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Monday, February 8, 2010

Big Shot Flower Folds Bouquet Tutorial

Last week while blog surfing I saw a flower bouquet made by Andrea Walford that gave me inspiration for my bouquet. As a result I knew you would love to see how to make these gorgeous flowers too, so tonight I got busy and created a tutorial for you.

The vase is filled with iridescent marbles and the flowers are on wood dowels that I purchased at a local craft store. The center of the flowers are chocolate hearts (Reeses & Hershey) but any round, square or heart would work as long as it will fit the center of the flower. This way you can give flowers and chocolates in one gift ... talk about PERFECT!!!

This is the finished bouquet. With a larger vase, more flowers would work too. I tied a ribbon about the vase and accented it with a glittery heart. These would also be perfect on the front of a card or the top of a package.

Stampin' Up! Products:
Real Read Card Stock -- item #102482 -- 2 pieces 5 1/2" x 5 1/2"
Pretty in Pink Card Stock -- item #100459 -- 1 piece 4 1/2" x 5 1/2"
Whisper White Card Stock -- item #100730 -- 1 piece 4" x 4"
Old Olive Card Stock -- item #100702 --1 piece 2" x 5 1/2"
Stampin' Up! Big Shot Machine -- item #113439
Extended Cutting Pads -- item #113478
Standard Cutting Pads -- (come with the machine)
Stampin' Up! Flower Folds -- item #115970 (exclusive die)
Stampin' Up! Textured Impressions Folder - Perfect Polka Dots -- item #117335 (exclusive folder)
Large Oval Paper Punch -- item #107305
Pop-Up Glue Dots -- item #104183 (NOTE: these are LARGE glue dots)
Sticky Strip -- item #104294

If you are making the bouquet, be sure you have 2 sheets of real red for the flower. If making a card or accent to a box only 1 piece is needed.

Punch out 3 large ovals for your leaves. Accent with the Stampin Write Marker. I used Old Olive to draw in the veins of the leaves.

There are actually 4 flowers on the Flower Fold, we are only going to use the 3 larger ones. I found that if I laid the paper out making sure that all the flower petals were covered that I could cut 3 at a time. You will end up with small fragments of petals that can be thrown away .. this happens because of the overlap. Remember because of the petal folds do not cut both pieces of red at one time.

Now cut out your last piece of red paper for the largest flower.

Here's your finished 4 flower parts.

We are going to emboss both the pink and the white flower part to give texture to your flower. The red flowers are a bit too big to put in the folder so will remain plain.

Don't these look great!!!!

Alignment of the petals is important when assembling this flower.

Put 2 large Pop-Up glue dots on the flower base. Firmly press in the dowel. Do not put the end of the dowel higher than the fold line in the flower.

Taking the 2nd red flower do the same thing and attach it to the other side of the dowel. Remember to line up the petals so they are behind each other, not staggered.

Gently fold up the petals of the white and pink flowers

Using Sticky Strip attach the white flower to the pink being sure to line up the petals. Sticky Strip is recommended because of the weight of the chocolates.

Using Sticky Strip on the back of the chocolate, attach to the very center of the flower.

Attach the pink/white/chocolate center flower to the red flower using Sticky Strip.

I put small pieces of sticky strip on the ends of the leaves and attached them to the dowel.

The following are photos of the finished bouquet. I'm so pleased with it. I hope you will try this tutorial too. It would be perfect for a Valentine's present. Wouldn't it be a great centerpiece too at a bridal shower. So many possibilities.

If you have any questions, please let me know. If you need any Stampin' Up! products, you can contact me directly or order thru my Stampin' Up! on-line website.

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1 comment:

rhea said...

I just want you to know I think you are GREAT!

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