Thursday, December 19, 2013

Crafting needs no restrictions and need no recipes at all...

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Hello all..
I have been in creative line and production work since years. W
hen I do creative work, I don’t worry about being right or wrong
. I simply allow the ideas to express themselves. My experiences with different clients...with their different requirements...with different budgets have made me learn at all steps. Also every little question of  my student has made me move one step forward.  
Today I'm here to share my experience of making handmade paper flowers. 
It's been more then 3 months that I have been taking paper flower workshops now. I always try to guide my students that while creating any type of flower don't restrict yourself to use same die or punch that I use. Check your own collection and think before you buy anything new. I also guide them not to restrict themselves to number of petals used while making any flower. Use as many petals as you want to give a complete and finished look to your flowers. No limitations and no restrictions at all when you are crafting.

 I came across quite a lot of queries while conducting my workshops.

What all dies I love to use for making flowers and why ?

What paper and what gsm I prefer?

Please share some video tutorials.... mam?

How do I take out production work of handmade  paper flowers?

My this post is reply to all these queries.

What all dies I love for making flowers?
As it is with most of all  the crafters, my greed of buying craft supplies also never ends. I have a huge collection of flower dies and punches but I love using following dies.

Spellbinders Rose Creation

Sizzix  Bigz Tattered Floral Die

Heartfelt Creations  Sunfluer Kissed Die

Joycraft floral flourish 1,2,3,4 and 5

For me  all the above listed are....theee bestMy spellbinders rose creation and Sizzix Bigz is good for production. I can cut more then 1 paper at a time because of  their deep blades. I can cut two different shades of papers and cut for two different colored flowers simultaneously. More over for few flowers I need a hole in the I can avoid that extra step of punching if I m cutting it with my spellbinders rose creation. I get a good sized flower with both these dies.

 Heartfelt  Creations Sunfluer Kissed die is also equally good. But I love it more because I save my time as i get so many sizes of die cuts in just one go...I don't have to arrange loose dies. Here I want to share my one secret....I use this die more to cut  green sepals for my flowers. Different sized flowers need different size of sepals and that I can do with this die in one go. 

And I also love all the five of my Joycraft floral dies. I love them because of their designs. Though few of the designs I have in my punches but I find dies more easier to work with and also they are long lasting. Punches can loose their sharpness after few regular uses. But I get a medium sized flower with these dies....that is not perfect for my packaging and  door decoration.   

What paper and what gsm I prefer?

Earlier I was making my flowers with fabriano card stock which is 220 gsm. Now I can work with paper as thin as 80 gsm also. May be its just because I have already done so much of production now. You just have to choose a paper which has good capacity to soak water well. If u think the paper you are using is thin and will tear while pinching.....try to pinch 2 or 3 petals together. The one I'm using now is a local buy in the name of Neelgagan and Lotus. Keep trying on new papers  as well as you never know sometime you might find something better then this.  

What all videos I follow ?

I specially thank to all those crafters who took out their precious time in making and sharing so many interesting videos on you tube. I not only enjoy watching videos but also enjoy trying different techniques. It depends from person to person how they apply every technique after watching videos. Few of my favorite videos for making crumbled flowers are listed below. Each one has something special to learn.

 (tutorial by Luvleescrappin showing how to crumble each petal individualy) 

(for assembling the paper flower if you are using punch or a die which has loose petals)

(one of the best video by Joycraft's deigner using all the five joycraft flower dies with same technique) 

(how to make flowers using punches)

(easiest way to make roses)

Tutorial on handmade paper gardenia flowers
(an awesome tutorial by Varshitha  Nagarajan which she made for Lulupu,the craft launge, showing what all inks you can use to create naturally looking gardenias)

How I take out production of handmade paper flowers?

 I use my handmade flowers for packaging, on cash envelops, as hair accessories, for door decorations, for cards n scrapbooks, corner arrangements and many more. And mostly I am into production work....always need good quantity. For different projects I need different sizes of flowers . Also to me, a single big flower looks less pretty then the one when tied in a small sweet bouquet .

You know what....all my tools are very friendly. They happily work together and help me enough in bringing out production. My spellbinder dies and Joycraft dies don't cry when I force them together and roll them through my Bigshot. I put them together and cut and also sometimes combine them to take out production. 

Have a look at this picture. I made this flower for challenge at CCC blog which was hosted by me. This was my very first try at these flowers I tried only few and tried only with Spellbinder's Rose Creation. 

Watch these 2 video tutorials.

Video by one of the joycraft designer Jolanda Bergmans
(this particular video will show you how u can use different dies with same technique)

Video by Archana Joshi 
(this will show you that you can even use your punches for the same technique...You must must follow her tutorial board on pinterest for her mixed media flowers )

I have followed the above mentioned tutorials and made these flowers.  When I was working on my bulk order for hair accessories for one of my client I really went short of time and also short of my staff who generally help me in cutting. It was my first big order of these flowers and I was quite new in making the same. I was little stuck up but then got an idea of combining my joycraft and spellbinders together to save little time in cutting. If you take a closer look to joycrafts floral die (6002/0156) , ( 6002/ 0158) and spellbinder's rose creation the flower petals are more or less same.....and more over once the petals get crushed  it hardly makes any difference.You can either use your dies separately or you can also combine them together....the results will be more or less same. Let them be like that as even nature has not created exactly the same flowers. 
Everything depends on your own creativity and your own satisfaction...the end result should be eye pleasing....that's it!!

As far as I'm getting good production and good results I can combine anything.....any brand...any die....any punch.

Here are the pictures of some flowers with same technique....with different dies....and  almost same results....though the sizes are bit different.
Never mind!! they are when tied in a small bunch...

Don't you think they are pretty enough to catch anybody's attraction??
 Can you point out which 1 is with which die??
So think twice before you buy any floral die....the one already in your stash can create wonders....but only if you give yourself lots of tries. 

 For me...

Crafting needs no restrictions and  need no recipes at all. The phases of crafting are discovery, self satisfaction and production. Every crafter must discover the recipe of its own and then create the item.
Art prefers no rules. Do whatever you want. Also sometimes if you impose rules and restrictions on creativity......your requirements can force you to be creative in unusual ways.

That's all for today. If You still have any queries leave a comment below and I will definitely reply back.



  1. I have bookmarked this page so I can come back and watch the tutorials. This is very helpful and informative! Thanks!
    Chana, Owner
    613 Avenue Create Challenge Blog
    Card-d-ology (personal blog http://redoralee.blogspot,com)

  2. Thank you sharing this , cant agree more , well said !!!! the blooms look heavenly as always !!!

  3. Such a beautiful and informative post from the master crafter! Thanks for sharing.

  4. thank you so much for these video they are amazing and helpful and most important Easy.....i have saved them......

  5. Aunty!! This is so much info! You posts are to be treasured always!!Thank you so much for sharing! I am in love with your flowers!!!they are Stunningly beautiful!

  6. Thank you for such a heplful and informative posts as always. Flowers are so beautiful.

  7. You are always close to crafters heart by sharing your beautiful creation and tutorial rajini mam

  8. AWESOMEEEE Aunty ... Such detailed post !! I am book Marking this post for sure. What a treasure of all the learners !! Seriously aunty flowers are gorgeous as always :)

  9. this is awesome… so much tips… i love it totally… ur creations are stunning, as well ur post are so informative… thank u so much for the mention… :)

  10. Thanks a ton for sharing your experience in flower making :-D..................this is a treasure of information.

  11. Thank you very very much... I love to make all flowers ;) And I will try some new ;)

  12. Awesome post and very informative...and ur flowers r just amazing and will try very soon

  13. Your tips on flower making are wonderful. Thank you so much for sharing Rajni ji. And Thank you so much for the sweet comment on my Star Box tutorial

  14. Rajni, thank you so much for this post!! After Christmas I am going to dive into the world of flowermaking. Yours are so so stunning!!!

  15. Aap kya hoo....??? Tusi great ho ji...actually words fell short to describe ur creativity.

  16. Thanks a lot for sharing all the links.. They are awesome and you are really a great inspiration for me and i am sure for many more people... Keep us inspiring like this always :)

  17. Your flowers are truly beautiful! The purple ones are so real-looking and the colour is gorgeous. What weight of paper did you use and did you colour it yourself or did you buy the paper that gorgeous colour?

    1. 120 to 220 gsm is perfect for making these flowers....for purple ones i took purple color card stock and colored using seedless preserves distress inks after crumbling and drying. A small tip...if u r using lighter weight paper and u are scared of tearing try to crumble 2 or 3 petals together.
      Hope this helps.

  18. Thank you so much for your response Rajni! Your flowers are gorgeous!

  19. just found your blog. Stunning flowers!!!!!!!

  20. Thank you so much for your insight. Craftspersons like you inspire amateure like us with these helpful tips and inspiring words.

  21. Rajni ji ..Thank you so much for this beautiful well complied post it become my most go to page for any flower making referrence :)..I know a lot of people have benefitted from this post and I am definitely one of them :)..


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