Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Using Patterned Papers

I create this layout as a submission for the patterned paper theme on where I am a contributing artist.

I found it a lot of fun but also challenging to use lots of patterned papers on the one layout.  In saying that though I must say the Prima papers are so beautiful they made it so much easier to coordinate everything.

Some of the elements to this layout include
  • cutting the centre out of the Prima tag and using it to frame the photo
  • rolling separate sections of the pattern paper and alternating them to form the border
  • creating the bow from the floral paper to add dimension to the title
I must admit this is probably one of the brightest coloured layout I've made, but I'm really pleased with how it turned out.

Found it!!

I've finally found the video I watched before I made the handmade flowers.  I watched it one night and made a few notes but didn't get to make the flowers a few days.  When I went back to add the link to the tutorial I just couldn't find the video again.  After a bit of searching I've now found it and would like to give credit to the creator as this is what got me started making the flowers for my layouts.

The video is by Gabrielle Pollacco.  She is an amazing artist and has lots of fantastic videos and tutorials on her website.  Please drop by and check them out. 

This is a link to the video on the hand made flowers -

Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Making your own flowers

Hi,  I've had fun lately making my own flowers.  The following layouts both have the handmade flowers on them.  They are really easy to make and I know I'll be making more as I was really pleased with the results.

Here are the steps I used to create the flowers -

To create the flowers I used 3 punches, 2 circles and one small 5 petal flower punch.  From white cardstock I punched one each of the circles and from a light pink cardstock I punched 5 of the 5 petal flowers.

Next I inked the centre of the smaller circle with the ink coming out slightly towards to end of the circle.  I then cut some V shapes into both the circles to form 6 petals.  These don’t have to be perfectly even.

Spritz the circles with water and crunch them up to get some creases on them.  I found it worked better if I crunched them up twice, so I just carefully opened them up and crunched them up again and this softens the cardstock and the creases seem to hold better.  Do this for both the circles.

For the smaller flowers give them a light spritz and crunch them up as well.  Make sure you have one which is crunched really tight, this will be the centre of the flower.  I found if I pressed the centre of each petal with my finger nail to give it a fold and then crunched it up, it held the shape better. 

Leave the petals to dry. 

Once dry gently open up the two larger petals and curl over the corners.  This gives the flower a more realistic look.


For the smaller petals, gently open the four other petals.  Leave the tightly crunched centre petal as is.

Put a dot of glue in the middle of the four opened petals.  Pick up the centre petal and put into the glue in the middle of one of the petals, continue until you have all the small petals stacked together.  Then add glue to the middle of the two larger petals.   Pick up the centre stack of petals and place them on the glue on the smaller of the remaining petals and then put that onto the glue on the larger petal.   (I hope that makes sense!!)

The end result should look like this -

I hope you try making these flowers as they are really easy and fun to do.