curls when it gets wet; it's fun to watch... they look like little caterpillars wriggling around.  :)
When the flowers are wet, carefully scrunch each one into a little ball.  Not too tight, though. Since the paper is wet, it can rip easily.  If you use thicker paper, it won't be as fragile.
Carefully open each scrunched flower and flatten slightly.
Layer all 8 flowers into one pile and punch a small hole right in the center.
Fasten a small brad through the center hole to hold the flowers together.
You will then take each single layer and scrunch it together in the center of the flower.  The first layer you scrunch will end up being the center of the flower, so do that one slightly tighter than the rest.
Then continue turning and scrunching each remaining layer up into the center until you have a tightly scrunched flower.
Then carefully start to spread each layer out to make the final shape.  I just use my fingernails to slightly separate the scrunched layers and turn it around until it looks just right.
You can then add more ink around the edges if you want more vibrant color, or leave it as is. Since the paper was slightly wet, it will hold its scrunched shape when it dries.  I like to use my heat-tool to quickly dry the flower.
Now you've got a perfect little 3-D flower to add to your projects!
For this card, I used the same book-page paper and I inked it with green Distress Ink to match the color scheme.  I think it looks awesome! :)
I hope you'll give it a try!
Annie Rose


ellyscard creatief said...

Lovely card and tutorial.
Gr Elly

Anita said...

Beautiful card Annie and I love your tutorial. I will have to make some of these - love that you can make the book pages match any color on your card!

Rachel Parys said...

Great tut Annie! I love making all types of flowers!

Danni said...

Great tutorial!! Wonderful card!

Алексровер Анна said...

Thanks for sharing- great result!