I love Tim Holtz’ Tattered Florals’ die and in this video, Clare Charvill demonstrates a flower she makes using this die. It is a large flower which would be great as a feature on an album, layout or card.

You can also use this technique for any flowers (varying shapes, different numbers of petals) e.g. punched, hand cut with scissors. This link will lead you to more flower making tips.

You need:

  • Tattered Florals’ die
  • a die cut machine
  • A4 piece of cardstock
  • distress ink
  • blending tool
  • toothpick
  • ball tool – I don’t have one of these so I use the rounded end of a pen and it works fine
  • scissors


  • using the die, cut out 3 large, 2 medium and 1 small flower out of cardstock. With these steel rule (thick) dies you can usually cut up to 4 layers of cardstock at a time, so cut up the cardstock and you could cut all of these flowers in one pass of your bigshot.
  • you can use patterned paper or stamp your cardstock before you make them up to give them extra detail and dimension
  • using the blending tool, colour the edge of all the petals
  • place the medium flowers on top of each other and cut a bit further towards the centre of the flower between each petal
  • starting with the larger flowers
    • fold each petal in half and crease with the right side on the inside
    • curl each side of the creased petal towards the back using the toothpick
    • using the ball tool on the back of each petal, dragging from each edge towards the centre of the flower and this is curl the petals up
    • turn it over to the right side and use the ball tool in the centre of the flower and this lifts the petals up
  • medium and small flowers
    • again fold each petal in half with the right side on the inside
    • turn the flower over and using the small end of the ball tool, drag from the edge of each petal towards the centre to curl it
    • turn them over again and using the ball tool, use a circular motion in the centre of the flower to lift the petals
  • to assemble the flower
    • take one of the large flowers and place a small amount of glue in the centre and put a second flower on top and off set the petals. repeat with the third large flower
    • continue with medium and the small flowers
    • you can then add a centre to your flower – brad (don’t use glue to assemble your flower if you are using a brad), glue and loose beads, gems etc
  • as I said above this makes a large flower, but you can also make a smaller by changing the number and size of the flowers you use


  • Clare mentions that if you spray the petals with water they are stiffer when the dry and hold their shape better. I usually spray mine at the end with a glimmer spray e.g. Glimmer Mist, Lindy Stamp Gang or Perfect Pearls Mist and then dry with my heat gun – this gives them the extra strength as well a shimmer

I also have other flower tutorials if you like to make your own, like me.


K xoxo

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