Design by Michelle Lanning
Craft simple blooms by crumpling and layering patterned-paper circles. Accent the center of each flower with a die-cut accent or sticker, and ink the edges of each paper piece to add a dimensional look.
SOURCES: Cardstock: Bazzill Basics Paper. Patterned paper: Lily Bee Design (small dot), October Afternoon (green dot, vegetables), SEI (cream). Stickers: Jenni Bowlin Studio (black mini letters), October Afternoon ("favorites," "the story," words). Chipboard accents: Scenic Route Paper Co. Die cuts: October Afternoon. Baker's twine: Making Memories. Ribbon: Martha Stewart Crafts. Button: Jo-Ann Stores. Ink: Ranger Industries. Pen: American Crafts. Punch: Fiskars.
Design by Leah Fung
Design dimensional flowers with circles punched from scraps of paper and then folded. Add more texture to the flowers by using a scalloped circle punch to form the petals, and top each accent with a purchased flower and brad.
SOURCES: Cardstock: Bazzill Basics Paper (cream), Jillibean Soup (corrugated green). Patterned paper: Jillibean Soup. Flowers: Prima Marketing, Inc. Brads, metal accent, ribbon: Making Memories. Die cut, buttons: Jenni Bowlin Studio. Jute: Jo-Ann Stores. Thread: Coats & Clark. Photos: Aubrey Harns.
Fold Circles How-to 1
Punch eight circles from patterned paper, and spray them with water to slightly dampen.
Fold Circles How-to 2
Fold and hot-glue a dimensional pleat into seven of the circles. Fold the last circle into quarters, then open flat.
Fold Circles How-to 3
Hot-glue a pleated circle to the center of the open quartered circle. Add the remaining pleated circles, layering each one partially over the previous petal.
Roll and Snip
Design by Vicki Boutin
For a fresh take on flowers, roll patterned paper into a tube and cut strips to form petals. Because both sides of the petals will be visible, choose cardstock or double-sided patterned paper. Make the petal loops thin to prevent the page from becoming too bulky.
SOURCES: Patterned paper: 7Gypsies (green script), BasicGrey (background), October Afternoon (yellow floral), Pink Paislee (pink gingham), Sassafras (blue floral, blue hearts, light green, blue stripe, white-and-green floral). Font: Bohemian Typewriter off the Internet. Stickers: Sassafras. Chipboard accents: Pink Paislee. Buttons: Autumn Leaves. Punches: Fiskars.
Roll and Snip How-to 1
Roll a piece of patterned paper and glue the edges to create a tube shape.
Roll and Snip How-to 2
Flatten the tube and cut it into thin loops. Open the loops slightly so they are no longer flat.
Roll and Snip How-to 3
Cover a paper circle with liquid adhesive and arrange the paper loops into a flower shape on top. Glue a large circle to the top center of the loops; let dry.
Add a Decorative Edge
Design by Lisa Storms
Punch a decorative edge on scraps of patterned paper, then form them into circles and layer to create a frilly flower. Experiment with different papers, punches, and layering styles to design different blossoms.
SOURCES: Cardstock: Worldwin Papers. Patterned paper: BoBunny Press (pink dot), K&Company (light purple), Little Yellow Bicycle (orange, yellow, dark purple), SEI (green). Font: Traveling Typewriter off the Internet. Chipboard accents: BasicGrey ("@"), Heidi Grace Designs (number). Die cuts: Sassafras. Brads: My Mind's Eye. Punches: Fiskars.
Add a Decorative Edge Detail 2
Add a Decorative Edge How-to 1
Punch a border on two 12" strips of patterned paper.
Add a Decorative Edge How-to 2
Punch a hole in the center of a cardstock circle, then cover the circle with liquid adhesive. Press the end of one punched strip into the adhesive at the edge of the center hole. Pleat the strip around the hole, pressing it down at even intervals. Complete the circle.
Add a Decorative Edge How-to 3
Trim off any remaining strip and adhere the ends together. Use the second border strip to form a smaller flower, then adhere the smaller flower onto the larger one. Attach a brad through the center.
Pleat a Strip
Design by Janna Wilson
Easily create pretty rosettes with cardstock scraps and gems. All you'll need to make this simple design is a 1" circle and a 3/4x12" strip of cardstock. Dampen the cardstock strip using a spray bottle or wet cloth to make the paper more flexible.
SOURCES: Cardstock: Bazzill Basics Paper (blue, pink, yellow), Recollections (white). Patterned paper: Bella Blvd. (gray), Cosmo Cricket (yellow, pink, green). Rub-ons: Jenni Bowlin Studio. Transparencies, calendar, journaling card: Cut & Create Designs by Janna Wilson. Gems: Jo-Ann Stores. Staples: Office Depot. Strings: The Twinery. Punches: Fiskars.
Pleat a Strip How-to 1
Slightly dampen a 3/4x12" strip of cardstock with a spray bottle.
Pleat a Strip How-to 2
Starting on one end, fold pleats into the strip, forming a tight circle as you pleat. Continue to fold and pleat, circling toward the back of the flower.
Pleat a Strip How-to 3
Apply liquid adhesive to the 1" circle, then press the flower firmly into the glue.
Alter a Purchased Blossom
Design by Lisa Dorsey
Make an accent your own by altering or embellishing it. Lisa customized this purchased flower by covering a chipboard shape with patterned paper, inking the edges, and attaching it as the flower's stem.
SOURCES: Cardstock: Bazzill Basics Paper. Patterned paper: Scenic Route Paper Co. (green dot), SEI (floral). Font: Batik Regular off the Internet. Stickers: American Crafts. Chipboard accents: Magistical Memories. Paper trim: Doodlebug Design. Ribbon: May Arts. Buttons: Buttons Galore. Gems: Creative Charms. Journaling block: Jenni Bowlin Studio. Flowers: Offray (aqua), Prima Marketing, Inc. (white). Ink: Clearsnap.