I’ve had this idea for a while, but I have a lot of ideas and not enough time to implement them. I wanted to take both of my crafting loves and put them together – crepe paper flowers and cardmaking.
For this card, I made a crepe paper sunflower, like I normally would if I were to put the flower on a stem, but glued it to a card panel. For the most part, the process for this flower is the same as if I were to put it on a stem, but with a change to the depth of the fringed paper.
- Copy Paper
- Bristol Smooth 300 Paper
- Crepe Paper (Chinese) see my post about the types of crepe paper here
- Zip Real Brush Markers
- Heavy Weight Cardstock
The Flower Head
For the center of the sunflower, I cut multiple strips of black and brown crepe paper, and fringed each strip. When I was done fringing, I cut each strip to approximately 1/4 inch. I drew a circle on copy paper as a guide for my center, but in hindsight, I’m not sure it was necessary. I used copy paper as my base because I knew this would be a paper-heavy card and needed to keep the base as light as possible.
I started with the black (fringed) crepe paper and rolled it to create the center of the sunflower. Once I had rolled about half an inch I attached it to the copy paper where I had put down some adhesive with my tape runner. I continued to wrap the fringed-black paper around and eventually moved to brown paper. Once I was happy with the size, I trimmed off any extra long fringes to even out the center.
I cut off the excess copy paper, leaving me with just the center of the flower. I cut about 40-50 petals in 2 sizes and adhered them to the underside of the center.
Once all the petals were adhered, I started on the card panel. I drew my stem on Bristol smooth and used my Zig markers to color it in. I added a halo around the stem and where flower head will sit for more interest.
I added my sentiment and the flower head and put the card together, and really happy with how it turned out. I would love to say this was a simple and easy card to make, but fringing is tedious work.
Now, because the card has a lot of dimension to it, I had to make a special envelope to carry it. More like a box-envelope.
I would like to try another crepe paper flower-card in the future but I’m not sure which flower will work, yet…