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Neapolitan Paper Flowers

by Amy Bowerman

I LOVE making paper flowers!  In fact paper flowers are pretty much the reason I got into blogging in the first place.  A few years ago I needed a cheer up gift for a friend whose Mother had passed away.  She was a lover of flowers and I wanted to make something that would honor her Mother’s memory.

My friends Mother was an avid sewer and a saver of all things sentimental (much like myself minus the sewing).  While helping my friend sort through her Mothers things I found a bag of vintage buttons, a vintage vase and, a vintage coloring book from the 40’s that had belonged to my friend.  Using these three ingredients I searched the internet for instructions on how to make paper flowers.  I came across a blog (unfortunately it was so long ago I don’t remember who’s) that showed how to make paper flowers out of old book pages.  After reading the post I gathered my vintage treasures and my first paper flower arrangement was born.

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My first Paper Flower Arrangement

This was my first arrangement ever!  Although it is primitive I have made many, many arrangements since and wanted to share with you how my paper flower making began, and how it has evolved.  The evolution of my paper flower making is what eventually led me to start Plucking Daisies.

When I saw the challenge at LESSology I was filled with glee….as I’ve said before I LOVE making paper flowers.  This paper flower arrangement took me a lot longer to create than I expected but they were totally worth it in the end.  I love how my paper flower making technique is evolving with each arrangement I make. So without further ado here are the flowers:

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Neapolitan inspired paper flowers

This arrangement was inspired by a card I made a while back.  It was all about the layers with this arrangement…layers of Distress ink,  layers of colored and patterned paper, layers of  Sizzix Flower die cuts, layers of buttons, beads, and baubles….I think it’s safe to say that I am “Loving’ Layers Lately!”   This pot was just begging me to make Ice cream themed flowers for it….it’s in the shape of an ice cream cone after all.

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                                                        Loving’ Layers

Here are some detail shots for ya….don’t these just look good enough to eat?  It took all my will power not to drop what I was doing and run to the store for Neapolitan Klondike bars.

                          Paper Flowers Neapolitan style!
The Flowers were made from paper scraps I had leftover from projects past.  I ALWAYS save my scraps.  You never know when you might be able to use them.  Usually when I make an arrangement I clip the scraps together and label them according to the type of arrangement or paper I used.  Since this was a new arrangement I did a lot of digging through my scrap basket in search of the perfect Neapolitan color combination.  Someday I swear I will organize my scraps by color to make my life easier….just haven’t gotten around to it yet *sigh*
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             Check out the vintage dictionary button

Most of the buttons used for this arrangement are vintage.  I created some of my own custom buttons by gluing some clear buttons on to vintage dictionary pages.   It was my grandfather’s dictionary and it’s nice and old and crumbly…just like I like it :)

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                                       More details…

Some of the flowers have been layered Neapolitan style with Neapolitan stacked buttons to match.

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          I scream you scream we all scream for ice cream!

I’m so glad I added the irises into this arrangement.  Don’t they look like big scoops of ice cream?  I wanted to experiment with different layers of Sizzix Flower dies and go beyond the paper daisy and paper rose.  It’s amazing how you can create unique paper flowers by layering different die cuts or curling the petals a certain way.  Some of the flowers are made from the same die cuts but look totally different because of the way they are curled.

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      Vanilla iris, chocolate rose, strawberry daisy…yum!!

So there you have it.  By combining paper scraps from my stash, vintage buttons, old dictionary pages, floral stamps and a lot of Distress ink I was able to create a unique paper flower arrangement made from remnants of past arrangements.  In my experience I have discovered that  Distress ink is key to giving the petals of your flowers a nice pop.  I use Distress ink on…. well EVERYTHING.  My Distress inks have top drawer status in my studio.  I use “Faded Jeans” as much as I wear them and I never paint my fingernails because on any given day they are usually covered in a rainbow of Distress ink.  “Why whats that lovely color you’re wearing?”  “Oh just a bit of Broken China, Worn Lipstick, and Dusty Concord.”

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                  I think I like Distress Ink! (I LOVE Distress INK!!)
Here is a shot of some petals in progress.  Just like us girls like to wear a little make up before a night on the town…paper flowers like to get a little inky before becoming a beautiful bloom.  There’s a reason Tim names his Distress Inks  “Worn Lipstick” and such 😉
I’ve been hard at work with a few other arrangements so who knows maybe I will finish them up before the challenge ends at Lessology.  I will have a simple paper flower making tutorial coming soon (FINALLY) and will be sharing more advanced techniques as I make more arrangements so stay tuned for that!

Thanks for stopping by!

Amy*

 

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1 Janj September 7, 2012 at 10:24 pm

Love your flowers. I just found Lessology this week and having fun seeing your trail from the past year. Thanks for so many ideas and tips! I will be back with some questions for you!
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2 Amy Bowerman September 9, 2012 at 2:15 pm

Ask away! I’m happy to help :)

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3 Kirsty Vittetoe February 5, 2012 at 8:27 pm

Love the beautiful blooms, thanks for playing along with us at CCCB!

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4 Angi February 4, 2012 at 10:29 am

Your flowers are super gorgeous. I love that you added buttons to them. Thanks for playing with us at LESSology. :)

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