How to Create Realistic Flower from Paper

Posted by Lori Williams

We'll show you how to walk through step by step, creating a realistic flower to adorn any of your projects.

I love flowers. All the colors, shapes and varieties are just beautiful to me. . The trick is to figure out how to pull all those natural beauties into my artwork. Today I'll show you how to create a realistic flowers with just a few items and a bit of time. I guarantee you once you create your first flower you'll be hooked and wanting to try all different types. So beware crafters as there is pure fun ahead.

  • Sizzix Tim Holtz Alterations Sizzlits Decorative Strip Dies - Tattered Flower Garland
  • US Artquest Prills 3oz - Power Outage
  • ColorBox Fluid Chalk Ink Pad-Lipstick Red
  • ColorBox Fluid Chalk Ink Pad-Lime Pastel
  • ColorBox Fluid Chalk Ink Pad-Rouge
  • Mcgill Paper Blossoms Tool Kit & Case
  • Tsukineko Sponge Daubers With Caps, 3-Pack
  • Ken Oliver Color Burst - Alizarin Crimson
  • Ken Oliver Color Burst - Lime Green
  • Kaisercraft 6" x 6" Template - Doily
  • Prima Marketing Watercolor 140lb Cold Press Paper Pad - 12" x 12"
  • Art Institute Designer Glitter Glue - 2oz
  • Ribbon
  • Sentiment Stamp of Choice

Cut a strip of card stock and line up on the Tattered Flower Garland Die from Tim Holtz and then cut out. This die is great as it cuts lots of petals at one time.

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Next you'll want to sort out all your different types of flowers. You'll have extra that you can tuck away for another flower, another day.

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Get your inks and sponge daubers ready to ink up your petals and leaves.

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Using the Rouge ink lightly color into the center of the flower petals, leaving the edges white. If you've never used a sponge dauber start on a scratch sheet of paper and practice your pressure and moving the dauber in small circular motions for consistent color.

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Ink the edges of all the petals with the Lipstick Red ink.

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Flip your flowers over and spritz with a bit of water to break down the fibers in the paper. Using a flower shaping tool score your petals two to three times on each petal. You'll want to work on the foam pad that comes with the flower shaping kit.

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Here is the back of the flower where you can see I scored each petal several time.

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Flip your flower back over, right side up and score with a fine ball tip several more times. You'll see your petals start to ruffle. The water helps this process and the water also helps that to stiffen up your flowers when they are dried. This is a great trick for using on projects that you don't want your flowers to bend or get swished.

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With a larger ball tip press down with pressure in the center of the flower and the petals will curl/bend upwards.

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Continue the steps above to each of the petals. You'll want to have three-four different petals to create one flower.

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Layer the petals together, being sure to offset each of the petals to the bottom petals below. Glue together to form your full flower.

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Finish off your flower with prills in the center. Just add a heavy dopple of glue to the center of your flower and then sprinkle with prills and leave to dry.

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Here is my finished bookmark/tag that has been adorned with the handmade flowers. I used some of Ken Oliver's yummy color burst to create the base tag along with a sentiment stamp and a bit of ribbon. A great tip is to create various flowers and keep them on hand to use on projects. I love having a stock pile so I can create very detailed pieces in a short amount of time, because the flowers are already complete.

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