Tuesday, March 6, 2012

Technique Tuesday - Making Dahlia Flowers....

Good morning on another Tuesday!  I know you look forward to a new technique each Tuesday and I think I have a cool one for you today - we are going to make Dahlia flowers.
 Here's what you will need:
  • Piece of Designer Series Paper (I used Stampin' Up!'s Everyday Enchantment (SAB)
  • Piece of cardstock (it doesn't really matter what color as it won't be seen.)
  • 1 1/4" Circle Punch
  • Piece of Multipurpose Adhesive sheet (or other strong adhesive - sticky sheets would work but they do not punch easily)
  • Bone folder
 Punch a circle out of the cardstock and one out of the Multipurpose Adhesive.  Remove one side of backing and adhere to cardstock circle.  Fold in half, open and then fold in half so you make an "X".
 Punch out EIGHT circles from the designer series paper.
 Fold each piece in half.
 Open and then fold so the fold lines meet (like you did with the cardstock) except do not crease the top half - just the bottom half.
 Open it up.  Fold circle inward from the crease at the bottom to the horizontal crease at the center of the circle.  Repeat on the other side.
 Turn it over.  Take each side and fold in along straight center line.
 This is what your piece should look like.  The bottom of the small flaps may be folded back but you can bring them forward as they are here.
 Repeat with all eight circles.
 Remove adhesive backing from cardstock circle.  Place first "petal" along fold line matching bottom point of the petal to the center of the circle.
 Continue to add petals until all eight are placed and you have your flower!  Now you can punch a hole in the center and place a brad or use one of the new large pearls or jewels.
 Here's how to make a bud if you would like a bud to go with your flower.  You will need a piece of green cardstock, the adhesive and two petals made from your designer series paper.
 Place the adhesive on one side of the green circle and fold the sides in as shown.
 Open flaps and remove adhesive backing.  Place the two petals inside overlapping them and press the side flaps in to hold together.
 Here is another flower that I made using a different piece of the Everyday Enchantment designer series paper.
Finally here is my card that used Pool Party cardstock for the card and more of the Everyday Enchantment designer series paper, Poppy Parade cardstock for the matting and the ribbon and brad are from the Everyday Enchantment Ribbon & Brad Pack which you can choose for a $50 order during Sale-A-Bration.  Remember - it ends March 31!

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