Ever wonder how to give a new look to your silk or fabric flowers? Well I was wondering last week, and this is what I came up with. My sample is w/ a Bo-Bunny Silk flower but it could be done w/ any silk flower or fabric flower. I hope you enjoy doing these as much as I do.
Here is a close-up of the flower, and I promise, yours will look as pretty as this one and I also promise that it’s really simple.
- silk flower (or die cut fabric flower)
- cuttlebug embossing folder
- strong adhesive (I used my X150 w/ permanent adhesive)
1. I took my silk flower and passed it through my X150 (those itty bitty sticker machines that look like a letter X). You could use any other adhesive, but you want something that can do a good cover and you do NOT want repositionable adhesive. You want a good strong adhesive that is going to hold on good. And keep that fabric or flower in place.
NOTE: If you do not have silk flowers then you could either die cut a flower from fabric or you could free-hand cut a fabric flower. Or you could so stars, or hearts, or whatever you heart desires at a specific moment that is the awesome thing about this technique.
2. You want to glue the flower to a piece of cardstock. I like using non-texture cardstock, or the back of my texture-cardstock.
2. Burnish that flower down into the cardstock. This is a key step, you want that flower not to peel from the cardstock (that is why I do NOT like repositionable tape and why I DO like non-texture cardstock).
I used my bone folder to burnish the flower from the center of the flower to the end of each petal. Do NOT overlap petals, you want to be able to see clearly the separation between petals for easy cutting.
To be sure I even burnished mine from the back. 😉
3. Cut out the flower, yes, you read correctly, you are going to cut out the flower. Try to not allow any cardstock be seen from the front. I like doing this task w/ a small pair of scissors.
4. The fun part…. put your cut-out flower inside your Cuttlebug embossing folder. I like how the Swiss Dot looks like when all is set and done, but you could use any of them, there are so many!
I played around where exactly to place mine, ’cause I wanted to have little dots in almost all my end of each petal, but that is up to your discretion.
5. Check it out! Isn’t it cool?!?!?! I just love how different they look! Now you can add some distress inks, ribbon, a button or a brad or another layer of a different size/color flower w/ a different embossing folder (the combinations are endless) and voilá you have ONE AWESOME embellishment from that not so cool (in comparison) flower. 😉
I also used my fingers to add some dimension to the flower by bending the petal (check out the close-up image). Since the base of your flower is cardstock now the new shape you give to those petals WILL stay… woohooo!!!!!