If you can't find crinoline at your local fabric center, I have a limited supply available in my Etsy boutique here.
Tim Holtz Tattered Florals die
Tim Holtz Tattered Leaves die
Yellow dye or reinkers
Green dye or reinkers
Something brown for the center - I like a button and brown burlap string
A 20 inch by 4 inch piece of crinoline
A small square of canvas for the leaves
Let's get started:
1. Cut 5 flowers from the crinoline using the second largest flower on the Tattered Florals die.
Mix the water and the dye. Wearing a rubber glove, I mix it with my hand.
Add more water or more reinker to achieve the strength of color you desire. I often mix colors to achieve the shade of color I want.
5. Once dry, the crinoline will be nice and crisp again. To give your flowers body, crinkle them up into a ball and then GENTLY unfurl them again. This particular flower on my Tattered Florals die has a weak petal at the base and it frequently rips/falls off, especially during this step. No worries, one missing petal will not be missed on the finished flower.
6. Because this flower doesn't have a brad or pin, I glue the layers together from the bottom up. (The arrow is pointing to where one of the petals fell off this flower). The glue I use is Fabri-Tac by Beacon Adhesives. Buy it at Jo-Ann's with your 40% off coupon! It is also the glue I use for making my cards - no warping like water-based glue does.
7. Continue gluing layers until all 5 are stacked and glued.
8. Add whatever center piece you wish
9. I used the Tattered Leaves die to cut leaves out of canvas and dyed them with a green reinker. They ravel a bit, but I like the shabby look. I glue two leaves together in a cluster and then glue the sunflower on top.
I hope you found this tutorial to be helpful. If you have any questions, please leave them in the comments section here. I will update the post with the requested information/clarification so all will be informed.
Thanks so much for stopping by and for any comments you care to leave.
Reader's Question - what reinker did I use? Here I used Stampin' Up's Daffodil Delight. Sometimes I add a hint of So Saffron or a really tiny bit of Pumpkin Pie to mellow it out a bit.
Reader's Question - where can I buy crinoline? Try your local sewing center. If they don't have it, I do sell it in my Etsy shop here. You can also try buckram, which might be more readily available. It is heavier and stiffer than crinoline and generally about twice as expensive.