9.2.17

Easy Paper Flowers Tutorial

Keyholder with Handmade Flowers
          Hi friends I love making flowers but I was a bit rusty when I embarked on this project since its been ages since I even attempted to make any kind of handmade flower!! So these flowers are pretty simple and quite easy to make!!
          I altered a wooden keyholder which had been languishing in my "to do something with it "stash for  years !
Key Holder
The keyholder was originally a pale brown in color . After gessoing and giving  several coats of white acrylic paint , I decoupaged it partly with pattern paper[from Bob and Betty].
Paper Flowers on Altered Keyholder
I used a variety of Spellbinders and Heartfelt creations stamps and dies to create the flowers and leaves.
Paper Flower Tutorial 
Easy Filler Flower Tutorial 
First I will share how to make the cute white blooms which are acting as filler flowers in my project.
Materials Used
Dies : Heartfelt creations Berry Blossoms - the tiny 5 petal flowers
Heartfelt creations Delightful daisies
Paper : 285g card stock [Dress my Craft floral exotica]
Embossing Tools : Metallic Golf tools from Dress my Craft
Ink : Ranger Archival Ink Buttercup
Glitter : Sparkling Dust from Dress my Craft
Paper Flowers Tutorial 
I am often asked what type of paper is best for making flowers.
The answer is any type as different papers will  give you different effects!

  • Thin paper is best used with punches and when you want fluffy floppy kind of flowers . 
  • Regular card stock is the most popular type of paper for flower making as its mouldable and fairly durable.
  • Using cardstock of thickness as high as 285 g to make flowers will give you nice sturdy flowers which hold their shape well and can take a bit of crushing!But because of the thickness they need to be moistened by either misting or dipping in water to allow you to shape and emboss them easily.
Recently Shalini [under her brand Dress my Craft ] launched 2 gorgeous papers Floral exotica and oriental which are simply fabulous for making flowers!! They absorb water to the right degree, are easy to emboss , ink well and hold their shape beautifully !!
Paper Flowers Tutorial 
Coming back to the Tutorial : Ink the centers of the die cut /handcut flowers with your choice of color.If you use an Archival ink, it won't bleed when you spritz your flowers with water. Mist both sides of the flower and mop off excess water with a towel.
Paper Flowers Tutorial 
To shape all the flowers and leaves in this project I  used a set of fabulous embossing tools called golf tools which have nice grooves on the "golf head" end to help give beautiful creases to your flower while you emboss the petals.
Paper Flowers Tutorial 
The set has tools of different sizes which you can choose depending on the size of the flower petal / leaf you are embossing and the degree of embossing you want.If you want to curl/cup your petals more...use a smaller golf tool!
Paper Flowers Tutorial 
After cupping the flower, invert and cup the center .
Paper Flowers Tutorial 
 I have used the round end of the largest golf tool here.
Paper Flowers Tutorial 
If you want to add pollen/brads etc...use the pointed end of the golf tool and poke a hole [the 3 smaller golf tools all have nice pointed tips]
Paper Flowers Tutorial 
The golf tool ends are nicely tapering so you can actually create a small or larger hole by sliding the flower along the tool!
Paper Flowers Tutorial 
After pulling the pollen through the hole secure in place with a dab of glue.

Paper Flowers Tutorial 
For the large flowers use a bunch of pollen and use just one pollen for the smaller flowers.
Paper Flowers Tutorial 
 You can quickly further jazz up your flowers by spraying with glue and sprinkling "Sparkling Dust" glitter.
Paper Flowers Tutorial 
You can also use any clear drying liquid adhesive but I found using the spray adhesive super quick especially if you are working assembly line style and spray a huge lot of flowers and glitter them all up in one go!
Paper Flowers Tutorial 
 Don't the flowers look simply gorgeous even though they were so easy to make!
Paper Flowers Tutorial 
The leaves were stamped and heat embossed gold using Heartfelt creations stamps and die cut with the coordinating dies.
Paper Rose Tutorial
I love making Roses and you can see links to Tutorials shared earlier here : Handmade Flower Tutorials 
This particular flower is I guess the easiest rose ever!
Materials:
Die : Spellbinders Rose creations die. You can use any other style of die cut.
Paper : Dress my Craft Oriental Paper : this one does not absorb water as much as the exotica paper and cups more  making it ideal to make this particular flower.
Golf tools
Jazzing up : Liquid pearls Gold and Sparkling Dust Glitter  [from Dress my Craft]
 Paper Flowers Tutorial 
I used 3 of the  largest and 2 of the 2nd largest size die cuts.
Paper Rose Tutorial 
Inking Tips 

  1. If you are creating 3 dimensional flowers , ink up both sides of the flowers with whatever ink you like.
  2. Since you are working with thick card stock you need to moisten the flower shapes to help mould them easily. 
  3. Mist both sides with water . 
  4. If you are using a water reactive ink like Memento or Distress Inks  ...the color will wash off a bit after spraying and you will also get a nice mottled appearance.
  5. If you don't want the color to change use Archival inks.
Paper Rose Tutorial 
Mop off excess water with a towel.
Paper Rose Tutorial 
Place the flowers on an embossing pad and run your golf tools over the petals from the edge to the center cupping the petals nicely.

Paper Rose Tutorial 
Can you see the lovely lines created so easily with the grooves in the golf tool!

Paper Rose Tutorial 
If you want deeper cupping in any area, switch to a smaller size tool and emboss.The advantage of working with a good quality thick paper is that you can apply a good amount of pressure without tearing your paper while at the same time moulding your paper into different shapes.
Cup the petals of one of the smaller flowers to create the bud
Paper Rose Tutorial 
Vary the degree of cupping of all 5 flowers using the embossing tools and cupping with your hands. Optionally ink over the grooves created to enhance the lines even further using a darker shade of ink.
Paper Rose Tutorial 
Creating the bud is one of the trickiest parts of making a rose and I find it easiest to use something in the center around which the bud petals can be glued around! You can use a paper ball/ bead/ cotton ball or an earbud like I did. Here is an earlier Tutorial using Q tips to form the center : Easy Rose Tutorial 
Paper Rose Tutorial 
Glue the petals around the earbud/cotton ball etc using hot glue. You can also use any other kind of glue but you need to be more patient!
Paper Rose Tutorial 
The trick while using a glue gun to avoid those pesky glue strings is to avoid glue towards the top edge of your petals !

Paper Rose Tutorial 
Glue the petals overlapping each other, keeping the shape conical.

Paper Rose Tutorial 
Glue the bud with in the other layers of flowers staggering the petals as you keep gluing.
Paper Rose Tutorial 
 As you move to the outer layers apply glue only on the central areas and less on the petals as such so that you get more of the flared effect.
Paper Rose Tutorial 
Finally add your finishing touches! I used golden liquid pearls over the edges of  the flower .
Paper Rose Tutorial 
Once the liquid pearl is dry , paint with liquid glue or spray with spray glue and sprinkle Sparkling dust glitter.
Paper Rose Tutorial 
Wasn't that the easiest rose ever!
Altered Keyholder with Handmade Flowers
I hope you liked the easy flower making techniques I have shared .
Supplies : all from Crafters Corner
Dies : Spellbinders Rose Creations,Heartfelt creations Classic Leaf, Heartfelt creations Delightful Daisy Die,Heartfelt creations Berry Blossoms Die
Stamps : Heartfelt Creations Open Leaf Stamp,Heartfelt creations Delightful Daisies Stamp
Pattern Paper : Bob n Betty Ornate Annie
Liquid Pearl Gold
Dress my Craft products: Flower Making Paper : Dress my craft collection exotica and oriental.Golf Tools.Sparkling Dust from Dress my Craft

44 comments:

  1. Wow so gorgeous beautiful flowers too

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  2. Wow! Super gorgeous sparkly florals, love this Key holder with every angle!

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  3. Bee-utiful flowers & upcycled piece of art. Especially like the gold on the flower edges.
    Melissa
    "Sunshine HoneyBee"

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  4. OMG ~ stunning project Sonia.. Those blooms are awesome!

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  5. Tamizhmuhil9/2/17

    Lovely flowers... Thanks for the tutorial doctor !

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  6. wow...looks so beautiful ..

    great tutorial...

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  7. Wow sonia....this is gorgeous....the gold edge on the rose makes it so so pretty...

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  8. Gorgeous flowers and superb tutorial mam! Awesome!!

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  9. Beautiful Doc, thanks for this as I just love making my own flowers and it's nice to see how other's do it....thanks for this...hugs.xx{aNNie}

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  10. Wow, a stunning project, the most amazing flowers and a super informative tutorial. What a great tip to use a Cotton Bud in the centre of the rose.
    TFS, Julie xx

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  11. Beautiful tutorial Sonia..Perfect blooms for your project..Love the roses...
    Love
    Richa

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  12. WOW, ein Traum, wuuuuuuuuuuuuuunderschön gemacht
    glg Gertrude

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  13. Beautifully embellished. Thanks for lovely clear instructions on how to achieve wonderful 3D flowers. xxx

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  14. awesome ! love your creations

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  15. Love your tutorial Sonia, I thought they were real roses at first grace... wow!!!
    Thanks for sharing your inspiration!
    Shaz in Oz.x

    {Calligraphy Cards - Shaz in Oz}

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  16. Wowwwwwwwwwwww! This is gorgeous! Those flowers are AMAZING!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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  17. Stunning Sonia, Love the way you have decorated the birdhouse Keyholder. Love your flowers, xxx

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  18. Your roses are amazing. I like the idea of using a cotton bud to form the centre. I always struggle with those. The finished key holder looks like it is covered in real roses. hugs Mrs A.

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  19. Hello Dr. Sonia. WOW this is gorgeous, your flowers are exquisite!!! They are so detailed and such beautiful colors and sparkle. Thank you for your detailed tutorial.
    Pam
    scrap-n-sewgranny.blogspot.com

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  20. Your key holder is gorgeous! I love all your pretty flowers and thank you for the awesome tutorial!

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  21. This is a gorgeous project. I especially love your roses. hugs, Teresa

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  22. This is gorgeous!!! And a wonderful tutorial!!!!!!!!!!

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  23. Such a gorgeous, fun project, Sonia! Thanks for the tips in creating magnificent flowers, and for showing the before, during and after in your amazing project! hugs, de

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  24. Wowwww!! Those flowers looks stunning....

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  25. I don't have words to express how amazing this is, Sonia!! Wow!! I absolutely adore it!! Your flowers are gorgeous!! Your tutorials are perfect and you are so wonderful to take the time to write them out!! Love, love, love this my friend!! Absolutely stunning!! Have a great day!! Big hugs :)

    Lisa
    A Mermaid's Crafts

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  26. A stunning project Sonia and your handmade flowers are perfect..such a beautiful display and brilliant tutorial..

    Luv CHRISSYxx

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  27. I'm always stunned by your amazing handmade flowers, Dr. Sonia!!! And these fill my eyes of beauty!! Wow wow!!! Love, love, love the gorgous roses with the gold borders and the sparklink white little flowers!! Thanks for the amazing tutorial! Your home decor looks fantastic!!

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  28. WOW WOW WOW and more WOW's what beautiful flowers and made so beautifully too, thanks for the tutorial, I have bookmarked it and will continue to learn from you.
    Faith
    x

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  29. A beautiful project Sonia, your flowers are fabulous - absolutely stunning.
    Pauline
    Crafting with Cotnob
    x

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  30. thank you so much for amazing tutorial and your creation is stunning!
    hugs xx

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  31. Gorgeous project with the lovely flowers decorating the birdhouse, and adding in the other delightful embellies for the eyes to enjoy. Thanks for taking time to show a pictorial tut as to how exactly you've created the beautiful flowers. Adding the rim of gold at the petal edge creates so much dimension and realism too. Hugs

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  32. Wonderful project. Love the flowers.

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  33. it's gorgeous!
    love it!
    thanks for flower tutorial!
    have a great weekend!
    hugs, Ŧĭƙĭ
    ≽ܫ≼

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  34. Wow!! This is awesome Sonia!! I always love your tutorial posts! The golf tools sounds amazing! Love that you have added liquid pearls on the petal edges! Gives it a elegant look!! Very beautiful creation!

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  35. Fantastic project and tutorials Sonia..Loz

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  36. There truly are no words to express the beauty within your projects, Sonia! Stunning design, delightful colors, and the loveliest of handmade flowers. Thank you for the fabulous tutorial, my inspiring friend!

    Hugs and blessings,
    Karen

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  37. Wow, Sonia, this looks AMAZING! I like the way you make your flowers - I am so happy you shared a tutorial. I am hoping to try this! Fabulous project and I think it must look beautiful in your home, holding your keys! Well done!

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  38. You happen to make the most beautiful flowers out of paper! Beautifully made flowers Sonia! Thanks for the tutorial- I haven't tried them but would surely like to. The decorated house looks gorgeous! :)

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  39. This is brilliant tutorial dear Sonia. Thanks a bunch for sharing with us <3

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  40. Fantastic project, Sonia.Very beautiful flowers.Well done.

    Greetings, Sylvia.

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  41. This is so beautiful and you made it look super simple although I know it was a lot of work and time. Thanks for sharing all the tips.

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  42. Wow! What a beautiful key holder! Your embellishing is awesome! And that too with most of your own handmade embellishments..flowers, leaves etc. Love your idea of using liquid pearls on the flowers and gold embossed leaves are looking very pretty! Thanks for sharing the tutorial and all the useful tips :)

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