Monday, January 2, 2012

Make a Tri-floral Flower Embellishment Tutorial

This is one of the flower embellishments that I make and love to use on cards.  You will see some examples of this flower on my challenge blog at


Cut three of the smallest flowers from the Tim Holtz Tattered Florals Die.

Using the McGill Floral Stylus gently, but firmly rub the larger ball around on the petals to breakdown the fibers in the paper to make it easier to shape.  The petals will start to curl up at this point, and this is what we are after.  Whatever you do, don't use an embossing tool on this as you will punch through the paper.  You are better off trying to curl this with you fingers.


Holding the stylus more or less straight up and down, rub in a circular motion in the very center of the flower.  This will cause the petals to curl up into a cup shape, which is what we want to happen.

You can try doing this by using your fingers, but it doesn't form quite as nicely.

 Forming the Tri-Floral

Hold the three flowers in the configuration demonstrated in the picture.

Place all three flowers in the center of the glue dot, assuring that all flowers get stuck into the glue as shown above.  I just leave the tri-floral on the paper until I'm ready to place it on the card, but wanted you to see what it should look like once the three flowers are on the glue dot.

I generally put pearls, nail heads, flower soft or something in the centers before placing these on a card or lay-out.  I embellish them with leaves that I cut with my Cricut or McGill Floral Punches, which are just wonderful to use.  You will see lots of these in the spring.

Hope you enjoy.  If you make some of these leave a comment with a link to where you use them.  Thanks, and enjoy.

Making Rose Tutorial

·       Tim Holtz Alterations Die Tattered Florals
·       Cardstock of about 80# weight
·       Scissors
·       Quick Dry Glue such as Scotch
·       Large Glue Dots


1.     Cut 3 six petal flowers from with the next to the smallest flower.
2.     Fold the flower petals into quarters.
3.     Cut the point at the center of the flower in a curve to form a circular hole in the middle of the petals.  Do this to all three of the petals.
4.     Cut one of the petals to remove 1/2 of a petal, and throw the cut out away.  Cut the second on to remove
1 1/2 petals, and keep both pieces.  Cut the third petal to remove 2 1/2 petals, and keep both pieces.
5.     Starting with the 5 1/2 petal piece, run a small line of glue along the front of the 1/2 petal, and attach it to the backside of the petal to form a 5 petal flower piece.  Do this same thing to all the rest of the pieces except the one petal.  The single petal piece you just roll into a tube with one end small than the other, and this forms the center of the rose.
6.     Leave the glue dot on one of the pieces of paper that it came adhered to.  Press the 5 petal piece into the glue dot, then press the 4 petal into the glue dot in the center hole, then 3, 2,1.  Now you have a rose that you can stick anywhere that the glue dot will hold it.

Purple Flutter By

My apologies to everyone who read this before I corrected all the grammar and spelling errors.  What was I thinking; well clearly I wasn't thinking.

I have studied lighting and depth of field , f stops and all sorts of things today.  I will be purchasing some photo lamps and my hubby is going to make me a home diffuser out of a box.  It looks and sounds simple enough.  The lamps I can set up easily enough, thank goodness.  These two photos turned out reasonably well, but I can't wait to see what it will look like with the new set up.  I also studied on improving the looks of the photos, even after they leave the camera.

This card was lots of thinking.  I know you could smell the rubber burning while the wheels in my minds eye turned.  It took me a bunch of tries to get this right, and I ended up making all the elements myself.  I made the paper for the flowers and greeting in Photoshop.  The background Color Me paper came from Hot off the Press, but I had to color it with Almost Amethyst from Stampin' UP.  The stamp is from Wee by Sylvia Zet and it is Rose and Felix.  The hat pins come from Maya Road.  The Roses are made from the second smallest flower on the Tim Holtz Tatter Florals die, the tri-floral is from the smallest flower.  I'm going to put a tutorial up here on how to make both of those flowers.  They are a mainstay with me.  I use them a lot as they are simple to make, and just lovely to look at.  The circle and scalloped circle came from Spellbinders.  Well that kind of gives you the recipe for this one.
This card is on my top 10 list of cards I have made and love.  Can't wait for an occasion to give it to someone. Hope you enjoy.