Stacy’s Technique of the Week: Dimensional Petals
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Good morning! Stacy here with a cool tutorial on petal dimension. A few years ago I started taking a single bloom (flower image) and adding dimension to the petals individually. Previously, I had always added dimension to the whole bloom (flower image) when I stamped it out. However, I learned that if you cut between the petal lines you can add dimension on a new level. It is super cool and one of my all-time favorite techniques to do with flowers now. So, let’s get started.

Here are the supplies you’ll need: Cardstock, stamped or digital flower image, patterned paper, markers, embellishments, scissors, 5mm/8mm stylus, foam mat or molding pad and adhesive.

Step 1: Stamp full flower image twice onto cardstock. Note: If you are using a digital image like I did, both images need to be the EXACT same size when printed. I copied and pasted the image after I had the image the desired size. Color images, keeping in mind that the main part of the flower only needs some light shading on one of the images since it will be covered. I added a light layer of yellows on mine. The second image will be the one placed on top so color that as you would like it to be seen.

Step 2: Cut around the second flower’s edges as shown.

Step 3: Looking at the front of the second flower, determine which petals you would like to make dimensional and cut between those petals. Since I used a sunflower, there are several petals so I cut between the majority of them. In the photo above, the back is shown so you can see how the flower is cut on the lines.

Step 4: Starting with the big ball on the end of your stylus, press down on the back of each petal using a circular motion. This will cause the edges of the petal to roll up.

Step 5: This is what the flower should look like when you have rolled all the petals.

Step 6: Turn over the flower and carefully push just the center of the flower down. Roll the stylus over just the center of the flower, leaving the petals rounded.

Step 7: Some of the petals will naturally start to flatten when you are rolling the center. This is okay as the petals will be lifted up again when the flower is attached to the card.

Step 8: Create your card base with the main panel. I used a simple gingham patterned paper and wrapped it with twine and attached a button. Adhere the cut flower to the flower base. Tip: Line up the flower before adding adhesive to make sure lines match up. Once the flower is adhered, finish decorating card as desired. This is when you can use scissors or a scoring tool to carefully lift one petal’s edge higher than the others to create variation.

Here is my finished card. I added glitter glue for a little bit of sparkle along with some sequins and a sentiment tag.

Here is a side angle so you can see how some of the sunflower petals are higher than the others. The dimension on this is really cool!

Here is another angle so you can see the difference. This is a great technique for those simpler card designs to add that extra wow!

Hope you have time to play and create your own petal dimension today. Thanks for joining me—have a wonderful day!


Supplies used: Sunflower Power digital stamp set from Power Poppy; twine from May Arts Ribbon; Susan’s Garden Tool Kit from Sizzix; Stickles glitter glue from Ranger Industries Inc.

10 Responses to Stacy’s Technique of the Week: Dimensional Petals

  1. This is gorgeous Stacy and love the dimension of the flower!!!!

  2. Rebecca Yahrling says:

    Thanks so much for the step by step! How easy – for such a WOW factor! Your card is stunning.

  3. Jan D., FL says:

    I love this technique. I, too, love to have dimensional flowers on my cards and I use flowers a lot. Love your card…so pretty.

  4. Great job on this, Stacy! That sunflower looks fabulous with this technique!

  5. CherylQuilts says:

    What a gorgeous card, Stacy, and I love the tutorial! Well photographed! I almost finished one with this beautiful sunflower! Guess you’ve inspired me to finish it! Beautifully done, sweet friend! Hugs!

  6. Such a gorgeous card, Stacy! I love all the fussy cutting and curling petals! I do a lot of fussy cutting myself and find it is a great outlet for the perfectionist side of me that plagues me from time to time. LOL Thanks for sharing your card with us.

  7. Joy Howe says:

    Love this card. For one reason or another I lost my mojo for card making seeing your lovely example I’m going to have a go. Thank you xx

  8. Betty Cohron says:

    Love this. Your tutorial was great. I will be doing this. Thanks for sharing.Mw2y

  9. Brenda Davis says:

    OH MY, thanks for the tutorial, this makes it so much easier breaking down the steps this way. Hope mine turn out half as good and I will be happy but practice makes, well, practice!

  10. marg trethowan says:

    wonderful,wonderful,wonderful. a really great tutorial.very informative.

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