Sunday, September 15, 2013

Let's go super inky with flowers !!

Posted by Rajni Chawla

Hello lovely ladies..This is my post as dt  for Color Conception Challenge Blog and also a part of my giveaway in which I will be sharing videos of handmade flowers which I myself followed while learning. Few of my fellow crafters insisted me to post my own tutorials....but clicking step by step pictures and making my own videos tutorials is not my cup of tea. Since there are so many wonderful tutorials already on net I don't even feel like making another copy of it....moreover I want to give credit to the original creator. If anyway by chance I get to create something that is 100 percent original of mine....I will definitely give a try on making one and share with you all.  I'm still in process of learning through so many already existing blogs and videos and must say I'm enjoying every bit of it.

With every project it seems that I am getting more and more fascinated by flowers and their beauty. I just love to recreate those petals, those pollens, and those stems, all with my tools and craft materials. It’s like recreating god’s creation. Of course you cannot better him, but you can at least compliment his creation with yours. The petals of my flowers might not smell but can beautify my projects and give satisfaction to the core of my heart and mind :)

Making handmade flowers for scrap booking, card making, and other paper crafting projects saves money and allows you to customize your embellishments to fit the style and colors of your papers. There are many, many ways to use and create flowers for your paper crafting projects. You can use your punches,dies or u can fussy cut or fold and create variety of flowers. Today my focus will be on making flower embellishments.

You must all be wondering what all I have in my treasure box today.

Flowers and my favorite distress inks!!

Magic Water Color Technique Check the video here by Jessica Taylor. She is using ink refills but you can use regular distress inks by pressing your ink pad directly on the acrylic block and splinting little water with mini misters. 

You saw Jessica used white paper and a single color to color her flower where as I followed the same technique but again.....with a small twist. I don't know why I always try to something different what i see. I have used colored paper and instead of one i took two shades of distress inks.

Now on to my 3D paper flowers. You can make flowers with punches n dies and sometimes    give shape by hand cutting. I got lots of queries about how I give crumbled look to my flowers. Today I will be sharing two of my favorite tutorial for making crumbled flowers.
Crumbled paper gardenias tutorial by Luvleescrappin
Paper blossom bloeman tutorial for assembling the paper flower
Watching a video can be helpful, but the only way to master any technique is to start doing it!!!
This is what I always love to do.

Do you want to have a look what I created after following this tutorial ??
Here is it.. 

I loved this...used this shade for the first time.....Seedless Preserves Distress Ink,Spellbinders Rose Creation Die Set and Heartfelt Creations Classic Leaf die.
Take a little look at sparkling diamond dust....amazing!!

Few days back I designed a card with flowers  for friendship swap using picked raspberry,victorian valvet and vintage photo distress inks. I used perfect pearls on the edges of the petals.

I made these with Joy craft flower die. You can make the same using any retro punch with three different sizes.I have used dried marigold and aged mahogany.

just a little difference in assembling...and you get a new look of the flower.

Again joy craft flower die and picked raspbarry distress ink

Both my very favorites....wild honey distress ink and Sunflowers. This is my first try on sunflowers with a punch and paper crumble technique. I have used punch bunch mega lily petals.

I made three different sizes.

I tried using my flowers on money envelops. I have not assembled them as yet but loved the effects. Have a look.

 You must be wondering what paper i have used to make these amazing flowers.Earlier i was using fabriano brusto....but this time i tried with local card stock (Neelgagan)...and to my surprise it worked better then fabriano. Actually neelgagan card stock is bit slippery..and when i misted it with water extra water got slipped and soaked the amount which was actually needed to break the fibers. It was very convenient to crush this paper..... Not even got torn once. I have worked with these two papers only...but i think any paper ,120 to 180 gsm will work well.

So...did you saw how amazing these inks are. Some times I just need a touch of a particular shade and sometimes huge backgrounds are colored with variety of shades.

Are you worried about finishing them...???
Don't worry....these will work for long :)

Re-inkers are available for these ink pads, so there is no need to worry about using up all the ink. It will probably take you quite a long time before you need to re-ink them, even if you use them frequently. I use mine often, and have had them for a year, and I have not yet needed to refresh the ink except vintage photo. 
Moreover, The Craft Shop is just a mail away. You can find the complete range of distress inks in our store.

 That's all for today :)
 Hoping to see you soon with few more inspirations of using distress inks with water.
If you like my colorful leave some love.


Rajni Chawla
(Passionately Curious)


  1. All your flowers are amazing mam. Just cannot take my eyes from them. Sunflower looks fresh and real. Thank you for sharing with us.

  2. Didi, your work seems like it descended straight from Heaven! I don't think I will ever even dare attempt these. You've set the bar SO high!!!!!! AMAZING!

  3. As Pritesh said I too wouldnt dare try making them..yours are so stunning !!!

  4. Again U have left ur audience speechless..with the beauty of ur hand made flowers and the by the grace with which U share ur experience ..may God bless U!!!

  5. OMG!! Beautiful!!! I loved Joy craft flower die-both flowers the most. I am beginner in craft so don't hav any die set n tools but as u say can fussy cut so will try to do. Thanks a lot Rajniji.

  6. So beautiful.

    I love it very much,

    Hugs Ineke xxx

  7. I would love to see more of a tutorial

  8. Stunning, Your flowers are amazing, I love them. Thank you for sharing them with us



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