You will need:
- alfoil/ tin foil/ aluminium foil
- glimmer spray – Lesley uses Shimmerz Coloringz but I used Glimmer Mist
- dies – the video uses Spellbinder’s Rose Creations and Spiral Blossoms 1 but I used Tim Holtz’s Tattered Florals
- die cut machine.g. Bigshot, Cuttlebug, Grand Calibur
- embossing mat
- take a large piece of aluminium foil and fold it until you have 5 layers
- run this through your die cut machine with your flower die
- use the embossing mat and run the dies through your die cut machine again. This melds all the layers of foil together and gives an embossed finish
- remove the foil from the dies
- make up your flowers as you normally would with paper
- glue into place and shape as you want
- spray the flowers with glimmer spray - I needed a few layers to get the intensity of colour I was after and just used my heat gun to dry each flower between coats.
Now my flowers were very fragile, there is no way I could use them on a project – as they would just flatten. I
decided to add another step to make them more durable and I love the way they turned out. I
- melted some UTEE in a bowl in my frypan and then dipped the flowers into it – my version of a melting pot. I used my tweezers to hold them and any UTEE that stuck on my tweezers just peels off when it cools.
- let the flowers cool on my non-stick craft mat – it doesn’t take long for them to set.
- then I gave them a blast with my heat gun to even out the coat of utee – this also lets you do any last minute petal adjustments. Any UTEE that comes off onto the craft mat can just be put back into the bowl and re-melted for next time
- The last step on the dark pink flower was to add some beads while the UTEE in the centre of the flower was still melted - when the UTEE set it sticks the beads in place. You can use a brad or button if you prefer.
This gives them a glass like appearance and sets the petals where I wanted them to stay. Next time I will try more layers of foil to see if this also makes them more sturdy. Hope you like them.
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