Tutorial - Paper Pansies



If you haven't visited Darlene's blog over at It's an Inkin' Stampede, you are missing some great posts. This week's technique is so beautiful I immediately wanted to feature it here. Darlene had already made the video, but for any of you who are unable to view it, I have captured some images and added brief instructions.

Start with a circle of cardstock with a hole punched in the center. Darlene used a 1-3/8" circle. You will also need two and a half cardstock butterflies. She is using a punch sold by Stampin' Up!


Divide the butterflies into halves, and trim two of the halves to make the two small side petals as shown. You can see from the arrangement there are two upper petals, two small side petals and one lower petal.

Use a sponge to add color to the inside edges of the petals. For the pictured petals, Darlene has added blue and purple ink. Neatness and uniformity aren't necessary. Every flower has its own individual flair. The video shows an option of adding glitter to the top two petals. I have omitted that step here, because we don't use glitter at OWH, for the safety of our heroes.



Using a bone folder and a foam pad (you can use a mouse pad) Darlene presses the outside edges of the side and lower petals to give them a fluted look. Then gently curves these petals up to give them a three dimensional look. The top two petals can be curved slightly back. (This is much easier to see on the video.)



Place a small piece of sticky strip or similar adhesive on the inside center edge of the back of each petal. After placing the first of the top two petals, place the second so that it overlaps the first by half. Then add the two small side petals. Notice in the picture you can see they are slightly curved.


Add the bottom petal and pinch or fluff the petals until they look the way you want them. Add the veins using the fine point end of a black marker. Finish with a yellow brad for the center.


Here's Darlene's video:



If you want to try this technique and you don't have a butterfly punch, be sure and visit the blog hop this weekend. I'll be giving away butterflies as blog candy on my blog hop post!


Visit Darlene's blog or leave a comment and let us know what you thought about today's tutorial. Also, if you have an idea for a tutorial, or would like to demonstrate a technique, please write us at challenges@operationwritehome.org. Thanks again, Darlene for sharing this technique with us!

Jan Hunnicutt  – (May 25, 2010 at 7:41 AM)  

Wow, these are gorgeous flowers! Great tutorial I wish I still had that SU butterfly punch ;)!

Kate  – (May 25, 2010 at 7:49 AM)  

Jan, be sure and stop by my blog on Saturday. I'm giving away punched butterflies to ten lucky hoppers!

helloholley  – (May 25, 2010 at 8:30 AM)  

this is a awesome tutorial Darlene!!! Thanks for sharing!! ;)

Reta –   – (May 25, 2010 at 9:40 AM)  

Great tutorial!

Kajikit  – (May 25, 2010 at 11:09 AM)  

What beautiful pansies! One of my favourite flowers... :)

Kajikit  – (May 25, 2010 at 12:35 PM)  

I don't have a butterfly punch the right shape... but I used her idea to make some little violas with a shell punch. It's more fiddly because it's a lot smaller but they're cute!

Rika's Crafts  – (May 25, 2010 at 1:16 PM)  

Cute! Great tutorial! Thanks!!

Anonymous –   – (May 25, 2010 at 2:44 PM)  

I love this tutorial!! Thanks for sharing.
Nicolette

Cindy's Card Co  – (May 25, 2010 at 3:14 PM)  

Those are very cool, I'll have to try them.

Teresa Jaye  – (May 25, 2010 at 5:17 PM)  

wow, these are so beautiful! I just love pansies! Thanks for the awesome tutorial, Darlene

Caro  – (May 26, 2010 at 7:33 AM)  

These are sooo pretty! Thanks for the great tutorial.. will have to try this

PaulaM  – (May 26, 2010 at 8:02 AM)  

What a GREAT tutorial. I LOVE pansies! I can't wait to try this one. Need to find a butterfly punch now. Hmm, thinking birthday again! :)

Debi!  – (May 26, 2010 at 9:47 AM)  

Absolutely FUN to do! I have samples on my blog, ... you have me creating cards again this week, and I am supposed to be getting ready for the hop, and for an art show! hehe! Love ya! Debi

cheryl  – (May 29, 2010 at 9:55 AM)  

Wow these flowers look so real I want to stop and smell them too. Thanks Darlene for a wonderful video tutorial. As a new card maker I know I too can make them with all the wonderful tips you shared.

patm4180  – (May 29, 2010 at 6:53 PM)  

I can't Imagine how anyone came up with these but am so glad they did.......beautiful........patm

Pennings Gardens  – (May 30, 2010 at 7:07 AM)  

Wow I have tried to make these many time and they never came out right. I love this tutorial! Thank you I can't wait to try it!

Anonymous –   – (May 6, 2011 at 3:09 PM)  

I don't have a butterfly punch, but I tried this with my heart punch. I'll keep playing with it, but the result was not bad. Thank you for sharing!

Ellen  – (April 12, 2012 at 6:53 AM)  

OMG. Looks like I am going to AC Moore and Michael's to find a butterfly punch. I am such a sucker for paper flowers. I am having fun making masculine/Father's Day cards, but really? I NEED my flowers!!! LOL
Thanks for a great tutorial!
Ellen

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