Hello again my friends! I’m really excited about today’s Watering Can Paper Flower Tutorial and I think you will be too. This paper flower arrangement makes the perfect gift, centerpiece or home decor piece. It really brightens up a room and is sure to brighten your day while you are creating it. Come along with me and I’ll show you how to “Grow your own” paper flowers with Eileen Hull’s “Picket Fence” Sizzix collection and Wendy Vecchi’s new Archival Inks and embossing pastes. As you may have guessed Eileen’s recently released Picket Fence collection is garden themed and Wendy’s new Archival Inks are garden themed as well with color names like “potting soil”, “Geranium Red” and “Fern Green”…to name a few. If I didn’t know better I would think these two collaborated on their collections Eileen and Wendy may not have known that their collections were made for each other, but once I got these two together in my studio the creative magic really started to bloom! Between Eileen’s Picket Fence Die Cuts and Wendy’s fabulous new Archival Ink and Embossing paste colors a match has been made in creative heaven So allow me to “Sprinkle” you with tips and tricks on how to use these two collections together. Keep calm, smile…we are about to create beautiful things!
How to make a Watering Can Flower Arrangement
I used several Sizzix dies from the Picket Fence collection for this project.
- Watering Can (Scoreboards XL)
- Trinity Flower
- Vine #2 (Sizzlits Decorative Strip)
- Tim Holtz Alterations Hearts (Movers and Shapers)
- Distress Ink, Stains and Paints
- Distress Glitter
- Wendy Vecchi Archival Inks
- Wendy Vecchi Embossing Paste (I used Gold and Silver)
- Perfect pearls mist
- Mat board, Grunge Board, Grunge Paper
- Sticky Back Canvas (optional)
I cut the watering can out of Mat Board (available from Sizzix) you can also use heavy chip board. You will also need extended cutting pads if you don’t already have them.
STEP 1: Coloring. I found the color combination that worked best was Weathered Wood Distress Paint, Brushed Pewter Distress Paint, and Brushed Pewter Distress Stain (In that order). If any of the white is still showing through once the paints and stains are dry add a 2nd coat of Weathered Wood Distress Paint.
STEP 3: While the embossing paste is still wet drag the serrated edge of a plastic knife through it to create texture.
STEP 4: Once the embossing paste is completely dry color the underside of the watering can and side pieces. I used Weathered Wood Distress Paint and inked with Bundled Sage & Tumbled Glass Distress Ink. A quick spritz of Perfect Pearls Pewter will give the look of galvanized metal with a subtle patina.
To create the vine I inked a piece of Kraft Glassine with Wendy Vecchi Fern Green Archival Ink and cut with Eileen Hull’s Vine decorative strip. The Kraft Glassine mimics the texture of a realistic ivy vine and Wendy’s Fern Green is the perfect shade to add to the realism.
STEP 1: Die Cut flowers using the Trinity Flower out of Grunge Paper. You can also use regular paper…I used Grunge because I wanted a more vintage look.
STEP 2: Ink Grunge paper Flowers with Distress Stain. I used Rusty Hinge, Broken China, and Fired Brick. *You can blot off excess Distress Stain with paper towel for an even more rustic look. Follow by stamping over Distress Stain and edging flowers with coordinating Wendy Vecchi Archival Inks….Cornflower Blue, Geranium Red, & Orange Blossom.
STEP 3: Assemble and Wire Flowers. For a detailed tutorial on how to wire paper flowers Click HERE.
STEP 4: Add glue to tips of flower petals and sprinkle with Distress Glitter for an added dose of vintage glam.
*For more information on the Distress Glitter line check out my review HERE.
To create the heart on the front of the Watering Can I die cut a Tim Holtz Alterations heart from Grunge Board, coated with Wendy Vecchi Metallic Gold embossing paste, Inked over dry paste with Geranium Red Archival ink and randomly added Fired Brick Distress Glitter to the edges.
For the sentiment I stamped on Sticky-back canvas in Wendy Vecchi’s Potting Soil with a stamp from Stampotique. Add water sprinkles by snipping floral filler sprigs and inking with Wendy Vecchi Cornflower Blue ink.
Are you ready to grow your very own watering can garden? It’s easy to do with these inspirational new products from Eileen Hull and Wendy Vecchi. Your creativity is sure to be blooming in no time
For more ways to use Eileen Hull’s Picket Fence collection stop by the Sizzix blog and check out all of the gorgeous creations being showcased there. If you would like to learn more about Wendy Vecchi’s new inks and embossing pastes you can check out her blog for tips and project inspiration.
For more paper flower tutorials and inspiration check out the link list below.