I'm fairly fond of poppies. (I know how very shocked you must be! LOL!) There is just something so nostalgic and sweet about them! I'm always on the look out for stamping or paper crafting poppy products to use in my projects, (Like my Remember stamp set) but I've never found a great full poppy flower embellishment. I realized that I had everything I needed on hand to make my own Paper Poppies... in any Papertrey Ink color I want! I made a great vintage style frame to show you a fun way to use them too! Here is a close up of the flowers.
These are pretty easy to make too!
First, die cut the flowers. (I used the Beautiful Blooms II die collection #2 Dies for these poppies, they seemed to work the best.)
Next you will need to crinkle and roll them in your fingers. You will know that you are finished when the fibers start to layer. Like this. (I used Orange Zest, Raspberry Fizz and Hibiscus Burst cardstock)
Form the flower...gently pull apart and separate layers. Don't hesitate to pinch and fold to get the form you want. Next, punch a hole in the center with a 1/4 inch hole punch. (Can you believe that is just ONE die cut flower?)
Fray the end of some True Black grosgrain ribbon and tie it so the ribbon looks like this. (Make sure the twine is not showing.)
Glue the grosgrain flat onto the flower back.
Next, I manipulated the frayed ribbon end to circle out a little to create a perfect poppy center!
For the poppy bud I omitted the center and folded the flower in half, then in half again. Zip Dry is used to secure it. (Click on any of the photos for a larger view!)
Part of what makes these look real are the little flaws and imperfections combined with the symmetry that the die cut brings!
It's a bit hard to explain the painting of the frame. I basically painted it, stamped the images then started antiquing it. Dry brushing the edges with black first then after it dries I dry brushed the turquoise color over it to add depth. I also dry brushed the stamped flourish at the top to soften it. It was nice and crisp... but too hard for what else was present on the frame.
I love the elegance that the Leaf Ribbon adds to to frame.
I have plans on making a "Bright" wall in my house... filled with eclectic frames and crafted art featuring our family. I'm excited about the idea and this is the beginning!
The front view. (Click on the photo to check out the detail!)
I've got something else that I've created with these pretties that I'll share another day... It's so fun too!
Aren't you excited to create your own paper poppies?! Make sure you let me know if you create something of your own with them!!! I'd love to see!
Thanks for poppying by friends!
- Stamps- Fancy Flourishes, Background Basics: Text Style II
- Ink-True Black
- Paper- Orange Zest, Raspberry Fizz and Hibiscus Burst
- Other- True Black grosgrain, Turquoise paint, Sponge brush, Flat Brush, Leaf Ribbon, Wood Frame (Micheal's) Zip Dry glue.