Monday, August 27, 2012

Techniques, Tutorials & Tips - The "Faux Pressed Flower Technique"!

Hi everyone!  Are you ready for another fun and easy technique?  This time around I'll be sharing with you the "Faux Pressed Flower Technique".  As a little girl, I was so fascinated with pressed flowers, but never learned how to make them.  Now that I'm (MUCH) older, I am thrilled to be able to get the same look on the cards I make!!

Here are some of the basic supplies you will need:
Silk or paper flowers, leaves, butterflies, etc.  Anything thin and flat will work;
Craft Glue, Heavy Duty Glue Stick, or any adhesive you can coat the entire backing of your flowers (I will be using a Xyron Sticker Maker in the video below.);
Any embossing folder or embossing plate with a smaller detailed pattern;
Manual die-cut machine of choice....Cuttlebug, Grand Calibur, Big Shot, etc.;
Embellishments of choice.

Please enjoy the video tutorial below, which shows two different variations of the technique:


Below are the card samples which were shown in the video.  Unfortunately, it is difficult to capture the full effect of dry embossing with direct lighting, so the photos are a bit dark.  The first sample shows the paper Prima flowers, which flattened and embossed nicely.

Pressed Flowers 1

Card 'Ingredients':
Stamps: Our Daily Bread designs 'Sweet William - Small' (the Blessings sentiment);
Cardstock: Stampin Up 'Blushing Bride' and 'Very Vanilla';
Designer Paper: Prima 'Fairy Belle';
Accessories: Prima Hydrangea paper flowers, Cheery Lynn Designs 'Fanciful Flourish' and 'Exotic Butterflies 2', Xyron Sticker Maker, Zva Creative Pearls, Cuttlebug 'Damask' Embossing Folder, Spellbinders 'Labels Eight', Creative Memories Corner Rounder, Paper Piercer (freehand), Foam Tape;
Size: 6 x 4-1/2.

My second sample shows a silk flower instead of paper.  Since silk flowers are a bit more rigid, you will need some strong adhesive to ensure that they will not come loose after your project is finished, but the trouble is well worth it!

Pressed Flowers 2

Card 'Ingredients':
Stamps: Our Daily Bread designs 'Mother's Day' (flower stem), 'Scripture Series 2' (scripture verse);
Cardstock: Stampin Up 'Red Riding Hood' and 'Whisper White';
Designer Paper: My Mind's Eye 'Rosy';
Accessories: Silk flower (brand unknown), Xyron Sticker Maker, Stampin' Up/Sizzix 'Square Lattice' Embossing Folder, Spellbinders Lacey Ovals and Oval Nestabilities Dies, Cheery Lynn Designs 'Border Carnivale' die, Baker's Twine, Zva Creative Pearls, Stampin' Up Vintage Brad, Stamp-a-ma-jig Stamp Positioner, Paper Piercer (freehand on oval, template for edges), Foam tape;
Size: 4-1/2 x 6.

Thanks so  much for hanging out with me today!  If you have any questions or suggestions for future tutorials, please feel free to contact me at angelladcrockett at yahoo dot com.  Please make sure to include a recognizable subject line so that you don't end up in the spam folder!  If you'd like to see all of our previous tutorials, please visit the Product Review/Tutorial archive HERE!

***Reminder: If you haven't taken advantage of the Bread Basket Bundle sale this month, you only have until Friday evening, August 31st to take advantage of the HUGE discount!  Purchase the entire August release at 20% off!!!!

Have a very blessed week!!
PR Angie

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Lisa said...

Angie, Your cards are beautiful. I love your faux pressed flowers. I'll definitely have to give this a try. Thanks.

Grace said...

Oh Angie.... what a great video tutorial! These cards are gorgeous!!! I never think to use my sticker maker and you have reminded me how useful it is! LOVE the faux pressed flower technique! Just beautiful!!!

Sandee Shanabrough said...

Beautiful Angella!!!! Mwaah! ;)

Sabrina aka okimom2girlz said...

Angie girl, you did it again!! What a fabulous technique and what a great video tutorial! Hugs and blessings, Sabrina

Betty Wright said...

Just beautiful! Wonderful tutorial...very through. Love the tip about using the Zyron. Gorgeous cards!

Marlena M. said...

Lovely, delicate work!

Haf2scrap said...

Beautiful cards! Great tutorial-thanks!

Conniecrafter said...

these are Beautiful Angie, love the finished cards too!