Tutorial – Silk Flowers
Since I don’t stamp, I’m always on the look-out for other ways to add a focal point to my cards. I love to use flowers. So I really perked up when I recently rediscovered an article in the July 2007 issue of Cardmaker Magazine. It was full of different ways to use flowers on cards. Here is the specific paragraph that caught my eye:
“Remove plastic backing and fuzzy center of a silk flower. Glue the remaining layers of petals together. Create a new center with one large and seven small flat-back faceted gems.”
It reminded me of a bunch of sunflowers that I had in a box and didn’t know what to do with. They were much too thick to use on a card. So I grabbed one and started ripping it apart. (Nothing to lose, right?) By following these directions, I now have a flower I can use on a card – and will!
Here are the two flowers – sort of a before and after shot.
I used a large-gem brad rather than gluing the parts together and adding the gems on top. For this small of a flower, that worked out just fine. I figure one could get creative with the centers, using buttons, brads, gems, other flowers … whatever.
With this success, I decided it was time to use the same technique on a larger flower. I had purchased some large white flowers quite a while ago. I actually used one on a card, but eventually realized that it was just too thick and would not be practical to put through the mail. So I found one of those and started tearing it apart. I found more plastic pieces inside the flower to help it “puff up”, so to speak. I threw all of that away and made a usable flower. Here’s what the flower looks like straight out of the bag.
As you can see, it is nearly three inches in diameter. Here’s the card I made using the flower after it got it’s make-over.
It’s still “puffy”, but once in an envelope it will flatten out so that it can easily go through the mail.
I went back to my flower box to see if there was another type of flower deserving of a make-over. I found some rose buds that I started to play with. And they worked out fairly well, too. Here’s the before and after picture.
Here’s the card I eventually made using the recycled rose bud:
One thing I really love about this process is the way the flowers still want to stand up/out. Their dimension is awesome, yet they will behave in an envelope going through the postal system. How cool is that!
So now I can find ways to utilize the flowers that weren’t really an option for cards before. And I also know that I can pick up “fat” flowers or flower stems if I like them and be able to rework them into something useable on my cards. I’ll be watching those silk flower sales a little more closely in the future.
Thanks again to Donna for offering today’s tutorial. Be sure and go visit her blog! If anyone else would like to suggest or volunteer to offer a tutorial, please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org. Also remember you can find a list of all previous tutorials at the Cardmaking Resources page of the OWH website.