How to make layered flower cards!
On this page, you can find all the blog posts about creating layered flowers using our flower layering templates, numbers 1 to 8. You can also find these on the blog and on the card project pages.
Summer is coming for those of us in the southern hemisphere and rapidly disappearing for those in the north. As a child in England, my memories of summer included long hot days (yes we did have some) making huge daisy chains to wrap around my neck and give as gifts to my friends.
Daisies are a very underrated flower I think, so in honour of the humble daisy, here is a card, featuring a big happy daisy to brighten someone's day.
You can make this card in exactly the same way as the sunflower in the previous blog post. This time I have brushed the tips of the petals with a little Spun Sugar Distressed Ink. The centre of the flower is a simple circle of yellow card run through the Mesh Cuttlebug Embossing Folder (exactly like the sunflower) and the flower is mounted on a piece of green corrugated card. I've stamped a little message for the centre of the flower using the same distressed ink.
The wooden ladybird, makes a nice finishing touch, even though it is completely out of scale to the flower....a little artistic licence is allowed here, I feel.
I think this simple card would make anyone 'Smile', what do you think?
I have always loved sunflowers, well apart from when I was really small, when they actually frightened me a bit! Anyway, here is a card inspired by the sunflower and made with our new flower layering template Number 8. This one was super quick to make and makes a lovely cheerful notecard that you could make in different sizes. I have made this at the largest size to make it easier to see on the blog but smaller ones would look just as effective. Here is how this card was made....
Print off two sheets from the second page of the template and cut out two flowers of the same size. I have printed directly to the card I want to use here, as it is much easier.
I've brushed the edges with Scattered Straw Distressed Ink. Using inks or chalks around the edges, really gives your flower some dimension so that it doesn't look so flat.
For the background piece, I have used a piece of light green handmade paper. The green gives a lovely contrast to the bright yellow of the flower. I wanted a slightly worn or aged look to this card, so out come the distressed inks again, this time, Peeled Paint, Shabby Shutters and Frayed Burlap.
Now layer up the flower, giving the top layer a little twist so it doesn't sit directly over the bottom layer. The centre of the card is simply a circle of brown card run through a Cuttlebug Folder. I went for Mesh, as it gives a pretty realistic impression of the centre of a sunflower, as you can see below.
A final dust with perfect pearls, in you guessed it, 'Sunflower Gold' and your card is finished!
You can create lots of different cards with these templates and you are only limited by your imagination. This template is particularly good for sunflowers and daisies and the next blog card project will feature a daisy. If you would like to see the other cards made with our flower layering templates, visit the photo gallery and for instructions to make them, click on the 'Cards' category on the blog menu and scroll down.
For those of you in the northern hemisphere, autumn or fall is approaching, so I thought this Marigold Card in lovely orange and brown hues, would compliment the arrival of the new season. If you would like to see how this card was made, read on!
This card has been made with the number 8 template, using two of each size of flower. I find this template easiest to use when you print it directly to the card you want to use, rather than drawing around a card template. This cuts down the time taken to make it considerably.
Print two sheets of the layering templates. Put your paper in the printer so that it will print on the reverse side. When you cut the flowers out, you can flip them over and you won't see any of the lines from the template. I haven't remembered to do this on one of my sets of prints and you can see that it shows in the photo below.
When you have cut out your pieces, rub around the edges of each flower with Spiced Marmalade Distressed Ink. You can be as liberal as you like as stronger colour gives more depth. If you don't have inks, then use chalks and seal them with some hairspray.
You can then shape the flowers, with a shaping tool or the end of a biro. Bend some of the petals backwards and some forwards, for variation.
Next, layer up the flowers, making a slight turn on each layer so that the petals behind can be seen. By using two of each size, you get a lovely full flower effect. Finish off with a pearl in the centre.
For the background, I have used a Hero Arts stamp, called Sandra's letter and some Brilliance gold ink on a dark brown card. I deliberately wanted a soft look to the background but with some sparkle to it. Wrap some ribbon around the background before mounting it on a cream square card blank.
I've added another brown gross grain ribbon onto of the orange ribbon for contrast. Now, add your flower, dust with some perfect pearls (I've used sunflower gold) and you are done!
I hope you have enjoyed this short tutorial, using the new flower layering template. If you like these layered flower cards, have a look at lots of other tutorial blog posts using layering templates. Just click on the category 'Cards' on the Blog menu on the right hand sidebar.
I love Christmas and all the preparation and I know we still have a few months to go but I am always happy to make a Christmas card. Here are the instructions for how to make this pretty poinsettia card, using our new layering template number 7. The process is very similar to the daffodil card featured in an earlier post.
Use the template to cut out the layering pieces from red paper. Paper works best with this project, to get the effect on the leaves but you could use card if you don't have red paper. The result will be a little different but still beautiful! Next, use a piercing tool to add lines down the middle of the petals. You want to be holding the tool parallel to the flower, so that you are just scoring the paper.
Next add some lines either side of the central ones as shown. Turn the flower over and do some lines on the other side too.
Now take a moulding tool and rub it around the petal in a circular fashion to get the petals to curl upwards.
Do this with all of the petals you have cut out and layer them on top of each other. Add some gold sequins for the stamens and mount onto your card. I have used a Nellies Frame and some gold card to layer my flower onto.
I hope you have enjoyed this short tutorial. Watch out for more projects using this versatile template!
I love contemporary things and many of my card designs reflect this. However, I still keep coming back to my first love of using distressed inks and in particular using them to get a vintage effect.
This card features a layered flower using the Layering Template 7, stamped and brushed with distress inks but with a little twist. Actually, this whole project was a bit of a stumble in the dark because I knew what I wanted to achieve but wasn't exactly sure how I was going to do it. I went about doing things in a roundabout way but I quite like the end result, so no matter!
If you would like to see how I made mistakes and arrived at this card in the end, read on!
First off, you need to cut out the layered flowers using the template. I have used a very light dusky pink paper for this project, to get the effect that I want.
Use the first five flower sizes from the template, leaving the largest one out. You could actually use them all, depending on the size of your base card.
Next, dust over the flowers with distressed ink. I'm using my trusty 'Tattered Rose' here. Focus on the edges as most of the flower won't be seen when you start layering.
I have then stamped over the flowers with a writing stamp, using the distressed ink again. The stamp I have used is Hero Arts 'Sandra's Letter Background' but any script stamp will do. With hindsight, I might have used a darker ink, as it does get hidden a bit by the following stages.
I really wanted to get a glazed effect on this flower, for two reasons. Firstly to enable the flower to be moulded and to really give a 3D effect and so that it shined in the light. I have used embossing ink and Amazing Glaze by Judikins to get the glaze over each flower.
What I actually wanted to do was get a cracked finish, which you can do by just bending the flowers once you have heated and set the Amazing Glaze. You can see the flower looks a little crumpled in the photo above. Actually, I wasn't satisfied with the effect and remembered at that point, that I had some Distress Crackle Paint in my drawer.
Unfortunately, the paint had dried up into a lump in the pot :o.
Remembering that you can rehydrate this paint, I added some water, way too much water actually, which resulted in a thin runny mess. I actually thought I had ruined the paint but it turns out that if you just give it a good shake and leave it overnight, it seems to sort itself out. You can see the effect in the photo if you squint a bit.
So after covering each flower with distress crackle paint and rubbing in some more distress ink into the cracks, I moulded each flower by just rolling it up and around a tool/pen. With the glaze on, the paper flowers mould to shape really well, so you can fiddle with it as long as you like.
When you are happy with your flowers, simply layer them up. I chose to glue mine together but you could use foam pads for a really dramatic effect or secure them with a brad.
A final dust with some Perfect Pearls 'Blush', on the ends of the petals, gives a lovely shine to the glaze.
Now you can mount your flower on your card. For this card, I have used a piece of torn cream paper, brushed around the edges with the same distressed ink, used for the flower and then stamped with my Hero Arts 'Old French Writing' stamp, again using 'Tattered Rose' Distress.
I wanted a ribbon that blended in with the card and most of my ribbons were too bright, so I just rubbed some cream organza ribbon with distressed ink.
And 'voila' the end result. Three little stick on pearls (Latte) and some drops of liquid pearls (Petal Pink) in the centre of the flower finish the 'mistake' card off.
Not a bad effort considering it was a 'make it and see' project!. I hope you have enjoyed this tutorial.
This daffodil card is made using our 7th template in the Flower Card Series, which is now available on the Card Template pages. This six petalled flower can be layered like the previous templates but can also be used to create some nice single layer flowers, like the daffodils above. If you would like to read a bit more about how this card was made, read on.....
Choose the size you want your flower to be and draw around the template onto yellow paper. You can print directly to paper if you wish. Use paper rather than card for this project, to get the right effect for the flower.
Cut out the flower and then take a piercing tool or something similar and run it down the centre of each petal and either side of the centre line. Turn the flower over and do some more lines on the reverse. This gives the flower some dimension.
Cut out a centre piece for the daffodil. These are included on the template as scalloped circles. Take a moulding tool and run it around in a circular motion, until the edges of the circle start to rise. You are aiming to get the effect of the daffodil trumpet.
If you wish, you can get more of a defined trumpet shape by cutting a line into the centre and folding and gluing the circle to form a cone.
Wait until this dries and use the moulding tool again to shape.
Now cut some strips of green paper and use the piercing tool to run a line down the middle. This will form the leaves. Cut another strip of green but don't use the tool to score it, this will be the stem. Make some more daffodils in different sizes and assemble on your card.
I hope you have enjoyed this short tutorial. Check back to see another project using this new flower card layering template. Please leave any comments or questions below!
If you are like me, you have a basket overflowing with bits of paper in all colours, shapes and patterns. These are offcuts from my various projects but I really can't bring myself to throw them away. I am always delighted to find a use for them and if you are also looking for a way to use up your papers, then this might be just the job!
The sixth template in our series of Layered Flower Cards, lends itself beautifully to patterned papers. Like all the other templates, you get the full card size, three smaller cards and a page of flowers for layering. Earlier demos have used lots of layers to get lovely full looking flowers but this one really looks best when you use two or three flowers layered up and make the flowers in different sizes.
For my flowers, I have used co-ordinating papers in pinks and added a button for the centres.The leaves are handcut. The flowers are mounted on a piece of gingham paper and pink card and on a square cream card blank. A stick on wooden dragonfly completes the scene. This might be a nice card to make for a young friend or relative.
Layering Template 5 - Retro Flower Number 2
Here is another card made using a template from our flower series. This new template is our fifth release and includes a lovely retro flower design.
As with the other templates, you get a single large flower card, three smaller gift cards and a page of layering templates to create 3D designs like the one above.This template resembles Template 1, when layered but the base design for the flower card is quite different.
The petals on this flower have been edged with a gold paint pen as I wanted to get a real vintage look to it, a bit like the gold edging on tea-cups. The flowers have been lightly stamped with a script background stamp and the edges rubbed with distressed ink.
To get the 3D effect, turn each flower slightly so that it is not directly on top of the one beneath and also shape each petal so that it stands out. The centre flower can be shaped quite a lot so that it almost folds in on itself.
A final touch of gold paint in the centre, gives this card a rose like appearance.
I have been on a bit of a fun run with these 3D flower cards. They are so satisfying to make and you can make each of them resemble different flowers just by changing the colour and how you put them together. This card doesn't really resemble any particular flower but looks really pretty when it is layered up. You can use the flowers on their own as cards but if you would like to see how this layered card was made read on.... .I have started off by cutting out 5 flower shapes, using the smallest and the next three sizes. I have cut two of the largest flower and then just run them through the Swiss Dots Cuttlebug Embossing folder. The texture adds some interest but you could use stamps instead, like I have in the previous flower card blog projects. Now you just chalk around the edges with some ink. I like the chalk inks because they give a nice soft look but you could use any ink. Next, you simply start layering your flowers, giving each a little twist so that the petals of each flower show and this also adds interest and gives your flower a fuller appearance. I have used a silicone glue here so that I could control exactly how high the flowers are layered. You could use foam pads instead. Now you can mould the flowers to give them some shape. Just bend each petal gently with your fingers to make the flower 'pop' from the page and look realistic. I have then just finished off by adding a single pearl and some glitter glue and mounted my flower on a cream card blank with some gingham backing paper and a corrugated pink card mat.
I have been on a bit of a fun run with these 3D flower cards. They are so satisfying to make and you can make each of them resemble different flowers just by changing the colour and how you put them together.
This card doesn't really resemble any particular flower but looks really pretty when it is layered up. You can use the flowers on their own as cards but if you would like to see how this layered card was made read on....
.I have started off by cutting out 5 flower shapes, using the smallest and the next three sizes. I have cut two of the largest flower and then just run them through the Swiss Dots Cuttlebug Embossing folder. The texture adds some interest but you could use stamps instead, like I have in the previous flower card blog projects.
Now you just chalk around the edges with some ink. I like the chalk inks because they give a nice soft look but you could use any ink.
Next, you simply start layering your flowers, giving each a little twist so that the petals of each flower show and this also adds interest and gives your flower a fuller appearance.
I have used a silicone glue here so that I could control exactly how high the flowers are layered. You could use foam pads instead.
Now you can mould the flowers to give them some shape. Just bend each petal gently with your fingers to make the flower 'pop' from the page and look realistic.
I have then just finished off by adding a single pearl and some glitter glue and mounted my flower on a cream card blank with some gingham backing paper and a corrugated pink card mat.
I love pretty things, in fact the prettier the better for me! So, I can say that I really enjoyed this layered flower project and I am quite pleased with the outcome. This card will be for a wonderful friend of mine but as she lives abroad, I am going to have to be a bit inventive about how I send this. If you would like to know how this card was made read on....
This card was made with the Flower Card and Layering Template Number 3. I cut out five flowers, one each of the first three smallest blooms and two of the fourth. The largest one is not used for this project but you could use it if you wish. I have cut the flowers from a pink card, you need card rather than paper as you will want to use your fingers to shape the petals.
Next I stamped the card with Hero Arts 'Scattered Flowers' Design Block but you could use any background stamp. This just gives a bit more interest to the petals. I have used my old favourite 'Tattered Rose' Distressed Ink.
Now to add some colour. I have gone for chalks to build up the colour. I wanted to have a deeper colour in the middle of the flower and lighter ends. I have used a mixture of pinks and purples. Fix the chalk with a little spray of hairspray or fixative.
Please excuse the state of the craft mat...it shows that it is well used at least!
Then all you have to do is layer up your flowers from the largest to the smallest, shaping the petals as you go. Try twisting the flowers as you layer them, rather than just laying them one on top of the other. This adds interest and gives your flower a fuller looking appearance.
Mount your flower on a piece of paper and use a square card blank as the balance is better for this design. I have just edged the paper with some silver border stickers for definition.
This is actually a very simple card to make and doesn't require any special skills or techniques. Any questions or comments are always gratefully received!
This card was a complete experiment. You know how it goes, you wonder if something is going to work out when you start and when it does, it is always a lovely surprise and I think this card turned out better than I thought it would.
I wanted to use the 'Flower 2' template (the same one used for the Poinsettia) to create a waterlilly design. I also wanted to make it look like it was floating on a pond but I wasn't too sure how it would work out. In the end, I think it came out pretty well and it is certainly very effective when the light catches it.
Anyway, if you would like to know how I made this made this card read on....
Creating the flower
Cut out the 5 largest flowers from the template.
Stamp each flower on one side. I used 'Old French Script' by Hero Arts and 'Milled Lavender' Distressed Ink.
Brush over the edges of each petal with ink to add dimension.
Now bend each petal inwards with your fingers to get a 3D effect.
Glue the flowers together starting from the largest one.
Give each flower a twist so they are not directly on top of each other, this adds interest and fullness to the flower.
Add some stamens with glitter glue or Liquid Pearls.
Now for the exciting bit ...making a 'pond'
To create the pond, you will need a square of silver mirror card (11cm x 11cm).
To get the mottled effect, I used a mixture of several different alcohol inks dabbed on with the felt applicator.
I know this sounds a bit lame but I really can't say which ones I used to do this as I got all the blues, greens, the silver and pearl inks out together and just started adding bits of this and bits of that, to get the effect I wanted. I think the Denim and Stream colours were pretty useful and the Meadow one too but honestly you can't go wrong with whatever you use.
To finish the card, I matted the silver onto some purple paper, and then mounted it onto a square cream card blank. The flower was simply glued in the middle of my 'pond'.
Not bad for an experiment I thought!
I know it is a bit early to be thinking about Christmas Cards but the weather here has turned cold and this has inspired me to feel a bit 'Christmassy.' So here is a card which has a distinctly Christmas type feel to it.
The Flower Number 2 Template has been used to cut 5 flowers, which have been stamped with a Hero Arts Background stamp - Scattered Flowers and heat embossed in gold embossing powder.
Then all you have to do is shape the petals a little with your fingers, to give them dimension and simply glue them on top of each other (largest to smallest). Give each flower a twist, so they are not layered directly on top of each other.
I have added a green hand-made paper layer at the back for leaves and finished off with some gold Stickles glue for the stamens. A simple card which can be mass produced quite easily for Christmas.
I have always thought that getting a 3D look to a card, instantly makes it more interesting. A 3D card is usually more tactile and seems to pop out of the page and this can be really effective. The layered flower card above is made using the same simple flower shape in gradually smaller sizes to create a real 3D look. I think this looks a little like a fully opened rose, so I am going to call this project 'Rambling Rose'.
If you would like to know how to make this card, read on!
I have used the Layering and Gift Tage sheet from the Flower Card Template to make this card. I have cut two of the largest size flower, two of the smallest and one each of the other sizes. I went for a very light dusky pink paper to do this one, as I wanted a subtle effect.
The next step was to stamp over each flower with some Distressed Ink - Tattered Rose but it could be any ink. I just like the light subtle nature of these inks. The stamp I am using is Old French Writing from Hero Arts.
To get some depth to the petals, I have brushed each flower with Distressed Inks around the edges. I used a mixture of Tattered Rose and some Tea Dye to get even more depth. With just one of the smallest flowers, do this to both sides.
Now you can start layering up the flowers, starting with the largest sizes. Turn them so they are offset on each layer and each flower gets seen.
Take the final small flower that is inked on both sides and fold in the petals. This one is the centre of the flower.
To get the effect of stamens, I have added a few dots of liquid pearls (Petal Pink)
and then dusted the edges of the petals with some Perfect Pearls (Gold)
I have mounted my layered flower on a square card blank that I have stamped with the same Old French Writing Stamp and the Tattered Rose Distressed Ink, to finish.
The Flower Template includes a large flower blank card 13cm x 13cm), 5 different sized layering templates and 3 different sized smaller card blanks (5cm, 6.5cm and 9cm).