Punched Paper Flower Cards
Projects by Michael Strong.
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Materials and Tools:
3" round paper punch
1-1/2" round paper punch
1-1/4" 6-petal flower punch
8-1/2" x 11" medium green card stock
8-1/2" x 11" orange card stock
Archival "library green" dye ink pad or similar
colored pencils (Prismacolor white, poppy red)
fine-tip black marker
glue stick or double-sided tape
1. Apply green ink directly to the medium green card stock using the "direct to paper" method. Rubbing the ink pad randomly all over the surface of the paper gives the card stock a mottled, textured look. Let the paper dry for a few minutes before the next step.
2. Using the 3-inch round punch, punch out two circles from the textured green paper. These will become leaves.
3. Using the 1-1/2-inch round punch, punch out three circles from the textured green paper. These will become leaves.
4. Fold and crease each leave the same way. Begin by folding the leaf off center so that you have approximately two-thirds on one side of the crease and one-third on the other side of the crease. Do four creases total so that the paper has an off-center wagon-wheel design when you are finished. There should be eight wedges.
5. Using the white pencil, draw lines on all the creases. For a more realistic look, press hard in the center and gradually lighten the pressure on the pencil as you draw out toward the edge of the leaf.
6. Using scissors, cut away just the tops of each of the wedges.
7. From the leftover green card stock, cut five thin strips of paper measuring approximately 1/4" x 4-1/4". These will be your stems.
8. Starting at the bottom of each piece, pinch the paper together all the way up the length of the strip stopping approximately 1/2-inch from the top.
9. Fold the flat section at the top of the stem down. This forms the tab to which the backside of the leaf is attached.
10. Attach one stem to each leaf using glue or double-sided tape.
11. From the orange card stock, punch out two or three flowers using the six-petal punch.
12. Using the poppy red pencil, color the centers and petals of each flower.
13. Using the black marker, color in the center of each flower.
14. Using a scissors, cut between two of the petals just to the center of the flower. Move two of the petals from one side of the cut over to the other side of the cut and glue in place. This will form a four-petal blossom.
15. Gather together all the stemmed leaves and glue or tape them at the bottom. Try to arrange them so that the leaves are at different heights. You may want to trim some of the stems.
16. Glue or tape the flowers to the leaves in the back of the arrangement so that they appear to be peeking out from under the leaves in the front.
Using paper and other simple supplies, anyone can make this three-dimensional floral card.