I’ve been dying to make patriotic paper flowers ever since I spied some Americana inspired paper at the craft store a few months ago. Like always life got in the way and I was delayed in making them. I’ve been working on these flowers for the past 3 days …whew!
I was so excited to learn that the Kraft Journal was hosting a patriotic themed challenge not only because of my longing to use my patriotic paper but also to try using Kraft paper in a flower arrangement. There is a Floral Frenzy Blogger challenge hosted by Lisa Somerville which seemed appropriate to enter my red, white and blue paper flowers into as well. I am always in somewhat of a “floral frenzy” when creating paper flowers; trying to make deadlines for challenges and keep up with commissions. I have 6 more paper flower arrangements to complete by next Saturday so my coffee pot and I will be working serious overtime!!
I had a lot of fun making this paper flower arrangement. I have learned so much this past year about making paper flowers. I love how these challenges force me to think outside the box and experiment with different techniques and materials. This was the first time I used Kraft paper to make paper flowers and I absolutely LOVE the texture it gives an arrangement…..especially when colored with Distress INK!!
I love using Distress ink PERIOD but the way it reacts to Kraft paper is awesome! I just love the grungy aged look it lends….like vintage Americana at it’s best!
I had so much fun with the patriotic glitter cardstock…not to mention the fact that I got it on clearance…SCORE!! I think it adds just the right amount of sparkle…like fireworks on the 4th of July.
Speaking of fireworks…this is one of my FAVORITE blooms! It is made from Tim Holtz’s “Seasonal” Paper Stash. This particular page had vintage firework images on it. Oh yeah and check out my custom mix of red, white and blue stones in the bucket. If you are going to do red, white and blue you have to do it all the way
I really like this one too. I love how the layering of the star and striped papers give this paper flower an Old Glory look. However my absolute favorite flower is this one…
I just can’t get enough of that Paper Stash paper….I’m a sucker for vintage images.
I call these my firework flowers. I try to shape them to give off maximum impact in the way of color.
These paper flowers are ready for a party! Although we are a little late for the Fourth of July, I guess there’s always labor day:)
Thanks for stopping by hope your day is sparkling!