Jun 12 2014
Ladies, here is the last Dahlia tutorial . . . I’m done . . . woo hoo! Thank you for sticking with me through these long and tedious tutorials.
This tutorial shows how to make the flowers in the picture above. I make three different flowers. It’s long, but easy peasy, I promise! Let’s get started . . .
I used Spellbinder’s Dahlia dies size #2 and #3 for the flowers in this tutorial. I cut several flowers and tinted them with Scattered Straw Distress Ink. While the flowers were still damp I folded them in half and then in half once more and twisted them, as shown above. I left them to dry.
Once dried I opened them up as shown.
I used a size #2 die for this flower.
I spritzed the flower with water.
I used a very small embossing tool to ruffle the petals.
I placed the embossing tool on the edge of the petal and with slight pressure pulled the tool toward the center of the flower.
It looks like this when finished.
I turned the flower over and pressed down in the center of the flower with the embossing tool using a lot of pressure. I’m sorry for the picture, I didn’t realize it was blurry until I uploaded the flashcard to my computer and by then it was too late to re-create this step.
The flower looks like this when pressed firmly down into the embossing mat. Let dry.
When dry, pierce a hole in the center of the flower with an awl and insert a cluster of stamens (I show how I made the stamen cluster further down in this tutorial).
You can place adhesive in the flowers’ centers or turn them over and place the adhesive on the back. I prefer to place the adhesive on the back of the flower.
To make this flower, I used paper snips to round the edges of the petals. I turned the flower upside down and cupped each petal with an embossing tool.
I turned the flower over and using the embossing tool, I pressed down in the center of the flower.
I cut two petals out, leaving six. I applied adhesive on top of the petal on the left.
I adhered the right petal over the left petal as shown.
In this picture you can see the overlapping petals where they were adhered . After the picture was taken, I trimmed off the overlap. I used an awl to pierce a hole in the center of the flower for insertion of the stamens.
Place adhesive on the back to secure the stamens and let dry.
Two finished flowers. One flower has four stamens, the other has eight, you can place as many or as little as you’d like.
Take two Dahlia flowers, size #3.
Emboss on the front side of the flower, use a small embossing tool to ruffle the edges (start on one side of the petal and gently press and pull around to the other side of the petal. Do this to both flowers. The firmer you press, the better the ruffle. Do this to all flowers.
Still on the front side of the flower, use a larger embossing tool to gently cup the flower.
Adhere one flower on top of the other.
Do the same steps to size #2 flowers.
I included this picture to show you the stamens before I prepare them. I got these stamens at Michael’s. I found flower pots with small flowers in the dollar bin and purchased them. Each flower pot had several flowers with stamens. I cut the stamens from the flowers and tossed the flower pots. These are the cheapest stamens I’ve ever bought . . . LOL!
I took several stamens from my container and adhered them together with Crafter’s Pick Ultimate Glue. I twisted the ends and let them dry.
Adhere the smaller flower into the larger flower, pierce a hole through the center with an awl and pull the stamens through.
Turn the flower over and adhere the stamens to the flower.
I like to spritz Glimmer Mist on the completed flower.
Let flower dry. The iridescence from the Glimmer Mist gives the petals a natural look.
This flower is made just like the smaller flower above with the overlapping petals. The only difference is that I didn’t trim the edges of the petals to be round and I pinched the petals while they were wet (when I dyed the paper).
I dyed a size #2 flower with Peeled Paint and cut the petals in slits as shown. I cut off some of the petals and wrapped the calyx around the base of the flower and adhered it as shown.
I used the small flowers in this design. Click here to see the full post with this design.
The Dahlia tutorials can easily be adapted to other Spellbinder’s dies, i.e., Rose Creations, Peonies, etc. I’ve given you the basic techniques I’ve used in all six tutorials. With these basic steps you can pretty much create any flower with most any die set, the sky’s the limit. Have fun playing girls!
Links to the Dahlia tutorials:
Thank you so much for stopping by to visit today, until next time . . . .
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