Monday, 27 June 2011

Flower Tutorial - teeny tiny lotus flower

Tiny Lotus Flower Approximately 1cm at widest point


This is my very first tutorial, so please, please take it easy on me. Im very new to blogging so I hope this tutorial turns out correctly.  Firstly, I must apologise for the awful colour of my nails in these photo's.  I am not a smoker!!  But I do use yellow ink for the centre of flowers.  Unfortunately with having long nails comes with the consequences of getting inked nails.  So please excuse the messy hands and nails.  But lets face it, crafting is not a clean hobby!

The above picture is the tutorial I shall be showing you step by step to make.  It is a very simple little and quick flower to make and here are the things you will need to make it.

1. Punch 4 flowers out
2. Things you will need

As in photo 1 and 2, you will need glue, Im using a tacky pva glue.  I do not recommend a glue gun for this flower as it is so small, you will burn yourself.  Plus, the glue hardens so quickly you will find it very difficult to manipulate the petals and flower.

You will also need a pointed five petal 1.6cm flower punch (mine is a papermania punch), an embossing tool or the rounded bottom of a pen, cardstock and green ink pad.  You will also need something like a piece of foam or the back of a mouse mat for shaping your flowers.

STEP ONE:  Punch out 4 of the five petalled flowers.

STEP TWO:  Take one flower and colour it green with your ink pad.  Alternatively, you can colour it in with a marker, colouring pencil or paint.  Set this to the side to dry.

Take your remaining 3 flowers and place these on your foam or mouse mat.  Taking your embossing tool or the rounded end of a pen, start to press and emboss the centre of each flower in a circular motion.  This breaks the fibres in the cardstock and it will start to lift the petals upwards and inwards, which will help shape your flower.

Then gently emboss the petals by lightly pressing on them and moving the embossing tool outwards to the ends of the petal. This gives your flower more definition.  See photo 3 below.

3.  Emboss the flower centre and petals
STEP THREE:  Once you have embossed each flower and their petals, take your 1st flower and carefully add glue to the inside of all the petals. You do not need to put glue in the centre of the flower.  See photo 4.

4. Add glue to each side of the inside petals

STEP FOUR:  Gently start to bring your petals together to form a bud.  I tend to overlap each petal over the next however, this not a hardened rule. Just as long as you have something that resembles a bud.  After all, natures flowers are not all perfect. Give the bud a gentle squeeze to mould the bud and hold it gently for a few seconds to ensure the glue holds its bud form.  Also, you may need to use your embossing tool or pen to flatten the underneath part of the bud.  This is so the bud will sit neatly inside the next flower.  See photo 5.

5.  Shape the petals into a bud

STEP FIVE:  Take your 2nd flower and this time, place glue in the centre and half way up the sides of the petals, See photo 6.  

6. Place glue in the centre and half way up the petals

STEP 6:  Place the bud you've made into the centre of the second flower and shape the petals around the bud, but allowing the second flowers petals to sit out slightly from the bud. See photo 7.

7. Place bud into the centre of the 2nd flower

STEP SEVEN:  Take your 3rd and final flower and place glue in the centre and just skirting the bottom of the petals.  See photo 8.

8. Add glue to the 3rd flower

STEP 8:  Now place the growing bud into the centre of the 3rd flower and try to off-set the petals. Shape and mould the flower until you are happy with how the petals are sitting.  These petals should also not be completely glued to the layer above it.  They should be sitting out slightly from the bud.  See photo 9.

9. Glue 3rd layer and shape

STEP NINE:  Finally, after shaping your flower to your desired shape, take the green coloured flower and place a small dot of glue in the centre of it.  Glue this to the bottom of your lotus flower.  And your teeny tiny lotus flower is complete.  See photo 10 and 11.

10.  Side profile of lotus flower
11.  Teeny Tiny Lotus flower

Simple and easy to make and you don't need a lot of bits and bobs to make them.  If you have any questions about this tutorial, please do not hesitate to ask me.  I am more than happy to help.  CraftyLoops xx











Saturday, 25 June 2011

I promise to put up a flower tutorial soon

Hi everyone.  I just want to put a quick note to say thank you again to the lovely Ms Redrottie for setting my blog up for me.

Now just a little note on the flower tutorials.  I know a lot of DoCrafter's have mentioned it a few times......or maybe a few hundred times, hee hee.  But I promise that there will be flower tutorials up here very soon.  I have the majority of the photos taken, I just have a few other commitments that I want to get finished and away before I do the tutorials.  I don't want to rush the tutorials and not get them right.  I'd rather know that everything else is done and out of the way, so I can then sit down and do the tutorials out properly for you all.

So hold tight and watch this space.  I will put a thread up on DoCrafts once I have them up.  No doubt I am going to need the assistance of mischievous Ms Redrottie and the lovely Kathleen to help me with uploading them.

On a separate note, if anyone is stuck and needs help on how to use their blogs or want make one themselves, Kathleen has made a fantastic self-help blog  so you can have a wee looksie on there and it should help you.  She's a good'n.

And thank you too to all of you who have become followers already.  I know my blog is like an old abandoned town at the minute, but it will soon be filled with loads of nice things to look at....hopefully!!
Right Im off now.  Things to do and crafty things to play with.  Keep your eyes peeled for the tutorials......

Thursday, 23 June 2011

Im new to all this so please be gentle!!

Im Lee and welcome to my blog.  I never thought of doing a blog until I meet the charming Miss Redrottie and she very kindly took it upon herself to set one up for me.  So thanks to her, everyone now has access to me.  All complaints can be forwarded to her blog, hee heee.  Thank you so much Redrottie I really appreciate it.  I hope to add many tutorials that will maybe inspire and help you in a little way.  My favourite thing to create at the moment is flowers so there may be a few tutorials with flowers too. Im also very fond of bookbinding so you may see some of my books too..Watch this space and I hope you enjoy.