This month's topic is "May Flowers" and I have some great flower tutorials to share with you over the next few weeks! For the blog hop, we will concentrate on one of my favorites that I learned while teaching classes at Scrappin' Goodtime in Corsicana, Texas...this super simple mum/carnation made from a phone book. Yes, that's right -- a phone book! If you've followed my blog for very long, you'll know that I just love finding new uses for old items, and I am a big fan of recycling in any way. Recycle, Renew, Reuse!
To make this flower, you'll need a few simple items: a phone book (I prefer the ones with white pages), a punch (this scalloped circle from Stampin' Up! works great!), a brad, a paper piercer/awl, and some form of colorant. I used Dylusions Ink Spray for this example, but Tattered Angels works really well, too, and will give it a softer (and more sparkly) color.
Use the punch to cut a bunch of scalloped circles. I usually punch through as many pages of the phone book as I can comfortably get inside the punch and still work the punch. Punch repeatedly all around the edges, and then trim off the jagged edges and punch some more. The more pieces you punch, the fuller your flower will be.
Just keep scrunching each piece separately. It will start to get bulky after a while and it is very tedious. You will think it is taking forever and you're never going to get done, but really, it only takes about 5 minutes. Towards the end, when it starts getting really full, you can start scrunching some of the pieces together at the same time
When you are done with all that scrunching, you can scrunch and fluff some more. You can even twist some of the layers around on the brad so that the layers ruffle a little more instead of lining up.
as I mentioned, I sprayed my flower with a little Dylusions ink to give it this intensely bright color of pink. The color I chose was "Bubblegum Pink". I also added a little Tattered Angels Glimmer Mist in the "Pink Bubblegum" color, but the sheen doesn't really show up in my photos.
As an added little bonus, I stamped and cut out some little ribbon banners from some scrap paper and adhered them to the back of the flower.
That's it! You have a great looking flower that is perfectly suitable for all kinds of paper craft projects. I put mine on a blank switch-plate cover that needed some sprucing up (see my facebook page!), but I think you could do a lot with these!
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That's it! I'm the last blog in the hop! If you'd like to complete the circuit for Day 2, hop on over to Valerie's Blog, or if you'd like to see where it all started, Elizabeth Mindlemann kicked off Day 1 on May 15. Don't forget to complete the entry requirements for each blog in the hop! Thanks for stopping by, and good luck!