Wednesday, July 2, 2008

Birthday card with fun flower tutorial!



I made this card for this week's sketch challenge over at 2 Sketches 4 You -- these colors are just scrumptious, aren't they? They make me want to eat sherbet!

This flower is such a fun, unexpected, TOTALLY simple touch. I did not come up with this one myself -- I saw it in an issue of CARDS magazine (The creator of the original project was Betsy Veldman.) I took these step-by-step pics of another card I created quite a while ago, and I thought some of you might enjoy a tutorial! The great thing about this technique is that you only have to be able to sew a relatively straight line. This is great if you have a lot of coordinating scraps from another project (this one is leftovers from my memory book and scrapbook pages about Carissa).

Step one: cut however many circles you want in varying sizes and colors or patterns.



Step 2: Adhere circles together -- apply adhesive only to centers



Step 3: Sew 3 or 4 intersecting lines through the center of the circles.


Step 4: Cut petals around the stitched lines. I did it freehand, but you could also draw the curves on first if that helped.




Step 5: Bend all the layers to create the layered petals.


Step 6: Chalk or ink the edges (I really like the cat's eye chalk inks) and add a button for the center. Voila!




Let me know if you have any questions!

26 comments:

the Daily Scrapper said...

I love this technique. I just showed my fried how to make a flower with nested circles and she was soooo happy. Looks great.

Laura Davis said...

This is soooo pretty! I love your fold over scallops & that homemade flower is stunning! Great job:)
Laura

tiggertastic said...

Fantastic, love the way you have used the sketch

sarah x

kath said...

stunning card for the sketch and hey thanks for the info on the flower - its gorgeous - gotta give that a try
kath
xxx

mamaluke said...

Love the flower, thanks for sharing, thought you might be interested in this site... http://magnoliachallengeblog.blogspot.com/

Frumpies world said...

Tfs this great technique to create these gorgeous flowers,xxxWendy.

Chris said...

Thanks for sharing that technique!

Crayola58 said...

the whole card is just wonderful....

Eveline said...

See, this is what I love about blog-hopping! You see the most wonderful cards and an unexpected tutorial. What a great way to make flowers. I'm definitely going to use this technique.
Eveline.

Lori said...

Thank you for sharing this technique. I can't sew a stich, but it is very interesting.

Love your blog.

Lori

AmyC said...

Tomi, I love this card. It does look like it would be more difficult to make, but you made it look so easy.......now something else for me to try.

Krista B. said...

Beautiful card and thanks for sharing the technique to make those beautiful flowers : )

Lindsay Spencer said...

Great technique thanks for showing us. Cute card too.

Jens Place in Space said...

Wow! I love this I have to try it today! Your directions are so detailed and you make it looks so easy!

Lori1brat said...

This is AWESOME !!! I just love your flower and can't wait to try one myself ! Thank you for sharing your directions with us !

Lea L. said...

Your flower technique is awesome! Great job with the sketch!

~Lea

Curt in Carmel said...

What a great card! I love the fold over scallop and sleeve! Best, Curt

TERIBERI said...

This flower technique is FABULOUS!! I will be trying this out.

Lots of hugs,
T

Regina Easter said...

WOW GREAT TECHNIQUE....I WILL HAVE TO USE THAT SOON......

Anonymous said...

What a fab technique - can;t wait to try it - love your work

pammie~k

moralia said...

Oh this totally rocks!!! LOVE it!! :) Thanks for the tutorial! Gonna try this out soon!

Kristine said...

I love these flowers. so pretty;)

okie_ladybug said...

That is fantastic!! I might have to try that!

sarah said...

Love this technique... I pulled out my sewing machine and made a flower to embellish a 1 page wonder book I had just finshed. Just the right touch to finish it off. Thanks for sharing!

Scr@p and More said...

waooo love flowers..

~ŠǿƒŧβŖñ™~ said...

OMG!!.. I know I commented on this before... but that was before I saw the directions!.. Thanks a bunch for including them.. I'm definitely going to try it!