Most of my flower dies are designed as layers of joined up petals which makes flower making quick and simple but I do have a couple where the petals are all separate and you glue them all onto a base in layers, individually. This can be time consuming but the effects and definition achieved is worth it and the flowers can look more lifelike. So, wanting to build on this collection, last week I took delivery of a Spellbinders 'Create a Daisy' die set which is all about paper piecing and building a flower from scratch. The Create a Flower range has about 20 or so different flower die sets from Roses and Orchids to Gerbera and Hydrangea and I chose the Daisy set because its size and petal shape is not something I have in my die stash...and I also see versatility in it and the possibility of creating different kinds of flowers with the components...not just daisies.
Learn how to make this Daisy in my tutorial below.
For those of you thinking of ordering one of these sets, a word of warning...and this is really what the basis of this blog post is all about....
These are small dies....not your big Tim Holtz Tattered Florals type things....but small...and come in small card packets (not a bad thing when it comes to waste...and oh so thank you very much Spellbinders for not using those awful plastic packets that are a nightmare to open!)...but here lies the crunch...
the photo instructions on the back, on how to construct the flower, ARE TINY! My eyesight is pretty good...but I found myself reaching for a magnifying glass to look at them.....
and to be honest...they're also a little vague...especially when it comes to how to make the centre piece. Now for those of us who have been making paper flowers for some years...we can kind of figure it out based on past experience. But I did want to just re-familiarise myself....I wasn't too sure how to put the centre parts together and I felt also for those new to the craft that this could make the set look a little intimidating...and off putting.
Ahahaaa!...I thought...they've probably got the full instructions on their website...and yes indeedy they do have a link on the product detail page....'For detailed instructions...click on...'
Only.....at the time I write this post...the link leads nowhere...nothing...page not found.... :(
Now, I don't want to knock Spellbinders...because I LOVE their dies...I have more of their dies than any other company...but this isn't very useful guys! I'm thinking (hoping) this is just a little glitch...
..but it's an unhelpful glitch non the less :(
Ahahaaa!...I thought (for a second time)...there's bound to be someone out there with their own blog, or Youtube tutorial...so off I went a Googling...and Pinterest searching...
Hours later and I found TWO...just two blog posts about this die set...and quite frankly, they were a bit better to view...but just as vague on how to construct the centre piece.
Gleaning what info I could from the packet and the two blogs...and my past flower making attempts, I returned to my worktable and set about having a play with the pieces. It came together after a fashion and then I thought well, why not just do my own tutorial...and hopefully it'll shed some light on how the die set works....and hopefully help people who are thinking of buying it....
...and please DO buy this die set...because it really is lovely...it makes a beautiful daisy and as I said before...I think it has potential to be used to make other flower types (and maybe I'll do some tutorials on those at a later date too). It's a bit time consuming...it takes a bit of prep work and can be a bit fiddly...but be patient...it is worth the effort.
...and so on to my tutorial -
Please remember this is a combination of Spellbinder, OTHER peoples tutorials and MY own way of making this flower....I'm not saying this is the ONLY way to make it...but what I found to be the easiest. You might find an even better way.
CREATE A DAISY - Spellbinders Die Set TUTORIAL
I have made this flower with petals in similar colour as to what is shown on the packaging but have made the centre in green so it is easier to see the details. The flower is for a card I have designed and the centre will be black...but this doesn't show up too well for the tutorial so I have used a green cardstock.
Anitas Tacky Glue because it has a fine precision point which is useful for applying the glue to such small paper pieces and it is thick low water pva glue so doesn't make the paper soggy and prone to tearing.
Starting from the base (largest petals) and working upwards, add a dab of glue to the centre and attach the next smallest layer...rotate the piece so that the petals underneath show in between the gaps.
All five layers now glued together....set this aside to dry and start working on the centre florets piece.
The centre piece, once assembled, will be round ball shaped with the florets all curling from the outside in towards the centre. To achieve this each floret is shaped in two stages - first take the end of the handle of a slim artists paint brush and use this to curl each floret......
...then use a ball tool to curl the base of each piece in the opposite direction....by pressing and running the tool along the width.
The three stages of shaping...the flat freshly die cut piece....the piece curled from top to bottom....then finally shaped from side to side.
Sort the floret pieces into two groups - those larger pieces with four 'prongs' will be used to form the outer ring. The remaining pieces with three and two 'prongs' will form the centre ring.
Taking a star shape base piece (which you should have cut in the same card and colour as the floret parts) start forming an outer ring using the larger pieces. Apply glue to the end edge only of each piece of floret and attach to the base just in from the points. Alternate the shapes, overlapping and forming a ring. Make sure they are all curling inwards.
The completed outer ring should look like this. To start working on the inner ring, it is useful to just carefully flatten out the outer ring 'prongs' slightly..it will give you more room to work in and you can re-curl it all back again afterwards.
Start gluing and attaching in the smaller floret pieces, set them slightly in and fractionally away from the outer ring. Depending on how tightly you overlap the pieces, you might end up using all of them, or have some left over...you could even glue in a third central ring if you have space and left over florets. Use scissors to snip them in half if they are too big.
It is important to now leave this piece and allow the glue to totally set and dry...before you begin reshaping.
Once dry, begin re-curling the inner ring of floret pieces. use tweezers to grasp each prong end and curl tightly in towards the centre. then gently form the ball with your fingers.
Do the same to the outer ring of florets, curl the prongs in tightly and using fingers to close the prongs in to form the whole thing into a ball shape.
This centre daisy 'floret' now ready to glue into the middle of your petals, and you can tweak and shape the petals until you achieve a shape you're happy with...the whole flower will now be assembled and ready for use.
The completed Spellbinders Daisy! The leaves have just been tucked into the sides and can be positioned and glued in place according to your own design and liking.
And this is my completed flower used in a card. I changed the centre floret for a black one so that it co-ordinated with the rest of the card.
The card design has a round aperture to the front and the Spellbinders Daisy is attached to the inside of the card so that it pops through the aperture when the card is closed.
A closer look at the Daisy....the smaller flowers have been made using more Spellbinder Shapeabilities dies - Carnation Creations.
I hope you find this tutorial of interest and use. I'd love to know if any of you buys this die and what has been made with it.
xxx Ange xxx