Our yard is void of anything that blooms in the spring. How sad is that? But I think I've resolved that with some floral blooms that stay fresh all season long!
Petal patterns - I used these.
Rose Creations Dies
Darice Crepe Paper - plan on using nearly a full package of the full sheets
Wire - 24 gauge, 18 gauge
eBrush, adapters, siphon attachment
Vase File (Hugs N Kisses, Dreaming Tree)
electronic cutting machine (Sizzix eclipse and eCal software)
Cut n Boss (use the appropriate sandwich for the dies you are using)
Designer Paper (Graphic 45 - Secret Garden)
Medallion Doily die (Sizzix)
Oval and Scalloped Ovals (I used some free SVG files I found a few years back, but the Spellbinders ones will work as well)
hot glue gun
foam adhesive dots
double sided tape
Gold Pearl Ex
moss or shredds
Let's get started:
Since we're using crepe paper for these flowers, be aware of the grain. Cut as directed on the patterns. I cut 4 sets of peonies petals and leaves and 7 sets of the flowers using the dies and the Cut n Boss. Cut additional leaves as they will need to be doubled.
Using the eBrush and marker adaptor that works for your markers, color all of the petals of the peonies as desired. I used a yellow at the base of each petal and a light pink for the middle. You can leave the top edge of the petals white or extend the color to the edge. Color both sides of the petals... but don't over saturate the colors. Peonies are generally light colored. Color the stamens yellow. With a light golden brown, color a piece of crepe paper 3in x 1.5in (grain doesn't matter). Cut into 2 pieces 1.5 x 1.5. Fringe one piece and then cross cut it into tiny pieces for "pollen," and place in a small bowl. Scrunch the other piece into a small ball, about the size of a pea. Hot glue the "pea" to the end of a piece of 18 gauge wire.
Using some glue, layer the stamen pieces and glue together. Glue and wrap around the "pea". Let dry before proceeding to the next step. Crepe paper will tear easily when wet, so be careful not to pull too much. Puddle a small amount of glue on a disposable piece of paper, carefully pounce the stamens in the glue and then dip those into the "pollen." Set aside to dry.
Repeat the process as needed.
While your stamens/pollen are drying, shape the petals. You can do this by gently pulling and shaping them into a cup shape OR lightly misting the paper with water and draping each around a bowl to shape. Let dry as shown below.
Using the smallest petals, clue in place around the base of the stamens. Be sure to let dry after you finish each layer. Continue to add layers until all of the petals have been used. If you need to "reshape" your blossom, gently reshape. There isn't much give in the papers that have been misted with water, so be careful not to tear them. Start the floral tape at the base of the bloom and cover the wire stem. If you need a stronger stem, add a wooden skewer and continue down the stem with additional floral tape.
Now it's time to put your other flowers together. I varied sizes and layers. I used brads to hold the layers together, using a drop of hot glue to hold the brad in place. Do not bend the prongs, you'll use them to attach your wire for the stem. If you need to, add another drop of hot glue to secure the wire and cover the wire with floral tape. Add a skewer if needed for additional length or stability.
Leaves should be doubled with a length of wire inserted between layers, glue the two layers together. Now get that eBrush out again and spray the leaves and flowers. A light mist on the top and bottom of the flowers adds just enough of a tint to the petals. Add more depth to the leaves by layering on a little more color if desired. Add the leaves to these floral stems using some additional floral tape.
I decided a I needed a vase for my blooms -- I've been hoarding two 12x12 stacks of Secret Garden by Graphic 45 -- they were perfect for the vase SVG file. Cut and put together as directed on this video.
I did change the decorative piece on the base -- substituting the square for a rounded square from basic shapes. Using the eBrush, lightly edge with light brown. eBrush the trim pieces before applying to the vase and eBrush all the edges on the vase as well for a little more vintage look. I also used the eBrush on all of the embellishment pieces for the front.
Using the siphon attachment and a mixture of pearl ex and water, lightly spray the front of the vase and a few quick spritzes on the flowers if desired, concentrating on the stamens and pollen.
Insert the floral foam you have cut to fit snugly in the vase. Create an arrangement that is pleasing.