The kids are back in school and here's an AWESOMELY fun new project, just begging for a photo tutorial. Enjoy these EASY and GORGEOUS paper chrysanthemum technique that you will be using for years to come!
First, punch out five Scallop Circles of your desired color of cardstock (regular paper and most cheapo-brands of cardstock not recommended for this project). Yes, I know there's only four scallop circles in the photo. Do you want your flower to be sorry-looking? I didn't think so. Punch out five and be quiet).
Lay them on a paper plate or dish (I used an empty stamp case) and mist them with water. Flip them and mist again. Isn't this FUN?? It's like pre-school!
Stack all five circles loosely together (no need to line them up, all you perfectionists out there) and punch through the center with your handy-dandy Crop A Dile (definitely not for pre-schoolers). Then put in a large brad of some sort (small ones aren't up to the size of this baby).
Then, layer by layer, start bringing the scallops up around the brad and crunching them into petals. It's really easy, because the paper is extremely pliable. If it starts to dry out too quickly, just mist it again.
When you get them all scrunched up (technical term), it should look like this. Only in whatever color you chose, of course. If you chose Daffodil Delight cardstock and your flower looks like this, then Houston, we have a problem. Let it dry like that. it won't fall apart, and it won't noticeably come un-scrunched, either. It will take a bit to completely dry, maybe say three to four hours or so. For sure overnight.
Since I was using Peach Parfait, one of the new In Colors, I used the new Glimmer Brads from the Holiday Mini, which starts September 1st! If you use something pretty on the inside, it won't matter if the brad peeks out at you from between the petals. You might want to separate them a little so it shows on purpose (although then you can't really call it a chrysanthemum (although, considering I've typed that three times now and had to use spell check every time, not calling it a chrysanthemum might be a plus).
So what does one use your little bitty masterpiece on? Anything! Cards would have to be hand-delivered, of course, but it's too adorable on little boxes and bags. try it on the Bitty Box for sure. Here's a gift bag idea for you that I made as part of a hostess gift this week.
There you have it! Easy and FUN to make little flowers... but I'll warn ya, they're totally addicting. My stamp room table is covered with these little guys left out to dry from yesterday. I think maybe they multiplied in the night.
Wanna see something TOTALLY amazing? This technique can be done with the Scallop Circle die for the Big Shot, too! Click here.
If you liked this tutorial or think you might use the technique, please leave me a comment and I'll be so encouraged I might do more. Happy Stamping!