Create Three-Dimensional Cards with Paper Hibiscus Flowers

Using paper and other simple supplies, anyone can make this three-dimensional floral card.
From: Carol Duvall
Related To:
cds1641_1

cds1641_1

Project by Michael Strong.

Materials and Tools:

2" round paper punch
2" heart paper punch
1-1/4" six-petal flower punch
acrylic paint: red, yellow
small paint brush
cotton swabs
scissors
white glue
8-1/2" x 11" hot pink card stock
8-1/2" x 11" medium green card stock
Marvy LePlume black marker
deckle-edge decorative scissors
glue stick or double-sided tape
Mod Podge matte decoupage finish
Prismacolor colored pencils: black, white, magenta
dye ink pads: Archival library green, crimson; Blanco white

Steps:

cds1641_1b

cds1641_1b

1. Break a cotton swab in half. Coat the tip with decoupage finish and set aside to dry. This will be the stamen of the flower. Using the heart punch, punch three hearts out of the hot pink card stock.

2. Cut each heart in half from the tip at the bottom to the cleft at the top.

3. Trim five of the six petals so they are rounded at the top. Discard the sixth petal or save for future use.

cds1641_1e

cds1641_1e

4. Rub the rounded tops of each petal with the white dye ink using the "direct to paper" technique. Rub the pointed ends of each petal with the crimson dye ink using the same method.

cds1641_1f

cds1641_1f

5. With the magenta colored pencil, lightly draw radiating lines from the tip of each petal out toward the top edge of each petal. Add secondary lines from the first set of lines to resemble veins. Using the black marker, blacken the tips of each petal.

6. Using the black pencil and a light scribbling motion, soften the boundary between the black area and the crimson area on each petal. Using scissors, cut off a tiny bit of the tip of each petal.

cds1641_1g

cds1641_1g

7. 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.

8. Using the round punch, punch out six or seven circles. These will become leaves. Fold each circle in half. Using deckle-edge scissors, cut out a heart shape.

cds1641_1i

cds1641_1i

9. Using the white pencil, draw the veins of the leaves.

cds1641_1j

cds1641_1j

10. Using the six-petal flower punch, punch out a flower. This will be the back of the flower.

11. Cut between two petals just to the center of the flower. Move one of the petals from one side of the cut up over the petal on the other side of the cut and glue in place; this will give you a five-petal green base on which to glue each of the five hot pink petals.

cds1641_1n

cds1641_1n

12. Glue the tip of one hot pink petal to the inside of each of the five petals of the green base.

13. Using the tip of sharp scissors, punch a small hole through the center of the completed flower. Paint the dried cotton swab: the stick portion red and the swab portion yellow. Let dry.

cds1641_1p

cds1641_1p

14. Push the painted cotton swab through the center hole of the flower just until it emerges from the hole on the back of the flower base. Place a little white glue over the area to secure the "stamen" in place.

cds1641_1q

cds1641_1q

15. Arrange the leaves on a card and tape or glue them in place. Add the flower and secure it in place with white glue or double-sided tape.

Keep Reading

Next Up

How to Make Pomegranate Place-Card Holders

Easily turn real or faux pomegranates into gilded place-card holders to add an organic, rustic touch to your Thanksgiving place settings.

Kids' Craft: Printable Santa Holiday Card

Let kids show their holiday spirt by embellishing our free printable Santa card design with craft supplies your probably already have on hand.

Printable Thanksgiving Place Cards

Put the finishing touch on your Thanksgiving table with one of our four printable place card designs.

Handmade Holiday Cards

Make handmade cards this year to hold your warm holiday greetings.

Card Stock Christmas Ornaments

These scallop-edged card stock ornaments are a quick and inexpensive way to add a colorful touch to your Christmas tree.

Handmade Christmas Tree Card

Surprise friends and family with this cute, easy-to-create handmade holiday card. Trendy patterns and traditional Christmas colors really make it pop.

Handmade Modern Ornament Holiday Card

This sophisticated card is sure to impress family and friends. Everyone appreciates a handmade card, and our exclusive printable templates make creating one a snap.

Thanksgiving Place Card and Party Favor

How about a little pheasant to go with your turkey this Thanksgiving? These cute fellas are easy to make and act as both a place card and party favor your guests can take with them.

Feliz Navidad Handmade Holiday Card

Layer ribbon and fabric trims to create a colorful pinata-inspired handmade Christmas card.

On TV

Shop This Look

Found a living space you love in HGTV's Photo Library? Get the look in your own home with products from Wayfair.

Follow Us Everywhere

Join the party! Don't miss HGTV in your favorite social media feeds.