Tuesday, 14 April 2015

Tuesday Tip/Technique

Hello friends
I'm talking about flowers today and some tips regarding shaping them.
There are quite a few techniques and you can use various  tools...
although I would refrain from using cat paws, even if they REALLY want to help!
This is Darcy doing her best to assist with Carnation Creations.
Shaping flowers definitely depends on what medium you use,
paper versus card.  Card can be inflexible so if it is particularly thick card it is
worth spritzing with a fine mist of water -
it really helps release those fibres and allows hours of tweaking!

Tools: Tool n' One, files, embossing tools, cocktails sticks, kebab skewers, cotton buds,
pen lids - I've tried all of these and probably some more.
We each find our favourites and what works well, I recommend you experiment
and then keep your preferred tools to hand (I need to remember that!)  

A soft mat: the mat I use originally came with brads inserted into it, these are ideal
for really getting to grips with shaping those petals.
But if you cannot lay your hands on one of these pop into Poundland/99p store
and purchase a mousemat.
Cut it into 4-6 sections, layer and glue each one until you've got a glued stack -
it make a great shaping mat.
Bitty Blossoms - before rolling, shape the petal areas by pushing
 down into your foam for the first few petals but then flip your flower over
and push down from the reverse side.  

This means when you start to curl,
the middle section is inwards but the outer edge will splay open.
Inking: highlighting the tips of your petals adds realism.
Create A Daisy.
Stencilling through the die for leaves looks beautiful, try using patterned paper for your
flowers and leaves too.
Before you know it you will have a whole floral arrangement - beautifully shaped!
I think I spoke too soon about the lovely weather, it's turned a bit chilly again now.
Take care friends and stop by tomorrow.


Kitty Davies said...

Morning All.
Thank you for the tips,Ilove making flowers. I am looking forward to seeing the new Spellbinders on Ideal world tonight. Take care Kitty.

Christine Collins said...

A lovely blog today Christine, we can't have enough flowers. I have quite a collection now and love my spell binders sunflower.
Chris xx

nattyboots said...

A smashing Tuesday tip Christine { i needed this as i confess to not being so good at my flowers }
Thanks for a great tutorial i will pop into Poundland today for a mat .
Elaine H X

Mrs B said...

Hi Christine. I love yesterdays pretty fresh card and Bella enjoying herself in the woods(the weather has changed here too today!)
Thanks for the tips on flower shaping /making today. Having a soft mat for shaping the flowers on makes all of the difference doesn't it. Take care xx

PharmacyMichele said...

Thanks for the Top Tip-how kind of Darcy to help you!


Lucycat said...

Hi Christine,
Your flowers always look perfect,thank you for Tuesday Tip ,I can only hope mine might look a bit like yours..
I hope you have a good day. Take care. x.

AnneRD said...

Great Tuesday Tip Christine. Your flowers always look so perfect! Anne x

hazel young said...

Lovely tips Christine love making flowers. hpoing it warms up soon for you xx hazel

Patricia Howarth said...

Morning Christine, Thank You, you have reminded me of my Carnation Creations and Bitty Blossoms, I haven't used them for ages !! thank you also for the tips on moulding them, I love making flowers and use them on most of my cards.
Lots of love from Patricia xx

karenlotty said...

Love the tips I only have the Itty bitty blossoms (at the mo!) so this was a great tip for me and I'll look to get the other dies now

Jacquie said...

Thank you for that Christine, some beautiful flowers.

Love & hugs

Jacquie J xxx

Jean Z said...

Hi Christine, love the flowers I cannot seem to get the rose looking as good as yours, I will keep practising love Jean Z xxx

marg said...

Good Morning Christine
Thanks for the tutorial I really struggle with flowers.
I watched a video on Becca Feekens website, she sprayed and creased hers, another Spellbinder lover!
Take care Christine
Love Marg

lydia jordan said...

Morning Christine,
Thank you for the tips, I love making flowers, your are divine.
Have a good day.

Stamping Bubbles said...

Good morning Christine
Thank you for the flower shaping tips - I often wondered how you got the centre of bitty blossoms to splay out.
Enjoy your day

Janice Wallace said...

Thanks, some great tips here. It's lovely to watch a plain piece of paper become a lovely flower.
Cold and heavy rain up here on the west coast of Scotland, just a day to stay in and craft,
Janice W

Lesley Thomas said...

Christine, so nice to see your flowers, and how you make them I have that die set and haven't used it for ages.

Janice said...

Now we know how you make your flowers look so real Christine! Thank you for all your tips today.
Janice x

ros hodgkins said...

Hi Christine, lovely flowers, but my hands shake too much for shaping them, so ready made for me. X Ros

utilitygirl said...

Some beautiful flowers here Christine. Will have to come back and study the techniques in more details when I have time!!
It's sunny here today :-)

Margaret corgi owner said...

What a super tutorial so full of hints and really useful tips, thank you so much Christine.
Margaret corgi owner

Laura O' Connor said...

great tips ,love the finished look to the create a flower dies [too much work for me sorry ]Laura O

Pat S Witney said...

Hi Christine
Thanks for the tips on how to shape your flowers. Mind you we need to practise these I think. All your flowers look lovely.

Carole Z said...

What a super tutorial Christine, thank you for sharing these fabulous flowers, hugs Carole Z X

Lea Brawn said...

Wow fab tips. Great flowers. X

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