You probably already know this, but I love adding flowers to projects. I also love finding ways to create interesting centers for my flowers. Today I have a quick tutorial to share showing you how to use glass beads and the fabulous new Baked Texture Embossing Powders by Seth Apter and Emerald Creek. I think you will love just how easy it is to create this textured flower center
Baked Texture Embossing powders are packed with texture! I have never used another embossing powder like them. They are so versatile, they can go from advanced mixed media techniques allowing you to layer and combine textures to super simple, like this application. The cool thing is that no matter what level of technique, you will be wow’d by the finished look.
For the flower centers, you need a jewelry head pin, a crimp bead, a round glass bead, and a pair of needle nose pliers. It is important that the round bead is glass. My favorite are from Hobby Lobby. They are in a clear can-like package with three sizes of beads inside. They have a pearl finish. You can find the beads, head pins, and crimp beads in the jewelry department.
Place the bead and then the crimp bead onto the head pin.
Hold the pin so that the bead and crimp bead are at the bottom of the pin resting on the head of the pin. Flatten the crimp bead with the pliers. The flattened crimp ring will hold the bead in place next to the head of the pin.
Use the pliers to hold the pin/bead at the end of the pin. Use a heat tool to heat the bead. Dip the hot bead into the embossing powder. Embossing powder will stitch to the hot bead. If there is no powder on the bead, heat it more.
Heat the bead again to melt the powder on the bead.
Dip the bead into the powder again while it is still hot. Additional powder will adhere to the hot melted powder. Heat again to melt. For more coverage, dip the bead again into the powder. I generally do 2-3 coats.
Vintage Beeswax creates a glossy aged pearl finish.
Chunky Rust creates an earthy textured finish.
Each of the Baked Texture powders create a different and unique finish. Rocky Road, Dirty Sand, and Chunky Rust each create a textured effect. Vintage Beeswax, Deep Sea, Ancient Amber, and Patina Oxide have a smoother finish that each have very unique colorations.
To create the bowl filler shown in the finished project, die cut several posies using the flowers from the Sew Sweet Valentine die set. I used wool, but you could also use wool felt. Poke the head pin through the center of the stacks of flowers. Bend the head pin at the back of the stack of posies. Trim away the excess.
Die cut a heart and a square using the dies from the Sew Sweet Valentine set. Adhere the heart to the center of the square. I use Heat n Bond to adhere the heart in place. Add a Blanket Stitch around the edge of the heart.
Die cut a banner from the Sew Sweet Valentine die set. Use two metal brads to attach the banner to each side of the heart. I gave my brads a glossy finish by coating the tops with Vintage Beeswax Baked Texture. To do this, use the same technique as the beads: heat, dip, heat, dip, heat.
Die cut leaves to go with your posies. Stitch the posies and leaves to the heart.
Don’t forget to add a cute and unique embellishment to add a bit of fun. I added an itty bitty handmade prairie bee button from Just Another Button Company. Die cut a scallop square from the Sweet Tweets die set. Layer the assembled square onto the scalloped square. Stitch the two together, sewing about 1/4″ from the inside edge of the square. Leave a small opening for filling. After filling, stitch the opening closed.
Tie a small bow. Tuck the bow into the posey cluster. Use a bit of Fabric Fuse to secure it in place. BTW- check out the amazing shade of the ribbon! It is hand dyed from Lady Dot Creates on Etsy. (Link in supply list below)
I love the texture the flower centers add. The texture really stands out and makes them a real focal feature. You gotta love that they only take minutes to create too!
I am totally in love with making these little mini pillows! You can fill them with crushed walnut shells to create a pincushion or simply stuff them with fiber fill to make a bowl filler. What I love most is that I can make one start to finish in just a few hours. I love being able to make something so quickly!
PS. Would you like more Baked Texture inspiration? Seth Apter is hosting an embossing powder party all week-long on his blog. He’ll update it with links each day showing what others (including me) are creating with Baked Texture. Check it out: Seth Apter Embossing Powder Party