Thursday, 27 February 2014

Butterfly wing flower tutorial

Good morning friends.
It's been a busy time in my crafty man cave recently but not much to share at the moment which is frustrating in many ways so today I thought I'd take a moment to share a quick flower making tutorial with you. I can't show you where they've ended up for a while but I hope you enjoy the process of making them!

Flowers are a very versatile item on many craft projects and I am always looking for something slightly different and this fits the bill! These flowers are created using the new Darcy Eclectica butterfly stamp (EM05) from PaperArtsy.

 Start off by colouring 2 sheets of A4 card with a selection of Dylusions inks, flick with water and dry to create a lovely interesting background.
 Ink up the stamp in black Archival ink.
 Cover both pages with butterflies.
 Then, make yourself comfy and begin to cut all the wings out! Keep them in separate piles so that all the direction and sizes are the same.
 You end up with a pile of little pieces like this.
 Using a soft mat add shape to each piece. (I use the closed poky tool to do mine as I didn't have a large embossing ball tool) Use the largest ball tool you can to make it quicker.
 To assemble the flowers take a large glue dot and begin to lay around as seen so that each piece is attached onto a part of the glue dot. For the smaller pieces you will need 6 and for the larger pieces you will need 7.
 To finish each flower, glue a flat pearl to the center and leave to dry.

The end result of my labours is a lovely pile of flowers, beautifully patterned and slightly quirky and I love them. Hope you do too.
Yes, it is a bit fiddly and time consuming in one way; but now for a couple of hours work I have around two dozen flowers ready to use which is always a  good thing in my book.
So, next time you are bored, why don't you give it a try.
Take care, I've a ton of work to do today so I'll catch you later.

19 comments:

Croms' Cubby Hole said...

These are gorgeous and it's always good to see how others use their stamps for other purposes x

Rumtruffle said...

Neil I love this idea, I'm going to make some today and show the ladies at scrap club tonight, these are awesome x

claudia said...

stupendi fiori e bellissima la tecnica, grazie per aver condiviso ... proverò sicuramente a farli ... ciao!!!

rachel said...

these look wonderful Neil - fab xx

ionabunny said...

Fantastic Neil, thanks for sharing. These look gorgeous. Must see if I have a butterfly stamp that's suitable to give this a try.

Kay Dalton said...

ooo these are stunning, now im sure i had a butterfly stamp somewhere....

mark gould said...

a very cool re purposing Neil, the flowers look great

Glennis said...

Fabulous Neil - what a great idea to have a bunch on hand!

Kinuko said...

fabulous idea, I love these butterfly flowers, they look amazing. Don't have this stamp but I am sure it will work with others too, will try out. Thanks for sharing this idea

Elaine said...

Great idea - they make wonderfully colourful flowers!

Nan G said...

Cool butterflies! You've got us all scrambling looking for our butterfly stamps. Guess I'll have to order the one you've used. ;)

Annie said...

Love the flowers Neil.....great idea!!! TFS
Annie

Dianne said...

Oh Mister Neil this is BRILLIANT, BRILLIANT, BRILLIANT, your butterfly wings are GORGEOUSSSSSS, Koodoo to you for all that fussy cutting, fat antic tutorial, thanks for sharing and have a wonderful weekend..

isisimaginings.com said...

Neil, they are gorgeous!! What a great idea!

Darcy UK said...

ohhh these flowers are just beautiful, thank you for choosing my butterfly stamp to create them. I love to see stamped images cut up and used in different ways. Genius!

Darcy UK said...

I added your link to the FB page for my stamps, feel free to add links to other projects using my stamps. x

https://www.facebook.com/DarcyEclectica

Helen said...

Wow, Neil, that is fabulous!! The flowers look fantastic, you would never know they started life as a butterfly stamp! Will have a go at this.

whyducks said...

A great idea Neil, very effective x

Sande said...

These are gorgeous. Time consuming but so worth all the effort. Just added this to my make these list.