Monday, February 15, 2010
Tip & Technique: Origami Flowers
I have pretty much been a paper nerd my entire life. :) My parents own a copy & print shop which meant paper & ink were regular terms at my house growing up. One year my parents gave me a set of Origami Books for my birthday.
While cleaning out a cupboard last week, I came across them and remembered how much fun they were. I thumbed through the pages again and to my delight I found instructions on making an origami flower. As a scrapbooker, I KNEW I had to try it right away. Hehehehe!
Here are the instructions (click to enlarge and print):
And here is my resulting page. :)
I used the Brand New SEASIDE COTTAGE kit (Just TWO left!!!) for this page. Seriously!! What a fun kit! I created the flowers from the lighter weight 7 Gypsies paper. It's fun to have the two-different patterns show. :) I used my pinking shears to cut two circles from the pink seersucker fabric and the Jenni Bowlin Vintage-Style Buttons as flower centers. Swoon!!!
I used the doilie from the kit as a mask and then misted my background paper with Shimmerz Bed of Roses Spritz and Hot Fudge Vibez. I also used Pixie Dust Blingz by Shimmerz Paints on the title letters to make them sparkle. :)
A little backstory about the title on this page. As most parents do, I have little nicknames for my kids. Not only individually, but in groups. I call my two older children "The Olders" . . . "Hey, Olders, go and get your homework done!" And my two little ones "The Girls" or "The Littles." I also have a name for my youngest and oldest . . . they are "My Bookends" because they come first and last. :)
I snapped a picture of these two in the car one day while we were on vacation and this page was born. :)
I also wanted to share this page with you that I created for the current Noel Mignon "Lovely Color" Challenge that went up today on the challenge blog .
For this page I used the Object of My Affection kit, a few Heidi Swapp felt butterflies, and paints and mists from Shimmerz Paints.
First, I handcut my clouds from white cardstock and embossed them using my Cuttlebug. I used the Swiss Dots and Houndstooth folders. When I held my clouds up to my page they were too bright against the other off-white elements of my page. I used Treasured Hymn Spritz by Shimmerz Paints to tone them down and give them an antinque feeling.
Next, I added Morning Mist Pearlz by Shimmerz Paints along the edges of the clouds. I like how it made them feel more dimensional. The final touch was a coat of Pixie Dust Blingz by Shimmerz Paints . Now my clouds are sparkly and magical! :D I wish I could take pictures to do them justice! They are so sparkly and FUN!!! The felt layered butterflies are also sparkling with a coat of the Pixie Dust Blingz . . . what a versatile paint!
To create the scalloped edge of the red patterned paper I used the Prima packaging from the kit as a template.
Hope these tips inspire you to try something new this week!
See you again soon!