Crepe Paper Sunflower – Greeting Card

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.

Crepe Paper Sunflower Card

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.

Supplies

  • 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.

Center of the Sunflower

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.

The Card

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.

Card Panel

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…

Card and Envelope
Crepe Paper Sunflower Greeting Card

Challenges

3D Words AECP Level 1 AECP Level 2 AECP Level 3 Alcohol Inks Alphabet Die Altenew Blending CardKit Cardmaking Challenge Christmas Copics Crepe Paper Crepe Paper Flowers Design Team Distress Oxide Inks dry eraser Foiling glider Glitter Hot Foil Markers Masculine Card PanPastels Papercraft Business Peonies Pink Ink Designs Silhouette Designs Simon Says Stamp Slimline Stamp stamping glider Stencil Storage and Decor Vinyl Watercoloring Zig ZIG Real Watercolor Brush Pens

4 thoughts on “Crepe Paper Sunflower – Greeting Card

  1. Wow, this looks just amazing! I love the fun use of crepe paper and all the creativity and thought behind this. Stunning card! Thank you for joining us at Time Out!

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    1. Wow, this is beautiful, and love your authentic sunflower with so much texture created from the crepe paper. It would look wonderful in a frame. Thanks for joining our challenge this month at Daisy Chains and Happy Crafting Michelle DT x

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