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Cuttlebug Fabric Flower Tutorial

I made a sympathy card for a friend whose father passed away this week, and took inspiration from a few challenges.  One was the black magic technique on SCS,  and another was the Flourishes Timeless Tuesday Challenge to make our own flowers.

I am not one to use flowers on my cards very often.  The reason for this is that I don’t like a lot of bulk on my cards, and I always find flowers to be so thick.  I mail a lot of my cards and in Canada the postage is not only expensive, it is also very finicky about shape and size etc.  So, I just try to steer clear of bulk.  However, yesterday I decided to try making a  flat fabric flower to see how it would look. 🙂  I’ve tried fabric flowers before, but cutting them was always a challenge.  I think the trick is to use a very light weight but still sturdy material.  I am going to play some more with different materials.

I used very sheer polyester fabric that I was pretty sure would cut using my cuttlebug and dies.  I tested it and found that by passing it twice (once forward then reversing the direction I was turning the handle,  for a second cut) it was quite cleanly cut and just needed a few snips with my scissors here and there to release the shape from the fabric.  It even embossed the edge of the fabric, giving it more definition!

I lined up the smallest 3 sizes of Blossom Nestabilities cutting side up on my C plate (on top of the white A plate).  I added two thin shims under the C plate so it would pass snugly through the machine since the material is thinner than cardstock.

The fabric goes on top of the dies with the B plate on top of the fabric. Now it is ready to run through the bug.  I ran it through forward once, then reversed the rotation of the handle  to run it back out for a second cut.

The material cut well!  All I had t do was use my scissors to snip a few strands to completely remove it without fraying the edges.

See how the edge looks finished?  It’s embossed without having to pass it through the cuttlebug another time with the embossing mat!  This happened because of the snugness of the layers passing through and the sheerness of the material I think.

Using my Frost Blue (B00) Copic, I dabbed at the edges of the top two flower layers.

I added the button and layered the flowers using just a tiny drop of crystal effects (clear lacquer ie. diamond glaze).

That’s it for my no bulk flower!  If you are looking for a little less bulk on your cards too, you may want to give this flower a try.  I think it’s quite pretty and it can be coordinated with any color by using the copics, or it can be left sheer and your card stock colors will show through.

Let me know what you think!

Thanks for stopping by!! I always enjoy your company!! 😉

Deena

14 Comments

  1. freida says

    WOW… HOW GORGEOUS! I know this will always be special to your friend! Such a wonderful job on the tutorial too…super easy to follow! I love how you edged the flower with a Copic…gives a great effect! This is sooo stunning, Deena! Congrats of your win! 🙂

    Hugs~

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  2. Congratulations on your FTTC win! This is an awesome idea. Off to JoAnn’s to get some fabric.

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  3. oh this is beautiful Deena…so elegant and thanks soooo much for the fab tutorial! bx

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  4. Fabulous looking card Deena!!! I love this fabric flower and what a great tutorial!!! The black magic technique is awesome too!!!

    Thank you for playing along with us!!!! Hugs ~S~

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  5. This is super awesome, Deena!! I love how you made the flower…great tutorial, too!! Thank you for joining the FTTC with us 🙂

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  6. Deena, this is absolutely gorgeous! Beautiful colors and the technique with this image is stunning! Wonderful flower and tutorial, too! Fabulous card and design! Thanks so much for playing FTTC!

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  7. Joan Ervin says

    OMG, Deena…what a gorgeous card!!! The black magic technique on you Lily of the Valley image is FABULOUS and I LOVE the fabric flower!!! Thanks for the tutorial…I’ll be giving this a try!!!

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  8. Peggy Elms says

    We are DA Lady huh! Look at those oh so sweet little fabric flowers. Love them Deena, what a clever and feminine touch to a caring card. I love how your mind works. Thanks for sharing these tips. Peggyxo

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  9. Hi Deena,

    Thanks for sharing. I would never have thought the edges would turn out like that. Back to work for me.

    Hugs

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  10. This is very pretty Deena! If you ever have trouble cutting fabric, you can put a little double stick tape on it and stick it to some card stock – that helps it cut. I love the lace done like this and how you colored the edges!

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  11. Chris says

    Hi Deena,

    A lovely, appropriate card, accompanied by explicit instructions along with clear pictures of applications and tools used.

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