Flowers for a RAK

Here is a RAK card I made recently. It uses some flowers I made from paper inspired from nature itself.

Walking to work one day I found a petal shape on a flower that I just knew I had to copy. I sketched it then made a template flower which I’ve now been using in lots of different ways. I’ve been asked how I did it so here is a step by step, hope it is clear 🙂

So first using my template I cut the shapes from my chosen papers which in this case are from the All Star set from Kaboodle Doodle.

I then cut a small slit between the petals to separate then a little.

For these flowers I distressed the edges using a felt block (a bit of felt attached to wood with velcro) with small circular motions around the edges on a craft mat. The edges pick up the ink nicely. You can also ink the edges directly or drawn on them – anything really.

To shape the petals I use a thin embossing tool, but a thin knitting needle or a cocktail stick works as well.

I start by bending the centre of the petal downwards over the embossing tool.

Next there is an upward bend on either side of the centre line of the petal.

Then a downward bend on both edges of the petal

I also curl the tips downwards and if you want even more dimension you can use the ball to a larger embossing tool to dent the centre.

For the centre of these flowers I used a flower punch, curling the tips of these flowers downwards, and a brad. But there are all sorts of things you can do – use a sentiment, a decorated brad, gems, buttons – it is endless 🙂

The finished flower 🙂

Hope that helps 🙂


Materials:

Stamp – Elzybells Art Stamps
Papers – All Stars Kaboodle Doodle
Inks – VersaFine Black; VersaColor Pink
Equipment – Embossing tools; small flower punch, felt block; craft mat
Other – Letraset Promarkers; Fine black marker pen; white cardstock

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4 Comments

  1. August 15, 2008 / 7:53 pm

    Beautiful card Kim, its so pretty and I love your flowers the tutorial is brilliant TFS 🙂 Donna x

  2. August 16, 2008 / 4:36 pm

    What a beautiful card and I love the flowers. x

  3. August 28, 2008 / 2:20 pm

    wow very beautiful card and your flowers are wonderful, great tutorial, thanks for sharing 🙂
    *Brocéliane*

  4. August 28, 2008 / 3:54 pm

    The card is fab hun!
    I make my own flowers too, asi dont have any punches etc
    I will try this soon! Will get back to you whenever I make one using your technique.
    Thanks for the mini tut.

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