Sunday, August 29, 2010

Flower Tutorial ~ Making Water Distressed Cardstock Blooms!!


So recently Chloe hurt her foot (I think she might've broke her baby toe)....she's on the couch, bored, with her foot up on the ottoman. So I thought I would pull out some cardstock (if you girls are anything like me you have tons of scrap cardstock!) and a few flower punches and a bottle of glimmer mist and try out a new bloom making technique with her.
I've seen this done with all sorts of different punches, die cutting machines etc. but the basic idea is wetting your cardstock pieces with paper to give it a more crumpled vintage look. I simply used 2 different sizes of my Retro Flower Punch to create the ones I made here. So for those of you who haven't seen this technique yet I thought I'd share the steps here.....I kid you not, these are addictive!!!

Step 1 ~ Punch 3 Large blooms out with your flower punch or die cutting machine. Then punch out 4 smaller ones. (My large flower punch is not the largest in the group of Retro flower punches, there's an extra-large punch too but I used the large and medium) ....You can use all the same colours or as I did above use a couple of colours that compliment each other......

Step 2 ~ For step 2 all you need is a spritz bottle of plain water or a glimmer mist if you'd like some shimmer. I couldn't find my water spritzer so I grabbed a Glimmer mist I had on the shelf that has clear water in it with some pearl glimmer in it. But just plain water works just as well. Lightly spray them on both sides, they do not have to be really wet, just slightly damp. (you could also tint the edges of the blooms with some chalk in before you spritz for an added color depth).....

Step 3 ~ This is the fun part! Just gently crumple them up! They will look like little crumpled up balls of paper.....


Step 4 ~ Now gently undo the petals letting the crumple shape stay in the petals. Leave one of the smaller pieces in a tight bud for the center. They will look something like this.....


Now glue the pieces with a little dab of glue in the center one inside the other, making sure that the petals on each layer alternate with the layer below it......the result is the bloom you see at the top of the page.

You can also slightly twist the petals when they are damp for another more distressed look to your bloom.....here is a picture of a purple bloom Chloe was working on. She lightly twisted each petal after she opened up the crumpled ball (just use your fingers to twist the petals)......


Here are a bunch of blooms Chloe & I just finished making!! Play with different color combinations and inks for different effects! You'll also get different looks by using different shaped punches! There are no rules to make these, any punch/die cut will do and and number of petals on the punch. Chloe made some with extra layers for some really fluffy looking blooms too!


Option #2

Okay! ....this is for you girls who don't have a flower punch! or any type of die-cutter!!! I tried this technique by just cutting out a few circles with a pair of scissors.
Step 1 ~ Cut out a large jaggedy edge circle out of some cardstock. Then cut out 2 more slightly smaller circles. Then I chose a lighter shade of cardstock and cut out 2 more smaller jaggedy edge circles.....


Step 2 ~ Create a slight petal design by cutting small 'V' slits into the edges. I start by making one slit, then I do one on the opposite side. Then I cut 2 more between the 2 I just made. This will give you 6 petals (ink the edges for more depth to your bloom).......


Step 3 ~ Just like above spritz both sides lightly with some water. Then bringing the petals up from the center give them a good scrunching!! .....


Step 4 ~ Open them up and let them dry, they will look like this.....


Glue them all together with a dab of glue in the centers, leaving the center one tight (or you could put a pretty gem in the center for a different look) Here's how mine came out.....


And for you girls who worry about clunky things on your l/o that don't sit flat enough....check this out how nice and flat it is (and believe me, when these are dry, they really hold their shape!)......

So, no need for fancy punches!! this technique can be done with a pair of scissors and water! I had a lot of fun using this technique on some of my upcoming l/o's for my design team work for MCS. I'll be posting the layouts on the 5th, hope you come back for a peek!



~Gabrielle xxx

70 comments:

Lynn Biermann said...

Gabi What great flowers!!! Poor Chloe...but look at what you were able to do!! I love the idea of using glimmer mist in place of water. I have lots of glimmer mist.. yet not really using it too much! Weeeee now I think I will! Thanks for sharing & continued inspiration

Maureen Reiss said...

Awesome flowers!!! Hope Chloe feels better soon. I've broken my toe and it really hurts and there's nothing the Drs can do for it, it stinks!

Scrapbookpassion said...

vraiment de très belles fleurs et très originales ! Bravo et merci pour nous faire partager votre passion et votre créativité !

Nancy aka Homesclscrapper said...

great tutorial. beautiful flowers. hope chloe is feeling better soon.

Precious Memories Scrapbooking & More said...

wow, these look so awesome & so easy! I will deffinetley have to try these. Hope your daughters foot feels better soon!

Michelle said...

Oh my gosh!! These are WONDERFUL!!! I like that they aren't too fat, but are still dimensional. My books are getting too fat!!! LOL I am definitely going to have to give this one a try!!! Hope your daughter is feeling better!!!! :)

Sandi Cl~ said...

FAb tute, Gabi. I agree my albums are getting very fat, so some flatter, softer flowers are just the ticket!

valenbergia said...

Классный МК!!!! Все понятно и без слов!:)

Luz Maria Bruna said...

Hi Gabi! Poor Chloe,she must be sooo bored.Does she like to read??
Maybe some comics or girls magazines??
I looove your flowers,of course I`ll give it a try.
Thanks!

Jolanda said...

Everything you make is magical!!!;)
Love the flowers!Beautiful work!
Hope your daughters toe is better very soon!But when she get bored again.......make sure you have papers and cardtock by the hand!!!
Nice you work togheter to make beautiful things!!
Have a beautiful day Gaby!!!
have fun,Jolanda

altalena said...

Wow.... these fantastic flowers! Thank you Gabi! Oh ... wonderful!:D

angelwhispers said...

Hope Chloe's little foot is better!!!
These flowers are just beautiful!! loving the glimmer mist! Made these one night at the craft den and just love how everyones turned out!!

Love Chanelle xx

Clare said...

Love these flowers - I want to rush and make some now!! Best wishes to Chloe for a speedy mended foot!

Gra said...

Beautiful!!!! it's a wonderful tutorial!!! I love flowers, so I need to practice right now!!!!
Thank you!!!!

Helga Lind said...

Great tutorial! Thank you :)

Lu Zischler said...

How sweet the look at your blog!!
Lovely step-by-step! I love flowers and will try to do then!!

Carolynscrapbook said...

OMG I like the floweer I love, thanks for tutorial.

Janicelle said...

I am inspired to make some flowers! =)

Thanks for the inspiration

Lean said...

we girls love flowers yummie...
byebye<Lean.

Stay True To God said...

Hi Gabi!! :)

Oh... poor Chloe. I sure hope she's feeling better. What a sweet mom you are to turn a bad situation into a great one!! :)

Awesome tutorial!! You're always soooooo creative and thank you for teaching us your techniques!! I'm definitely going to make these. Oh... and I'm looking forward to the 5th too... LOVE your work.

Big hugs to you and the girls...

Tracy

Carol Q said...

these are SO clever and look so professional. thanks for the great tutorial

Janet G said...

WoW! I just love these pretty flowers, thanks so much for sharing the technique with us. Hope your daughter feels better soon.

Mamiogée said...

Coucou!
Tes fleurs sont Magnifiques.
Merci pour le tuto
bizz

Martine said...

those flowers are beautiful! love how they turned out! will have to give it a try! tfs!!

GLOANN said...

When I opened your post today, I thought sure that you had bought some of those Recollections flowers from Michaels. To think I can make these at home from scraps!! They're beautiful. thanks for the directions. Love, love, love your blog.

GLOANN said...

Gabrielle, wanted to tell you that I posted a link on some scrapbooking forums today to your blog. Wanted others to see this tutorial for making the beautiful flowers.

Peasy said...

Hope she's feeling better soon. Amazing flowers, love them! Ty for sharing.

PattiM said...

Beautiful flowers!! Those are great and the tutorial is so easy to understand.. Hope you don't mind, I put a picture of the flower on my blog with a link to your blog for the tutorial.. All credit is given to you... Thank you for sharing with us.

Hugs,

PattiM
{Pattie's passion}

I Scrap So All Moments Are Remembered!

Anonymous said...

thank you
it's so beautifull

kiss
Sylvie

Francy said...

I love your blog and your works. Thank you for this tutorial.
Francy

zandra said...

Love the flower tutorial! I just did my first one. ;o) Thanks for always sharing. Hugz, Z

Jodi said...

gorgeous flowers and awesome tutorial!! TFS!!!

Val said...

Thanks

scrappygal said...

Oh wow! Love that second technique, because of the flat flower! I am tired of bulky pages!

Frndly1 said...

I love your non-punch flowers.

crystalirene2004 said...

I love these..do you have any suggestions for doing these with fabric??

Kirsty.a said...

sorry it took a broken toe for you to do these, but Chloe's bad luck is our fortune. I can't wait to try them

Tricia said...

Great tutorial - thanks for sharing. Your flowers are so beautiful!

In Love with a Bug said...

Thank you for this tutorial. I recently made a shadow box for a friend and made some of these flowers for it. You can see them here: http://inlovewithabug.blogspot.com/2011/03/water-distressed-flower-tutorial-by.html. I included a link to your blog for the tutorial. You are so talented! I am a follower too.
Hugs,
Melanie

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very good flowers

Mel M. M. McCarthy said...

These look stunning. Love the way you wrinkle them right up like that. You could get a lot of dimension or a little. Thanks for sharing all your hard work!

Kajsa said...

wow.. so great.. I have all 3 sizes of these punch *smiling* I dont have to buy another flower in my life ;P thanks for the inspiration... take care..

Cristina said...

You are the best!Thank you verry much!

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Such a great information and I've been looking for this..

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arkadaş said...

Awesome flowers!!! Hope Chloe feels better soon. I've broken my toe and it really hurts and there's nothing the Drs can do for it, it stinks!

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Carolina Girl (Cely) said...

Super...thanks for the tutorial!

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rulman said...

sorry it took a broken toe for you to do these, but Chloe's bad luck is our fortune. I can't wait to try them

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Paula Flávia said...

Beautiful flowers and such a nice tutorial I´ll try as soon as I can.
Thank you for sharing I love to make flowers

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Janelle said...

Thank you! I'm not really sure how I found your blog last week, but these flowers have been on my mind. I've created a card using this flower technique and I'll be giving you a shout out in my post (7/25/12)!

Thanks again!

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Cauleen said...

These are so beautiful! Thanks for sharing your technique with all of us. I can't wait to try this. :)

Carin said...

I've tried the non-die cutting flowers and they turned out great. When I showed them to my colleagues they couldn't believe the flowers aren't real. I used a tiny snowflake punch for the center. When stacked and alternated they look like tiny petals too.
Gonna teach the kids at school how to do this, the girls will love it.
May I thank you with a big hug? >HUG< there ya go.

Amanda said...

Fantastic tutorial! It's exactly what I'm looking for. I don't have any flower punches or dies (yet!) but I'm working on it. :) I can't wait to try this! Thanks for sharing.

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Anonymous said...

Thank you for this great little tutorial. Your steps are clear and easy to follow and the results are just gorgeous. Again thanks for sharing :)

Crafty Eileen said...

Looks like I am a few years behind reading this stutorial, but you know I have only recently 'found you'and I am really enjoying catching up with your posts. I love this easy peasy flower tutorial, they are beautiful, so thank you once again for posting them on here for us all to learn how to do them......and oh yea....I hope Chloe's toe is better LOL
Eileen U.K.

Petra Zr. said...

Your instructions for this lovely flowers are so wonderfully explains that you can understand it very well. So you can make many themselves, many thanks for this
Love greetings Petra

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