Several weeks ago I tagged an item in April's 'Quick Tip' section of VSN which told how to create a 3-D flower embellishment by layering five flower punchies together, inserting a brad through their centers, misting the paper with water, then shaping. Wondering how well this would work, I decided to give it a try...
Did it work? Yes, but easy as it sounds, a little practice was needed. I was also not all that fond of having a braded center every time, so began tweaking things, and came up with this version of what I call a 'Punch 'n Scrunch' flower:
Cardstock (a great way to use scraps!)
1/16" Hole Punch
Glue -- something that dries 'waterproof' (I used The Ultimate by Crafter's Pick)
Water-filled Mister or Spray Bottle
Notes & Tips --
-- Using a brad in the center instead of glue is faster because drying time is eliminated. You can not, however, achieve as tight a scrunch on the inner petals.
-- Keep in mind, the smaller the punched flower, the more difficult it is to manipulate the petals. I found 1" or more works best.
-- Paper makes a difference. Choose stock that absorbs water quickly, but doesn't 'pill' easily.
-- Due to the 'pilling' issue, try not to overwork the paper.
-- You can vary the look of the flower by using light and dark shades of stock on the same blossom, mixing punch designs, etc.
-- The most important steps are the drying steps. 'Allow to dry' means thoroughly, completely, 100%!
Once dry, 'Punch 'n Scrunch' flowers not only hold their shapes, they are remarkably sturdy.
Bet you'll never guess what you'll be seeing on my smART-Word Challenge card next week?!?