Creating your own paper flower embellishments is a popular trend right now. Searching through online galleries and manufacturer blogs you’ll find dozens of beautiful paper flowers you can make yourself that add elegance and beauty to your crafting projects. I thought I’d share a paper flower idea with you today that’s pretty simple, but packs a lot of punch. Here’s one on a recent scrapbook page:
Supplies: textured cardstock, patterned paper, die cut tag, embossed cardstock stickers, layered chipboard tag, canvas buttons, brads, floss, Sweetheart inker, Sew Easy tool, Lucky 8 punch (We R Memory Keepers); scallop circle punches (EK Success, The Paper Studio); adhesive foam squares (Creative Memories)
To create this flower, start with a large scallop circle punch and cut out three scallop circles from a scrap of patterned paper. Using precision scissors, cut from the valley between each scallop toward the center of the circle, making sure to stop about ¾ of the way into the center so your petals don’t fall off the flower. Cut two of the three flowers this way.
Using an inker with a fine point, or small ink dauber, ink the edges of each petal on one of the flowers you cut. Slightly lift the petal you are inking above the other petals so you can reach the sides easier. This step takes a while, but really adds definition to the top layer of your flower. When you’ve finished with the first flower, ink just the tips of the petals on the other cut flower. This one will be the second layer.
Once you’ve finished inking, assemble your flower as follows: plain scallop circle on the bottom, adhesive foam square, partially inked flower, adhesive foam square, and fully inked flower. Then embellish your layered flower with a small scallop circle punched from a complimentary color paper, and a coordinating threaded button.
Once you’ve finished assembling and embellishing your flower, gently pull the petals of the first and second layers upward to give the flower more dimension.
This flower is a great focal piece for a scrapbook layout, a card, gift wrap, or other paper craft. See how you can fit this DIY embellishment into your next project!
~ Aly Dosdall
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