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Victorian Flower Children-Paper Flower Tutorial

The Inspiration-Antique German “Paper Scrap”

This Tutorial was inspired by the whimsical postcards/advertisement cards of the Victorian Era. Some of them gather their charm from being just a little odd. The child face within a flower was a popular depiction but, I’m not sure what the story was exactly. It could have been the Victorian attributing human characteristics to things found in nature, which was a common artistic license taken at that time. Or, it could have represented a folktale that described children being born from a enchanted garden?

Gather Your Flower Petals & Leaves

For this project I was on the hunt for the perfect small flower. I found one over at Cricut.com, please use the link below if you would like to use this project that I have already set up for you (There is a small charge for using the Cricut Image featured in this project). Substitutions; hand cut, paper punch or silk flowers. The small pink treat box can be found there as well.

PART 2; THE FLOWER

PART 1; THE BOX

Find Your Image

You could use all kinds of images for the face! You could use new/old German “Paper Scrap,” an instant download or a drawing from your own imagination. Have Fun and let the image inspire you!

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Pro tip for instant downloads: sometimes you will have to adjust the size to fit your flower. Print on 4 x 6 glossy photo paper, set picture quality to “High.”

Gather Your Supplies

Helpful Supplies for creating amazing paper flowers!

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Prepare Your Petals & Leaves

For this I recommend adding Glimmer Mist. If you can’t find this brand at your local craft store, find another “shimmery mist” to use. What does this do? It helps make the paper more pliable for shaping. In addition, it helps seal in the shape of the flower. I prefer this brand because of the light sparkle it adds to the paper, it also works well on silk flowers too.

I love this glass mat by We R Memory Keepers! I use it for everything! Glass mats cleanup easily with soap and water. This mat is useful when You are spraying your petals with Tattered Angels Glimmer Mist. The link that is featured below this image is a Amazon.com Link.

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Allow the petals & Leaves to (mostly) dry on your glass mat or, a cardboard “Cake Round” the cheaper option. These are usually found in the cake decorating isle in your local craft store.

Air drying will take awhile. Don’t want to wait? I use this heat gun or a smaller Crafters heat gun. Please use tweezers when drying petals.

CAUTION! Heat guns should never be left plugged in when not in use, they should be handled with great care (they can burn you & everything else!) and the smaller “Crafters” heat gun won’t always come back on after you use them…you have to wait awhile for it to cool down again. Hence, this is why I use the industrial one, it always comes on. This tool should not be used by children.

Get Out That Mat! Molding The Petals & Leaves

For this process I recommend you let the treated petal mostly dry. If the petal is too wet it will fall apart when you are trying to shape it and, if it is too dry it won’t “shape” as well. It’s an art! Warning, it’s super addictive and you might find yourself shaping flower petals all day.

How do you shape the petals & leaves. You will need some kind of Modelling ball tool, sometimes it can be found in the cake decorating section at your local craft store. I like the ones linked above because I’ve had better experience with metal fondant tools. Techniques? It’s pretty simple, press and go in circles. I use the bigger ball in the center of the petal and the smaller around the edges.

Assemble your Flower & Glitter

For this part I like to start with the center of the flower. I like to glue a small Pompom into the center of the petal to use as an anchor for the face (glitter the face before you place). Next I start building the Flower.

With hot glue, build each layer
Glitter is never optional

Your Done!!

I hope you like this post!

More importantly, I hope it inspired you to create!

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