Faux Glass Flowers

by Mary Dimercurio Prasad

Create a beautiful flower embellishment from plastic packaging.

Supplies

  • Clear plastic packaging
  • Flower-shaped dies in different sizes (steel rule dies recommended; Sizzix/Tim Holtz Tattered Florals dies used here)
  • Die cutting machine
  • Heat tool
  • Alcohol inks (2-3 coordinating colors - Ranger Adirondack Alcohol Inks used here), metallic mixatives and blending solution (optional)
  • Alcohol ink applicator and applicator felt (Ranger/Tim Holtz Adirondack version used here)
  • StazOn ink (Jet Black used here)
  • Detailed background stamp (Inkadinkado Flowers & Butterflies Background used here)
  • Acrylic paint (Adirondack Acrylic Paint Dabber, Pitch Black used here)
  • Jewel embellishment for flower center
  • Strong adhesive
  • Other: Non-stick craft sheet, foam mat, tweezers, and scrap paper for stamping, alcohol in spray bottle and paper towel for cleanup

Step-by-Step

  1. Step 1

    Die cut two flowers in different sizes out of plastic packaging.

    Note:
    Steel rule dies are recommended. Wafer dies may not work or may require extra pressure, as the plastic tends to be too thick.

  2. Step 2

    Lay the die cuts on a non-stick craft sheet. Add a drop or two of each alcohol ink to one side of the applicator felt.

    If desired also add a metallic or pearl mixative sparingly.

  3. Pounce the ink over the die cuts, turning the applicator and/or flowers to get a nice all-over mottled look.

    Dry the piece briefly with a heat tool. Do not heat too much, or the plastic will start to curl.

  4. Step 3 (Optional)

    Add a little Alcohol Blending Solution to the clean side of the applicator felt; pounce in a few places. This moves the ink around, varying the intensity. Where it is applied, the centers tend to lighten a little while the edges darken.

    Clean mat with alcohol and paper towel.

  5. Step 4

    Apply StazOn or other permanent ink to a background stamp (pigment or dye ink will not dry or stay on the nonporous surface). Newsprint, script text, dots or other detailed stamps are good choices.

    Dry the piece briefly with a heat tool. Do not heat too much, or the plastic will start to curl.

    Note:

    If using a foam mat for stamping, be sure to protect its surface with scrap paper. Tweezers may be needed to pull the plastic away from the stamp.

  6. Step 5

    Apply acrylic paint with a dabber (or StazOn directly from the pad) to the edges of the petals using a swiping motion.

    Hint:
    Instead of paint dabbers, try using a relatively dry paint brush or sponge to apply acrylic paint.

  7. Step 6

    Now for the tricky part - shaping the petals. Put just the petals in front of the heat tool for a short time, then shape the petals quickly before they become too cool. Do not overheat the plastic. It heats up rapidly.

    Caution!
    Do not get your fingers in front of the heat tool!

  8. Step 7

    Once you are happy with the shape of each layer, use Glue Dots or other strong adhesive to glue the layers together. Be sure to offset them.

    Add some bling to the center of the flower.

    Hint:

    To create a matching center, pounce one of the colors of alcohol ink used to create the flower on a half pearl.

  9. Step 8

    Use the finished flower to embellish a project.

Video!

Your Turn

You've seen the tutorial, now you try it! We've got a section of the gallery set aside for Faux Glass Flowers. Try this technique, then upload your artwork to the gallery. Show us your creations!

Questions and Comments

We'd love to get your feedback or questions. Leave your comment below.

Beautiful! I can't wait to get in my artroom and make some of these flowers. They are so gorgeous. (I just knew when I threw out all those plastic stamp containers I would regret it! But I will find plastic somewhere.) You did a fine job making your first tutorial...actually I don't know how you could have done any better! Thanks for taking the time to do this for us!
Dottie  |  Wed Apr 23, 2014 at 4:17 AM
Gorgeous. I think I might try cutting larger flowers for decor! Wonder if Cricut will cut the plastic.
Jayne  |  Wed Apr 23, 2014 at 4:35 AM
Awesome technique with lots of ideas springing out about ways to use these amazing flowers! Thanks!
Lynn Mercurio  |  Wed Apr 23, 2014 at 4:39 AM
Beautiful flowers and great tutorial.! I am going to check out your website!
Trish  |  Wed Apr 23, 2014 at 4:41 AM
Wow that's amazing, can't wait to give it a go, thanks for the tutorial
Margaret Jenks  |  Wed Apr 23, 2014 at 5:06 AM
Fabulous video - thank you so much. Can't wait to give this a try.
Vi  |  Wed Apr 23, 2014 at 5:40 AM
I LOVE this technique!!! Can not wait to try it! TFS
Karen Shirey  |  Wed Apr 23, 2014 at 6:10 AM
Gorgeous! Thanks for sharing!
Kathy Harrison  |  Wed Apr 23, 2014 at 6:46 AM
Great video for a 'first timer'! Thanks for sharing!
Susanne Gleason  |  Wed Apr 23, 2014 at 7:18 AM
I can't wait to try this!
Kay Oxford  |  Wed Apr 23, 2014 at 7:22 AM
So delicate and beautiful! Love the recycling aspect of this technique as well. I truly enjoy making my own embellishments and am excited to give this one a try some day.
Deb Mills  |  Wed Apr 23, 2014 at 7:47 AM
Awesome tutorial! Yes indeed, this will be one I definitely try! Great way to stretch the use of dies you already have. Thanks for the great video. Well done!
Anne H  |  Wed Apr 23, 2014 at 7:48 AM
Love your flowers the are a credit to your recycling
Sue Crawford  |  Wed Apr 23, 2014 at 8:27 AM
This is an awesome tutorial! Thanks so much for sharing this technique. I always have some of that plastic packaging around. Now it won't go to waste!
Joni S  |  Wed Apr 23, 2014 at 8:34 AM
What a great technique, am anxious to try this one! The video was excellent. Thank you.
Marifran Watrous  |  Wed Apr 23, 2014 at 9:38 AM
This looks so easy and so beautiful and so quick. I think clean-up would take the most time! I love your flowers!!!
Betty Mell  |  Wed Apr 23, 2014 at 10:02 AM
These are beautiful. I can't wait to try this with my "Giant Flowers" Cricut cartridge. Would make fabulous wall decor in a frame.
Cassandra  |  Wed Apr 23, 2014 at 10:25 AM
These are gorgeous but I don't have any die's. If anyone tries to cut them with their cricut please let me know how it goes, thanks. And, thanks for sharing! I love your tutorials! smile
Darlene Ripley  |  Wed Apr 23, 2014 at 11:48 AM
Darlene, since the packaging is clear, you could trace a flower that you've stamped or one in a magazine and cut those out - give it a try!
lydia  |  Wed Apr 23, 2014 at 11:50 AM
Cricut should cut it using the deep-cut blade. If it cuts chipboard and thin acrylic, this should be a cinch. I'm just wondering if you can use heavy vellum since I don't really have any of the plastic around large enough to do what I would like to do. I don't know how vellum holds up under a heat gun. Or if they still sell that plastic you used to use for overhead projector presentations.
Cassandra  |  Wed Apr 23, 2014 at 11:57 AM

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