Monday Morning again, its amazing how this year seems to be going so quickly. Maybe it`s because we are all still waiting for "summer" to come.
I am very lucky I have a week in the sun to look forward to. Well I hope it will be sunny. Hazel and I are off a week tomorrow for our annual week away together. We go to Dalyan, Turkey where John and I lived during the summer months for 7 years, We know so many people there and find so many things to do and places to go.
A few people have asked if I would do another Tutorial on my flowers. I have done one before but here we go for another. This is a different flower, does not use any tools other than the Machine you use to Die Cut and a pair of tweezers.
This is very picture heavy, you might need a cuppa to keep you awake!!!
There are 3 Flowers Dies in the packet. I cut 3 large, 3 medium and 1 small for each Flower
I spritzed them really well with warm water. Squeezed them just using my fingers. I try to get as many little folds in the petals as possible. These I made using 240gsm card. I have used 160gsm paper ... never, ever use any less than that, it just tears when wet.
I leave them to dry overnight. When they are dry they are actually quite hard. tease them out, not too much you want some texture in each petal.
Now to start shaping. With your tweezers (I use long nosed ones from Joanna Sheen) wtist each petal as tight as you feel you want them. I try to leave what I will use as the base layer quite loose. Then tighter as I go up the layers.
All shaped and ready to assemble one Flower, using the 3 largest Flower pieces first. We are going to build this flower from the "bottom" up
Sorry, this is way out of focus, but you get the "drift" Plenty of Glue on the "bottom layer" remember we are building from the bottom up. I only ever use "Cosmic Shimmer" glue. I have tried others but it is the best for me.
Next layer still using the largest pieces
Keep going till your flowers gets to the size you feel is right for your project. On this flower I have used the 3 largest pieces and only 2 of the medium, I feel that`s enough for the project I have in mind.
I made another flower using the same amount of layers. The bits left I made into a smaller flower.
I use a Kebab Stick to poke in the middle of each layer to get them to touch the glue. Once dry you can twist and shape the petals if you feel you have to. When dry the flower is hard and will take a lot of playing around with.
All you have to do now is to use it for your project.
Here is what I made my flowers for:-
Two 3" x 4" boxes I have filled with "sweet treats" for friends I am meeting up with today.
I have just noticed that there is a mark on the bottom of one one the boxes. I just hope it is glue and not a crack. I used card with a shine on it from Crafters Companion. I like the designs but I certainly do not like the feel of the card. Will not be buying that again. Reminds of Hunkydory Card Stock ... Adorable Scorable .... I find it cracks when you score it, you have to be very gentle.
I do hope you find the Tutorial useful and make some flowers. I f you make some please let me know how it went. By the way any flower Die will make you nice flowers just have a play .... its only card and paper.!!!
Right folks, I started doing this last night. That`s it finished, I am going to have my shower, breakfast then off to meet Hazel in Perth. We will then travel on in Hazel`s car to meet our friends. Hazel does not do being a passenger!!!
Right better get a move on.
Thank you for your visit, I really appreciate it
Till next time