Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Flower Tutorial...A Lesson in 'Stack 'n Tuck'

Welcome friends! I've had a couple of comments/requests for a flower accent tutorial and I wanted to just show you how I 'build' my flower embellishments. It's no secret that I use them on most of my cards, mostly because I love the soft, feminine look of a cluster of flowers, with swirls and flourishes emanating out of them. Here is a step by step of my process:

First...here's the end result:


And second, just a little background as to how I store my accents to make color choices.
I have all of my flowers arranged by color in these organizers I purchased from Home Depot:


I chose flowers that would compliment my design...based on the papers I was using...which was easy this time as I used Confetti White (off white) and kraft:


Then I chose white flowers to accent the darker brown/tan flowers I had selected:


 Here is my canvas. I took a panel of Confetti White paper and sent it through my Big Shot while it was in a ink-smeared Square Lattice embossing folder:


I got most of my supplies ready ahead of time, though, including in this tutorial, I grab stuff after I start creating and I'll mention what I added that was extra. But for now, there is a half doily, organza ribbon, tulle accents (from A.C. Moore's wedding dept.), a strip of burlap (with some of the threads pulled out), a glittered chipboard flower, pieces of a flower cluster (from Michael's wedding dept.), fabric flowers (colored with a Copic), various paper flowers and two Elegant Scrollwork die cuts:


First I lay down my larger accents. Not much of the doily will end up showing, but I don't want it to overwhelm the design anyway:


The strip of burlap and a length of ribbon goes next, again, only a bit of it will show after I add the other pieces. It is necessary to start off with large details as most of them will get covered anyway. If I placed a small doily down, but the time I get to the end it would be engulfed:


Next is the die cuts. I added the glittered flower and paper flower and then this is where I started to tuck. Up until now it was just layering. It's hard to judge how much of the design will show if you place the scroll die on the project too soon:  


Since there were so many neutrals, I decided at this point that it would be a good idea to add a bit of a burst of color...represented by the green silk leaf. And then I started to add the small paper flowers at this point, too:


I like to have varying sizes of flowers, and sometimes you just don't have flowers that are small enough...easy fix:


I just peel of a couple of layers to make the flower smaller:


Here's another instance where I felt the design needed some more 'points'. I like to add a nice mix of round objects (flowers) and spiky or pointed objects (raffia, tulle, leaves). So I added a small raffia bow, tucked under the larger flower and accented with a small paper flower:


More spiky accents...here is where I tucked the black tulle accents into the small open spaces between the flowers. I also started to add the medium sized fabric flowers here, too:


These flowers were purchased in a large group. I separated the individual groupings and pulled out the little stamen pieces. I then added them to my design, tucking them strategically into more open spaces:


Here's the finished accent:


Lastly, I added my sentiment panel and mounted this panel onto the card base:


 And the final product, again:


ETA: I had a few questions about the adhesive I use...it's a combination of glue dots and Art Glitter clear adhesive.

Thanks for joining me for such a long post...I hope it was informative for you!



Stamps: Celebration of Thanks (Verve Stamps)
Paper: Confetti White, Crumb Cake, Basic Black (Stampin' Up!)
Ink: Versafine Onyx Black
Accessories: Quinn Flourish die (Memory Box), burlap, doily, Daisy die (Heartfelt Creations), Platinum Glitter (Martha Stewart), fabric & paper flowers, leaves, raffia, stamens, tulle accents, Square Lattice embossing folder (SU!), Satin trim organdy ribbon (Morex)
Size: 4 1/4" X 5 1/2"
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28 comments:

  1. I always wondered how you do that! Such a beautiful bouquet. The contrasts in textures really make the difference. Thanks for so generously sharing your secret!

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  2. Wow, how fun to see how it all comes together! Thanks for the tutorial! I know it's hard to take time out to take pictures when you're in a craftin' groove.

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  3. Oh my goodness, Andrea! You're such a master at this! I don't know where to begin with clustering embellishments (which is why most of mine have a permanent home in storage containers!). Thanks for showing your process!

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  4. Thanks for sharing your creative process Andrea, great job and another pretty card!

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  5. Andrea, thank you for sharing the manner in which you assemble flowers - a gorgeous process to see your creative juices flowing - and for the tips about how to use different items together, too! hugs, de

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  6. Loved seeing how your beautiful card came together! Thanks for sharing!

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  7. Thanks so much for sharing your "how to" -- beautiful end result!!

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  8. I've been soooo looking forward to seeing how you create your gorgeous flower embellishments! THANK YOU for taking the time to share with us your creative process in such detail.
    I do have one question, though . . . what type of glue do you use?

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  9. So love this card, it is beautiful, but loving your flower organisation even more. Simply awesome!

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  10. Wonderful tutorial/insight into your creative process, Andrea!! Thanks for taking the time to put it together :) I'm assuming a glue gun is your weapon of choice here too ;) I must say I giggle every time I wonder by the wedding section at Mike's as I wonder what you would use on your cards. You are definitely the flower cluster queen!

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  11. Красивая открыточка и очень хороший мастер-класс!!!

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  12. thanks for sharing the deets on how to get the look, appreciated
    ava g

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  13. Oh you just went and made it look so easy Andrea! And it's not! Thanks so much for sharing your beautiful creative talents. Nicola x

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  14. Thank you for sharing your step by step instructions...I enjoyed seeing how it goes together on your lovely card!

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  15. Beautiful as always! Thanks for breaking down everything you use. What great ideas you have. The variety really makes a difference in your cards.
    Blessings,
    Michelle

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  16. Great tutorial, Andrea... This is one of the cards I loved from a past blog. Nice to see how it came together!!

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  17. This was an awesome post. I often CASE your layered embellishment clusters and its great to know how you build them. What I not need to know if where you get all your flowers and how much do all those flowers end up costing? I always hesitate to make cards that have so many flowers because I am on a pretty restricted budget. If you have any place to get them cheap, I'd be thrilled to know where!!!

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  18. I appreciate you sharing this so very much! Like many of the others here, I admire your beautiful work and am running off the see what I can come up with now! THANK YOU!!

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  19. You are just having too much fun... And the flower collage is too much fun!! Interesting to read your process...you lay out a bunch of fabulous elements and work them in....need to try that!! I start and then, go looking!

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  20. How do you attach all of these pieces?

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  21. Great tutorial. Someone else who works from a nest Love it and the result. thanks as always for sharing.

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  22. Such an inspiration...and how do you take such lovely photos of your creations?

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  23. This was such a helpful tutorial...thanks for taking the time to share your steps! Your card is gorgeous - as are all your projects! I'd also love to hear about your photo editing process. I see you must have great natural lighting, but I'm usually taking pics after dark, so that option is out for me.

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  24. Очень красивая открытка.

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  25. Such a neat tutorial, thanks for sharing your creative thought process. Embarrassing how little thought I put into throwing flowers on my cards, I really need to rethink that. Your end result is just gorgeous.

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  26. Great tutorial, Andrea! I appreciate you taking the time to do this. I am happy and lucky to be the owner of this beautiful creation. :) thanks so much for coming with Ewen goodies!

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  27. Thanks for sharing your tutorial. The elegant creation of the flowers is so beautiful

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