I love making flowers using the Dahlia Fold technique and whenever new Stampin’ Up! paper is released, I always look to see which ones will work best. Since both sides of the paper can be seen, the two sides need to complement one another other, such as this design from Best Dressed Designer Series Paper.
If you’re looking at this flower and thinking that it’s way too complicated, I’m here to tell you that it really isn’t! You just need to master the fold (which isn’t difficult) and then repeat it seven more times. About 1-1/2 years ago, I made a video showing how to create the fold using a 1-3/4″ Circle Punch but since then, the punch has retired. For today’s card, I used a circle in the Layering Circles Dies (the inside of the circle is approximately 1-7/8″) and I used our 2-1/4″ Circle Punch as a base to glue the pieces to. In the video I use a larger circle as I show you how to make the fold so that it’s easier to see what I’m doing and I recommend doing the same thing when you’re practicing BUT don’t use cardstock, use a thinner paper such as computer paper. You’ll get frustrated trying to make the folds if your paper is too heavy. You can view the video HERE and please note that several products in the video have since retired.
The base of my card is Daffodil Delight cardstock. I added a layer of Whisper White cardstock that was placed inside the Layered Leaves Embossing Folder and run through a die-cutting machine. The sentiment was also stamped on Whisper White using Lovely Lipstick and the stamp set, Happy Birthday to You and die-cut using the Stitched So Sweetly Dies. The Happy Birthday to You stamp set is one of the FREE Sale-A-Bration gifts you can choose from with a $50 order (coordinating dies for this stamp set were just released this week and are available while supplies last).
To complete my card, I added one of our Gold Faceted Gems to the center of the flower. These gems have a sticky back but I recommend also adding Multipurpose Glue to the back. I didn’t use the extra glue and the gem came off (I’m still looking for it). On the second try, I added glue and it has stayed in place. Normally the adhesive works fine but all of the flower pieces come together in the middle and it’s quite a bit of bulk.
If you give this technique a try, I’d love to hear from you!
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- Daffodil Delight cardstock: 11″ x 4-1/4″
- Whisper White cardstock: 5-1/4″ x 4″
- Whisper White cardstock: scrap for sentiment
- Whisper White cardstock: scrap for 2-1/4″ circle
- Best Dressed Designer Series Paper: (8) circles
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