Tuesday, April 19, 2016

Say 'Happy Mother's Day' with Handmade Poppies!

For this Mother's Day, how 'bout making some handmade flowers for the moms in your life? Or even to create a centerpiece for a special Mom's Day dinner? I am sure you'll find a way to use these beauties once you see how much fun they are to make!

Today, I am using  brand new Brenda Walton dies from Sizzix: 
Sizzix Thinlits Die Set 4PK - Large Poppy, Sizzix Bigz Die - French Favor Box and Sizzix Thinlits Die Set 14PK - Frames & Embellishments.

Let's start by die-cutting the pieces we will use.

Diecut the French Favor Box using this Sizzix Sandwich -  place Sizzix Bigz Die - French Favor Box, blade side up on a Sizzix Accessory Cutting Pad- Standard. Lay cardstock or thin chipboard on the die and cover with another Standard Cutting Pad. Pass the whole sandwich through the Sizzix Big Shot machine.

Repeat this step because you'll need two pieces to create the French Favor Box. 

TIP: While you can cut several layers at the same time, it is better to do this in two steps rather than one, so that the extra pressure from the machine in cutting through multi layers doesn't cut through the crease lines.

Pick the designs you want to embellish your French Favor Box with from Sizzix Thinlits Die Set 14PK - Frames & Embellishments.

To die-cut the above pieces, create the following Sizzix Sandwich. on the Sizzix Accessory Standard Magnetic Platform for Wafer-Thin Dies, lay a Standard Cutting Pad. Lay the cardstock on the Standard Cutting Pad. Lay out your Frames and Embellishments dies, blade side down on the cardstock and cover with the other Standard Cutting Pad. Pass the whole sandwich through the Sizzix Big Shot machine.

The strong magnets of the Magnetic Platform for Wafer-Thin Dies will hold each die in place making it possible to get clean precise cuts of multiple designs in just one pass through the Big Shot machine.

Next, we die-cut the pieces for the Large Poppy - petals, stamen, leaf and calyx. Use the same Sizzix Sandwich as you did with the Frames and Embellishments dies.

How many of each of these pieces you'll need will depend upon the number of flowers you want to make. I went with ten petals and one of each of the stamen, calyx and leaf for each flower.

TIP: Use a softer paper like tissue or crepe paper for the petals as that will be easier to sculpt around than a cardstock or even text-weight paper.

Here are the die-cut parts of the Large Poppy.

Now that all the pieces are die-cut, we start assembling.

Add a strip of adhesive to one of the joining tabs of the French Favor Box and attach the twin piece. Hold off assembling the rest till you have colored this piece.

TIP: It is easier to color a flat piece than a dimensional one.

I used watercolors. You can use any kind of paints you like best or even die-cut patterned papers to layer on.

Once the paints dry, apply adhesives to the remaining tabs and add the base piece to complete assembling the French Favor Box

Embellish with flower, leaves and bird die-cuts from the Frames and Embellishments set.

You can color your petals too. I did not start with colored tissue paper because I didn't want my flowers to have a flat color. I find the variegated look much more natural and prettier. But this just a matter of personal taste. You can save time by starting with colored paper.

Coloring tissue paper is easy. Stack them together in a paper plate. Add water to soak the paper. Drop inks or diluted paints. Let it sit for a few minutes, remove gently and use a heat tool to dry the layers. Just work gently so you don't tear the papers. You will get beautifully shaded petals as the ink gets lighter in the bottom layers. Make sure the petals are thoroughly dry before you start working with them.  

Since I wanted a painted look, I colored all the parts of my flower. Again, you could just use colored papers to begin with.

Cut a piece of wire. Put a dab of hot glue at the top. Start wrapping the stamen die-cut around the wire tightly. Finish by adding a little more glue at the end to keep it from unraveling.

You will end up with a little broom-like piece.

Next, use small dabs of glue and wrap the first petal around the stamen. Keep going till you feel that your Large Poppy is full enough.

Gently slide the calyx piece up the wire and glue it at the base of the Large Poppy

Wrap the wire with green floral tape to look like stem. You could also start with green florist's wire if you have it.

Sculpt the petals by curling some of them inward and some outward. I splattered some paints on it at the end.

Repeat to make more Large Poppies.

Glue the leaves to their wire stems.

Arrange all the stems in the French Favor Box for a cute little gift!

Sizzix Thinlits Die Set 4PK - Large Poppy
Sizzix Bigz Die - French Favor Box
Sizzix Thinlits Die Set 14PK - Frames & Embellishments
Sizzix Accessory - Standard Magnetic Platform for Wafer-Thin Dies
Sizzix Accessory - Cutting Pads, Standard, 1 Pair (Mint)
Sizzix Big Shot Machine Only (White & Gray)
Others: cardstock, tissue paper, watercolor paints, paint brush, wire, wire cutter, paper plate, hot glue gun 


Note: I am a project designer for Sizzix. Sizzix provided me with the above dies to create the above project. If you click the links to buy these dies, I will earn an itsy bitsy portion of the sale. Use the code SZB2015 at checkout. You get 15% off and I get an itsy bitsy portion of the sale. It's win-win!  

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