Yay!! This is my 100th post!!! I think we should celebrate a bit with some BLOG CANDIE!!!! Leave me a comment on this post between now and 11:59pm(PST), Thursday, Sept.15th and I'll draw one random winner for a small RAK of paper flowers by moi, Paper Candie Designs :-)
So enjoy the tutorial and spread the word!
This is what I call a Fanfold Flower:
I started with a 1.5" x 12" strip of Cranberry Cardstock and scored it at 1/4" intervals . . . on my new MS scorboard!!! I'm not usually one for many tools/machines, but when I find one I like, like the scoreboard, I gots to have it!! I knew it would be perfect for making these flowers. And yes, there is a Tim Holtz die out there for the Sizzix that you can use as well to make this alittle less time consuming.
Then fanfold it:
Using a strong bonding liquid glue (I used CTMH's Liquid Glass), adhere the ends together to make a circle like so:
Cut or punch out a round base that will be used to stabalize your flower. Cover with strong bonding glue - I used large glue dots here.
This part is hard to explain, and difficult to do the first few times, but by holding lightly to the outside edges of your fanfold circle, press down lighly into the center to get it to "collapse" like so:
Adhere the cardstock base to the bottom of the flower. This gives it stability and makes it easier to glue together.
Add some more liquid glue to the center and push the outer edges in slightly so that the inside of the flower adheres to the glue - you will need to hold this here for a big so it can dry . . . maybe sing a little diddy while your waiting . . . I had the Zac Brown Band belting out "I've got my toes in the water, a$$ in the sand, not a worry in the world, a cold beer in my hand, life is good today, life is good today" in my head! Sorry, it was a reeeeaaaallly hot day here today! So now, if you've been following along making your flower while reading my rambling, it's probably close to dry now!!
I finished this one off by adding a My Mind's Eye specialty brad and inking the edges with black. I also left it all sit under something a bit weighty to finish drying completely and hold the brad in place (note, I did not pierce the brad thru, it is held by the glue). The sky's the limit though on how you'd like to finish yours! Have fun!! And I'd love for you to "Like" Paper Candie Designs on Facebook and share your flowers!!
Just to show the size difference, here is a 1"x12" strip made into the fanfold flower, next to the 1.5"x12" strip used in this tutorial. Doesn't take much to make it that much bigger!
And here is a glimpse of this type of flower in action . . . but only a glimpse because it is part of a page kit not yet released in support of BC Crop For Kids at the end of this month - I'll post more when it's been released for sale to the attendees.
Hope you enjoyed this tutorial - don't forget to leave a comment for your chance to win a RAK of handmade paper flowers!!