Wednesday, September 7, 2011

Finally! A Tutorial!

Good morning to you! Awhile back I had asked everyone what tutorials they would like to see her on the ole' blog, and creating flowers was one of the most popular answers! So I decided to get my act together and create a tutorial. For my fall inspired card today, I used my Cricut Expression, the Flower Shoppe cartridge, and the Thanksgiving cartridge. (Maple leaves)
When creating flowers you want to cut various sizes and many of them, so that your flower is nice and full! No skimpy flowers around here! ; )



I inked the edges of each flower in brown. Sometimes I opt for a deeper color than the paper or even white.....it is just a personal preference.

After inking all of your flowers, you will want to stack them. Be sure to only glue the centers of the flowers so that later, when it is dry you can pull up all of the ends. I also make sure that the petals of the flowers criss cross each other........

......remember to keep the glue to the center! : D

All of pieces are assembled, but I still need a center. This is the fun part! I often add gems, pearls, buttons etc......

But since this is a sunflower I wanted to create a fuzzy center. The centers tend to be a dark brown or black but I didn't have anything in those colors. Than I had an "AHA" moment! ; )


Grab a container of Flower Soft.......I chose cream since I didn't have dark brown, which is the color I am really aiming for.....

Fill the center of the button with a generous amount of glue......

Fill the center with Flower Soft. Pack it in there as much as you can.......you want it fluffy remember! : )

Then grab a bottle of dark brown walnut ink, or Glimmer Mist, or Shimmerz........

And spray that cream Flower Soft till it turns into dark brown Flower Soft! (You will notice that I had a moment of clarity and took the smaller flower off under the button. Obviously, if you spray the button/Flower Soft, the flower would be sprayed too! So I took it off and put it to the side to readhere later! ; )

I gave my flower a coat of ice resin to make it a bit translucent. I will have a tutorial on using Ice Resin in the near future!

And now my sunflower has a fuzzy brown center! : D

I love those moments of inspiration where you find the ability to use materials on hand and use them in a new and different way!




Have a wonderful Wednesday my friends!

22 comments:

Carolyn/MamaC said...

Thank you so much for the tutorial! I don't have Flower Shoppe, but I could use any flower shape with this tutorial! Great job!
Carolyn
cccscraproom@windstream.net
http://cccscraproom.blogspot.com

Margie H said...

LOVE this card!!!! But that sunflower center is such a stinkin' clever idea - slap on the forehead reaction! LOL!! Thanks Michele - great tut! xo

Carissa said...

Amazing tutorial! Thanks for sharing your creativity - keeps us all so inspired.

Sheila aka SassyLady said...

Beautiful card and thanks for the tutorial.

Regina said...

Beautiful card. Love making flowers. Will have to remember how you did the centers. I have all the stuff, just forget to use it .
Regina

Mel said...

Just wonderful- You have some great ideas, thanks for showing us.

Леди Осень said...

Ой, как мило получить такой мастер класс! Спасибо большое!!! Надеюсь как-нибудь использовать ваши советы! СПАСИБО"
С теплом, Елена.

Simply Sassy Scrapper said...

Awesome!!! Love love love it! Thank you!!!

Only By His Grace said...

Great flower tutorial. A good idea how you did the middle. I love to make flowers too and look forward to new ideas.
Hugs Maz

Cricut Couple said...

This is Fantastic! I love flower soft. I have to try this! I never thought of using it this way, but it's PERFECT!

Regina aka Mrs. Ham said...

wonderful card. I love how you created the flower center. Thanks for the tutorial...

Four11Lady said...

Lovely card and a wonderful tutorial. Thanks so much for sharing..:)

Linda Kaiser said...

I love your card and am featuring it tomorrow on my Fab Five Friday post. Great tutorial!

Thanks again!

Linda

Puuhis said...

nice flowers

Nadia said...

I loved your tutorial! So much fun to "watch" you work! Your projects are always inspiring and what a generous bit of crafty love to show us your process!

Love your creativity!

Larissa Heskett said...

AWESOME!! I LOVE the card and the sweet fluffy center!! I don't use my flower soft enough and I can't wait to try this technique!! THANKS fir sharing and have a FABULOUS WEEKEND!! =)

Sandy from Ukiah said...

Gorgeous... thanks for doing the tutorial...

Cheryl said...

Great tutorial! Love your flower and that fluffy center!

Sentimental Scrapper said...

Beautiful card! Thanks for sharing the flower soft idea!!

Kimberly
My Craft Spot

Bernadette said...

Love your flower~ how do you have the time to create!
I'm very impressed.I have wanted to get the flower shoppe cart since it was released but I have so many carts I rarely use but you've convinced me! Beautiful card.
Bernadette

meredemaison said...

Congrats on your "aha" moment and thanks so much for sharing! Totally awesome!!!! (I really like the tutorial in pics and written words instead of in video form so I can see it at my own pace and without bugging anyone around me!)

Kate said...

Thank you so much for this tutorial! I recently ordered Flower Shoppe and am eagerly awaiting its arrival. Now I'll know what to do when it gets here!
How clever with the center, too!