Metal Flower

by Starla Nelson

Create a flower out of a sheet of metal.

Supplies

  • 40g colored aluminum metal
  • Die cutting machine of choice
  • Embossing folders of choice
  • Finishing block or fine grit sandpaper
  • Sharp scissors
  • Strong adhesive or hot glue gun
  • Optional thin mat, paper stump, pearls, buttons, embellishments

Step-by-Step

  1. Step 1

    Die cut several different sizes of flowers out of the metal.

  2. Step 2

    Emboss the die cut metal using the embossing folder

  3. Step 3

    Lightly sand the color off the raised areas of the embossed metal with the finishing block or fine grit sandpaper, if desired, exposing the aluminum

  4. Step 4 (Optional)

    You can use a paper stump and thin mat to emboss a center to the flower.

  5. Using your sharp scissors, snip fine lines to the center of the flower. The metal will automatically start to curl, creating a fringe. Arrange the fringe to your liking.

  6. Step 5 (Optional)

    Snip a small “v” between the petals to the center of the flower to create petals that you can mold as desired

  7. Step 6

    Gently bend the petals to the desired shape. Layer the different sized flowers as desired.

  8. Adhere with strong adhesive or hot glue.

    WARNING:

    If using hot glue, be VERY CAREFUL! The metal will get hot!

  9. Step 7

    Add pearls, buttons or other embellishment in center of flower if using.

    Adhere the metal flowers to your card, layout, or altered project using a strong adhesive or hot glue.


    Special thanks to Lin Brown of yoursartfully.blogspot.com for allowing me to present this tutorial based on her creative techniques.

Video!

Your Turn

You've seen the tutorial, now you try it! We've got a section of the gallery set aside for Metal Flower. 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.

Love this. By the way, where did you get the stamp?
Heidi Graham  |  Thu May 19, 2011 at 3:14 AM
Love this idea. Where did you find the "Love is not..." stamp?
Heidi Graham  |  Thu May 19, 2011 at 3:27 AM
The stamp is also from TenSecond Studios. You can buy it directly from them or Daisy at eclecticPaperie also sells them.
Starla  |  Thu May 19, 2011 at 5:26 AM
I just love these flowers...going to have to try this.
Debra  |  Thu May 19, 2011 at 5:46 AM
Wow, thanks for using our metal and our stamp for your project and for giving us credit. We try to help everyone with our online videos and appreciate projects that are done by others.
Cheryl Darrow  |  Thu May 19, 2011 at 6:23 AM
Ten Seconds Studio is the supplier of the metal sheets and lots of metal tools, embossing molds, and how-to videos on using metal. Click to:
www.tensecondsstudio.com
burbart  |  Thu May 19, 2011 at 9:32 AM
this may be a silly question, but will the Cuttlebug work for this technique? I do not have the big Shot :(
julie  |  Thu May 19, 2011 at 10:02 AM
Thank you Burbart for giving the link to TenSecond Studios...I've been having computer problems and trying to answer with my phone (works, but not great!)

Julie-

This technique will work with your Cuttlebug! The metal will be your paper. You would make your sandwich as you normally would, according to what type of die you are using.
Starla  |  Thu May 19, 2011 at 11:57 AM
when using the soft drink cans, use a sanding block (used to take color off paper when you emboss) or an emery board to take off any sharp edges. Either works well. If you emboss with your Cuttlebug or other embosser, you can also use the sanding block - handy tool to have.
Nancy  |  Fri May 20, 2011 at 4:31 AM
I have used the type of metal sold by Addalittledazzle and have no problem working with it. It's very bendable and pliable. The alum pop cans are a bit heavier and easier to cut yourself on them if not careful. I prefer the thinner metal that the dazzle site sells.
C Smith  |  Fri May 20, 2011 at 8:02 PM
unbelievable!
Joan Bardee  |  Sat May 21, 2011 at 5:44 AM
Wow! Starla, this was a very well done tutorial! You are a natural at this. I have two questions. Do you know if you can use a Cricut to cut the 40 gauge metal sheets into flowers? And, what setting you would set it on? I am so excited. The project you have shown is exceptionally beautiful. What great gifts they would make, as long as you don't have to pack them.

BTW,Your ring on your right hand looks wonderful! Is it a braid? I love the look of it!

Thank you for all of your time and effort with this video. If you know the answers to my above questions, will you please message me? Thank you so very much!

He IS Able,
Traci S.
Traci S.  |  Sat May 21, 2011 at 8:46 AM
That's a great idea! and the frame looks beautiful embellishes! i cant wait to get my die cutter to get sarted on such projects! <3
embee arqam  |  Thu Jun 9, 2011 at 11:15 AM
Thanks for sharing this beautiful tutorial. At last I found how to use the metal which was lying in my cupbord for more than 7 years,'
joogrybali  |  Wed Jun 29, 2011 at 5:46 PM
There is so much creative potential for metal sheets. Thanks so much for sharing your metal flower tutorial with all of us. I am looking forward to creating some cattails, tall grass for my brothers b-card with the metal.
Dottie Davis  |  Wed Jul 20, 2011 at 10:42 AM

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