Hello Everyone, I have a little tootie for you today, but first you must suffer through a couple of pics of my crafting companion, no not Ted, but the Toby Cat!!!
He sits on a little chair next to me when I am at the computer and in the craft room he sits between me and the door so he does not miss me leaving and he can come with me. He follows me around the house like a little puppy dog and cries and calls me if he loses me.
This is how close he has his chair next to me, so close, he can just reach his paw out to let me know when he needs attention. I think Keith must have taught him these tricks because as you know I would never has spoilt and animal like this… Right?
And this is the paw that he reaches out with. Clever cat this one.
Ok so now on with the tootie you are here to see.
This is another daisy, this time made with a die from My Favorite Things called Plentiful Petals and is just a gorgeous die. But this style of shaping works just as well with any daisy shaped flower as you will see from some other examples later on.
Ok so as you know I have a bigshot and these are the three petal dies on my All Purpose Mat and one cutting pag below. Now just a little trick I learned a while back that you may not be familiar with, but you will love if any of your dies want to keep the diecut and not give it up easily.
See that roll that roll of paper, right?? That is wax paper, you know the lunchwrap stuff, is waxed on one side. So tear yourself off a pice of it, I use a steel ruler.
Lay it over your dies, wax side down.
Lay your cardstock for cutting over the wax paper. I use 160gsm cardstock a nice medium weight white for most of my flowers, easy to work with and easy to cut.
Then put your cutting mat over the top. Mine is fairly ratty and when it bends a little more it will be out quick smart. But I use mine for a long long time and let them almost get non see through before I toss them. I find sometimes I need to shim a little more when they get chopped up like this, but they still work, yes the back of your diecut will get marks on it, but it is the back and no one sees it, so save yourself money and let your mats last as long as possible.
Another thing about bent and marked mats, is that with Sizzix original and Bigz, they can be as marked and twisted as can be and still cut perfectly. I use old mats for those all the time and for cutting things like foil and tin cans.
Ok enough on that now, get onto the flowers please.
See how they just popped away from the dies with the wax paper on them??? Now this works with bare dies as well as the dies with ejection foam on them, (they get the foam squished down and you need to replace it – not so with wax paper!!))
What you will find is the wax paper is ‘stuck’ to your die cut!!
But just flick it between your fingers and it will separate easily. This beats the poking and banging to get diecuts out of dies, especially thos intricate ones that we all love the look of, but hate the separation issues that come with the cutting.
So how cool is this??? I love my die cutter and my dies and I really am thankful for wax paper!!
Ok so now I have cut all these flowers so I will show you how to put them all together to make such pretty flowers. Did I tell you my favourite flower is the daisy?
Now take an inkpad or sponge and ink the edge of the petals.
Keep inking right around the flower, each petal needs the tips done.
This is how your petal should look, or something like this, you may like more colour or less colour than I do, there is no right or wrong amount, just colour as you like. You could also do this with chalks or any other colouring medium you have
Now do the same to the 3 different sized petals you need to make the flower.
Now take the flower in your hand and fold up the petals toward the centre.
Go right around the flower doing each petal. I tend to do the petals in twos!!
This is how they should look now. Don’t they look good?
Now for the curling, I do this with a bone scorer, or you can use anything you have handy, don’t buy something special, many things in your craft stash are multipurpose!!
To curl the petal down, place the bone scorer behing the petal almost at the base and draw up the petal, just like curling ribbon, but be a little gentle.
See it is just my mini bone scorer.
OOPS… yes this can happen, I pulled a petal off, and you thought I never made mistakes!! Hee Hee, not likely!!
I can use him on another flower, maybe one with more layers.
So you end up with 3 different sized petals, coloured and curled.
Just so you know how much work I have to do, all of these need to be done…. any volunteers?
So now just get some white glue (PVA) and start with the biggest petal.
A drop of glue on the non stick mat.
A tiny amount of glue on the centre of the flower, add the middle size flower, then glue in the centre and add the smallest flower.
Add a big dollop of glue in the centre and add a rhinestone. My rhinestone is about 1.8 cm across.
Well that is the purple ones done, now for the lime ones. The look so pretty, don’t they? These are great for flower scatters on party tables.
Here are an assorted set of different colours with different centres. They are so pretty.
And here are some done the same shaped way, with different type punches. The 6-petal flower punch, with 2 layers of each of the 2 sizes at the back. And the front ones are just 2 layers with a big daisy punch.
You really can make flowers in any way you want to, no rules. You could turn the curling upwards to get a different effect too.
Hope you enjoyed this tootie, thanks for calling in.