May flowers are abundant this year due to all the rains. I can't believe the end of Spring is already coming...I wish we had a little more time to enjoy it! With Mother's Day around the corner I thought a hand crafted boutonniere was in order - Donna's In Bloom lacquered roses paper with its soft english roses was just the ticket for this project. Make mom or grandma feel special by showing up with a handcrafted flower on her special day or just make one to keep that spring feeling in the air.
Doesn't Matt look cute with this flowery boutonniere? Here's a closeup of the layers:
Here's how I created the boutonniere:
Cut out the english style roses from the In Bloom paper.
Following the lines of the petals, gently cut lines through the largest rose. This will form the base of the boutonniere for the rest of the flowers to rest on. Cup the cut up flower in your hand to form a more realistic flower shape. Adhere the layers together using 3D Foam Adhesive Dots.
Cut a spiral in one of the smallest roses, following the gentle curves of the rose petals.
Coil the spiral up, starting from the outside end and coiling towards the center. Apply adhesive to the center of the spiral (back of flower) and adhere to the layers on the back of the flower.
Cut a spiral from another medium sized flower and continue coiling around the first coiled flower. This will make the flower larger.
Gently fold the edges of the paper down to mimic rose petals. Once the flower has been formed, place it into the base flower (from step one) and adhere.
Lay the leaves in the Color Catcher by Clearsnap. Spray them liberally with Smooch Spritz in Green Olive. This will cause the leaves to curl and that's just what we want.
Allow the leaves to dry for about 15 minutes or use a heat gun to speed up the process. The sparkle of the Smooch Spritz looks wonderful on the linen finish of the GCD Studios papers - love all of texture and depth that can be achieved by using all of the Donna Salazar Designs family of products together.
After the leaves are dry, curl the ends up or down as desired and begin adhering to the flower. Tuck a few leaves between the bottom layer and center of the rose and adhere the rest to the back of the flower.
After all of the leaves have been added, now we'll add the "ribbons". The texture of the GCD Studios paper lends itself nicely to creating paper ribbons. On this boutonniere I wanted a prize ribbon feel. First I cut thin, about 1/8" to 1/4", strips from the White Colored Rose Paper.