How to Make Realistic Flowers for Your Papercrafts

Posted by Lori Williams

Want to make your own flowers for your cards & and papercrafting projects? Now you can!

I love making flowers for my different projects. You can create so many different types of flowers with varying dies and shading. In this tutorial I'll walk you through step by step creating a Gazania flower that is sure to make any of your cards or layouts a work of art.

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  • Sizzix Susan's Garden Thinlits Die Set - Gazania
  • McGill Paper Blossoms Tool Kit
  • ColorBox Fluid Chalk Ink Pad - Lipstick Red
  • Tsukineko Memento Ink Pad Bamboo Leaves
  • Brilliance Craft Ink Pad Large 3/Color Aurora
  • Prima Marketing Chalk Fluid Edger Resist Pad 8 Piece Set
  • Art Institute Glitter Designer Clear Adhesive - 2oz
  • US Artquest Mini Prills Collection 3g - Bright Ideas
  • Vintage Emporium Collection Kit 12" x 12"
  • Viva Decor Pearl Pen - Cream
  • Spellbinders Die BFeeken Flourished Frame
  • Tombow - Foam Tape
  • Core'dinations 80lb 12" x 12" Smooth Cardstock - White
  • Core'Dinations Tim Holtz Distress - Peeled Paint 12" x 12" Paper
  • Tsukineko Sponge Daubers With Caps, 3-Pack
  • EK CutterBee Scissor

Cut out the flowers dies from the Susan's Garden/ Gazania die using white card stock.

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Sponge the center of the flower with the coral ink, lightly feathering the color out to a fine pink on the tips.

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Apply lipstick red ink to the very center of the flower and blend in with the coral.

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Ink the stamins with the bamboo green and also the edges of the leaves with the bamboo green. Be sure to leave the centers white on the leaves.

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With the prima coldsfoot petal yellow ink the remaining stamins and the center of the leaves. Be sure to blend in the yellow and the green ink on the leaves to give that natural highlight.

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Cut a slice in between each of the stamen points with a fine tip pair of scissors.

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With the larger ball tip of the flower molding tools on the back side of the colored flowers, cup each end of the petal. You are going to make small circular motions with the tip on the foam pad to create this effect. Do this on each of the petal tips.

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Flip the flower over and push down (but not to hard) in a circular motion in the center of the flower to make it cup back up in the center.

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Apply a small dot of Dries Clear Glue to the center of a flower and stack the petal together. Be sure to offset the petals placing the petal in the open spot of the underneath flower.

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Cup the stamen up in the center as you did the flowers, but use a smaller ball tip of the flower molding tool.

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Glue the green stamen down in the center of your flower. Cup the yellow stamens too.

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Cut a slip in each of the points of the yellow stamen portion just as you did the green. This is just going to give more a fine filament look to the center of your flowers. Roll your yellow stamen up. I use the fine tip tweezers that come with the flower molded tool kit. Add a small dot of glue to the end once you rolled it completely to tack it into place.

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Add a fine dot of dries clear glue to the tip of each of the little yellow filament pieces and dip into a pot of prills.

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Here is how the clusters prills will look on the tip of the fliaments. Just perfect for the inside of the flowers.

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Take the leaves and on the back side and in a linear motion pull the ball tool along the backside of the leave to cup them and shape them.

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Add the leaves to your blooms and you're ready to attach them onto a finished project. These flowers will give you such a realistic look but they will never fade. They really are a joy to make.

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