Today I’m bringing you some more of the lovely Spellbinders die sets....
Before we start, there is a video you can watch if you would like to make your flowers like these.
Susan uses her own tools, however you can do the same with your tweezers and Ball Tool.
Making the background....
As you will see in my first demo picture, cut out the pieces shown in Cream Maya Card and Gold
Non-Shedding Glitter Card.
Stick the gold glitter and cream pieces together.
▪️Take a cream / ivory 8x8" card blank and cut it down to 14½ x 20 cm.
Mat a piece of Oakwood Gold Pearl Card onto this as seen.
▪️Now take the small centre piece from Spellbinders Eyelet Lace Die Set and stick it right in the middle of the card flat.
▪️Next, take the narrow frame and adhere it using foam pads around the centre piece.
Then, take the big eyelet frame, and stick that on with 2 layers of foam roll (as seen).
Now you have a card with a sunken centre to place your flowers .
Ok..... so mine is not in the centre, and I double checked too lol.
▪️Before we finish this step do some matting and laying on the inside back piece.
Use the same card and some of the bits that came from cutting out the above dies.
✅ INFO - We do this because the front of the card is now quite heavy, and it would make the back bend.
You also have the option of having your card landscape or tent fold - I opted for the latter.
Here I opted for White Maya Card and Autumnal colours....
You can use many mediums for colouring them, or even coloured card, however I used my Alcohol Ink Pens mainly because they dry quickly and they don’t get used as often as they should :-)
✅ As seen in my second demo picture you will see how many you need for one flower, plus the numbers are marked on the dies.
Here I made 5 flowers, 4 for the card one for the box.
(Hopefully you have watched the above video)
▪️To shape the flowers, you simply use your Vaessen Creative Reverse Tweezers.
Lightly spray the back of the flower with a fine mist of water
✅ TIP - Use a small spray bottle here, not a large one, as you don’t want them soaked.
I've used Woodware's Spray Bottles are perfect for this
▪️Place your tweezers under the petal with right side facing, and pinch the sides up around the tweezers. Then with a ball tool, push in the centre firmly to bring it all in the centre.
For the little 3 flowers that are in the middle, just use your ball tool on.
Let them dry so they keep the shape.
▪️Now stick them together alternating the petals as you go.
Be careful with the glue, as you don’t want to stick the petals to each other - just the centres.
You don’t see pollen in Button Chrysanthemums until the flowers are nearly finished so I didn’t add any.
Again I used White Maya Card and alcohol pens.
▪️I made 11 small, and 2 large leaves.
▪️Now if you haven’t got one of those leaf tools, fold your leaves in half and burnish with a Bone Folder. Then using a cotton bud and Shabby Shutters Distress Oxide Ink Pad, lightly rub along the leaf centre fold.
Obviously you will select the Distress Oxide Ink to suit the colour you’ve chosen for your leaves.
Shape the leaves using a Ball Tool / Embossing Tool.
✅ TIP - If you love detail, and want to add the veins to them, I found you could use a blunt Pokey Tool (just remember to use very lightly).
▪️Adhere your flowers and leaves into the card centre towards the top of the card using Cosmic Shimmer's Dries Clear Glue.
▪️Then using Sue Wilsons NEW Poinsettia Banner Die Set, cut out the plain banner twice (one in cream card and one in the gold Pearl card).
▪️As seen in the next demo pictures - cut the gold one in half (lengthways) and stick the two halves behind the cream one.
▪️Shape the banner with your fingers by rounding up the centre like an arch and flatten the edges.
Next, cut out 2 gold "Happy Birthday" sentiments from Jamie Rodgers Sentiments Collection - Essentials 2. Stick them together, before gluing them onto the banner.
▪️Now stick the banner along the bottom of the card with foam pads in order that the frame still shows through.
✅ TIP - If you opted for landscape you could stick your banner across a corner.
That is the card finish.... such beautiful dies to work with!!
Making a box....
As you can see in my last demo pictures, I decided to made a box to accompany the card.
You don’t want all your lovely work getting squashed up in an envelope....
▪️Cut out 2 pieces of the cream card 20cm x 24½ cm and score all around at 2cm.
✅ INFO - Now I have one of those Scoreboards where one end is the base, and one end is the lid. If this is the case, you might need to add a millimetre or two to the lid when scoring.
I never did get the hang of that way - Jamie always worked it out for us in workshops lol.
▪️Score, burnish and make up your boxes as seen.
▪️Cut out a whole Eyelet Lace Die in one - I used a slightly different shade of cream so it would show up on the box lid. However, you can use the same and mat gold underneath like on the card.
I just cut another piece of glitter card for under mine and stuck it onto the box.
▪️Then place your last flower and leaves on with your sentiment. Again I used Jamie Rodgers Sentiment Collection - Essentials 2 - "Just For You."
You can make it more elaborate by adding more flowers to the box of course .
I did the box landscape mainly because the sentiments look better that way round but that’s your choice :)
I hope you like these as much as I do they give you so much satisfaction looking like real flowers .
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