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Old 06-13-2013, 05:41 PM   #1
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Couple years ago I bought a LOT of flat paper flowers - Prima essentials and other brands too.. (one lady was getting rid of all her stash and I bought it all) - so now I have all these flat daisies, hydrangeas and other flowers in all colors possible and don't know what to do with them... especially since these days I like 3D flowers more.

I would like to use them up, but just putting 2-3 on a card doesn't make a dent in the stash. SO I would appreciate if you could give me ideas how to use them up.. either the way they are, or how to alter/spruce them up.. turn them more fun...
Any ideas are welcome..I'm making mostly cards, but starting to scrapbook too and I will try any other fun project

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Layer them? Use a bone folder to curl the petals?
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You could run them thru an embossing folder, stamp using text, music, dots etc, use embossing powder on them. Change the colour with an ink pad or sponging them. Google how to turn them into roses etc, which would use a number at a time to create a 3d flower.
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You could cover them up with Mod-Podge and paste them on picture frames, vases, trays, staplers, tape dispensors, your ATG...
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They're great for faux pressed flowers - tutorial here:Splitcoaststampers - Tutorials: Faux Pressed Flowers

It's possible some of the smaller ones would work to make into 3D flowers, too - as in this tutorial:
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thanks for the ideas ladies... I looked up some tutorials about making 3D flowers and already made couple of roses from 5 petal flowers - they turned out pretty good.

if you see some cool projects that need a lot of flowers let me know!
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They're great for faux pressed flowers - tutorial here:Splitcoaststampers - Tutorials: Faux Pressed Flowers

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non card related idea......you could float them in water with floating candles!

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I'm wondering if they're big enough, maybe you could glue down the centers on a form to make a wreath?
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I like to layer 2 or 3 flat flowers and use a brad, jewel, or chunky glitter stuff as the center. That adds a little dimension, though not much. I've also recolored them with sprays or dye reinkers. Good luck. Post some pics of your results.
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I was thinking of a technique similar to Dea's above, but you layer the flowers, secure them at the center, then mist them and scrunch them up. I used the technique on the card I attached (this was one of my Dirty Dozen cards back during my term)... kind of similar to this video here, except I would have put the brad in before the misting and scrunching...

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You can iron them between two pieces of wax paper and then die cut the paper to make a funky and unique mat or if you have a shape like a bird/heart and unique focal point.
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Take a look at this wonderful little tutorial. I've made a few of these....they're easy and fairly quick.
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Recently, I used Tim Holtz Picket Fence Distress Stain on some flowers that were too bright, and too flat, and they looked like porcelain after they dried. While they were damp from the Distress Stain, they were easy to manipulate and smoosh so they stayed in nice, dimensional shapes once they were dry. Sorry, I don't have a picture of the finished project yet.
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so cool! I will try this for sure. Love how they used different types of flowers. I also have some green flowers for leaves. Thanks a lot!

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Good idea - I don't have any distress stains, but I also found out that they are easier to manipulate when slightly wet, so I just gave mine a light spray of glimmer mist

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I use them to decorate small gift bags, ribbons and flowers make a wonderful bouquet in front of the bag.
Get silk green leaves from $ store as a background, then arrange the flowers with ribbons. Glue gun is a must.
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Take a look at this wonderful little tutorial. I've made a few of these....they're easy and fairly quick.
Great little tutorial. Thanks for posting it. I saved it for future projects.
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YAY! THIS is the tutorial I was trying to find.
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here are the flowers I made so far - some have inked edges, some stickles.
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These are fantastic!!! Now I know what I will do with all those old flowers and all my glimmer mists!! Time to create!!!

Thank you so much for sharing the link and your creations.....
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Your flowers are looking great!

besides the above tutorial I also had this turn them into butterflies one pinned...
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Wow - look what you did! Those are beautiful.
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I like the idea of the butterflies!
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WOW! Should I take off the 3-D glasses now? You definitely solved your flat flower issues.
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You ROCKED it, alicaz - way to go - the flowers you made are beau-tee-ful
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LOVE these ideas, especially the first one which I have never seen before - what a fantastic idea!
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I have a whole lot of those flat flowers because I like my cards to be flat so they fit inside a traditional envelope. But you buy one package and you have way more than you need, so I started thinking outside the box. If you look at a flower and deconstruct it, you'll come up with great ideas. I cut them up and used petals for a ballet tutu, angel wings, animal tails, tree fronds, hearts, napkins, and a ponytail.
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