Last week I shared with you how I created the beaded flower centers for several of the die cut flowers that I have blogged recently. Today I wanted to show you how I created the layered watercolor paper flowers that I shared on the Ranger Designers Challenge and the Vintage Book Art Journal. This tutorial features several of my dies which begin shipping this month!
Die cut several sets of the Shabby Posies flowers using watercolor paper. Even if I plan to only use one layered flower on my project like the cards shown on this tutorial, I will often create several sets. I can create several in the same amount of time (and mess) as I can one so I might as well create a few extras. I like to have some on had for times when I need one quickly and don’t have time or desire to get super messy.
Lay the flowers on your craft sheet textured side up. Mist the flowers with water.
Let the water set a moment to soak in to the paper. Lightly blot over the die cut to remove any puddles of water on the flowers.
Mist the flowers with any color of Distress Spray Stains. (color shown Picked Raspberry.) The mist can be light and spotty, you do not need to coat the flowers with ink.
Mist the flowers again with water. The water will help distribute the color over the flower more evenly and will soften the color.
Gently blot the excess spray and water from the flowers.
Choose a second color to add a highlight or contrast to the center of the flower. (Color shown Fossilized Amber) You can spray the center of the flower with the mister or the bottom or use a pipette to drop the color where desired. The pipette is my preferred method since it gives me more control.
To fill the pipette, simply remove the top to the Distress Spray Stain bottle and suction some color into the pipette. Be careful with the open bottle of ink. 😉 (says the girl who knocked over an entire bottle of Picket Fence…)
The color will move some since the surface of the flowers are wet. If you want to create more movement, you can spray the drop of color with your water bottle. The water will move the color and dilute the intensity of the color at the same time.
Use a dry cloth to blot the flowers.
To create even more variation in color, drop Picket Fence Distress Spray Stain on the center of the flower using a pipette. I keep a pipette just for Picket Fence so that I don’t have to try to clean it as thoroughly.
Spray the Picket Fence with water to create movement with the ink.
Let the Picket Fence sit for a moment and then blot it with a dry cloth. The Picket Fence will leave some white areas but will also soften the previous colors making them very soft and pastel-like.
If you would like a bit of sparkle or shimmer, mist the flowers with any color of Perfect Pearls Mist. (Color shown: Perfect Pearl.) Ranger’s Perfect Perfect Pearls are now offered as Mica Mists. After misting the flowers blot away any excess with a dry cloth.
I always think flowers should have a left. For this project I used the three leaf cluster from my Pom Pom Posies die set. Die cut leaves from watercolor paper. Again, I am doing a few extras. Mist the leaves with water. Let the water set for a moment and then blot any excess.
Mist a light color of green toward the center base of the leaves. (Color shown: Twisted Citron.)
Use a dry cloth to blot the excess stain.
Select a darker shade of green. Spray the leaves trying to focus the color toward the tips of the leaves. I wanted to leave the color stronger so I did not mist it with water. If your color is too intense or needs movement, mist with water like before.
Use a heat tool to dry the flowers and leaves.
You could add age to the edges of the flowers with Distress Ink and an ink blending tool… or you can use Distress Crayons. The thing I love about Distress Crayons for edge definition is that it is so easy to focus the edge color (I used Walnut Stain) right where you want it. To apply, simply skim the tip of the crayon along the edge of the die cut.
To soften the harsh crayon line, simply use your thumb to buff and rub the color into the surface of the paper.
You may notice that my leaves have an embossed details. You get this detail in the same pass as cutting. I love that! To accentuate the detail, lightly skim the brown Distress Crayon over the embossed details.
Use your thumb to buff and rub the crayon into the surface of the paper!
One thing to note, you can not remove the crayon once applied so definitely apply with a less is more approach. You can blend it out with a water brush which looks nice too but different from this example.
Place the flowers on a foam pad. Circle around the center of the flower with a large stylus tip (shown here on my Spellbinders Tool-in-One). As you circle around the sides of the flowers will curl up in a bowl-like shape.
Curl the edges of the petals toward the back. I use the barrel of a tool, paintbrush, a marker, etc.
Changing the size of the tool you wrap around will change the size of the curl. A larger barrel will create a slight curve while a small barrel will create a small tight curl.
Stack the four layers of flowers together. I put a drop of glue between each layer to hold it all together. Pierce a hole through the center of the stack of flowers.
Place a dot of glue over the hole. Place the beaded flower center stem through the hole. I like to hold the flower and press down on the flower center until the glue sets up.
If you have extra glue that shows around the flower center don’t worry…
Sprinkle extra Prills around the flower center. I actually add extra glue around the flower center so that I can sprinkle extra Prills around the center. I use Tombow Mono Aqua glue because for the extra fill. I prefer it here because it is thinner and has a nice fine tip dispenser.
You can snip off the wire stem on the back or just fold it under. Now you can use the flower on any flat surface like a card by adhering with glue or adhesive foam.
To complete the card as shown, stamp the Big Cheesecloth stamp onto a white blank card using Ranger Coffee Archival Ink.
Die cut a card from watercolor cardstock using the Spellbinders Card Creator Cascading Circles die. Mist the die cut with water and then with Distress Spray Stains. (Colors shown: Shaded Lilac and Scattered Straw.) Blot the water and stain with a dry cloth. Dry the cardstock. Ink the edges with Gathered Twigs Distress Ink using an ink blending tool.
I have a quick tip to share for you if you use a Xryon to adhere your card front…
If you have adhesive bits in the openings leave them…
adhere the die cut to your card over the stamped image.
Sprinkle clear embossing powder over the assembled card front. The powder will stick to the adhesive in the holes.
Use a heat tool to melt the embossing powder. The effect is not very dramatic on this card because of the stamping, but is very neat on other less busy cards. It is an easy way to use the “glue boogers” as I call them instead of trying to remove them. I ended up covering most of the embossing powder spots up on this card but I thought it was still a great idea to share.
Adhere one of the assembled flowers and two leaves to the lower left corner of the card.
Die cut a Frayed Tab from watercolor cardstock. Brush the edges lightly with Gathered Twigs Distress Ink using an ink blending tool. Use a marker to write a sentiment on the tab.
I love how the sprinkling of extra Prills looks. They help fill in around the round shape of the flower center and remind me a bit of scattered pollen. You could color them to match, but I really like the contrast between the white and the colored center
Isn’t this card die so cool? I love how you can use it to create a peek-a-boo with something below it!
For a long time I wouldn’t hand write anything on a project. I always thought I would “mess up” the project. I have come to think though that a bit of you (your handwriting) on a project is one of the best touches you can add! If you worry about “ruining” the project though, do what I did here and write the sentiment on a tag or label. You can easily re-do it if you don’t like your first attempt.
I love how unique these flowers turn out. I think the watercolor paper gives them a fun texture and makes the color so soft. And the beaded centers, I really love how unique they are!
The best part of all I think is that they are both pretty easy to make. They take a little more time that using a pre-made flower, but what an amazing touch they add to projects! Best of all, if you make several at a time, you have extras for another day. It is kind of like the crafting equivalent of freezer cooking! 😉
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