Friday, June 22, 2012

Happy Hibiscus

Happy Friday all!  Seemed like a good day to work with the set, Happy Hour, although instead of working on a Christmas card, I ended up going a little tropical!  Oh well, it was quite fun to make.

The flowers are handmade; see the close up below.

What I used:
Stamps-Happy Hour, Teeny Tiny Wishes
Paper-Whisper White, Calypso Coral, Daffodil Delight and Lucky Limeade; dsp
Ink-Lucky Limeade, Daffodil Delight, Calypso Coral
Other-Scallop Edge Punch, Word Window Punch, Blossom Punch, flower soft
More to come later!


I made the flowers with Stampin' Up's Blossom Punch.  To make the Hibiscus, cut out one petal from each flower.  Then  work the paper so that it is somewhat pliable and glue/adhere the flower petals together to fill in the gap from the removed petal.  This creates a somewhat cone shaped flower naturally.   Next use your stylus from the Simply Scored tool and burnish the inside center of the flower to round it out and make the paper still more pliable.
To make the stamen, simply cut a narrow piece of card stock about 3 inches long and moisten it with water to make it pliable.  then start rolling the edge of the paper lengthwise.  This takes a little patience, but once you get going it goes pretty easily.  You will end up being able to roll it smoothly in your fingers, tightening the roll.  It will be maybe the size of a toothpick.  Let it dry; it does not take long.
While you wait for the stamen to dry, gently roll each petal outward, using a pencil, pen or similar item to wrap it around.  Poke a hole through the center bottom of the flower, making sure it is big enough for the stamen to fit through. Once the stamen is dry, insert it through the hole from the underside of the flower.  Initially, allow more than you want to come through. For the next part, I used Flower Soft that I happened to pick up recently at a Scrapbook Convention.  I applied glue to the end of the stamen and rolled it in the flower soft.  I let this dry and then pulled the stamen back to the length I wanted it.  Trim the stamens on the underneath side and, using glue dots, adhere the flowers to your card!
Thanks so much for stopping by and have a wonderful weekend!

1 comment:

  1. Lee Ann, What beautiful colors on this card. Thank you so much for the tutorial on the flower. It is a nice easy one to follow. Enjoy your weekend.


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