It's been a while since my last blog post and I apologise, again! BUT I do seem to have more people following me on Facebook and reading my posts on there, than on here :( so I tend to post more there nowadays.....if you want to keep up to date with what I'm up to, then I do suggest you join me on Facebook.
I've been very busy painting and doing commission work that I have not been able to post info about but yesterday I took a day out of that schedule to do some papercrafting....namely making some cards for an upcoming MIL birthday, plus we celebrate Mothers Day here in the UK on Sunday 30th March so I have made my mom a card, plus another one for my other half's mom.
I've decided to blog a little tutorial that came about while creating the above mentioned birthday card. I posted on facebook about it this morning and mentioned I'd made my own flower embellishments....and people have asked how I did it....
so here it is -
Paper Faux 'Flower Soft' inspired embellishments
This tutorial makes a cluster like a stylised lavender or buddleija head.
Firstly I'd like to point out that I don't think I can claim this technique to be totally my own and unique...I'm sure there's probably someone else out there who's already done this....I just think it is fun and wanted to share with you how I do it.
Now, if you know me well, you'll know I'm not the greatest fan of Flower Soft...I do not have any in my studio because I generally do not make cards in a way that requires it. I think it probably does have a good place in cardmaking...but just not in my style of cardmaking,
(if you have no idea what I'm on about...google flowersoft and you'll find out)
Yesterday, however, I was asked to make a specific style card...pretty and floral, lavender flower themed and in this case I really did feel it needed a floral embellishment of some sort. Die cut shapes didn't work, it needed something much more dimensional and even if I did have flowersoft, it wouldn't have been 'chunky' enough. I wanted something a bit bigger and more stylised so decided to create my own version...a faux flowersoft technique, but using cardstock, cut into micro sized bits so I could have more control over size...and perfectly co-ordinate the colour and card with the rest of the card.
TOOLS REQUIRED -
Scissors use good sharp quality ones, I use small Friskers variety which cut right to the point and are nice and small which is good for fine work and snipping little bits.
Card stock in colour of your choice...a great way to use up the offcut and remnants from the card making.
Pinflair Glue Gel adhesive This is clear, thick, gloppy and perfect for this job. It is slow drying so you have a lovely amount of time to fiddle about shaping your flower cluster.
Paper wrapped floral wire stems most craft shops and flower shops will have this and I always have some in my stash that gets used for all manner of craft and art projects. In this project I'm using 'Hamilworth' # 22 which are 36cm in total length and come in packs of 25. I deliberately stock white paper ones so that I can colour them to perfectly match any projects, but you can get a nice green one if you're only ever going to use it to make floral embellishments. Paper wrapped wire is important because you need a paper base for the glue to key/hold onto....I've tried using just plain wire and the glue can slide and move out of shape.
Cocktail Sticks or similar for moving the glue into shape.
Small container for keeping your paper cuttings in place....like flower soft, this stuff can flick everywhere.
Wire Cutters/ tin snips (not pictured) for cutting your floral wire....do not use scissors or the blades will get nicked and ruined....use the right tools for the purpose!
Square of polystyrene or sponge (not pictured) for sticking your wire stems into to allow the glue to dry.
6)Your floral clusters are now ready to use - trim wire to size, and add to your card/papercrafting projects as required. You can gently brush over ink or glitters to add more depth in colour and dimension and sparkle, they look lovely set into bunches and tied with ribbon.
Hope you find this tutorial fun and helpful....now go make your own clusters!