As promised, here is the tutorial for the flower I created for Scraps Of Elegance as part of my Design Team projects for April. To be honest, the flowers I did with card stock, (the ones on my layout) came out better then the ones I made for the tutorial . I used water color paper for the tutorial. I guess it is your preference. I love water color paper to create flowers when you are blending colors on them. Either way, these Dogwoods are beautiful on your cards and layouts. Give them a try. And head on over to Scraps Of Elegance Blog to check out the projects and kits that are sure to inspire you. April has "Possibility". Bo Bunny and Carta Bella with lots of goodies to create your projects. And stay tuned for an Off The Page project I did with just 2 pieces of Carta Bella papers in the kit. I am just loving all of the spring colors. Lavender, yellow, blue..oh my...
*Polymer Clay such as Premo, Sculpy or Fimo.
*silicone mold for a small cabochon (link will be provided)
*Card stock or watercolor paper in white or off white
*Ink in a color and in brown
*adhesive of your choice
*non stick craft mat
*stylus and mat (you can use a mouse pad) I used the one from Mcgill, but Sizzix has a wonderful all in one kit that I just purchased CLICK HERE. I just picked it up at Hobby Lobby for 9.99 then 40% off...no kidding!!
1. Cut strips of your card stock. Depending on what size flower you want, for example, to make a 2 3/4 inch flower, I cut a 2 3/4 long x 1 1/4 wide lengths. You need 2 pieces per flower.
2. Fold your strip in half length wise. I free hand cut out my petals. But for illustration purposes, I outlined what you need to cut. You dont have to be exact as petals in nature are slightly irregular, but cut them close. Notice the narrow part of the flower is on the fold of the paper.
3. When you open the folded cut flower, you should have what looks like this. I'm wondering if a couple of hearts joined at the points would have the same effect.
4. Using your sponge ink applicator, press into your ink pad, rub it onto your non stick craft mat, then rub into the middle of your flower pieces.
5. Using the tip of your ink pad rub some of the brown ink into the little cut out dips on the tips of your petals.
6. Using your stylus on your mat (I have seen the bottom of a sharpie marker used with a mouse pad), in a circular motion, till your flower petals are "cupped".
7. Then with the smaller part of the stylus, put some grooved lines in the petal starting at the center out to the edge of the outer petal.
9. Now onto making the middles I created. Pull off a piece of polymer clay and roll it into a ball large enough to fit into the mold. I use The Mold Muse molds on Etsy. They are wonderful and I have all kinds of shapes and sizes.