I realised recently that when cutting dies coordinate with a stamp set it’s easy to notice them. They’re the ones that you’ll find showcased in the Stampin’ Up! catalogue and on social media. But what about those that don’t have a coordinating stamp set, like the Paper Florist Dies? There’s samples for them too, but somehow they’re often overlooked. However I knew I had to get my hands on them, as I’m guaranteed not to kill these flowers. So for today’s project there’s no stamping, just bright and cheery flowers.
FLAT FLORIST ARRANGEMENT
The nice thing about these dies is that they can be used to create 2D and 3D arrangements, and I have lots of ideas. For this project I started by choosing 5 dies from the 18 included in the Paper Florist set.
For the poppy I used the die with four four-petal shapes connected together in a square. I used this die to cut some Sweet Sorbet Card and kept just the two smaller flowers. The other two I set aside for another project in the future. Then from Basic Black Card I cut the large bobbled flower centre. To complete the poppy I simply layered the petals and flower centre together using Multipurpose Liquid Glue (Tombow).
Next I wanted the small triple stem die and the small die with three buds. I cut two sets of buds from Daffodil Delight Card and two of the triple stems from Shaded Spruce Card. Then using liquid glue once more I attached the individual buds behind the top of the stems.
Finally I cut two of the seven piece leaf shape from Granny Apple Green Card. Then I simply arranged the leaves and bud pieces with the poppy on top, all held together using liquid glue.
With that done I cut a 3-1/8″ x 6-3/4″ piece of Sweet Sorbet Card. With the long side at the top I scored the card at 3-1/8″ and 3-5/8″. After folding it along the scored lines I sharpened the creases really well using a Bone Folder. Then I wrapped the card around a 3″ x 3″ Post-It Notes pad (with the folded section around the top of the pad) and glued the card to the back. Once that was done I mounted the covered pad onto a 3-1/2″ x 3-1/2″ piece of Basic Black Card.
Finally I cut a 2-7/8″ x 2-7/8″ piece of Basic Black Card and glued that onto the top of the covered Post-It Notes. Then I simply added the floral arrangement on top with liquid glue and my project was complete.
So simple and yet so striking. Now to see what else I can make…
For my first project using these dies and a close up of the full set, see my earlier blog post Paper Florist Dies.