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How to Make Hydrangeas

by Amy Bowerman

As promised I am back with part 2 of my Watercolor Paper Flower Tutorial.  Today I will be showing you how to create Hydrangeas with the Tim Holtz Tattered Florals Die from Sizzix.  If you missed the first part click here for the watercolor rose tutorial. How to Make Hydrangeas | @PluckingDaisy #TimHoltz #Sizzix #RangerInk       Before we get started I just want to thank you all  for sharing my paper flower tutorial and for all of your sweet comments.  They truly warmed my soul and I couldn’t be happier that so many of you are taking what you learned here and making beautiful paper flower arrangements of your own!  My motto here at Plucking Daisies is “Inspire to create, create to Inspire!”  I hope todays tutorial will inspire you to create as well.

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On that note let’s get started!

    How to Make Hydrangeas

Supplies Needed:

  • Watercolor Paper
  • Tattered Florals Sizzix Die (or small flower punch)
  • Glass Beads/ Crystals
  • Glossy Accents
  • Distress Ink
  • Distress Marker (Antique Linen)
  • Perfect Pearls (Blush & Perfect Pearl)
  • Mini Mister
  • 28 gauge Beading Wire
  • Floral Picks and Tape

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Cutting Flowers

To create the Hydrangeas we will be using the smallest flower on the Tim Holtz Tattered Florals Sizzix Die (You can also use a small flower punch).  If you will be using the Tattered Florals die make a template (like I showed you in yesterday’s tutorial) and die cut an entire sheet of Watercolor paper with the small flower.

Coloring Flowers

STEP 1 : To color your flowers use a blending tool to edge them with Distress ink.  * I used Pumice Stone and Antique Linen.

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STEP 2: Next, draw veins on the petals with the fine tip of a Distress Marker …I used Antique Linen.  *To create more colorful flowers try edging them with a darker color Distress ink like Broken China, Worn Lipstick, or Dusty Concord.  Follow up with a complementary color of Distress Marker for your veins

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STEP 3: Fill a mini-mister with water and add 2-3 scoops of Perfect Pearls (I used Blush).  Spritz your flowers to blend the ink and add a subtle shimmer.  Air dry or dry with a heat tool…just be careful they don’t blow away!
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Here you can see how you can change the color and tone of your flowers by using different Distress Ink and Perfect Pearls combinations.  On the lower flowers I used Antique Linen spritzed with Perfect Pearl.  I can’t wait to try these out with a little Blue Patina Perfect Pearls :)

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Curling Flowers

STEP 1: Use the end of a Tim Holtz Alterations Die pick (or something similar with a rounded end) and press down in the center of your flower.  *Do this on a foam stamping mat or mouse pad.  Pierce a hole through the center.

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STEP 2:  Curl petals by pressing/pinching around a curved instrument (I use a chopstick).  Push the petals towards the center as you curl them

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Wiring Flowers

STEP 1:  Cut 3 different sized lengths of wire.  I cut 4 in, 6 in, and 8 in pieces…several of each.  Thread 1 piece of wire through bead and twist to form a stem.

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STEP 2:  Add a drop of Glossy Accents to the underside of the wired bead.

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STEP 3: Thread on Flower, press and hold to adhere.

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*TIP* Keep a piece of foam handy to stick your flowers in while the glossy accents dries.  I use a foam circle found at the dollar store.

 

Assembling Flowers

To assemble your flower simply twist together at varied heights.  I generally twist 4 together then twist another cluster of 4 with that one to form a large cluster of flowers.  If you look at the make up of a real hydrangea it is a lot like this. (I checked)

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Once you have formed your Hydrangea cluster wrap it onto a floral pick with floral tape. *You may need to trim the wire ends or shorten the pick depending on where you will be “Planting” your Hydrangea.

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For large arrangements requiring a longer stem you can use long floral picks and attach as many Hydrangea clusters as you see fit.

 

My Hydrangeas are going to be used for my friend’s Wedding Centerpiece.  I still have a lot more work to do but I wanted to share a little sneak preview with you.

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Do you like how it’s coming along?  I hope so!  The final reveal is coming this Wednesday I’d love for you to stop by and check it out.  There will be bling, feathers and flowers Oh MY!

I’ve had a lot of fun sharing how I make paper flowers these past few days.  In fact your sweet comments have inspired ME to work on a few brand NEW flower designs that I hope to share with you soon!    For the next few days I’ll be busy like a bee making Hydrangeas.   Will you be making some too?

Have a beautiful day!

Amy*

Here are some links to the products used for this tutorial…

 

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1 Julie cassidy March 4, 2015 at 2:47 pm

Brilliant tutorial thank you so much xx xx xx

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3 Linda Cain August 22, 2013 at 2:00 pm

Gorgeous, gorgeous, gorgeous!

~Linda
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4 Jan S March 9, 2013 at 6:23 pm

These are so cool – love your instructions – they’re so easy to follow! And best of all, I have ALL the supplies needed to create a similar BEAUTIFUL arrangement for my own home. Thank you!

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5 Amy Bowerman March 11, 2013 at 2:23 pm

Jan that was just the type encouragement I needed! I haven’t dipped my toes into the waters of video tutorials just yet so I’m so glad you found the photo tutorial helpful :) Even better that you have all of the supplies on hand! Don’t you just love when that happens?

Happy Flower making!

Amy*

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6 Cathy R March 6, 2013 at 2:30 pm

Gorgeous flowers Amy, thank you so much for your detailed tutorial. I’m putting the tattered flowers die on my wishlist! :) Cathy x

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7 Amy Bowerman March 11, 2013 at 2:30 pm

Oh Cathy Tattered Florals is a MUST HAVE! I can’t wait to see what you create with it :)

Amy*

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8 Suzy Myers March 5, 2013 at 3:42 pm

Beautiful work! Paper is a fabulous medium isn’t it?

suzy
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9 Amy Bowerman March 11, 2013 at 2:28 pm

Indeed it is Suzy! Never in my wildest dreams would I ever have thought I would be creating with paper…but I’m loving every minute of it!

Amy*

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10 Anita Houston March 4, 2013 at 9:04 am

WOW! These look totally real!!! Fab step out tutorial as well! Love this, and you’ve made so many!!!

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11 Amy Bowerman March 11, 2013 at 2:36 pm

Thanks Anita…I’m just now catching my breath after my flower making frenzy! After the last few projects I thought I may have given myself an aversion to Hydrangeas, but guess what I’m making today? Yup! More Hydrangeas :) Glad you liked the tutorial.

Amy*

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12 Anne March 2, 2013 at 3:10 pm

Hi Amy, I really loved your tutorial and your hydrangeas are fabulous. I am definitely going to try making some of these!
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13 Johnnie March 2, 2013 at 12:10 pm

I never knew there was a pumice stone distress ink. Hmmm. I learn so much about Ranger and Tim Holtz products by reading your blog. Thanks.
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14 Amy Bowerman March 3, 2013 at 9:16 am

Pumice stone is a MUST HAVE Distress Ink Johnnie…go get it now!

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15 Johnnie March 2, 2013 at 8:22 am

Holy beautiful hydrangeas, batman!
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16 Dee in NH March 2, 2013 at 7:02 am

Amazing again!! I can’t wait to see the finished piece!

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17 Shahrul Niza March 1, 2013 at 11:49 pm

WOW again :). I LOVE these flower tutorials, Amy :). LOVE that you never tired of making them, LOL. You rock!. These are the sweetest hydrangeas, ever. Perfect for your friend’s wedding :).
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