Tulip Bouquet

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There’s nothing prettier than a bouquet of Tulips for Spring!  I’ve never seen the tulip fields in The Netherlands, but when we lived in the Pacific Northwest, the Skagit County Tulip Festival was a sight to behold.

Tulips are easy to construct and if you want to replicate the beautiful colors from Mother Nature, there are a few tricks that I can show you so you can achieve natural looking blooms.

LET’S GET STARTED

Step One

I cut a 6″ x 12″ Soft Finish Cardstock (Pink Peach) and scored into a 6″ x 6″ size top-fold card base.  The background, done in White Soft Finish 85 Lb cardstock was cut to 5 1/2″ x 5 1/2″ and I created a design by wrapping a rubber band around a brayer and rolling it in Distress Oxide/Worn Lipstick.  I also die cut Els van de Burgt Studio Dotted Scallop Squares in the two largest sizes to create a frame for the bouquet.

To create the look of a lush bouquet, I cut a piece of ribbon and secured it down onto my background with a Glue Dot, then die cut the Garden Notes Bouquet Stems 3 times, cutting the stems apart with small scissors for a loose look. I also added some of the leaves at this time before adding any of the flowers, and tied the ribbon into a bow.

Step Two

The Garden Notes Tulip 2 has two petal pieces; 4 petals and 2 petals.  For this project I cut each one 10 times, but your bouquet can be as big (or small) as you like.  I chose to re-create a Tulip variety that I love–pinks with hints of bright green.  To do this I use a combination of products: Copic Marker/RV11 and Distress Oxide Inks inWorn Lipstick and Peeled Paint.Using the marker, I colored the petals, leaving some white on the front, but completely coloring the underside.

Next, I used Distress Oxide Ink Peeled Paint and a cosmetic sponge to dab the green shade in the center.

Finally, I use a dauber and sponged around the outside edges with the Distress Oxide Ink Worn Lipstick.

Step Three

Place the petals right-side-up on the Molding Mat, and use the small Loop Tool to shape them.

Turn the petal over wrong-side-up and repeat this shaping, doing a 3-stroke technique pressing down each petal to get the detail characteristic of the petal.

Finally, use the medium ball stylus to press the outer edge of the petal so it rolls inward.  Next, use the tweezers to pinch the stem edges and finally, with the petals on the Molding Mat, use the small ball stylus to cup the center.

Step Four

Use a toothpick to apply glue to the 2-Petal piece and place it directly onto the project.  Continue to hold in place until the glue grabs and see photo below how I use the Leaf Tool to apply pressure.

Next, use a toothpick to apply a small amount of glue to both sides of one of the petals on the 4-Petal piece.  Bring two petals up and hold in place.  Finally, dip the bottom of the 4-Petal piece into the glue and place it on the 2-Petal piece, making sure that the one petal not secured is set between the 2-Petal piece.

Step Five

After you’ve finished creating all the Tulips you want in the bunch, add a few more leaves.  The leaves are basically done how I do all my leaves, except Tulip leaves don’t have veins, but rather character lines running down it.  I used Distress Ink/Forest Moss and a dauber to edge the medium green card stock, then I place the leaf, right-side-up on the Leaf Pad and use the Leaf Tool to stroke several times down the leaf.  Then, I turn the leaf over, wrong-side-up and using the Leaf Tool, draw a line down the center.  I bend the leaf along this line, backwards and use PanPastels/Bright Yellow Green and a cosmetic sponge to highlight this center line.  Bend the leaf back and use tweezers to pinch the stem end.  If you want dimension on the outer point of the leaf, simply place the leaf, right-side-down on the Molding Mat and use the medium ball stylus to press and push backward; this will crimp the tip!

(There are many tutorials how I do leaves, both on Elizabeth Craft Designs YouTube channel and elsewhere on this blog.)

Step Six

To finish the Tulip, die cut the calyx in a bright green cardstock, matching the number cut to the number of Tulips made.  Place this piece on the molding mat and use the small ball stylus to cup this piece.

Hold the piece with the tweezers and use a toothpick to apply a small amount of glue to the center of the underneath.  Glue in place inside the Tulip.

For the stamen, hold the piece with the tweezers and apply a small amount of glue along the straight edge, then roll the piece up and secure.  Dip the ends lightly into the glue, then into Pollen.

Hold the Pollen end with the tweezers and dip the bottom into the glue and set in place on top of the calyx.  The Tulip is done!

ELIZABETH CRAFT DESIGNS SUPPLIES

Garden Notes Tulip 2 #1296  and Bouquet Stems & Branches #1190

Els van de Burgt Studio Dotted Scallop Squares #1175

Susan’s Garden Tool Kit #808, Molding Mat #809, and Leaf Pad #811

PanPastels Set One #30115

Beacon Kids Choice Glue

Soft Finish Cardstock Pink Peach #PSF119

White Soft Finish cardstock PSF #101

Other Supplies

Copic Marker RV11

Distress Oxide Ink Peeled Paint and Worn Lipstick

Distress Ink Forest Moss

Gerbera Daisy Bouquet for Spring

image taken from the internet

Gerbera Daisies are the fifth most popular cut flower in the world; after Rose, Carnation, Chrysanthemum, and Tulip. It was named in honor of the German botanist and medical doctor, Traugott Gerber, a friend of Carl Linnaeus.  It is attractive to bees, butterflies, and birds, but resistant to deer, which for most home gardeners is a good thing!

I love the brilliant colors of the Gerber Daisy and in a bouquet it can make quite a statement.  Here in the south, Spring has burst and I couldn’t help but create a bouquet in honor of this spectacular season of color!

LET’S GET STARTED

Step One

I used Celadon Green Soft Finished card stock trimmed to a 6″ x 6″ for the card with Els van de Burgt Studio “Through the Lens/Wood” background trimmed to 5 1/2″ x 5 1/2″.  I also used Corners 1 and die cut 4 in another “Wood” paper from the collection.

Die cut two Garden Notes Pottery Pitchers in Soft Finished White 100 lb. card stock with Clear Double Sided Adhesive on the backs.

 Adhere the one pitcher on top of the other, then using Distress/Oxide ink, I colored the pitcher.

Step Two

I die cut 6 stems from the Gerbera Daisy; three in a 80 lb. medium green and 3 in a 100 lb. lighter green to add stability and depth to the stem.  Use Beacon’s Zip Dry glue to adhere the pieces together.

Peel off the Clear Double Sided Adhesive of the Potter Pitcher and feed the stems through the opening.  I also added three stems of ModaScraps Leafy Branch 4 for some foliage.

 

 

I added a foam dot on the back for dimension!

Adhere the Pitcher to the card front.

Step Three

I colored the four large flowers with Copic/R29.

I colored the larger flowers with Copic/R29

I also added some color to the pale yellow medium flower with Copic/RO8.

Next, I added detail to the individual petals of the large flower by placing them on the Leaf Mat and using the Leaf Tool. Then I place the large flower on the Molding Mat and used the Medium Ball Stylus to shape the flower.

Step Four

Use a toothpick and apply Beacon’s Kids Choice Glue!  to the back and adhere it to a stem.  Repeat with the other three large flowers, trying to off-set the petals.

I used ECD’s small scissors to cut in half he medium flower segments; this gives the “frilly” look of the petals.

Place the medium flowers on the Molding Mat and shape using the Medium Ball Stylus as you did for the large flowers.  Apply glue to the center of the flower and adhere to the large flower.  Again, repeat with these steps for all medium flowers!

Next, place the small flower on the Molding Mat and use a stirring technique on the center with the Medium Ball Stylus to give the flower shape.

Finally, place the mini petals on either the Molding Mat or as I use, a “carving block” that I found at my local art store. (These are used to carve your own stamps!)  I use a rounded toothpick to cup the center, but if you’re using the Molding Mat, using the Small Ball Stylus (opposite end to the Leaf Tool). Then, use ECD’s small tweezers to pick up the petals, dip lightly into the Kids Choice Glue, and place in the center of the flower.

I made an array of colors, but you certainly could have done them all in one color. I also didn’t use the leaves that come with the Gerbera; I would choose those if I were doing it in a flower pot!

I added some more sprigs of Leafy Branch 4 in the front and Suzanne Cannon’s “Spring” from her 4 Season’s die.

I hope you try this colorful flower in your bouquets.  It’s easy to make and with just a few details can look as real as the natural ones.

Elizabeth Craft Designs Supplies

Garden Notes: Gerbera Daisy #1292, Pottery Pitcher #1294

Els van de Burgt Studio: Corners 1 #1124

Suzanne Cannon’s QuietFire: 4 Seasons #1199

ModaScrap: Leafy Branch 4 #1317

Susan’s Garden: Tool Kit#808, Mini Molding Mat #809, Leaf Pad #811

Soft Finish card stock/Celadon Green #PSF137

Soft Finish White card stock 100 lb. #PSF102

Soft Finish White card stock 85 lb. #PSF101

Beacon’s Kids Choice Glue! 

Other Supplies

Ranger’s Tim Holtz Distress Ink/Fossilized Amber

Copic Marker/R29, RO8, YRO7, RV17, RV19

Beacon’s Zip Dry Glue