Spring has sprung in my studio…but not necessarily in my little corner of the world. We just had a snow storm here in Connecticut but I won’t let that stop me from sprouting new paper flower designs! If you make them Spring will come right? Step aside frozen precipitation! Today’s tutorial is just in time for Easter and will have you creating beautiful Paper Lilies even if the weather outside is frightful!
If what’s been going on inside my studio the past few weeks is any inclination that I am ready for spring I don’t know what is! So far I have shown you how to create Watercolor Roses, Paper Hydrangeas and a Light Up Floral Centerpiece using the paper blooms. Today we are going to add my latest design for Paper Lilies to our flower making basket!
How to Make Paper Lilies
For the past few tutorials I’ve shown you how to use the Tim Holtz Tattered Florals Sizzix Die to create beautiful paper blooms. Today I will be showcasing some of my other favorite Sizzix Flower Dies…Flower Layers #4 and Flower Layers #10.
If you don’t have these dies you can still follow the steps below with whatever die you have to work with or create your own flower template and cut your flowers by hand. Check out this tutorial for Hand Drawn Flowers combined with the Flower Layers #4 Sizzix Die….Paper Poinsettia. Digital stamps will work too. Here is an example of an arrangement I created using Digital stamps combined with the Sizzix Flower Layers # 4….Pretty in Pink Paper Flowers.
Cutting Paper Lilies
- Sizzix Flower Layers #4
- Grunge Paper
I used Grunge Paper for my flowers but you could also use Watercolor paper or really thick cardstock. I chose Grunge Paper because the thickness and texture of it is a pretty close match to that of a natural Lily. Create a template for the largest flower on your die and cut 2 pieces for each lily.
Feel free to experiment with different products, papers, paints and inks when creating your lilies. Everyone has a creative product preference and I am no different. My go to brand is Ranger Ink. I just love the wide range of inky painty products available and Ranger never ceases to amaze me with new and innovative products year after year!
I was like a mad scientist here in the studio trying to color my grunge paper the perfect shade of lily-white. I experimented with the following Ranger Products…Distress Stain (Picket Fence), Adirondack Paint Dabber (Snow Cap), Dylusions Spray Ink (White Linen), and Perfect Pearls Mist (Perfect Pearl). After much experimentation I found that the following steps are the easiest (and Quickest ) way to color the grunge paper lilies.
STEP 1: Spray cut lilies with Dylusions White Linen Ink…be sure to spray both sides.
*TIP* Lay flowers on a sheet of wax paper to prevent sticking. Allow top to dry completely before spraying the backside
STEP 2: Once the Dylusions ink is dry cover front and back of petals with Picket Fence Distress Stain
STEP 3: Give your flowers a subtle sheen with Martha Stewart Pearl Paint. Apply paint with a small piece of sponge to add a hint of texture and eliminate brush strokes.
*TIP* Give your paint a quick spritz of water from a mini-mister for a smooth application
STEP 4: If you look at the coloring on a natural lily you will see bursts of soft yellow on the inside of the petals and soft green streaks lining the outsides. You can easily achieve this look with Distress Markers.
Use the brush tip of a Mustard Seed Distress Marker to apply feather like strokes to the front of your petals. Start in the center and stroke outward. Add fine details to the inner portion with the fine tip of a Shabby Shutters Distress Marker. Flip your petals over and use the Shabby Shutters Distress marker to add green strokes to the back. Lightly go over your Distress Marker coloring with a water brush to blend.
*TIP* Keep a paper towel handy when working with the water brush. If the colors become to bright or muddy gently blot the excess water/color to tone it down.
Creating Stamens for Lilies
The Sizzix Flower Layers #10 is another of my favorite dies. When using all of the components of this die you can create wonderfully whimsical flowers! I created several centerpieces using this die for my Sister’s Baby Shower and they have been my most sought after arrangements. Here is a link to another arrangement made with Flower Layers #10 using Sheet Music….Sheet Music Flowers.
As well as this die works with all of it’s components together I have found that taking select pieces and matching them up with petals from other dies provides endless combinations and flower possibilities! For example, the red portion (pictured below) makes the most perfect stamen for realistic looking flowers!
STEP 1: Color a piece of Manilla cardstock with Tarnished Brass Metallic Distress Stain. I used a marbled manilla card stock from Recollections. Create a template and cut just the star portion from the Sizzix Flower Layers #10 Die.
STEP 2: Cup your Stamens in the center, then use the piercing end of a Tim Holtz Alterations Die Pick to curl the circular ends over onto themselves. Bend the stems inward as you curl.
STEP 3: Once your stamens are curled create the look of pollen on the ends with Distress Stickles Scattered Straw. Place a Floral pick through the centers to keep them upright as you apply Stickles to the tops and bottoms. Allow to dry.
Assembling the lilies is going to be very much like what I showed you in the Watercolor Paper Flower Tutorial. However, while creating these lilies I had a “Eureka! Moment” and made a new discovery that will help you make your flowers even more 3 dimensional!
- 26 Gauge Floral Wire
- 32 Gauge Wrapped Floral Wire
- Glossy Accents
- Pearl Buttons (Pearl buttons or beads work best for a natural look)
- Large Plastic or Glass Beads
STEP 1: Wire pearl button and thread through stamen and 1st Lily petal.
STEP 2: Thread on a large plastic bead and secure to top petal with glossy accents. The quality and color of your bead does not matter we will be covering it up. The bead is purely for enhancing the flower shape and will provide a 3 dimensional look.
STEP 3: Thread on the final Lily petal and secure it to the bottom of the bead with Glossy Accents. Hang your Lily upside down to dry (I dry my projects on a makeshift ribbon clothesline). Secure the bottom petals with a clothespin.
STEP 4: Once dry use hot glue to attach the bottom petals to the middle portion of the top petals making sure the bead is hidden.
STEP 5: Stretch wrap your lily to a floral pin and place in your arrangement.
Don’t they look pretty? If you missed the Wedding Centerpiece I created these lilies for you can check it out here.
So there you go…why buy expensive Lilies that won’t last for your Easter table when you can create beautiful paper lilies that will last indefinitely! Have some fun mixing and matching your dies and see what kinds of Flower combinations you can come up with!
Here are some links to the products used to create these paper lilies…
I can’t wait to see what you create! For more flower making inspiration check out some of my flower creations made by mixing and matching Sizzix Flower Dies below. If you missed any of the previous Paper Flower tutorials you can find those links below as well. Have a springtime creation you’d like to share? Click on the button above and link up at The Impatient Crafter!
Have a springy day!