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With this newsletter's focus being handmade paper flowers, I wanted to share another fun flower project that you may not have seen before. See how Piali Biswas shows us how to create a great layered flower with a fun twist. It's a twist that adds a lot of texture and interest, and makes her flower festive and exciting.
For her paper flower, Piali Biswas not only uses a different medium -- crepe paper -- than the typical patterned paper or cardstock, but she takes her flower to the next level. By making a few snips with her scissors into a basic die-cut or punched scalloped circle, she creates a lot of pretty petals. This alone makes a basic shape more versatile for card making, but she added a twist to her project. After layering the flowers, she twists each petal to create texture, volume and interest.
Design by Piali Biswas
- Cardstock: cream, aqua
- Blue crepe paper
- Jubilee printed papers: Hey Day, Carni Stripe
- A Little Happy stamp set
- Dye ink pads: black, light brown distress
- Green/white baker’s twine
- Acrylic Sunburst rhinestone
- 20 (3mm) light blue flat-back pearls
- 2 silver eyelets with eyelet-setting tool
- Threading Water edge punch
- Classic Scalloped Circles LG die templates (#S4-124)
- Die-cutting machine
- Sewing machine with white thread
- Paper adhesive
Crepe Paper Flower
Using 3 1/8-inch Classic Scalloped Circles LG die template, die-cut a scalloped circle from five layers of blue crepe paper (Photo 1).
Snip each scallop halfway to center (Photo 2).
With your fingers, twist top end of each cut piece (Photo 3).
Adhere layers together, only applying adhesive to center of flower layers (Photo 4).
Note: For extra support, try adhering a 1 1/2-inch cardstock circle to back of layered scalloped circles. Adhere Acrylic Sunburst rhinestone and pearls to center of layered flower to complete embellishment (Photo 5).
Project note: Ink edges of card and printed-paper pieces brown as desired.
Form a 5 1/2 x 4 1/2-inch card from cream cardstock.
Cut a 5 x 2 3/4-inch piece from Hey Day paper. Machine-stitch along pattern edges in paper and along edges as desired.
Cut a 7/8 x 3 3/4-inch strip from Hey Day paper and a 1/2 x 30 7/8-inch strip from Carni Stripe paper. Cut a V-notch on top edge of each strip. Zigzag-stitch down center of each paper strip. Layer and adhere stitched-paper strips and Hey Day panel to card front as shown.
Cut a 2 3/4 x 5/8-inch piece from Hey Day paper. With black ink, stamp "sending you a little happy" onto Hey Day strip.
Cut a 2 7/8 x 7/8-inch piece from aqua cardstock; punch scallops along bottom edge. Layer and adhere sentiment panel and aqua cardstock piece together. Using eyelet-setting tool, set an eyelet onto each end of sentiment panel. Thread baker’s twine through eyelets; wrap twine around card front twice placing sentiment panel on card as shown. Tie a bow on left edge of sentiment panel; trim ends.
Adhere crepe paper flower to card front as shown.
Decorate inside as desired.Sources: Cardstock from Papertrey Ink; printed papers from The Girls’ Paperie; stamp set from Unity Stamp Co.; distress ink pad from Ranger Industries Inc.; rhinestone and flat-back pearls from Pizzazz Aplenty; eyelets from Making Memories; edge punch from Fiskars; die templates from Spellbinders™ Paper Arts; eyelet-setting tool from We R Memory Keepers; paper adhesive from ScraPerfect.
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