New Year’s Decoration: Intricate 3-D Flowers!

Hi crafters! It is Anna-Karin here with you today and I can’t believe this year is almost over. It is time to celebrate the beginning of a new year with new adventures and memories to make. I used the Sizzix Celebrations release by David Tutera, which has gorgeous flower and fan designs.

I made two dimensional flowers, which can be a part of table decorations for a New Year’s Party and gifts to the guests. Each flower has a magnet at the back, so they can easily become pretty home décor items. Make the same flower for each guest, or give everyone a different flower. One idea could be to add names to the flowers, so that they would function as place cards. You could also arrange flowers as a centerpiece on the table.

There are four flower sets in the Celebrations release: Peacock Flower, Rosette Flower, Mandala Flower and Lace Flower. I had a hard time picking which ones to use, since they are all gorgeous, but ended up using the first two sets. All sets come with coordinating stamps, intricate pattern dies and versatile petal dies. The shapes can be mixed and matched to create an endless variety of flowers.

Start by die-cutting the petals for the Peacock Flower. Fold a piece of watercolor paper and place the die as shown with the folded edge being inside the end of the die. If you’d rather want to die-cut separate petals, place the die inside the fold. I used the new Sizzix Big Shot Foldaway with this sandwich: Cutting Pad, paper, die facing down and second Cutting Pad.

For the upper petals, I placed the end of the die a little further away from the fold, making them slightly shorter. Fold open and die-cut each petal with the lovely coordinating decorative die. I just love this intricate design! The pattern dies for the petals won’t make a cut at the narrow end, which is perfect for double petal sets.

These are the pieces you need for the Peacock Flower: three decorative petal pairs, four solid base petal pairs, three stamen pieces die-cut from gold paper and two circles for the flower centre.

The Eucalyptus & Flourish set comes with a range of versatile leaves and coordinating stamps. I die-cut three gold leaves and three watercolor leaves. I really like the shape of both these leaves.

You can use various methods to color the petals: watercolor paint, spray mist, acrylic paint and inks. If you want a quicker version, die-cut the petals from colored or patterned papers. I smeared Distress Inks on a craft sheet, misted with water and pressed the petals and leaves into the ink.

Stamp the solid petals with the coordinating peacock stamp, using a dark blue ink.

Give the petals and leaves dimension using the Paper Sculpting Kit and the Crease & Curl Tool. This step adds more realism to the flowers.

Start gluing two of the base petals together as shown using the Sizzix Glue Gun. As always when using a glue gun, be very careful not to burn yourself.

Continue adding petals in the same fashion.

When the whole flower is assembled, you can shape the petals a little more. I also splattered it with gold metallic spray. Glue a magnet to the back of the flower.

For the Rosette Flower, you need the pieces shown here. As you can see, I didn’t use double petals, but die-cut singular petals instead, since I wanted them to overlap in a different way.

Assemble by overlapping each petal slightly with the previous one. The smaller flower in the center could also be a flower all on its own. I really like the shape of these petals.

The flowers are quite dimensional and they also look lovely placed together, even more so if you’d make at least three.

The mix of intricate patterns, stamping, colors and shapes make the flowers appear complex, but in reality, they are easy to do.

Thank you so much for taking the time to visit the Sizzix blog today! I hope you were inspired to make dimensional flowers. Once you start, it is hard to stop, because it is such fun. For more inspiration, you can also have a look at my blog Layers of Ink.

Happy New Year!

Anna-Karin

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