Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Golden Peony Tutorial


 
Hello my crafty friends, before I start with the details of my tutorial I want to share the inspiration or story if you will behind this embellished takeout box. 

 Someone in my family was recently diagnosed with breast cancer. You never know how you will react to any given situation until you are face to face with it. I tend to stay calm, focused, and absorbing the information as it is delved out to me, seeking more knowledge or the facts of the circumstances. This is how I'm dealing with this news, that doesn't mean that I'm braver, stronger, or super human in any way.
 I just know that if there were ever a time to be a cheerleader, it is now. I face this with hope, and with my pink pom poms shaking, cheering on a fight!  This fight has just begun, and this is my promise. To be the voice of calm, the spirit of hope, and the one cheering her to victory. 

Golden Peony Tutorial

 This peony was cut with the Silhouette and was designed by Jamielane designs Jamie has a wonderful tutorial on assembling the peony itself, this tutorial is a step by step on producing a golden sparkle and a textured flower. First cut your layers in a medium pink cardstock { or whatever color you fancy} my largest petal is 4.5" to give you a general guide.


Next emboss your petals with a repeating pattern, any will be fine, I chose swiss dots because it was the first folder I thought of. Almost any random pattern will work, avoid lines, or objects {like cupcakes or dice etc} no cupcake flowers in nature... not yet anyways! *grins at the thought*


Now for some shimmer! Shake up your favorite glittery spray I'm using a golden smooch and generously spray all of the petal layers. allow to dry for a couple of minutes before handling, otherwise you will turn yourself into King Midas.... well you will have golden fingertips at any rate!



Now gently roll the petal edges to curl upward, its okay if the petals are a wee bit damp, that will actually help this process along.


I stared with the smallest layers building "outward" curling, inking the petal edges with gold ink {this was messy, but worth it} I used hot glue to assemble the flower, I find that hot glue is the best way to assemble quickly and permanently here in "humid city" Florida!


See how the shimmer and the texture transform the plain cardstock to new glamorous heights? swoon! {okay that was the tiniest bit "Wayne's World" of me I know} ;)

To finish up my little gift box {filled with a few helpful items like ginger tea for upset tummy, lip balm, and a pretty pair of cozy socks} I wrapped the box with papers from Teresa Collins Sweet Afternoon collection & ties a bow with tulle. added a gold foil doily and three tiny gold jewels at the bottom. I glittered a banner sentiment from SRM stickers, I fell in love with the idea of making her my pink promise to cheer her back to health!


I hope you found this tutorial useful, paper flowers are always beautiful, and finding new ways to make them, decorate with them, or use them is always fun! Check back for other ways to use  takeout boxes, and for a product giveaway!

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