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Saturday, 17 April 2010

Cactus Flower Tutorial

Inspired by my love of Cactus Dahlias, I have invented these little creations...not seen anything quite like these in blogland or on YouTube...they were really easy to make, and the best bit is you don't need any special die or punch to make them.


OK, so how did I make them?

Step 1. Cut some curved slivers of card in varying lengths...I ran my fingers along each petal a few times to make it curl.

Step 2: Punch a circle no bigger than the flower centre you are going to use, and put a small piece of strong double sided tape across the circle (I used Stix 2). Would probably work just as well with wet glue, but I am not a patient crafter...

Step 3: Once you have finished the first layer, put another piece of tape across the circle and build up the next layer layer with slightly shorter petals.

Until you end up with this!

My lovely Prima jewelled flower centres are from Quixotic Paperie.

I would like to have made something a bit different with my cactus flowers, but due to time constraints I have kept it really simple with this envelope and card...if I hadn't I would not have been able to post these on my blog today...but you get the idea anyway.

It's funny how this idea has been brewing inside my little brain for so long..probably for several months now, I just couldn't figure out how to get the look I wanted...little did I know when I got up yesterday that by the evening I would finally come up with the idea for these flowers!

They are a great way to use up scraps of card, and they are really quick to make...once I had practiced a few times I was making them in less than 5 minutes. I would love to try making these using 2 or more colours, or perhaps glimmer misted...I'm certain that variations of these cactus flowers will feature again on my blog in the future!

Well, I hope you like them...I would love to know what you think...do let me know if you give them a go so that I can come see how you've used them!

42 comments:

Elaine aka Quixotic said...

Oh, these are gorgeous, Sarita! Love!

Sue C said...

What a fab idea Sarita ! They look really effective. Sue C x

Nela said...

I love them! simple and beautiful! Thank you for sharing :D

Mervi said...

Wow Sarita, these flowers are so stylish - and looks quite simple to do, thanks for this idea;-))m

gina g said...

Wow Sarita these are stunning i might have a go later if i get a chance. Enjoy the rest of your day. luv gina xx

Fiona said...

Wow Sarita, these are SO attractive. Will have to have a go myself although I don't have any fantastic bling, but I'm sure I can find something. Thanks for sharing them with us.

Fiona x

Handmade with Love said...

Really stunning, great idea Sarita they look fab! Tracey x

Lynne said...

Well I`ve said it before and no doubt I`ll be saying it again, You are a clever little blogger Sarita lol. Fab idea and no cost too. Sounds good to me.
Lynne xxx

Vicki said...

OMG these are just amazing, is there no end to your talent Sarita!.....lol
Shall definitely be having ago at these but can't see them looking this professional;)

Thanks for sharing

Hugs
Vicki x

Monia said...

Yor cactus flowers look great!

Kerry said...

OMG Sarita I am defo going to try these - saved this tutorial! Love the card you have made. You are so talented xx

maddy hill said...

wow they are effective - gorgeous !

thanks hunny !
hugs
maddy x

Jane said...

These are gorgeous...thanks for sharing...I'm off to try it now!

Carol Q said...

hoo hoo - aren't they fab? I think they have a slightly alien plant life feel to them too. nice one Sarita.

Joanne Gilch said...

Thanks for the inspiration. Your cactus flowers are stunning.

mckinkle said...

STUNNING! Wow they are just beautiful Sarita, I hope one day to have a play and see what my version will end up looking like?!

Keryn x

Jackie said...

Absolutely gorgeous Sarita, thank you for sharing with us :o)
Jackie xx

Smita said...

Wow!! They look fab.... should try them some time!

Thank you for the inspiration.

Hugs,
Smita

sandra said...

Stunning, thankyou for sharing your idea's, will be trying these for sure. Love it. You are very talented. Love Sandra x

Michelle said...

Wonderful idea Sarita, absolutely love them!
x Michelle

judith@poppy cottage said...

These are really striking Sarita, and a really easy to follow tutorial, thanks. Judith x

Kaz said...

Wow Sarita these are brilliant and look fab on the projects. I think you need to patent them! xxx

Emma said...

WOW!! These are absolutely stunning and so sophisticated and elegant. You are so talented Sarita and I'm definitely going to try and make these.

Beautiful, as always...

Enjoy what's left of the weekend,
hugs, Emma

Steph said...

Oh Sarita, I've missed your creations over the past few weeks. So glad I popped by today, these are gorgeous and so unique as ever!

Νένα said...

it's perfect!thank you for sharing!

Mandi said...

Stunning!
You are so inventive amazing!

Have a good week hun xx

Elaine said...

you are so clever they look very elegant.must try soon. TFS X

Julie said...

Gorgeous flower Sarita, I think you're pretty patient cutting all those little strips and sticking them together like that!

Elaine Stark said...

Thanks for sharing, these flowers are lovely and elegant. Elaine

Paula Gale said...

Wow Sarita - these are absolutely stunning - then added to that gorgeous card - just wow!!!

Paula x x x

Rufus said...

These are lovely, Sarita! I'll have to come up with something else for the center ~ don't have your jazzy bling. So they won't be quite so pow, but I'll give them a go anyway. Thanks for sharing them with all of us.
R/

Juls said...

these are just fab!! thanks for sharing the "how to" hugs Juls

angelwhispers said...

Wow these are stunning a must make!!! Thanks for the tutorial! Bet these look fab on scrapbook pages as well!! Thanks Love Chanelle xx

Andrea said...

These are absolutely fabulous - well done, and thank you so much for sharing!
Love, Andrea xx

Sue said...

Hi Sarita
oh wow how stunning does that flower look, beautiful now i bet ya mine wouldn't look like that! lol. Thanks for sharing, sue,x

Dawn said...

Saritaaaa! What a fantastically simple idea that looks stunning, that old brown matter has been working overtime, brilliant !

Thanks for sharing

Hugs
DAwn
xx

José said...

Wow Sarita, you have made beautiful cactus flowers. They looks very easy to make, so i will try make some.
Hugs José

Georgia said...

Oooh, these are so stunning Sarita! I love those gorgeous flowers you've created and the colours look fabulous together! :) Love, Georgia xx

Eve said...

Beautiful !!
Thanks a lot !
Eve ;)

Carol said...

What a neat idea - FABBY
Thaks for the tutorial

Enjoy your R&R

Grenouille Greetings said...

Hi Sarita. I have been out of the country for the last month or so and once again discover that you have been beautifully creative in my absence. These cactus flowers are soooo clever and soooo in keeping with your fabulous style. They look a bit fiddly to me and perhaps a bit fragile for the post but they are divine to behold! Warmest wishes, Lesley.

Jennifer said...

Ooh what a lovely idea! They look fab! Thanks for sharing xx Jenny xx