Sunday, 31 March 2013

A Carnation Tutorial

Good evening, I hope everyone has had a wonderful Easter and that the Easter Bunny left lots of yummy Easter eggs for you all.

Tonight I’m putting up a tutorial on making carnations.  They really are very basic and I’m sure there are plenty of other tutorials out there on making them, but this will be my take on it.


This is a glimpse of an upcoming class card for Kookaburra Crafts and on this card we are making 3 of the carnations, 2 small and 1 large..

I have used Spellbinders Scalloped circles, the smallest of the Small scalloped circles for the 2 smaller carnations and the smallest of the Large Scalloped Circles for the large one. In the above picture there doesn't appear to be much difference, but on the actual card it is quite noticeable. If you don’t have these you could use a punch or hand cut some circles.  You need 6 for each carnation.

I have also used Ranger Distress Inks by Tim Holtz in Chipped Sapphire, a brad to hold them together, a water spritzer, a piercing tool and mat.


Once you’ve die cut your circles, ink around the edges of all of your circles, on both sides, with your chosen colour ink.


Stack all the circles, don’t worry about trying to line up the scallops.  Fold one gently into four and squeeze the middle to give you a centre point.


Place the circle with the marked centre onto the rest of the pile, place on a piercing mat and use your piercing tool to poke a hole through all 6 layers.


Place a brad though the hole you’ve just made and open it up to fasten into place.


Lightly spritz the flower with water.


Pull the first layer of the flower up and scrunch it fairly firmly.


Continue to spritz each layer lightly and scrunch them all up, until you end up with something like the picture above.


Once you have spritzed and scrunched each layer, then carefully pull the layers apart, leaving the centre layer still quite scrunched.  Use a heat tool to dry your flower for immediate use or simply allow it to air dry before using it.

Thanks for looking,