Spring = (Paper) Flowers

>> Wednesday, March 23, 2011

I'm a huge fan of flowers. The planting/cutting/vase variety. Not a huge fan of scrapping flowers. Part of it is that I have only boys in my household. And while I regularly use what might be considered "girl-y" patterned papers, I don't use flowers much. I think I used it once before. In the ten-ish years I've been scrapbooking. One time.

That is until two weeks ago. I was in a scrapping frenzy, trying to get stuff done for a last minute project. It had to be technique-driven. Alas, I don't know any techniques! But it had to be done. So I ended up researching paper flowers, because let's face it, I might not use any, but they are everywhere. And I do love the look of a handmade flower. I just didn't really know how to make them. After much googling and youtubing, I ended up using three handmade flower techniques. One of which I'm sharing here. It's ridiculously easy. Easy enough that my five year is making them. Everyday. (It's out of control.) But the results are really nice. Nice enough that non-crafty people get really impressed when you mention that you made those yourself. (I impressed my mom. And she's not easy to impress!)

Pretty easy, right?
To recreate the card, you'll need to make 8 more flowers from the same patterned paper, and one from a contrasting cardstock. Cut a 8"x4" strip of patterned paper, fold it in half. Stick the flowers on the card using glue dots. I printed the phrase in my printer, then stamped the banner (I think it's an old Martha Stewart stamp.) Colored it in with a Letraset Promarker (alcohol-based marker), cut it out, added the little pearls, and used some pop up dots in the back. Easy peasy.

(A few thoughts: if you spray the paper circles lightly with water before you staple them together, they will fold up more easily. Unscrunch them very carefully. You can also use mist, but again, lightly. And you can also ink the edges. That would be super cute.)

Now I'm totally addicted to making paper flowers. I've even created a layout using, gasp, three flowers. Don't judge. That's a big step for me!

Hey, before I go, there is still time to apply to the Lily Bee Design Team! Find out more here.


angie gutshall March 23, 2011 at 6:05 AM  

This are so pretty! Thanks so much for sharing :)

groovyvirgochick March 23, 2011 at 6:11 AM  

Super easy thanks for the tutorial. ♥ it.

my paper love studio March 23, 2011 at 6:36 AM  

adore this and off to do this NOW!!! thanks so much for sharing :)

Virginia March 23, 2011 at 6:51 AM  

I love those flowers- SO have to try them! Thanks for the awesome tutorial!

Anonymous,  March 23, 2011 at 6:59 AM  

DUDE, this is a RAD flower tutorial...i will probably be making these flowers all the time now...i'm hooked :) thanks for sharing :)

Meghann Andrew March 23, 2011 at 7:18 AM  

Wow. I'm not a flower person either, but these are really cool! Thanks!

rebecca March 23, 2011 at 7:59 AM  

so pretty Linda! :) I'm going to have to try some of these out, they're way too cute not to! Rebecca

Anonymous,  March 23, 2011 at 9:23 AM  

wow I love that Linda! Will try that one for sure!

Keri March 23, 2011 at 9:39 AM  

Wow, haven't seen these before and LOVE them...gonna go give them a try with my small medallion punch! :)

Pam March 23, 2011 at 12:05 PM  

Thank you so much for sharing!!! I must try this...I am not that into flowers either, but these are way cute:)

Jodi March 23, 2011 at 12:38 PM  

You did a fabulous job on the flowers!! Super tutorial!!! TFS!

Kim Sonksen March 23, 2011 at 1:56 PM  

This is easiest one of the coolest cards I have seen in a long time

erin March 23, 2011 at 2:52 PM  

oh my goodness. this is brilliant. LOVE this.

Brenda March 23, 2011 at 10:29 PM  

Awesome!! Such a beautiful finished project!!

Unknown March 23, 2011 at 11:08 PM  

Great tutorial! Thanks for the tips. :-D

Alex March 24, 2011 at 1:19 PM  

Wow... haven't seen these before! Thank you so much for sharing! Awesome tutorial!

Melissa March 26, 2011 at 5:21 PM  

Oooooh another new paper flower! I love making paper flowers and can't wait to try this one. Thank you for sharing the tutorial!

Anonymous,  March 29, 2011 at 4:42 AM  

Im hooked too! This is so great, thanks for sharing!
I used a glue pad on the top and dipped in glitter. Amazing results!

Merry May 14, 2011 at 3:44 PM  

This is such a beautiful card and wonderful tutorial on creating the flowers. Thanks so much for the lovely post.

Kim May 2, 2012 at 9:37 AM  

Super cute card! Thank you for the tutorial, it was great. Take care. :)

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