Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Crepe Paper Flowers Tutorial

A few months ago, I ran across a fun little do it yourself project in one of my favorite scrapbooking magazines, Creating Keepsakes.  It was a tutorial for making your own flowers.  So I bought the materials and this week I gave it a shot on one of my latest scrappy projects.

You can see the flowers featured here on my "Lakeside Rose Garden" layout.

They are super easy and fun to make! Here's the steps...

You will need: crepe paper or tissue paper, your favorite color of glimmer mist, a button, needle and thread, and paper towels.

1.  Cut 6 circles out of tissue or crepe paper, 3 circles in each of 2 sizes. I used crepe paper on mine which gave it a different texture.  I also hand-cut my circles out at 2" and 2 1/2".

2. Crumple each circle up and then flatten it to add more texture and depth.

3.  Add a button in the middle and sew the layers together using white thread.

4. Lay your flower onto the paper towels and cover liberally with glimmer mist. (I used Tattered Angels' Glimmer Mist in Bubblegum Pink.) Make sure you lift the petals and get the color between each layer. You can add just a light layer of mist to get a pastel colored flower or a lot of mist to get a more intense colored flower. Let dry.

5. Once the flower is dry, you can trim the circles to get a more circular look like I did or you can leave the flower as is.  Attach to your layout using glue dots and fluff the petals to give volume and shape.

6. Enjoy your completed project. I created this card using one of my flowers to give it a feminine touch.

As a bonus, I want to show you how to add color to your white fabric Thickers. They come in 3 different styles and they are great for adding your own color to. I colored the letters "Lakeside" in my layout at the top of this post and the turquoise brackets in the card above.

You will need: white fabric Thickers, glimmer mist, excess sticker backing from your glue dot roll or xyron machine or waxed paper, paper towels

1.  Choose the letters you want to use and place them onto the sticker backing sheet or waxed paper. (This is so that you can get them off and place them on your project once they are dry.)

2. Place your letters on the sheet from step one onto a piece of paper towels and cover liberally with glimmer mist. (I used Tattered Angels' Glimmer Mist in Turquoise Blue.)

3. Blot off excess mist with a paper towel. I found it really helpful to get as much of the mist off of the backing sheet as possible to keep my hands clean. Repeat if needed to darken the color. Let dry.

4. Attach to your project to add your own personalized color. :)


Michelle said...

This is so cool!!! I am definitely going to have to try this!! I have plenty of white tissue paper!! I love the idea of using it on the white fabric Thickers!! Thank you for such great ideas!! :)

MClark said...

The flowers are so pretty!! Great idea altering the thickers! I've never tried the glimmer mist before, but now you've got my interest up!