Good afternoon and Happy Labor Day everyone. I can hardly believe that it is September already…where did the summer go? Where I love in MN, spring battled winter throughout May until Summer showed her face in mid June. This definitely made for a short summer and growing season. I am still waiting patiently for many veggies to fully ripen and mature so that I can make some canned goodness. I am hopeful that Mother Nature will be nice and prolong our growing season to ensure a bountiful harvest.
The start of a new month means a new Paperie in Bloom bouquet. Paperie in Bloom is a monthly blog series here at Scrap N Grow. Each month I featured a new bloom complete with a step by step tutorial. Then throughout the month, I feature additional projects that showcase the chosen bloom of the month. Until our ongoing home remodel project is complete (soon), additional featured projects have been temporarily placed on hold as my free time has been consumed with our basement to do list.
September’s Paperie in Bloom bouquet features bodacious, bordeaux Dahlias.
These bodacious blooms are a whopping 7 inches each in diameter! These were so much fun and easy to create. The only downfall to these beauties is how much paper they consumed…..any guesses as to how many sheets of card stock it took to create 7 of these blooms? (Insert pause here) These blooms devoured 72 sheets of card stock!!!!! (Insert gasp here) Crazy, I know!!!!!! I shudder to calculate try the cost to create these breath taking blooms; instead, I would rather show and tell you how.
Color medium. My preferred coloring medium is Tim Holtz’s Distress Inks. I used Aged Mahogany.
McGill Tool Kit and Molding Mat.
Crop O Dile Punch.
Styrofoam ball for center bud. This is dependent upon the size of your desired bloom.
Acrylic paint to coordinate with bloom color.
Floral stem or wrapped floral wire.
Liquid adhesive. I prefer Inkessentials Glossy Accents.
Decorative container. I found mine at Pier 1 on sale.
Step By Step Tutorial:
1. First, determine color and size of your desired dahlia/s. Dahlias exist in nearly every color and range in size from miniature to dinner plate. Note: There are also many other shapes of dahlias available, I chose to replicate a dinner plate style dahlia. One other note: this tutorial will provide instruction for a dinner plate style dahlia.
2. Then die cut the desired number of shapes necessary to make desired quantity of dahlias. Dinner plate dahlias are large and have several layers in graduating sizes. I cut 5 of each of the following sizes: 7 inches, 6 inches, 5 inches, 4 inches, and 3 inches. I created several cut files using my Provocraft Gypsy. Believe it or not, this helped to conserve card stock. Note: I initially cut a 2 inch size as well, but this size was not used as it was not large enough to cover the Styrofoam ball.
3. Paint Styrofoam ball a coordinating color and insert into floral stem and set aside to dry. I chose to use artificial stems due to the weight of the finished blooms. For smaller sized blooms, wrapped floral wire could be used.
4. Next, color both sides of petal shapes using Distress Ink.
5. After all shapes are colored, center punch a hole through each petal.
6. Then mold each petal using a ball stylus. Note: I molded the 3 and 4 inch sized petals such that they are cupped upwards to mimic unfurled petals. And for the 5,6, and 7 inch petals, I lightly creased sides inward by hand after I molded them.
7. Your Styrofoam ball should be dry by this point. Adhere 2 layers of your smallest petals (3 inch) offset to each other to the Styrofoam center using a liquid adhesive. Try and cover the Styrofoam completely and adhere tips of petals such that you create a point.
8. Complete final assembly of petals in order of graduating sizes (5,6, and 7). Be sure to offset each petal to the one previous. Note: I found it helpful to hold the center bud as I was adding my layers. If you have small hands and creating a bodacious bloom, this may prove to be a bit challenging to keep hold of your flower. Secure petals with a secure stop. I used a plastic disc from my artificial stem. Helpful hint: Because these blooms are heavy, I used a drop of liquid adhesive as an added measure. Repeat this step for each bloom.
9. Finally arrange blooms in decorative vase and enjoy your bodacious, everlasting, dahlias. Be prepared for the comments from your family and friends. They will not believe they are not real.
I hope that you enjoyed this month’s blooming tutorial and that you will try and create a bouquet for yourself.
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Thank you so much for stopping by and have a great week.