Flower Tutorial – Pansies (Part 1)

bothOne of my most popular posts here at SCS is a paper flower tutorial for roses, so you might already know that I love making paper flowers.  I thought it was time to put another one (or two) together for you!  So today, I am going to show you how to create some great spring pansies – and the only thing you need is paper, adhesive and some scissors.  No fancy cutting machines or punches required!

The other day, I was looking at some pictures of pansies, and I was struck by the simple and very predictable shapes of the blooms!  In fact, they reminded me a lot of hearts, so if you can cut out a heart shape, you can make these too!  Here we go!

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 Start with some medium weight cardstock in two tints or shades of the same colour. I used some of the gorgeous colours from DCWV’s Jewel Color Stack.  While you’re at it, grab a great pair of scissor and some adhesive.  I like using a liquid adhesive for flowers because it gives me time to modify the placement of petals, and once it’s dry, the petals are not going anywhere!

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Okay. now decide if you would like the darker or lighter of your two papers for the front three petals.  For this raspberry coloured pansy, I decided to work with the darker colour in the front, and the lighter one for the back petals.  Fold your cardstock over about 1″.  If you have a scoring board – great use it!  But do not be deterred if you do not – I didn’t use mine at all for this flower.

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Now, think back to your school Valentine day projects, and cut a simple half heart shape, lining up the middle of the heart with the fold line.  To keep the proportions right for the flower, aim for a heat that is as wide as it tall.  For this one – short and wide hearts are going to work the best!

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Using your first one as a tracer, cut two more. I simply placed the cut out one on top of the folded paper and cut around it, but feel free to trace it first and then cut if that makes you more comfortable.

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Place one of your cut out hearts on top of the other piece of cardstock you have chosen – the lighter one for me!  Trace a simple oval shape that is slightly taller than your heat, but about half as wide.  Don’t worry about this part being perfect.  I didn’t do any measuring here – just give yourself a bit of a guide to work with.

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Cut 2! You’ll notice that these shapes are not perfectly symmetrical – in fact, I flipped one to give it more of an organic look.  Remember, petals on flowers are all different, so dips and indents around the edges will actually help to make your flower look more realistic.

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Using some scrap black or dark paper, cut a circle. Don’t worry too much about the size – just make sure it is at least an inch so you have enough room to glue the petals without having to fiddle too much.

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Add a circle of adhesive around the edge of the circle.  Starting with your two oval shaped petals, press them into the adhesive, slightly overlapping one on top of the other.

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Now take your heart-shaped petals and place one on each side, making sure that these sit on top of the two oval shaped petals.

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Finally, place the last heart-shaped petal over top of the other two – wiggle the petals around a bit until they seem evenly spaced.  Now wait!  This is a hard part, but try not to touch the bloom or move it around until your adhesive is dry.  Yup – completely dry!  But I have something for you to do in the meantime…

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Take some more of the black paper, and cut a heart shape that is half the height of your heart petals and then rough up the top edge.  Some pansies actually have a dark pattern that almost looks like a heart, so if the random cutting along the top scares you a bit, simply cut a heart shape.  It will work just as well!  Cut 3.

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Using some more liquid adhesive, glue the dark shapes in place.  I actually fold the dark pieces down the middle to make it easier to place them in the fold line on the petal.  Again, wait until the pieces are dry before you continue.

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Last but not least, get a bit rough with the bloom!  If you have waited until it is dry, you will be amazed by how tough it is!  Place your thumb in the middle of the bloom and pull the petals upward – that will create a slight bell shape, and will give the pansy some dimension.

Voila, that is it!

Here’s an example of another pansy I created with purple – the only difference here being that I used yellow paper to create my circle to create a bit of contrast with the purple petals.

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Well, I hope you are inspired to create some paper flowers, especially if they are not yet growing in your own garden!  Thanks for stopping by, and stay tuned for a post later tonight on a little project I created with one of these pansies!

Thanks for stopping by!

 

 

 

So many things…

…to be thankful for!

This month,the Trendy Twine theme is Many Thanks.  The Design Team is spotlighting Thanksgiving Orange Truffle Trendy Twine, a unique colour combination that is a twist of orange and chocolate brown.

Now, Thanksgiving has come and gone up here in Canada, but this twine colour is fun for so many things.  When I first received this colour, it immediately made me think of twigs, so I decided to try my hand this month at a little twine wreath.

Albeit a little time-consuming, this wreath is so easy to make!

  1. I simply took a 1 1/2″ circle punch and then cut out the middle, leaving a thin 1/4″ wreath shape.  Make sure to use a thick paper for the base of the wreath as you will be pulling on it quite a bit!
  2. I then took a 2″ pieces of twine and looped it through the middle of the wreath, securing with a knot at the top edge of the wreath.
  3. Pull the ends of the twine upwards, and wiggle until the knot lays flat.
  4. Continue around the entire wreath shape.

That’s it!  It took me about an hour to complete this little wreath, but I think the result was well worth it!  It would look great on a card as well, perhaps with a sentiment in the middle!

I decide to use mine to finish off the top of a yummy cupcake box (okay, the box itself was not the yummy part!.  ;)  I loved the little peek-a-boo window, and I think the wreath finishes it off nicely!

The pattern for the box was lifted from Stampin’ Gal Val, but I modified the lid a bit by using a 5 7/8″ square as a starting point, and scoring at the 5″ mark all the way around.  I also didn’t have all the tools that Val uses, but with a bit of creativity, the box was really easy to recreate!

So, whether you are getting reading for Thanksgiving, or simply celebrating the last, fleeting moments of fall, break out the Orange Truffle twine!

Thanks for stopping by!

A Stacked Slider Tutorial

It was recipe challenge time over at CropChocolate this month!  The challenge for the design team was to come up with a project that included 3 metals, 1 decorative edge, 3 patterned papers and a fiber of some sort (ribbon, twine, etc.).  The 3 patterned papers reminded me of a stacked slider card that I have been wanting to try out, so I decided to give it a go.

This pretty card was made for my sister in law for her birthday in September.  Here are a few instructions if you would like to give it a go!

Made with Making Memories embellishment paper (Whimsy), this card style has “slid” into top spot for me!
Supplies:
- Patterned Paper- Making Memories Whimsy Embellishment paper (A 12X12 double sided sheet of paper will work great for this project, just make sure that the paper is not too thick as there are quite a number of layers in this card. One sheet will make all three strips, forming the tiers of your card (3 tiers in total).
- Fibers – Celebrate It Basic Narrows
- Ink – Distress Ink (Broken China)
Instructions:
Card Base:
1. Cut three strips of paper to the following lengths:
  • 4″X12 (Mark as “A“)
  • 4″X10 1/2″ (Mark as “B“)
  • 4″X 9″ (Mark as “C“)

2. Take tier C and score at the 4″ and 8″ marks.  Fold.

3. Take tier B and score it at the 3 1/2″ and 7″ points.
4. Take tier A and score it at the 3″ and 6″ points. 
5. Cut a coordinating piece of paper approximately 2″ by 3″.  Fold in half and adhere to the top center of tier A.  This will be the pull tab that the recipient of your card uses to pull out each tier of the card so make sure to use a good amount of adhesive.

To create the first sliding mechanism (use tiers C and B)
6. Using tier C - On the one of the panels created by the fold, place your ruler at the top edge of the tier and measure/mark 1″ from the fold and 1″ from the edge of the paper.
7. Place your ruler parallel to the edge of the paper at one of your 1″ marks and draw a line downward that starts 1/4″ down from the top and continues for 3 1/2″. You should now have a line that starts and ends 1/4″ from the top and bottom edges of your paper.
8. Repeat step 6 with the second mark.
9. Use a paper cuter or utility knife to cut along the lines you have drawn.
10.  Repeat steps 5-8 for tier B.
11. Using a scrap piece of thick cardstock, cut 2 pieces of paper that is about 3/4″ wide and 3″ long.  This piece of paper will be the piece that slides up and down on your card.
12. Take tier B and place it down so that the wrong side of the paper is facing up. Take one piece of your cut cardstock and slide it in between the two cuts you have made (the two ends of the cardstock should be hidden, and you should see an exposed section in between the two cuts you made on the tier).
13. Apply adhesive to the section of the cardstock that you can see.
14. Take tier A, line it up with the bottom of tier B and press down to adhere it to the cardstock slider.
15. Apply adhesive to the top and bottom edges of tier B and close up the folds ensuring that the slider is hidden inside the folded sections.  
16. Repeat steps 10-12 with tier C.
17. Take tier B (which now has tier A tucked away inside of it), line it up with the bottom of tier C and press down to adhere it to the cardstock slider.
18. Close up the folds of tier C ensuring that the slider is inside the folds and apply adhesive to the bottom and top edges to keep it together as you did in step 15.
19. Decorate as desired!  If you would like to include a paper rose just like the one on this card, make sure to go and check out the tutrorial here.
And for those of you who learn visually, I’ve got a video of the process here for you too!
Make sure you come back and visit later this week because I have some fun variations of this card to show you!

Making use of the flower tutorials!

Just using some pretty cardstock, WorldWin metallic paper and vellum...no patterned papers here!

Last week, I put together a series of paper flower tutorials, and I thought it would be a good idea to share some projects I have created with those very flowers.  The neat thing about the flowers is that they can be used on just about any type of project, but it is nice to have a few projects to spark the imagination and get the creative juices flowing!

So today, I thought I would share with you a project I recently created using  WorldWin papers - specifically, a beautiful metallic pink cardstock and some matching pink vellum.  I used the vellum to make the rolled roses on this banner that I created to celebrate my two little girls.  The vellum gives a fantastic, soft look to the flowers and really plays up the delicate nature of these blooms.

I love my circle punch - it makes such a great and easy scalloped edge!

The other fun part of the banner project was making the scalloped edges on each of the components.  I have to admit that I do not have a huge assortment of punches so I try to make the most of the ones I do have.  And much like I used my trusty circle punch to make some flowers last week, I also used it for this project to make the edging!

So what do you think?  Is the banner as cute as the girls?

p.s. – don’t tell anyone, but I actually had my whole banner put together before I realized that I actually had the banner pieces in the wrong order.  It originally read “CUET”.  It’s a good thing I had some scissors to cut it all apart – and it’s a good thing I actually noticed!