Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Easy Apple Blossom Tutorial (A Crinoline Flower Tutorial)

There's been a lot of interest in my "apple blossom" flowers that I made recently and I have had a number of inquiries on how they were made.  They are super easy and I decided to do a quick tutorial to share.

Materials Needed:  Small flower dies in two sizes.  I used the Sizzix Flowers and Vines #3 and the Tiim Holtz Tattered Florals.
Crinoline
Tulle
Brad
Jewelry Spacer

Using the Tim Holtz die, I cut two flowers from crinoline and two from tulle using the next-to-smallest flower.  
Using the Sizzix die, I cut two flowers from crinoline and one from tulle using the middle sized flower on the die.

Then I balled up each flower, pinching it firmly so it became crinkled.
Next the flowers were unfurled but not fully flattened out and I inserted the brad and jewelry spacer alternating crinoline and tulle with the top flower being crinoline, then tulle, then the other two small crinoline flowers.  Next a large tulle, then a large crinoline, large tulle and ending with a large crinoline flower.
This is how it will look when you have inserted the brad/jewelry spacer all the way through - sort of flat.

 Then I scrunched all the layers up toward the middle.


And finally, individually smoothed the layers down just a bit until I achieved the look I was going for.

That's it - easy peasy.  You can make two or three in just about 15 minutes.  Let me know if you have any questions.  If you can't find crinoline at your local sewing center, I have some for sale on my Funkie's Junk blog.  Thanks for stopping by and have a great day!

20 comments:

Lori said...

Amazing flowers, you make it looks so easy, wish I had the dies now!

bosenberries said...

Clever idea to use the jewelry spacer! Really adds a lot!

coldwaters2 said...

This is brilliant Linda thank you so much for the Tutorial
Hugs
Lorraine x

Sue said...

Thanks for sharing Linda very much appreciated, these flowers are quite beautiful aren.t they?
Smiles:)

Carolyn said...

What a fun idea! I don't have those dies, but wonder if they might work with other flower punches or dies. I will have to give it a try. They turned out so pretty. Thanks for sharing! I have to look at some of your gorgeous creations too. Gosh, it's been awhile since I've visited you. Hope all is well, and I will surely drop by more often. You always have such pretty cards!
Take care,
Hugs,
Carolyn

Suzi said...

Wonderful tutorial Linda, I'm gonna have to spend some money on these dies. I'll blame you when the CC statement comes in. lol.
Hugs
Suzi x

Bettina said...

yes! i have those dies, yes, yes, gotta go make me some. thanks for the tut.

Viv said...

Yummy flowers Linda! Might have to go make some now!!! Thanks for the tutorial.
Viv xx

Sylvia/LittleTreasures said...

Thanks for the fun tute..I never heard of Crinoline, until I started visiting your blog. No one in the local shops know of it either. The flowers are so pretty. A pizza box how clever!!!
Have a great day.

Linda R. said...

Those flowers look wonderful.. Thanks so much for the tutorial..

Hugs, Linda

Beth aka BR-T said...

Oh what a wonderful tutorial and the flowers are stunning!

Jennifer Scull said...

thank you so much for the tut..... now to see if I can actually accomplish it! giggles!
hope you are having a wonderful week! :)

Lori said...

Sure, the one Sizzix die I don't have...lol! Great tutorial, and those flowers are gorgeous!

Netty said...

Your flowers are gorgeous Linda and a great tutorial.
Loving your rodeo theme plaque below, its totally fantastic. Brilliant work my friend. Annette x

Tracey Brossart said...

Beautiful flowers Linda! Thanks for the tut! I really need to get me some of those dies now...lol! By the way, can sizzix dies be used in my Cuttlebug? :D

xx Tracey xx

Beate said...

GORGEOUS flowers! Thanks for sharing.
Hugs and smiles

MariLynn said...

Awesome apple blossoms. I just wish I had those dies. I don't think my hand held paper punches would cut through crinoline but I might be able to cut some free hand. Thank for an awesome tutorial.

Nancy said...

You make it look so easy... I'm going to give it a try for the first time. Wish me luck!

Jen said...

Thanks for the great tutorial!! I used it on my purses I gave some friends :) http://jeneeo.blogspot.com/2011/04/anything-but-card.html

Jen :)

Julie said...

Absolutely gorgeous!! Thanks for the inspiration and details. Juliexx

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