Sunday, 14 August 2011

'NJ's Crafty Tips'

Happy Sunday my fellow crafters! LOL Hope your all having a lovely week-end.
This week's crafty tips I am going to show you ways to decorate plain flowers.You can use various types such as fabric, paper, mulberry or whichever flowers you may already have in your craft stash.
So, the materials needed for this are:

Embossing machine such as Texture Boutique, Bigshot or Cuttlebug etc/selection of embossing folders/flowers/Sakura gelly roll pens/Promarkers/Memento Dye ink pads/Tim Holtz Distress Ink Pads/embossing ink pad/Distress paint/Distress embossing powder/Glossy accents/Pearl Ex powder/mister/selection of stamps/Crafters Companion spray & sparkle/beads, brad, button, candy/ heat gun/craft sheet or glass mat.

Tip 1
Run a large white flower through one of the embossing folders.

Paint the flower using the Distress Paint. I've used the colour tarnished brass.

Speed up the drying time using your heat gun.

The flower will start to curl but thats fine.

Now it's dry, use your distress inkpad and rub gently over the flower using a sponge. I've used spiced marmalade.

Ink the underside of the petals as well so they've got colour if they curl up. Using your embossing ink pad take the ink to the flower centre only, using the sponge.

Sprinkle Black soot Distress embossing powder in the centre.

Use the heat gun to melt.

Rub with finger to release crystals to distress. It will be hot so be careful and let it cool first.

Finally, spray the centre using Crafter's Companion spray & sparkle in gold.

You can use any colour paint of your choice. I like the vintage effect of this colour, it makes it look like a big old sunflower. Embossing the flower just gives it a bit more texture too.

Tip 2

Emboss another flower. Using a sponge, take the ink from the Distress Ink pad Chipped Sapphire to the flower.

Put some Pearl Ex powder into a mister with water. I've used a silver powder.

Shake gently to mix and then spray lightly over the inked flower.

Dry with heat gun.

Paint over the flower with Distress crackle paint Clear Rock Candy.

Dry with the heat gun. The petals will curl, separate gently if needed.

Tip 3

Ink a stamp using the embossing ink pad. Stamp over a flower.

Pick up the pearl powder with a brush and brush lightly over the flower.

Wipe away the excess powder gently, using the larger brush.

It's really that simple to decorate flowers using embossing ink and Pearl Ex or Perfect Pearls powders.

Tip 4

Take a fabric flower and ink with a distress ink pad.I've used Tea dye.

Use a text stamp and ink up with Rusty Hinge distress ink. Stamp in the middle of the flower.

Dab embossing ink around the petal edges.

Sprinkle on Milled Lavendar Distress Powder.

Use your heat gun.

Rub off the release crystals with your finger after it has cooled. Attach a candy dot on the underside of the flower using glossy accents.

You only need to do that part if you have a hole in the centre of your flower and you still want to be able to see the full word.

Tip 5

Emboss a flower using a swirl effect folder. Simply colour in using your Promarkers.

You can use chalks too if you want to. Choose whichever colouring medium you prefer. The colours will bleed together with your Promarkers on paper flowers, but I like this look.

Finish with a pearl brad.

Tip 6

Take a white flower.

Ink up a text background stamp with Tuxedo black Memento ink. Stamp over the flower.

Use a Sakura Black sparkle pen and draw around the edges of the flower.

Glue a button in the middle of the flower using glossy accents.

Tip 7

Colour a white flower using Red star Sakura gelly roll pen.

Ink a text stamp using Paris Dusk Memento ink pad.

Stamp over the flower.

Add a Twilight Candy to the centre using Glossy accents.

Tip 8

Apply small dots of Glossy accents to a black flower.

Sprinkle with Glamour dust.

Tap off the excess dust and set aside to dry.

Tip 9

Ink a stamp with Lady bug Memento ink. Stamp over a pink flower.

Use a Sakura gelly roll pen in Pink Star and add shimmer to edges of petals.

Add glossy accents to the flower centre.

Sprinkle beads on and set aside to dry.

Tip 10

My last tip for these flowers is to simply use a plain flower and a black fine liner pen and doodle on the flower.

Finish with Candy in the centre.

So, there you have flowers.

One of my favourite quotes is on a stamp that I bought some time ago.

is more important
than knowledge

Albert Einstein

That's exactly what sums up crafting for me. Imagination!

That's all you have to do. I just hope I've helped you along the way with my own imagination! LOL

I hope you enjoyed the flower tips. Thanks for reading and have fun trying them out. Have a great week and I'll see you all next weekend with some more crafty tips.
Have fun and happy crafting!
Lots of love


  1. Love all the different effects you get, thanks for showing.

    Jackie M

  2. Your welcome,I'm glad you enjoyed looking XXX