June 25, 2013

Tuesday Tips or Techniques-Creped Filter Paper Flowers!

Hi Stampers! I have a little treat box for you today for Tuesday Tips or Techniques. But wait, did you notice the adorable "Creped Filter Paper" flower atop the box? Where did I come up with that? And how did it get the variegated color? I made it myself! When I think back to years and years ago, we used to create these flowers out of Kleenex tissues. We used these flowers to decorate the exterior of cars that the bride and groom would be departing in as a married couple. How funny is that? And the best part is....I have a new tutorial for you on how to create these flowers. Keep reading....

Before I get started, here is the information to purchase the Creped Filter Paper in the Stampin' Up! Catalog:

Item #129393 for $2.95

The look of tissue paper with the strength of card stock. Fun to stamp, dye, ink, punch, or stitch. 12 total sheets: 4 rectangles (ea. 6" x 12") and 8 circles (ea. 6" diam.). White.

Now on to my tutorial.

Step 1:

I used one of my spare stamp storage containers and added Bermuda Bay Ink drops to some water. Add as much as you like. Remember that the ink will dry quite a bit lighter than what you see.

Step 2:

I used one full sheet of the creped paper and cut (4) strips at 2.5" wide and (1) strip 2" wide.

Step 3:

I propped up my stamp case so that the colored water was pooled on one end of my stamp case. Using the Creped Filter Paper, dip the long ends in the colored water. The crepe paper will absorb the water on it's own. Shake off excess colored water.

Step 4:

Using your Heat Tool, dry the ends of your Creped Filter Paper. Don't worry if some of the ink is uneven or if you splashed a little here and there.

Step 5:

Take all 5 pieces and stack them on top of each other. One strip is not as wide as the other 4 so make sure this one sits on top of your pile. Start at one end and fold over about 1/4", flip over and fold in the opposite direction....like an accordion.

Step 6:

Once your Creped Filter Paper is folded accordion style, hold all the folds in place as shown in the photo above.

Step 7:

Using a piece of Baker's Twine, tie your Creped Filter Paper in the center, tightly to secure.

Step 8:

Using both ends of your flower, pull the ends towards each other to form a complete circle. You don't need to glue the ends, they should stay put and once you start crinkling the layers,  your flower will remain in a round shape. Grab the first sheet of crepe paper (your short layer), lift and separate and scrunch it up towards the center.

Step 9:

Repeat Step 8 for the 2nd layer. Pushing towards the center.

Step 10:

Repeat Step 8 for all additional layers and work your flower layers until you are happy with the look of your flower. Complete your box:

I made a belly band around my box first and then I layered 2 Tea Lace Paper Doilies to top of my Kraft Gift Box by gluing the doilies and the flower to the band:

The little tag comes from the "Tag A Bag Bundle". I layered a Crumb Cake Cardstock piece cut with the Hexagon Punch and embossed with the Beautifully Baroque Embossing Folder. The tiny sentiment is from the A Round Array Stamp Set cut out with the 7/8" Scallop Circle Punch. I added a small hole in the tag and tied it around my flower with Baker's Twine. Below is a photo of the belly band removed from the box:

Stampin' Up! Supplies:
  • Inks: Bermuda Bay Ink Refill, Crumb Cake
  • Stamps: A Round Array
  • Tools: Big Shot Machine, Beautifully Baroque Embossing Folder, 7/8" Scallop Circle Punch, Stampin' Dimensionals, Hexagon Punch
  • Cardstock: Crepe Filter Paper, Crumb Cake, Whisper White
  • Accessories: Baker's Twine, Tea Lace Paper Doilies, Tag A Bag Bundle
  • DSP: Neutrals Paper Pack, Brights Paper Stack,
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  1. Oh, I love this!! What a fabulous idea, this flower is simply beautiful, I can imagine you can make it with all kinds of colors for a beautiful bouquet to adorn gifts for any occasion. Thanks Debbie for the great tutorial and for sharing.
    Maria Rodriguez.

  2. That brings back memories of making them for my wedding!! Wow, I'm sure a lot of your younger viewers don't know what we are talking about. Love your flowers and can't wait to try it myself. Thanks for sharing!

  3. I totally forgot all about those cute little flowers!! I used to sit and make Kleenex flowers when I was bored and for my Barbie doll weddings too!!

  4. Great idea, wish I had ordered but there is always another order waiting, it's on the list

  5. Love your tutorial! I am usually not great at creating flowers, however, I followed some other directions and made one...that actually looked like the sample! I have to say that this new creped paper makes even me a flower maker!!! Will try your variegated version! Thank you!

  6. This is gorgeous and the tutorial is great!

    We used white trash bag flowers(spray painted pink)for the car decorations for our wedding! They were waterproof!


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