Sep 29 2010
This post starts the first segment in a four part series of tutorials for the mums I made in the Fall series of designs. Because of the amount of pictures in the tutorial, I felt it would be better to break it up into sections. First, I’m not sure if I’m limited to an amount of space in each post and, second, I was seriously afraid I might over load your computers with too much content causing them to crash. I’m not sure if that’s possible, but to be on the safe side, I chose to break the tutorial into four sections.
In this first section, I advise you of tools, accessories and supplies needed to make the mums. I’m starting with the bottom of the mum and working up, using the largest of the Daisy Heads dies, which is how I made the mums. In the next segment, Part II, I’ll show how I made the middle section of the mum, made with the middle size Daisy Heads die. In Part III, I’ll show how I made the innermost part of the mum using the smallest of the Daisy Heads dies. I wrap up the tutorial in Part IV, showing variations of the mums with cutting techniques and using the Blossom 2 dies.
Products I used in making the mums include: the Wizard, Spellbinders’ Daisy Heads dies, Blossom 2 dies, a magnetic spacer plate, a tan embossing mat, two cutting boards, various colors of cardstock, various inks of your choice (optional if you want to tint the petals), a sponge wedge or dauber, embossing mat, embossing tools (large and small), Gum Arabic and Pearl Ex (optional), Krylon 18Kt. Gold pen, and a paintbrush.
To make one mum, cut two large petals (largest die), three medium size petals (medium die), and three small petals (small die) from the Daisy Heads dies. For variations (in later tutorials) cut two of the smallest petals and next size up petals of the Blossom 2 dies.
Tint the petals with various inks of your choice. To tint my petals, I first sponged Pumpkin Pie, then followed with Spiced Marmalade, followed by Rusty Hinge, then tipped the petals with Vintage Photo. As I picked up each new color, I sponged less of the paper, giving the petal a gradation of color, ending with only catching the tips of the petals with Vintage Photo. Tint both sides of the petals.
Take a medium size petal and soften the cardstock by embossing both the front and back side of the paper with the 6mm (largest) embossing tool on the black embossing pad. The pergamano embossing pad is different from a mouse pad or perforating pad, such as Ornare. It has a firm rubbery surface of one side that is perfect for embossing parchment paper, as well as cardstock. It’s similar to a fist sized rubber bouncing ball. It has a firm buoyancy allowing the paper to be manipulated and shaped into form for the petals. It comes in two sizes, I’m using the smaller pad for the tutorials.
Using the 4.5mm embossing tool (medium size), continue embossing in the same manner, both the front and back of the paper, focusing more on the edges.
The paper will soften and should be separating at the edges. Gently pull the edges until the paper separates as shown in the picture. Continue pulling the paper apart until you’ve completely separated the two pieces.
Do this with all the petals, except the two largest petals, do not soften and split the two largest petals. They need to be strong to support the weight of the flower.
Using a mixture of Gum Arabic, Pearl Ex powder, and water paint both the front and back of all the petals ( this step is optional). The Gum Arabic works as an adhesive and will adhere the Pearl Ex powder to the petals. The more Gum Arabic used in the mix, the shinier the petals. There is no set formula, if you like a lot of shine, add more Gum Arabic. If you prefer shimmer, add more Pearl Ex. If you prefer a subtle shimmer and shine, use more water. Let petals completely dry before moving on to the next step. You do not need to tint the backs of the petals that were separated. (Note: Gum Arabic is a sweet tasting natural product. Pets love the taste, keep them away or your design may become their next meal.)
Take the two largest petals and cut every other notch, as shown. The last cut will have three notches, there will be a total of four cuts per petal. (Set aside the other petals that were split apart for Parts II and III of the tutorial.)
Use the largest embossing tool (6mm), gently press down on the edges of the back side of the petals going all the way around the flower petals until they slightly cup, as shown in the picture above. Then place the embossing tool about 1/8″ from the edge of a petal notch and gently push down and pull towards the center of the flower petal (as shown). Do this all the way around both flower petals.
Now, turn the two petals over and using the large embossing tool (6mm), gently press down on the centers of the petals until your petals look like the petals in the picture. You can see the areas that were embossed in the previous step on the petals.
This step is optional, I traced around the edges of some of the petals with a Krylon 18Kt. gold pen. I did not go down into the grooves, only the outer edges.
Place adhesive in the center and also in various areas of one petal as shown in the photo. I use PergaGlue, any strong, fast drying adhesive will work. Elmer’s will work, but it is not fast drying.
Place the other large petal on top of the first petal, rotating so that the petals overlap as shown.
Let these first two layers dry before adding more petals to the mum. This photo illustrates a comparison of the first two petals and a completed mum.
In Part II, I’ll show you how to form the petals for the center section of the mum.
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