All you need to make these beauties are:
- Sizzix Lovely Flowers die and stamp set
- Inks - suitable color for flower and yellow for the flower center
- Acrylic block or other stamping block for those acrylic stamps
- Blender tool or something to apply ink
- Ball stylus (I use metallic, approx 3mm diameter)
- Soft mat for shaping (I use soft mouse pad)
- Glue (I used PVA)
- Small brush to apply glue
Well this is not an exact science, so I started out by stamping and then die cutting bunch of different sized flowers. I used the dies that has deepest cuts between petals, but you can also use the ones without those cuts, but you will have to make them using scissors. You can omit the stamping if you wish, for example, if you use patterned paper to make these flowers.
This time for my larger flower I use three large flowers, two middle flowers and three smaller flowers You need two smaller ones in yellow as peonies tend to have light yellow, greenish or whiteish centers. In this step I turned over my die cut flowers and inked them using blender tool. Of-course if you have double sided paper you don't have to do this step.
If you used those more "fuller" dies, then make long cuts between petals until almost center - just don't cut those petals completely off.
You need to make some cuts even on those flowers with long cuts between petals. You may not do this to the smallest flowers if you don't want it and as I'm quite lazy, I didn't do it.
Start by shaping each petal of smallest flower. Roll your ball stylus in a round motion starting from the outside of petal towards the flower center - you will see those petals curling and rising up.
I took a side shot to show you how those petals rise up.
Keep going on all petals until they all are raised up - do some round motion in the middle of flower - it's called "cupping", because you've created a "cup". You will need to do this on all flowers.
Gather all those petals together, cover the outer ones with glue to make this tight "bud".
Place the previously made "bud" in the center of another shaped flower. Adhere it there.
Gather petals up again and glue them together. Sorry for my ink stained fingers :)
Hope you like it and if you do, I would like to hear from you if you make these.