Yesterday my new paper flower cutting dies were delivered and it was absolutely impossible to resist and not try them immediately.
First I cut some shapes with my beautiful Sizzix Big shot machine.
And here is the tip! Very often, when using paper or felt dies, some unexpected elements will appear on and around your work table. Be careful not to lose them – they are interesting and free! I have a box with some strange “extras” or unexpected elements and don’t need to buy special cutters to make their special shapes. This box is not only saving me a lot of money for dies I don’t really need, but helps me in cases when I need to add something small, but important to my projects.
In the picture below you see the paper flower shape I have cut, and the paper source. And this small elegant spiral, which is an extra product produced while cutting the flower shape. Later you will see how I use this spiral.
There are three important instruments I am using for this project – my Sizzix Big shot machine, Heartfelt creations 3D Rose Shaping Mold came and – of course – the flower dies with shapes, matching the floral nests in the Rose mold.
Tip about travelling with your craft instruments
I shared with you before in my article about the ANZAC poppy wreath how I am make some of my own instruments. First, it is cheaper. Second, travelling between Europe and Australia every second month, sometimes I really have no space in my luggage for everything I will need for next month or two. Actually, very often there is no space even in my husband’s luggage! Imagine how much craft materials I am carrying on all these long flights. Some instruments I have in both of our homes – like my second Sizzix Big Shot, some scissors, simple hole punches. But – honestly – I don’t like the idea of spending money to double up all my instruments, I prefer to spend this money to buy something completely new. So in the article about how to make paper poppies for an ANZAC poppy flower wreath, you will find how I make my colour blenders.
As I am sure you know very well, the colours of flower petals sometimes are not simple – there is a wonderful mix of different shades. That’s why I used one pink, one orange and two different greens to colour every level of my future roses. From both sides!
And this is what happened.
Sometimes the colours are almost plain, sometimes they are not – this will make the paper roses more realistic
First I made the small roses. Do you believe me – this is the first time I have used a spiral die! All the projects before this I was playing with the scissors, trying to cut the shape I need.
After that I made the big roses. First shaped them with the Heartfelt creations Heartfelt creations 3D Rose Shaping Mold came Rose shaping mold – carefully following the written instructions. Put the flowers in the nests and sprayed them with clean water. Closed the top part of the shaping mold and moved it through my Sizzix Big shot machine.
After this I had wonderful rose petals…
… and roses! Of course, I had to glue every single layer very carefully!
The greeting card
First of all, using a double A6 (4.1 x 5.8’’) paper shape, I cut 1/3 part of the front page…
… and chose two different paper designs to glue there. So, almost done!
The idea is not unique, but is very easy to make an attractive greeting card with double decoration. I like to imagine how someone is reading the words inside not on a white page, but on a page, decorated with flowers.
And finally! See, here is the recycling tip – remember the spirals from the beginning? I used them as a decoration of the rose.
The muffin cupcake is from the wonderful Welcome Baby Girl paper pack collection. The greeting card is not for a baby, it is for the birthday of a friend, which (like me) loves sweets and pink. This collection is very good not only for a “baby things”. I will use the cupcake as a sticker in my Bullet journal, as an element for greeting cards or invitations and gift tags for all the seasons.
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