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Sensational succulents!

Hello and welcome to my blog post this week.

I am going to show how I got a bit green fingered and made Craftwork Cards die-cut flowers into succulents.

Launched just ahead of the Great Create Extravaganza at Harrogate, these fabulous 8×8″ die-cut sheets are available in a variety of colours and make the most amazing creations, the only limit is your imagination! Available on the website, but also incredibly popular at the show and in the shop, you pop out the number of flowers that you want to use, and add colour if needed, to create your own mini masterpieces.

Here’s how I made mine:

I popped most of the flowers out of a sheet of white and got myself a couple of shades of green and a lovely red distress ink. Blending eggs are a fabulous tool to help with this, as they pick up the ink very easily, and with the help of a glass mat, transfer it onto the flowers. I’m not saying you won’t get a bit green fingered in the process, but it does all wash off afterwards!

In the picture below you will see how I have very quickly (and you don’t have to be perfect) coloured each ‘flower’ in the lighter green, added deeper green to the petals and then finished off with a tiny amount of red around the edges. There are two small red flowers too – I decided they would be my middles, but there is no hard and fast rule to what you do, as you will see from our variety of pictures later!

Then you need to shape your petals, with a pokey tool, bone folder, cocktail stick, whatever you have to hand. I decided to make this one a bit spiky and folded each petal downwards over my pokey tool. With some double thickness 3D foam, as I built it up, it looked like this:

The final touch was to put a top on it. I had googled succulents and I liked the look of the ones with a bit of colour on them, so I adapted the flowers I had coloured red, and shaped them slightly into cones to sit on the top, by snipping into the middles and glueing one petal over another, like this:

So in the end, the succulent looked like this:

Once you have made a few, you get a really realistic paper flower arrangement, which, in the right pots or crates, looks fabulous and has the added benefit of never needing watering! It’s the only way plants survive in my house anyway, if they are made out of plastic or paper!

I took my succulents to Craftwork Cards North Fun Day last month, and our lovely ladies had a lot of green fingered fun putting them together. Every crateful was different, with lots of experimental shades and colours, and I took some pictures of their amazing creations:

I absolutely love the depth of colour in these!

One lady got creative with a coffee cup – taking upcycling to the next level. we all thought this was an inspired idea!

To finish – a whole table full of green fingers – it’s so much fun creating together. Thanks to all the ladies who inked and blended so beautifully, I hope your succulent creations are sitting happily on your windowsills and conservatories now!

Craftwork Cards have really captured our imaginations with this set of die-cuts – I am sure we will see these shapes again as the flowers were incredibly popular, amongst the design team and customers alike!

Happy creating

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2 Comments

  1. Sue Smith

    18th April 2017 - 1:58 pm
    Reply

    Love these Nicky, they look so real! xXx

  2. Elisabeth Hogarth

    22nd April 2017 - 8:14 am
    Reply

    This is a really helpful, inspiring blog. I want to make the succulents now! I also think the photographs are brilliant. Thank you for taking the time to write up such a well thought out blog.
    x Elisabeth x

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