Flower Die Cuts for Card Making
Ink up the second largest petal stamp with Rose Bud Memento ink and stamp out six lily petals – do the same with the third largest lily petal and stamp out twelve. Put these to one side.
We are going to create a template to cut out your stamped lily petals. Take an A6 piece of white cardstock and using the matching sized die for the petal. Run this through your Cuttlebug (or any die cutting machine that you use) and remove the centre die-cut image, leaving the die in the surrounding cardstock. Use some low tack (masking) tape and fix the die at one edge so it stays attached to the white cardstock and forms a hinge.
Roughly cut around the lily petals, then line your template over the top of each single petal so you can see where it is going to cut.
Close the hinged die over the top of the stamped image and run through your Cuttlebug Machine (or similar) machine to cut out the petals. Continue until all your petals are cut out.
The stamped petals do look beautiful, but we want to make them even more beautiful! I used Cut and Dry foam and Spun Sugar Distress Ink to give the base of the petal a light pink hue. I then made the petal really pop using blend-able pencils - I have picked out the detail in the centre and around the outside of the petals too. You can also achieve this with your Spectrum Noir pens. It's really important to use Memento coloured ink, as it won't smudge, when you blend in the colours on the petal.
Fold each petal in half with a good crease to give dimension to the finished flower. Punch a small circle from white cardstock and start to layer your lily petals evenly in a circle to start and build up the flower layers.
Placing the petals into layers of three gives a more realistic effect to the finished flower.
Repeat this process with the remaining twelve smaller lily petals and create two smaller lily flowers. Stamp out nine leaves using the Elegant Single Leaves stamp set (which in my opinion is a must for everyone who wants to make their own flower embellishments). I have stamped the leaves with New Sprout Dew Drop Memento ink and then coloured it with Shabby Shutters Tim holtz Distress Ink and Cut and Dry foam.
Use a pokey tool to poke a hole in the centre of your lily flowers and punch through some stamens to give the lily a realistic effect. I bought mine from Wild Orchid Crafts – 160 for £1.01! Use five for the large lily and three for the smaller lilies.
Create a base card for your Lilies. I have used the Rog G Biv, Cored'inations pad as it had the perfect pinks to match my lilies. This is why I love these Cored'inations pads so much - you can always find the perfect colour for your projects, and there are always the coordinating colours for matting, layering and embellishments. The Perfect Petals die set also has the most amazing filigree decorative corner die in with it, which is stunning so I've cut two from Cored'inations cardstock and placed them at opposite corners of the card to frame the lilies.
Complete your card by arranging your lilies in the centre. Use Collall 3D glue gel to place your lilies on the card base as you want them to stay put when this card is passed around and admired! Arrange the leaves around the lilies, again using 3D glue gel.
I know that I am going to be making these lilies constantly as I think they are just stunning, but have a look at other Spellbinders Die Cuts on the Crafter's Companion website as it's not just lilies you can create, there is so much more. I think these stamps and dies are excellent value for money as I can make six different sizes of flowers with each die and stamp set - from really tiny (to add a small decorative embellishment to your card) to the larger versions like I have made here as a fabulous centre piece.
I will be back with more how to's with this range, as I am now just a little bit addicted!