Flowers and More Flowers

Since I don’t stamp, I’m always on the look-out for other ways to add a focal point to my cards. I love to use flowers. So I really perked up when I recently rediscovered an article in the July 2007 issue of Cardmaker Magazine. It was full of different ways to use flowers on cards. Here is the specific paragraph that caught my eye:

Remove plastic backing and fuzzy center of a silk flower. Glue the remaining layers of petals together. Create a new center with one large and seven small flat-back faceted gems.

It reminded me of a bunch of sunflowers that I had in a box and didn’t know what to do with. They were much to thick to use on a card. So I grabbed one and started ripping it apart. (Nothing to lose, right?) By following these direction, I now have a flower I can use on a card – and will!

Here are the two flowers – sort of a before and after shot.

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I used a large-gem brad rather than gluing the parts together and adding the gems on top. For this small of a flower, that worked out just fine. I figure one could get creative with the centers, using buttons, brads, gems other flowers … whatever.

OK, so now it was time to use the same technique on a larger flower. I had purchased some large white flowers quite a while ago. I actually used one on a card, but eventually realized that it was just too think and would not be practical to put through the mail. So I found one of those and started tearing it apart. I found more plastic pieces inside the flower to help it “puff up”, so to speak. I threw all of that away and made a usable flower. Here’s what the flower looks like straight out of the bag.

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As you can see, it is nearly three inches in diameter and is probably at least a half an inch thick at it’s center. Here’s the card I made using the flower after it got it’s make-over.

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It’s still “puffy”, but once in an envelope it will flatten out so that it can easily go through the mail.

Sometimes, I get started on something and just can’t stop. So I went back to my flower box to see if there was another flower deserving of a make-over. I found some rose buds that I started to play with. And they worked out fairly well, too. Here’s the before and after picture.

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Now I can’t wait to make a card using this recycled rose bud. One thing I really love about this process is the way the flowers still want to stand up/out. Their dimension is awesome, yet they will behave in an envelope going through the postal system. How cool is that!

So now I have a way to utilize the flowers that have been lying around in a box for ages with no future. And I also know that I can pick up “fat” flowers or flower stems if I like them and be able to rework them into something useable on my cards. I’ll be watching those silk flower sales a little more closely in the future.

Happy crafting, everyone!

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7 Comments (+add yours?)

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  2. Cindy O
    May 31, 2011 @ 09:56:52

    Love your flower makeovers! Thanks for showing the Before and Afters. For my cards for Operation Write Home, being “mailable” is really important! Great ideas.

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  3. NanaConnie
    Jun 07, 2011 @ 15:32:00

    Wonderful tutorial! I first found it over on Operation Write Home and had to come here to leave my same comment that I left over there. I’ll definitely be using this one on OWH cards. I have tons of old silk flowers around — I used to make flower fairies for the granddaughters and their friends but I think they’re beyond those now. Nice to know that the stash of flowers doesn’t need to go to waste! I’ve added you to my e-mail subscription list. Love your work. Thanks so much.

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  4. Donna Hanley
    Jun 08, 2011 @ 05:57:11

    Donna, I just saw your tutorial over at OWH. What a wonderful little makeover secret you have brought to us. Thank You, Thank You, thank You. I have a very large box of artificial flowers that I am going to get right now. Last night needed a flower to use on a card and could not find just the right one, so this morning I will be able to solve that problem. Your cards are all beautiful. Again thank you, you have made my day.

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  5. Christina D
    Jun 08, 2011 @ 09:26:07

    I love how you used the flowers. I have rubbermades of silk flowers. Now to take them apart and use them. Thanks for the inspiration and sharing on OWH!

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  6. Donna Hanley
    Jun 08, 2011 @ 16:48:51

    Donna, I just wanted to let you know that I gave you, your fabulous makeover idea and your blog a plug on my blog today, so I hope you get some more crafters stopping by here to see your beautiful cards. I also wanted to tell you that I have now made two cards using a silk flowers today. This might be my new addiction. Again, thank you for sharing

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