To celebrate the global launch of our Flower Forming Foam this week, we thought it would only be right that we share a project or two to whet your appetite! While there are so many incredible ways to use the foam and stunning effects that you can achieve, we were keen to show that absolutely anyone can master the Flower Forming Foam. This is a beginner-friendly card project, which features delicate florals in the corner for a little pop of beauty!
While we’re in love with the design of this card, you can mix it up in any way that you like. Try using different flower dies, unusual colours, other textures or anything else that you could possibly imagine to make this project truly yours. It would be perfect for a summer wedding card, an invitation or a birthday card!
You will need:
- An 8×8 card blank
- One sheet each of Fresh Pink and Fresh Blue Centura Pearl Card (from the Pastels pack)
- One sheet of White Centura Pearl Card
- One sheet of satin finish printer paper (printed with a floral watercolour image)
- Flower Forming Foam in Floral Bouquet
- Petal Distress Tool
- Moulding Ball Tools and foam pad
- Flower Stamens in Natural White
- Floristry wire
- Peony Die
- Vines and Leaves Die
- An iron
- Hot glue gun and glue sticks
- Tacky glue
- 3D glue gel
- Spectrum Noir Water-reactive Harmony Inkpads in Winter Rose and Oasis
- Spectrum Noir Alcohol Pen in Fuchsia
- Spectrum Noir Colourblend Pencil in Jade from Essentials
- Nesting Heart Dies (or scissors to cut out your own heart shapes)
- Wedding Day Die from the Die’sire Essential Word Bundle Wedding and Baby Dies
To make the roses
Cut one large, two medium sized and three small flowers out of pink foam using the Peony Die for each rose.
Colour each flower with the Winter Rose Water-Reactive Harmony Inkpad, using a slightly damp wet-wipe. Go around the edge of each petal with the Fuchsia Alcohol Marker.
Take two of the small flowers and place them against the iron until the petals start to shrink and curl. Whilst the foam is still warm, press the centre of the flower into the foam pad with the smallest ball tool to encourage the petals to curl in even further.
To create the tight centre for the rose, bring the petals of one of the small flowers that you have just shaped together, and if necessary, place a small blob of hot glue on the inside of the base of a couple of the petals to hold the shape. Glue the centre that you have just made into the middle of the other flower that you have shaped, and again, if necessary, place a small amount of hot glue onto the inside of the base of the petals so that they fit tightly around the centre of the flower.
Hold the third small flower against the iron briefly, until the petals just start to curl. Press the centre of the flower into the foam pad with the second smallest ball tool to curl the petals inwards. Then hold the base of each petal and gently distress the edge with the distressing tool. You may need to press the centre of the flower into the foam pad again after this process to ensure that the flower still curls inwards.
Glue the centre of the flower into the middle of the third layer.
Repeat step 5 with the medium-sized flowers and the large flower, and continue to layer up until you are happy with the shape of the flower.
To make the buds
Cut two of the smallest flowers from the Peony Die set in a colour of your choice, and one in green.
Follow steps 3 – 4 above with the two coloured flowers.
Place the green flower on to the iron until the petals start to curl, then remove and press the centre of the flower into the foam pad with the small ball tool.
Glue the coloured bud into the centre of the green flower, and form the green petals around the bud, glueing with hot glue to maintain the shape if necessary.
To make the open flower in the middle of the arrangement
Cut one small, one medium-sized and one large flower from white foam. Using the Oasis Water-Reactive Harmony Inkpad and a slightly damp wet-wipe, gently colour the centre of each of the flowers.
To shape each of the petals, rub the edges of each petal using the Petal Distress Tool. One by one, hold the base of each petal on either side between your finger and thumb, and gently stretch horizontally, taking care not to touch the end of the petal, which has been distressed. This will cause the petals to curl inwards.
Turn the flower over and press the centre into the foam pad using a ball tool, so that the petals turn out.
Place a small blob of hot glue into the centre of the large flower and layer the medium-sized flower on to it, then place a small blob of glue into the centre of the medium-sized flower and layer the small flower on top. If the flower has lost its shape during this process, use a ball tool to gently press the centre of the flower into the foam pad, and this should regain the flower’s shape.
Select three or four stamens, and bend the end of a length of floristry wire (or jewellery wire) over to make a hook. Place the hook around the middle of the stamens and squeeze the end of the wire tightly against the wire stem, so that it traps the stamens in place, then bring the two ends of the stamens together so that all of the coloured ends are together.
Poke the end of the floristry wire through the middle of your flower, until your stamens are at the length that you want them to be. Open the hook out to release the floristry wire and trim the ends of the stamen. Place a small blob of hot glue over the stamen ends and flatten them against the bottom of the flower to fix them in place (taking care not to burn your fingers!)
To make the card
Take an 8″ x 8″ card blank, and mat and layer the fresh pink and fresh blue Centura Pearl Card on to the card base (cutting the first mat 3/8th inch smaller than the card blank, and the next mat 3/8th inch smaller than the first, to leave a small margin around the edge). Keep the small strips you trim off the pink and blue card as you create the mats, as these will be used to make the strip along the bottom of the card.
Take the printed paper and cut it 3/8th inch smaller than the last mat, and layer it on top.
Cut one heart out in pink and one in blue, and emboss both hearts.
Arrange the flowers and buds in one corner of the card, filling out with leaves – you can colour the veins of the leaves and the edges with the Jade Colourblend pencil. You can shape the leaves by gently stretching the leaf at the base to make it slightly curl – if you wish.
Create a strip of card by layering the thin offcuts from the pink and blue mats, and trim the length so that it fits neatly across the front of the card.
Cut ‘Wedding Day’ sentiment from White Centura Pearl and stick it on to the strip.
Place the hearts so that they overlap slightly, raising the overlapping heart with 3D glue gel.
This is quite an in-depth project, so don’t be worried if it takes you a little while to wrap your head around. But once you’ve got the techniques down, you’ll be producing foam flowers for every single card project you create! Make sure you show us your completed cards on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram using the hashtag #crafterscompanion.