Distressed Paper Flower
Supplies you will need:
1. Durable paper ( scrapbook paper, paper bag cardstock)
For this example, I used cardstock.
4. Ink pad
6. Wood Cooking Skewer or Reed Diffuser
Take a piece of paper and mist with water, you want the paper damp not wet.
Fold the paper three times into a square. Now cut a two inch petal with the scissors. When you cut this petal you will have six two inch petal.
Repeat step to with the exception of cutting two inch petals now cut one inch petals.
While the petals are still damp, crumble and twist the petals. Now slowly and carefully unravel and open the petals.
You will need to let the petals dry. If you are like me, I am inpatient so I used a heat embossing gun to dry each petal. If you use the heat embossing gun to dry the petals, grab the tip of one petal with a set of tweezers a gently run the heat embossing gun across each petal. If you hold the gun too long in one place it will burn the paper.
Begin inking the tips of the dried petal with the ink pad. I find that using two colors one darker than the other creates a more distressed look for the petals. Ink the tips and edges of all the one and two inch petals.
The first layer, glue the six petals together. The top layer, glue the smaller petals just as you did in the first layer. Now to get the flower to pop up and develop the distressed dip in the middle, I place the flower on a soft surface (the best thing I have found is a soft mouse pad) Next take a rub on tool, I like Basic Grey’s rub on tool the best. Begin rubbing in a circular motion working from the center of the flower to the edge of each flower petal. The flower will begin to curve upward.
You can further distress the petals by inking the edges of the petals, by lightly brushing the ink pad over the whole flower.
Now it is time to decide what to use as your center. In this example I used my distressed paper rose. For instructions on how to make the distressed rose check out either my blog http://suepup.blogspot.com/
or the tips and challenges in the forum section of PagesTime at http://pagesintimestoresite.ning.com/forum/topics/distressed-paper-roses.
If you do not want to add the distressed rose you could use any alternative center, like filigree brad, flower, rub on-the possibilities are endless.