Prints On Canvas

Tuesday, August 3, 2010

Use those scraps!!

One of my favorite ways to use my leftover scraps of patterned paper is to make flower embellishments. I really like to make these dahlia flowers because you can use two-sided paper to it's most advantage - and it takes hardly any supplies to make them! All you need are a few items - a piece of double-sided patterned paper, a circle punch (I used a 2" punch but any size will do), a larger circle punch (for the base - or you can just freehand cut this), a large brad or button, and some adhesive. First you need to punch out 8 circles with the smaller circle punch and one with the larger circle punch (I used a 2 1/2" punch for the base circle). Then you fold all of the smaller circles in half, and then in half again so that they are bent into four quarters.

Fold back two of the edges of the smaller circles so that they form a point.
Turn the circle over and fold the edges over so that they meet in the middle.
After completing all eight of your circle petals, take the larger circle and spread adhesive all over it and start laying the folded circles on as shown.
After you've fit all eight of your petals around the base, attach a brad, or button or whatever you'd like to the middle (I've used a large brad). That's it!

And here's the card I made using the flower. I used Echo Park's "walk in the park" patterned paper and sticker letters to make this - which is available in the shop! And remember that there is a sketch challenge going on right now until August 15 - check out all the info here.

Have a great day!! :)



Laurie! said...

Those are so adorable!! love the texture they bring to the page

Martine said...

oh! that flower is just stunning on that card! LOVE it!

Miwa said...

What a beautiful idea! I'm going to have to try that out!

Leah the Orange said...

yeah, Val, that is one HOT flowah! i don't often have the patience to use my scraps in THAT kind of ingenius way, but you certainly rocked it! thanks for the inspiration! :)