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17 May 2011
Welcome to Tutorial Tuesday. Today we have a tutorial on making beautiful layered flowers using Rose Creations.


Products Used:

Bazzill Basics Paper:

Bazzill Red

Spellbinders:

S5-050 Rose Creations

Other Materials Used:

Large brad
Hot glue gun
Water
Iridescent medium (optional)
Glitter and spray glue (optional)
Ornate button (optional)
Bamboo skewer

Instructions:

Step One:

Cut four flowers of at least four different sizes of Rose Creations, sixteen in total. I like the large, medium and two small flowers, but not the smallest as it is a little fiddly.


Step Two:

Take a large brad (any colour) and thread one small flower, use glue gun to adhere petals over the top of brad to form a bud. Then thread on all flowers from smallest to
large and splay brad at back.




Step Three:

Mist or dunk the flower in water, scrunching up the petals from the inside small ones to the large ones at the back into a kind of bud. 


Step Four:

Unfurl the petals, carefully arranging them with a skewer as you go. Dry off with a heat gun.


There are a few options once petals are arranged nicely, and flower is dry:
You can roughly brush over Iridescent medium, or gold paint
Or you can squirt middle with a little darker Glimmer mist,
Or spray a little spray glue and sprinkle just a tiny bit of fine glitter to match the flower.
Or glue an ornate button in the centre instead.
Edge some petals with Stickles or glitter glue
You can edge flowers with stamp pad ink before you thread them on brad.
the water makes the ink soften and smudge, for a nice natural look.


Tips 
Don’t let the flowers all line up, try to offset them so petals splay out nicely.
If they still are lined up too much wait until you have dried them off then twist them around from the back.
The more you scrunch the crinklier the flower.
Pinch the petals across the top with thumb and forefinger
Dry off with heat gun if too wet and continue to arrange petals
Use a skewer to help arrange petals as you are drying.
Play with it and have fun.
Use two shades of cardstock, darker one for the centre
You can use Blossoms 2  or Carnation Creations Spellbinders instead.
Vary the sizes and amounts of cut flowers used to create different types of  finished flowers.

Tutorial created by Design Team member-SUE







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