I was going to do them in numerical order, but to be honest, it doesn't really matter what order they come in, and I'm more than happy to answer calls for help....and, as I had decided to make a flower using these dies for a small project anyway, I thought why not combine it with a tutorial right now.
Romantic Blooms Wrist Corsage.
There's so much you can do with these dies...but I also appreciate with so many elements to hand, people can also feel a little overwhelmed and at a loss as to where to start. So my tutorial is just a basic example of what you can do...it's not the only way you can use them...it's just one of many ideas and a guide to inspire you...remember, there are no hard set rules regarding their use. To start off , all my tuts will cover creating each flower using dies from each specific set only...then at a later date I'll show ideas on combining the sets and mixing up the dies.
As for Crafty Flower Four set, What I do think probably throws some people is in regards to the smaller petal dies. They have slits in them, and due to lack of information on the packet, I guess it's a bit confusing what exactly these slits are for. So, I've looked at that first and given my own opinion on it (my own opinions and findings and may not technically be correct), and then I share with you my project and tutorial on how to put together and complete a flower.
CRAFTY FLOWER FOUR - WHAT YOU GET -
So why bother? Well, personally I think the bottom slits do help shape the petals more easily. I have often cut slits into other die cut petal shapes just like this as I feel it helps lessen the stress and tension of the paper fibres....especially when using thicker card or very thin papers where they are prone to crease and tear if you put too much pressure on them with a ball end embossing tool. The crossed over points also provide a nice base to which you can apply glue when layering up and the petals 'sit up' nicely.
As for the slit at the top? Well, you could say why bother, you could glue two separate petals together and get the same effect...but maybe Scrappy Cat and Spellbinders just wanted to make something a little different from the norm?...something that makes us get our creative thinking caps on? I have no issues with that at all and its nice to have dies a little different from the rest....but, I might actually try contacting them and asking, just to see. If I get an answer back I'll certainly update and put the info on here.
So, that's my take on how to use the petals...now onto my project.
Crafty Flower Four - TUTORIAL
The following paper craft flower was inspired by the example on the die package but is not an exact copy.
TOOLS REQUIRED - Spellbinders Crafty Flower Four die set (no. S2-171), Die Cutting Machine plus relevant cutting mats and shims, Thin card stock in your choice of colours and patterns - I opted for a burnt orange and dusky blue card with a slightly distressed effect, Inks of your choice for further distressing (optional) - I used Tim Holtz Distress Inks in Rusty Hinge and Faded Jeans. Scissors, tweezers, and various sized ball end embossing tools. Glues - I use Anitas Tacky glue, and Pinflair Glue Gel.
Once all the petals were shaped, I then set about assembling the flower.
...the remaining four small petal pieces were layered and glued into the flower.
A blob of Pinflair Glue Gel was placed into the centre (using a cocktail stick) before sticking the curled centre piece in. Glue gel is good for this as it's thick and holds the piece in place better....but will take some time to set.
So, here it is...my completed flower. Please note there are no leaf shapes with this set. If you wish to incorporate leaves, you will need to use dies from another set. This particular flower that I made looks a bit rose like so if I wanted to add leaves, I'd probably go for a rose shaped one....but, to honest it's a fantasy flower...so anything goes!
and this is what I used it on -
I used the flower to embellish a little cushion shaped gift box. The card and colours used to make the flower was chosen on purpose to co-ordinate with the card I used to make the box....
The gift box was made using an X cut die.....
....and finished of with some black satin ribbon. Once I'd tied the bow I decided not to add any leaves or a tag as I felt it would have looked too fussy.
Hope you enjoyed this tutorial and found it interesting and useful!
XXX Ange XXX