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Saturday, February 18, 2012

Peony Flower Tutorial

Here is a fun and easy flower tutorial to make a peony flower. No difficult techniques or fancy tools/products required!



What you'll need to create this flower is:

-- white cardstock (the cheap stuff from Michael's is just fine!)
-- chalk ink color of choice (I used pink)
-- 6 scallop hearts using a punch or die (your choice of size - depending on the flower size you want to achieve). My punch is 2.5 inches = 3.5 inch flower once done!
-- 2 scallop circles using a punch or die (about half or 2/3 of the size of the heart size you use - mine is 1.5 inches). You could alternatively use a small flower punch.
-- water mister
-- brad (you will not see it so don't use a decorative one)
-- tweezers
-- paper piercer or anything to poke a small hole through 8 paper layers



NOTE: Since you need to crumple up the hearts anyways, you can always fold paper in half and cut some out with deco scissors if you don't have a die or punch. I think this would lend to an even shabbier look since the hearts wouldn't be exactly the same size. OR, this may be pretty using an Oval scallop punch (but you may need 8 to get the same effect as the 6 hearts I used).

STEP 1 - Ink your hearts and circles (or flowers) - you do not need to blend the ink.



STEP 2 - Cut a slit a every second circle scallop "valley". You may end up with odd number as I have so for the last one cut in the middle of one of the "mountains". Skip this step if using a flower punch.



STEP 3 - Water mist all of the hearts and circles and stack 4 hearts like this:



STEP 4 - Add 2 more hearts but place them a little closer to the middle than the first 4.



STEP 5 - Add your 2 circles to the pile and mist a little more



STEP 6 - Poke a hole with your paper piercer, secure the brad in the middle and start scrunching the circles toward the centre in to a tight paper wad - for nice creasing.



STEP 7 - Do the same with one heart at a time and give the entire thing a good tight squeeze. Let it sit like that for a few minutes. If your flower is very wet, you may need to let it sit for a while. You want the petals to be barely damp so that when you open it up, they curl back well instead of flatten out.



STEP 8 - Carefully pull back the hearts tips a bit and shape curved down like this:



STEP 9 - Using your tweezers, twist/shape the centre as desired. Let it dry overnight or speed things up with a heat tool until completely hardened.



DONE! That's it. No complicated tool or techniques!

Here is a variation from a past project, using only the large hearts with patterned paper and a bunch of berries instead of the circles. This worked better for a Fall layout about my boys.

47 comments:

Lisa said...

Beautiful Vicky!!! Thanks for sharing!!!

Merrihew said...

Awesome tutorial, Vicky! The flower is beautiful!

ANUPAMA CHOUDARY said...

Thanks for sharing this awesome tutorial!

Elisabeth Sarkis said...

Showwww!!!!
kisses

pooky said...

Beautiful!!! Thanks so much for the tut!

Jennie Atkinson said...

Amazing! Just off to give it a go.

Dawn's Craft Place said...

These are beautiful!

Brenda said...

omgosh how amazing!!! thank you sooo much for sharing..sooo excited to try this...a scalloped heart....would have ever thought...wow!! beautifully done...
hugs
Brenda

Manda_K said...

Love this Vicky!! :D

Regina aka Mrs. Ham said...

Great tutorial Vicky. Your flower is beautiful...

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Angelica said...

Wow, Vicky!! This is super gorgeous!!! Thanks for sharing!!

Audrey Frelx said...

Vicky, it's gorgeous!!! Thanks for sharing!

Bellaidea said...

May I visit for coffee? no matter what I do my flowers are not pretty:(

ingrid said...

love those flowers! TFS! xxx

Astrid said...

Gorgeous this flower, thank you for the tutorial i am going to make him tomorrow.
Hugs Astrid

Poranna said...

I've just made one and I love it! thanks for the tut :o)

scrappingnana said...

Beautiful flower and great tutorial. Thanks for sharing.

Sandi said...

Gorgeous flower! I rarely make more than one flower of any kind - too picky and complicated for me. This looks like something I might do lots of.. Thanks!

Nadia Cannizzo said...

WOW! INCREDIBLE! I am trying this for SURE ...Thanks so much :)

Michellevo said...

tfs - going to def give these a try - peony is just fabulously gorgeous xxx

CRISARTESANATOS said...

AMEI, LINDA FLOR, BEIJOS

nuggles said...

ABsolutely EXquisite!!!!

Stephanie said...

This is so pretty, thanks for sharing Vicky!

Cathy said...

Beautiful, I am going to try these!! Thanks for recipe.
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Piyu said...

This is awesome!!! Thanks so much for the lovely tutorial!

Jo said...

totally adorable!

haleighanna said...

Found your blog from a pin on Pinterest. Love the tutorial; thanks for doing it.

Adriana B said...

so pretty and incredible, thanks for sharing :)

Shona said...

gorgeous Vicky!

Funkyrosebud Crafts said...

so beautiful:)

Rebecca W said...

Awesome tutorial!

Margie said...

Well this is going to be my next project! Thanks so much for the detailed instructions - looks so easy and the finished article is just fabulous.

Karen Shady said...

another stunn9ng creation Vicky... this one is beautiful... TFS have a great week xx

María Castillo said...

Beautiful, you did magic with your flower tutorial!

Kirsty Vittetoe said...

So pretty, i need to try that!!!! Thanks for sharing!

Renee said...

Amazing! So lifelike, the wrinkling really makes them so perfect! TFS, you are my go-to for flower making!

Lori said...

Another awesome tutorial from the queen of flowers!

Amarilys said...

one word-AWESOME! Love how simple but gorgeous this flower is to make! Thanks for sharing! :)

Edilza Teixeira said...

Oi Alberta !!!

Amei a sua rosa, vou tentar fazê-la!!

PARABÉNS !!!

Beijos

JRABS -Jennifer Snyder said...

LOVE the flowers. very cook effect - especially love the dark version. wow

Eila Sandberg said...

WHOOO Vicky!! thank you sooo much for the tut! The flowers are absolutely gorgeous! xoxox

Helen Tilbury said...

This is so awesome Vicky! Now I just hafve to get myself a big heart punch!!

Drycha said...

stunning flower! maybe I should try with my oval puncher?...

Michelle said...

gorgeous flower tut Vicky! TFS!

Kim B said...

These are absolutely amazing! Thank you so much for the tutorial. Beautiful!!! xx

Paru Mahtani said...

Awsome!! Thanks so much for sharing!!!