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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.)
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.
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
Els van de Burgt Studio Dotted Scallop Squares #1175
PanPastels Set One #30115
White Soft Finish cardstock PSF #101
Copic Marker RV11
Distress Oxide Ink Peeled Paint and Worn Lipstick
Distress Ink Forest Moss