Have you seen all of the paper flowers stampers are making out there? Roses from ornament punches, daisies from circle scallop punches, poinsettias from the bird punch. Wow! There are so many varieties and ways to create these pretty petals with punches—I had to try one!
The Extra Large Fancy Flower makes great flowers that are easy for the paper flower beginner—like me! Just punch multiple layers of flowers (I did 4 layers) out of your favorite Designer Series Paper (I used Belle Bleu). Then, wad each layer up into a little paper ball. Don't be scared! You want it to look scrunched, wrinkled, worn, and even a bit torn, for a authentic vintage look.
After I opened them up, I adhered them onto a 1-3/8" circle punched out of card stock, layering them so the petals are staggered. I added a Fresh Favorites Button tied with Linen Thread to finish it off. Easy and pretty! Too Cool!
For a different look, you could ink the edges of the flower, or try using a brad or half-back pearl in the center. Get creative! For a fuller flower, use more layers, or punch out of tissue paper or even pages from an old book. Check out a flower I found created by Ilina Crouse using book pages…
Isn't it pretty?! She's an expert paper scruncher!
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I punched the smaller flowers from Bella Blue Designer Series Paper with the Trio Flower punch and added Rich Regal brads. If you enjoy using flowers of any kind on your projects, the Little Leaves Sizzlit die is a must-have! I mean, you have to have some greenery around your blooms, right? They are the perfect size to create a foundation to plant your garden, and if they aren't you can cut the stems down to the size you need!
The greeting is the Vintage Labels stamp set from the Sale-A-Bration flyer. I promise you that you'll be seeing lots of vintage-style projects (there are some coming in the Summer Mini!), so this is the perfect greeting set to coordinate (hint, hint). Earn it for free with your $50 order, but only until March 31!
So Shelli Vintage Flowers
And, speaking of expert paper flower scrunchers, this is an example of a vintage scrapbook page that Shelli Gardner, Stampin' Up! co-founder, showed at Leadership 2010. Not only is she the queen of stamping, she is the epitome of vintage! What a gorgeous scrapbook page! I love, love, LOVE it!
She created the scrunched flowers with the Fancy Flower and circle punches wheeled with the Very Vintage wheel. I love how the buttons, corduroy buttons, satin ribbon, and Sweet Pea Stitched Felt are combined with soft pinks and browns. The background is very intricately made with layers of emboss resist, stenciling and stamping. I mean WOW! Super awesome! This is why she is the master!
You can find more of her vintage projects on her blog, So Shelli, including a sneak peak of a lovely vintage set called Elements of Style being introduced in the Summer Mini Catalog coming out in May. Check it out!