Thursday, 11 June 2009

Punched Flower Tutorial

I have had lots of requests to show how I make my flowers, so here’s how I do it. I must say that I first got the idea off the mega talented Deb, so this is my version - there is probably a very much easier and simpler way to do it but this works for me :)
I use various flower punches but these are my current favourites and what I used to make these flowers
McGill Floriano, Stampin Up 5 Petal (McGill Starflower is my preference but my daughter has claimed it!! – the petals are deeper cut so much easier to work with) and the medium Retro flower punch.
You will also need card (not too thick) in one or two colours and / or a scrap piece of designer paper (reasonably heavy weight if possible), a scroll or text stamp (I used a scroll from the Whiff of Joy Swirls set), ink, a dauber or sponge to apply the ink, 6mm and 3mm embossing tools, a pair of scissors and an embossing mat – my favourite is an off- cut of vinyl flooring, it has just the perfect “give” for embossing paper and prevents wrinkled edges – honest!!
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Punch out the largest size and stamp a scroll pattern/text on the front with a matching ink
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Ink the edges of the flower and cut into the centre (not all the way through)
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Using the 3mm embossing tool emboss a centre line on each petal (front of flower) flower-tut-4
Flip flower over and using the 6mm embossing tool emboss around the edge of each petal, then move into the centre but don’t emboss over the line you had previously embossed
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Flip the flower back over (face up) and apply pressure with the embossing tool to the centre of the flower, making small circular movements to help cup the flower and lift the petals
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For extra “movement” curl the petals over your finger
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Your flower should look like this
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Now although I love these Tibetan spacers they are the very devil to fix to the flower due to the curve. Soooo, to get rid of all your stress, take a hammer and a piece of wood, place the spacer on the wood face down and give the spacer a good few wallops to flatten it. Aaah that feels much better!
See the difference – so much easier to fix with a brad now.
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And there you have it, a pretty flower that matches your card perfectly. :)
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And especially for Jacque – here’s the flower with the mulberry roses.
Punch out your flower (I use the medium retro punch for this), ink the edges and emboss the back with a 3mm embossing tool.
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After embossing each petal the flower should be cupped like this
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Flip the flower over and apply pressure to the centre as the previous flower, moving in tiny circles.flower-tut-13
Fix the mulberry rose to the centre of the punched blossom with a strong glue (I use Glossy Accents … for everything lol)
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And if you’re still with me – I’ve got the nestie tutorial still to post as soon as I can get round to editing the photo’s.

100 comments:

  1. Thank you for sharing that with us Bev. I do my little flowers like that, but I need a big punch too now as I really love making my own flowers.

    Thanks again.

    Love Karen x

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  2. Waw thanks for the tutorial! So fab flowers! Hugs, moni

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  3. Bev, can you believe that I stayed up til 2AM just so I could read this? Tis true!!! Thank you so much...your samples are gorgeous and your tutorial is so well done that I think I might be able to give it a successful attempt...lol...Big hugs for you...I appreciate you so much!! Hugs...Jacque

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  4. Fab tutorial Bev and so helpful!
    I never thought of stamping my flower with a swirl stamp before but I love that and will be having a go.
    Thanks so much ;o) xx

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  5. I am just so impressed. It looks fun at the same time as you get out some agro with the hammer lol.
    Very good and detailed tutorial.

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  6. Thanks for sharing this with us Bev. Your flowers are beautiful! Could you tell me where you get the macgill punches from please?
    Hugs, Vicky -x-

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  7. Thankyou so much for sharing,the flowers are gorgeous,looking forward to making some.It is much appreciated!!!
    Hugs xx

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  8. Hi Bev

    Brilliant tutorial - thank you very much.

    I can't wait to give it a try - they make my usual "pancake flat" flowers look well sorry for themselves LOL!!!

    Thanks again

    Love Jules xx

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  9. wow they are great! I Think i shall have to have a play!!!
    love Christine xx
    ps. I Love your blog!! x

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  10. Bev, I love your flowers, so thank you for this tutorial, very helpfull!!

    Could you please tell me where I can buy the brad you used on the first flower? It's gorgeous!

    Thanks honey,

    xx Naoual

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  11. Thanks so much for this Bev. Can't wait to have a go but must get some punches first. Caroline x

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  12. WOW what a fab tut, thanks for doing this Bev and in so much detail.
    Hugs Sonia x

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  13. Amazing tutorial, thanks Bev xxx

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  14. Adorable tutorial, thanks for sharing!
    Alice

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  15. Thanks for sharing this fab tutorial, these flowers look beautiful, Suexx

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  16. Gracias por este tutorial increible que has puesto, me encanta, en cuanto pueda conseguir los pu7nch, haré el intento de una flor. Gracias.

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  17. Thank you for the tutorial Bev, will now be making own flowers for cards. Brilliant! Liz x

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  18. Excellent tutorial Bev, thanks so much for taking the time to do it and give away your secrets! Hugs, Nicki, xx.

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  19. brill can't wait to try it out
    sue
    x

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  20. Oh you do put a lot of work into to the lovely flowers you make .. and it shows. I am sure we all will be going out to buy what we need for this ...You want to ask for a % of all sales, lol
    Thanks you are a start for sharing your lovely ways you make your very own personal cards.

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  21. Fab tutorial Bev! Thanks for sharing.

    I should really get my flower punches out and use them, I have enough of the things!

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  22. Wow Bev this is such a fantastic tutorial!
    Thank you so much for sharing your technique for making your beautiful flowers they are stunning!
    hugs
    kim x

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  23. Thanks for sharing. Your tutorial is great. I want try making some flower now.

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  24. Fabulous Bev. Fantastic tut. Never thought of bashing those spacers with a hammer...DOH

    Hugs Debbie xx

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  25. Your flowers are beautiful! Thank you so much for this tutorial.
    Greetings from Germany :o),
    Marina

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  26. Thanks you so much for this Bev, what a cracking tutorial?!

    I'd always wondered how you managed to get your spacer beads to look so good, mine were always way to high off the paper. Thanks for sharing your secret! ~♥~

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  27. oooo brilliant tutorial bev , i have the large size retro flower punch and have made a few flowers myself, but nothing this pretty, ooo i must get those other punches to play with now :)


    xx

    Martine

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  28. Gorgeous flowers...brilliant tutorial,thanks for sharing :0),

    Have a lovely day
    San x

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  29. Oh Bev, thank you for this wonderful tutorial!

    (now I just need to get some punches... ;P)

    xx,
    nunt

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  30. thank you so so much for sharing that Bev, excellent tutorial! those flowers are just amazing! now I all I need to do is to go punch shopping! :)

    hugs mandyxx

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  31. Wow thanks so much for sharing that tip Bev can't wait to try it your flowers are always gorgeous x

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  32. wooooooow many thanks for sharing this...its amazing and I have all those punches but never make such a flowers with it...now I give it a try!

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  33. Thats a great idea.
    I will this do too.
    Thank you

    Best wishes
    Monika

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  34. very well done, Bev!!! great tutorial! the flowers are just fab!..
    hugs,
    sheene

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  35. Thank you so much Bev the tutorial is fab and so easy to follow, going to have a try. I love the way you stamp your flower first great idea never thought of doing this. Your cards and are really beautiful you are a very talented lady.
    Maz O'B

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  36. Fantastic easy to follow tut Bev, your illustrations are perfect and much apprecited.
    Hugs,
    Nicola -x-

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  37. Thank you so much Bev, I have recently purchased some flower punches to cut down on my Prima bills lol! Your advice is brilliant.
    Hugs
    Jen x

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  38. thank you for the tutorial I loooove it how you make flowers

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  39. Fabulous tutorial!! Thank you so much for sharing it with us. I would love to try it. But...I have to purchase embossing tools and mat.lol!

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  40. Thanks for that tutorial Bev. Your flowers are always wonderful.

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  41. Thanks for this Bev, I love 'spacer bashing' - gets all that pent up anger out! lol.
    Barbara
    x

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  42. Thank you so much for sharing your method of making flowers Bev, you do make sure gorgeous ones. Well done love and hugs Shirleyxxxx

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  43. Thanks Bev, I always admire your flowers. So good of you to share your ideas,I don´t have a punch but will be searching for a couple now. Eunice X

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  44. oh wow thanks for that Tut Bev, that is so helpful.
    Debz
    xx

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  45. thanks so much!
    fab flowers!
    hugs x syl

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  46. This is a wonderful tutorial, thanks for sharing! Can't wait to try this.
    Hugs, Yolanda

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  47. fab tut Bev, thanks for doing it ;o) xx

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  48. Fabulous tutorial Bev thanks for sharing.

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  49. Thanks a lot for this tutorial. What a great way to customize flowers to ones work.

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  50. Thanks for this information you are such a lovely lady sharing.Hugs SamXX

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  51. Wow what a great tutorial!! Thanks so much for sharing :) The flowers are gorgeous, love them.
    Hugs
    Moni

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  52. Ohh Bev thanks so much for this gorgeous tutorial. Hugs Marja

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  53. Absolutely gorgeous. Thanks for sharing your tutorial!

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  54. Great Tut. i have been doing that for years but never thought to stamp them. Thanks for the tip.

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  55. I see you've gotten lots of thanks for the tutorial already, but I have to add my thanks as well. I do believe I own all of the punches, so will have fun trying my hand at these. I also love that you shared how you flattened the spacers. I will have to consider those types that I have previously overlooked because they weren't flat enough.

    I sure do enjoy your blog and thank you for sharing!

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  56. Thanks for this tutorial! :) Have a great day!

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  57. Brilliant tutorial Bev, at last I've had time to read it and everything makes sense, thank you for sharing!

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  58. This is such a brill tutorial, thanks for sharing it with us BEv! will try and see if i can have a go at this later!
    thanks again
    Nicki
    x

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  59. Thanks for the excellent tut. I have started to make my own flowers, and I will give these a go. Doh! I never realised I could use my 'glossy accents' as a glue - thanks for the tip. xxx

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  60. That was an awesome tutorial. I always admire your flowers. You are a great papercrafter.

    Hugs
    Nic

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  61. wow bev lovely tutorial!

    hugs
    daisy

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  62. Thanks for that Bev you make it sound so easy must get a punch so I can try:0)

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  63. Brilliant tutourial Bev, thank you
    Wendy x

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  64. Fantastic tutorial Bev!! Thank you so much!

    Hugs, Kelly

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  65. wow this is amazing thank you so much for sharing this - you need to put it on your just magnolia as a tutorial too, you are fab x

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  66. fabulous tutorial bev, thanks for sharing your tips
    hugs
    helen x

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  67. WOW, how extremely informative!!! thanks for the tricks and tips!!!

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  68. Wonderful tutorial Bev ... quite clearly it's easy when you know how lol!! I have heard about using an embossing tool on punched flowers before but this guidance is very clear. And oh how I know what you mean about struggling with the curve of the spacers lol!!
    Pauline x

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  69. Thanks for sharing this Bev, I just love it!!!

    Hugs,
    Nicoline

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  70. Excellent Tutorial Bev! Great tip about bashing the spacers too - after reading I thought I'd try flattening mine with a crop-o-dile and it works! They definatley are easier to get a brad through now - thanks for the tip.

    Jo :)

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  71. Thanks for the tut hun, love seeing how folks do their craftin, well interesting! Thanks for sharing it with us!
    Much love
    Tab xxx

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  72. Thank you, Bev, for this fab tutorial. I've always loved your little flowers and now I can try them for myself.

    Alice (beemer)

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  73. Fantastic flower tutorial Bev, thanks so much! My large retro flower punch is hopefully on it's way to me as we speak so can't wait to try out some homemade flowers!
    Hugs, Danielle

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  74. you are so talented it hurts!

    :) Michelle

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  75. What a great tutorial!! TFS Your flowers are just STUNNING!!

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  76. thank you so much for sharing - this will definitely be a new technique I use. Love all your cards

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  77. Thanks for the tutorial Bev! Your flowers are always so very pretty and well worth the labor! Thanks for taking the time to share with us.
    hugs
    Risa:)

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  78. Awesome tutorial Bev! Thanks so much for sharing with us some of your little secrets!

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  79. Thank you SOOOO much for doing this! Now off to play and see if I can do this!

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  80. Always been in awe of your flowers...you are a clever girlie!
    the best bit for me was to flatten the metal spacer flower...... I bought some cos Id admired yours and always put them on, take them off, put them on, take them off cos they wont hold.
    If only I was clever enough to think to flatten DUH

    Hugs xx

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  81. thanks for taking the time to do this tutorial bev greatly appreciated
    hugs
    nicci
    x

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  82. WOW..those are gorgeous! Worth all the effort !

    And it can be a stress reliever too!

    Give it a good wallop! My kinda craft! LOL

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  83. Fantastic tutorial Bev, i loved your clear concise intrusctions and im certainly going to give this a whirl.
    Thank you
    love tasha xx

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  84. Thanks Bev for sharing! Loved seeing how you make your gorgeous flowers...great piccies and instructions. Cheers!

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  85. Thank you for sharing with us.

    Hugs
    Paulina

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  86. Thank you so much Bev. I'll try bnookmarking this to see if I can keep this page for future reference.
    Beryl xx

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  87. Thanks for sharing all your creative knowledge with us Bev, what a fantastic tutorial! Great tip for the spacer, I never thought of giving it a good bash!
    Shelly x

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  88. Wow - gorgeous flowers Bev!
    Thanks for sharing!
    Helen x

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  89. Thank you!!!!!!!!!! Although now i need to buy a new punch but I love these!!!! WOnderful tutorial!

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  90. What fabulous tutorials, Bev! Thanks for posting them!
    Hugs, Vanja

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  91. Fab tutorial, thanks for sharing it with us, I will have to have a play

    Chris xx

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  92. Thank you very much for sharing this very beautiful tutorial, Bev!

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  93. Thanks so much Bev.
    great tutorial.

    Norma x

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  94. awesome flowers Bev! Just did some retro flowers this week...I always put lines in my leaves w/a stylus but usually just push down in the center of my flowers...gonna have to get spiffy w/it and make your cool flowers!!! Thanks so much for sharing and showing great pictures w/the instructions!
    Pam Going Postal

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  95. Wow yet another fab tutorial Bev, thank you so much for sharing your talent with the rest of us, you're such an inspiration hun.
    Hugs
    Sheila xx

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  96. Great tutorial, thanks for sharing your design for your wonderful flowers, just beautiful!

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  97. Bev, you're brilliant!
    Blessings, Maria

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