Boy, it has been a long time since I posted anything on our poor ol’ blog. I have been busy with the embroidery business, which is such a blessing after being so slow last year.
I want to share a couple of flowers I made with one of the new EK Success Dimensional Punches. EK released four new punches for making flowers and I was able to find them at Joann’s. The new punches are: Doily Petals, Gerber Daisy, Dahlia, and Carnation. The one I used to make these two flowers is the Doily Petals punch. These are the first two flowers I made — I haven’t had a chance to try the other punches yet. But after making these flowers, I am looking forward to playing with the other punches.
Before trying to make a flower, I watched a couple of videos showing how to use these new punches. The video I watched on a blog called Tinker Planet really helped. She showed making a flower using the directions given on the back of the punch package and then showed her method. I made the blue flower using her method.
I cut two strips from a scrap of 12″ K & Company paper for my petals. I put tape at the bottom of each strip using my ATG gun, just as shown in the video. I wrapped my two strips around a chopstick. But instead of gluing a pearl or gem in the center of the flower, I cut another strip of petals and used just six petals from this strip. I wrapped them tightly around a very small paint brush and then glued them in the center of my previous two strips, to hide the hole in the middle.
As in the video, I pulled all my petals down — just like peeling a banana. Here is a picture showing the side view of the flower.
The second flower is my creation. When I was looking at the strips of petals after punching them, I was reminded of a Spellbinders flower die that I have. The only difference is that it is a round die — so the petals are all nicely in a circle. I wondered how I could get the petals on the strip into a circle.
I thought maybe I could score the strip and then fold it, like making a rosette, and get it into a circle. I put the strip on my Martha Stewart score board and started scoring a line on each petal. I scored right next to where the petal joined the bottom strip, scoring just once on each petal — but always scoring on the same side of each petal.
Then I folded along each score line and folded the petal until it was almost touching the next petal. When I got to the end of the 12″ strip, I joined the ends. Then I punched out a 1″ circle and glued my rosette onto it. I made two layers and glued them together. Then I took a third circle and put in the center of the flower and added some Flower Soft around the edges.
This flower is also cut from a scrap of K & Company paper. I guess it looks OK — it reminds me of a sunflower. And here is a side view so you can see the layers and dimension.
- EK Success Doily Petals Dimensional Punch
- K & Company paper
- Flower Soft