There are truly some awesome designers and creative people out there. I receive a daily e-mail from Scrappedlives.nl. She is so gracious in sharing the cut files that she creates for use with the Cricut and now she is sharing scut files that you use with Scal2.
Here is the link where you see how this origami flower is made by using medallions, CB embossing folder and some Tim Holtz distressed inks. The tutorial on how to make this origami flower is embedded in her post, so just scroll down. While you are there go ahead and check out her website.
I used white core card stock and distressed inks along with the round scallops that equaled about a 2″ or 3″ size. This size creates a paradox of issues; 1) it creates a big flower yet, 2) it’s size is small to fold.
I determined what colors I wanted to use mainly by what I had available. I decided I would use the purple on the pink and the pink on the purple.
I cut out two in each color and then I decided I would embellish the solid color even more by spritzing them with perfect pearls. This spritzing does two things, 1) it gives another dimension of color and 2) it causes the card stock to be damp which embosses better.
I took a mini-mister added several scoops of perfect pearls and added water. Shook it up and spritzed both sides of the scallops. I used a CB embossing folder (Floral Fantasy) and ran all four medallions through it. I position each medallion in a different place on the embossing folder so I could pick up a different design on each medallion.
This embossed beautifully. Just that little bit of spritzing and making the card stock damp does make a difference in how deeply itched the embossing shows. In the video they mention some kind of wonder gel. I’ll have to get that and see if it works any better than water. This is a tip I’ll certainly have to remember when I’m embossing in the future.
Also, go ahead and enlarge the picture (just double click on it) so you can see the Perfect Pearls effect that is on the medallions. You can make it as heavy or light as you want and you can let it set and dry on it’s own or take a paper towel or baby wipe and blot it.
I took a sanding block and rubbed off some of the card stock exposing the white core and then I took the distressed inks and inked the sides and some of the embossing. I did a mix of things, inking some parts more than others. This way I would have a variety of looks going on when I started folding the flower.
Now I’m ready to start the process of folding the origami flower. My suggestion is to go watch the video again. Besides Scrappedlives you can also check out Jen-Lowe-Designs.blogspot.com or AMstamps.com. They can show you quicker in the video than I can by typing out the instructions.
I used Tag, Bags and More cartridge from Provocraft and cut out the tag. The tag is about 5″ high x 4″ wide. I used the distressed inks for the flourishes but I used Stampin-up ink for the words. The distress inks seem to really soak into the card stock and the image didn’t come out as sharp as the words did using the Stampin -up ink. Did a little inking all around and then I added a touch of bling on the flourishes with a Sakrua glitter pen (you can see this on the finished project). Don’t forget to add the ribbon at the top of the tag.
Some things I learned:
1. Probably better to use double sided paper or a lighter weight card stock. The card stock I used was textured and a heavy weight.
2. In the video she used glue dots that looked pretty thick. I didn’t have luck with them, so I just used a medium glue dot and placed one on each petal to hold in place.
3. I got my flower to far over in front of my stamped words, so you want to make sure it doesn’t cover up what you are wanting to be seen.
4. Make sure and pay attention to how you cut the petals apart. You want to keep them the same size as much as possible so one is not longer or shorter than the other. I must have cut one of mine off because I had a petal that seemed awful short after I folded it and had to make adjustments when I went to put it together.
5. The double sided paper (if pattern) needs to be a subtle print. If you have something really bold standing out on the paper it could get very busy if you emboss it in any way.
I love these origami flowers made with Nestibilities. I love them even more with the free file from Scappedlives which allowed me not to have to buy the Nestibilities.