Hello everyone! As 2013 is coming to a close I wanted to share one last paper flower tutorial with you. Todays Paper Poinsettia tutorial was inspired by Tim Holtz December tag technique. This may be my favorite paper flower arrangement I have created this year. I have lots of new tips, tricks and techniques to share with you so let’s get started shall we?
I bought Tim’s Tattered Poinsettia die last year to create Poinsettia Hair clips . You can check out that tutorial HERE. I ran out of time to create a paper poinsettia arrangement last year and was determined to create one this year.
I’m really glad that I waited. Tim’s December Tag technique using Wendy Vecchi’s Clearly for Art and Ranger Archival inks was the inspirational jumpstart I needed to create this paper poinsettia arrangement. Even our Elf on the Shelf got in on the action. You can check out Elmer the Elf’s take on Tim’s tag technique on my new site The Artists on the Block
I was able to take all of Tim’s tips from his latest tag technique (see them HERE) and create a few of my own. Want to know what the secret is? Pssst…it’s Tim’s Idea-ology Frosted Film!
How to make Paper Poinsettias
Frosted Film is an essential ingredient to creating these Paper Poinsettias. It’s a really cool product and combining it with pretty papers and other materials will allow you to make a flower arrangement that is “sheer”perfection!
- Wendy Vecchi Clearly for Art
- Wendy Vecchi Ranger Archival Inks (Red Geranium, Fern Green, Cornflower Blue)
- Cardstock (I used Ranger Foil Cardstock, Tim Holtz Seasonal Paper Stash, Coredinations Gemstone)
- Tim Holtz Idea-ology Frosted Film
- Susan’s Garden Toolkit from Sizzix
- Tim Holtz Alterations Tattered Poinsettia Sizzix Die
- Branch with Leaves Sizzix Die
- Sizzix Embossing Folders (I used Tim Holtz Springtime Backgrounds and Borders & Christmas Backgrounds and Borders)
- Distress Glitter (Antique Linen)
- Pearl Spray
STEP 1: Cut a selection of Ranger Foil cardstock, Wendy Vecchi Clearly for art, Tim Holtz Seasonal paper stash and Frosted Film to the size of the Tattered Poinsettia Die. You will need one sheet of frosted film to layer over top of each piece of card stock and clearly for art.
*TIP* Create a template out of scrap card stock to save on cutting time. You can see the template our Elf on the Shelf used HERE.
STEP 2: If you plan to emboss some of your flowers emboss them BEFORE die cutting with the tattered poinsettia die. I embossed the foil card stock flowers with Tim’s springtime borders and the Coredinations Gemstone Flowers with Christmas time borders.
*TIP* When working with Ranger Foil Card Stock apply frosted film to the back to create a cool shading effect with Wendy Vecchi Archival inks.
STEP 3: Ink Flowers with Wendy Vecchi Archival inks (Geranium Red & Cornflower Blue). Apply a dab of Fern green to the centers for a realistic look.
*TIP* When Working with Tim Holtz Seasonal Paper Stash apply Archival Ink to the flower edges in a color that coordinates with the underside.
STEP 4 : Curl petals and pierce a hole through the center of each. You can find a tutorial about petal curling and how to wire paper flowers HERE.
*TIP* I recently acquired the “Susan’s Garden” toolkit from Sizzix and it is fabulous for flower making! The piercing tool is pure perfection along with all the other molding and shaping tools. If you are serious about taking your paper flower making to the next level this toolkit is a MUST have in my book!
STEP 5: I made a new discovery while creating this arrangement that I am so excited to share with you! You know those white ball-y things you see in the center of a Poinsettia? Well they are called “Cyathium” (I googled it) and you can create them using pearl spray! You can find pearl spray usually in the wedding section of your local craft store. To create “cyathium” with them simply wrap the pearls around to form a circle. Thread your beaded wires through the opening and twist together!
How to make Mistletoe
I had so much fun working with Tim’s Tattered Poinsettia die and the clearly for art/frosted film combination I decided to have a go with use the technique with another die. The Sizzix Branch with Leaves die is one of my most used dies (definitely another MUST HAVE). It looks a little bit like Mistletoe don’t you think?
STEP 1: Cut clearly for art & frosted film with Sizzix Branch with Leaves Die. Ink with Wendy Vecchi Archival Fern Green.
STEP 2: After Heating and curling create “Mistletoe Berries” with Glossy Accents and Antique Linen Distress Glitter.
STEP 3: Hot Glue a piece of wire to the back and add Mistletoe to your arrangement!
Hope you have enjoyed my last paper flower tutorial of 2013. I want to thank you all for your continued support of Plucking Daisies. Your thoughtful comments and sharing of my posts mean the world to me, you guys are the greatest!
2013 has been a great year. I could not have done it all without your constant support and for that I thank you! Below you will find a list of all of my 2013 Handmade flower tutorials. I hope you get the chance to try some of them out and “let your creativity bloom” over the holiday break.
Plucking Daisies Paper Flower Tutorials
To see all of my handmade flower tutorials visit my Paper Flowers Page.
Wishing you all a very merry Holiday! Let your creativity bloom!