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Lynn in St. Louis 11-09-2009 02:33 AM

TLC246 Paper Towel Flowers {11/9/09}
In the garden you may be hard pressed to find flowers this time of year. Many of the beautiful blooms of spring and summer are gone, replaced with the flowers of fall...you know - those flowers we call LEAVES. HA! While I know the seasons have to change, that still doesn't keep me from longing for the colors of spring in the awesome vibrant colors of spring. With today's technique I'll show you a fun and easy way to create the blossoms of spring. Are you ready?

I found this tutorial by another paper crafter by the name of Lyn who found a way to make fun and funky flowers using a few supplies that we all have around the house.

Let's gather our supplies:
Paper Towels
Glimmer Mist or similar product OR Reinkers in a mini-mister. You won't have the shimmer of Glimmer Mist if you only use water and re-inkers, but the color will be just as wonderful. If you have all the ingredients, HERE is a link to a recipe for your own home-made Glimmer Mist.

Circle Template (either from a punch, or a traced circle measuring about 2-3/4" - or larger, depending on the size of flower you want to make

1. Lay your paper towel onto wax paper or a craft sheet to protect your work surface. Spritz the color onto the paper towel, not worrying about total saturation. The variation of saturation adds to the visual effect. Let dry.
2. Punch or trace your circles (at least four per flower) onto your paper towels and proceed to hand tear around the template. Ragged edges only add to the interest of the flower.
3. Adhere your layers (each layer hand torn just a smidgen smaller than the last) using either a glue dot or foam dimensional to layer.
4. Complete your flower with a center - a button, a crystal, large brad, chipboard circle...your choice.

Complete your card as desired.

I can't wait to see all the lovely variations you all come up with. Some other ideas would be to brush on some Pearl Ex, add glitter to the edges, add marker lines on the inside of your flower to add dimension...really let your creativity flow.

To see my version, CLICK HERE.

To view the gallery of paper towel flowers, CLICK HERE.

Don't forget to add the keyword TLC246 (no spaces) to your project when you upload so we can all enjoy the bountiful garden of flowers.

Hint for next week: You will need either Nestabilities or a Coluzzel (any shape).

Vicky Gould 11-09-2009 02:37 AM

How very interesting - will have to give this a try. Thanks, Lynn for yet another great challenge!

Cook22 11-09-2009 02:50 AM

Just finished the housework - had to wait in the kitchen till the floor polish dried. So I am al ready to give this a go - be just re-inkers for me.
Thanks, Lynn - different ways of making flowers are always good!

KY Southern Belle 11-09-2009 03:28 AM

Interesting challenge, one that even this technique chicken could pull off. Thanks Lynn!

DawnL 11-09-2009 03:40 AM

how fun is this Lynn! your card is great!!

n5stamper 11-09-2009 04:32 AM


Vicky Gould 11-09-2009 04:52 AM

Fun challenge; easy embellie! I used the 'flower' as an embellishment on a scrapbook page. Here is my

Through the Years

Have a wonderful Monday!

lacyquilter 11-09-2009 04:59 AM

Well, this ought to be interesting. I have printed paper towels. Looks like a really fun technique. I love how fuzzy your flower looks. Thanks, Lynn.

Stamps'nCoffee 11-09-2009 06:21 AM

Cool, Lynn!!! I've been wanting to try this!!!!

MariLynn 11-09-2009 06:26 AM

Sounds like a fun challenge. Thanks Lynn!

sharron246 11-09-2009 06:26 AM

Very pretty must try it.

Nitsy73 11-09-2009 06:30 AM

Hmmm....I don't know....but your sample makes me WANT to try...we'll see LOL I don't know if I'm patient enough

Cook22 11-09-2009 07:20 AM

I think I need to give this another go - I liked the flower but somehow made a rather blaah card with it.
Dewdrops on Rose

marilynprestonn 11-09-2009 07:34 AM

Here is my card for this week's challenge
Thanks Lynn and Lyn for the fun challenge. I don't know that I am a master, but I kind of love my primitive style.;)

Bonjour Maxie

Thanks for looking and enjoy.

eured99 11-09-2009 07:41 AM

Oh Lynn, this is just wonderful! I wish I was home so I could play! Will check the gallery out!

krischir 11-09-2009 08:27 AM

Thanks for the challenge, Lynn!

Here is my card!


MariLynn 11-09-2009 09:29 AM

Thanks for the fun technique this week Lynn. I remember doing something similar to these flowers when I did my student teaching 20 years ago. I told the students we were going to be making flowers with expensive exported handmade paper when they saw my sample. They all laughed when the saw that it was made from paper towels.

I decided to tweak my flowers a little bit by quilling them instead of layering them.


11Valerie11 11-09-2009 10:15 AM

Thanks, Lynn! This was fun!

Here's mine;

Paper Towel Flower for Mechelle

sleepyinseattle 11-09-2009 10:43 AM

I cheated a little, mine are paper tole and not paper towel because I used coffee filters instead.

lacyquilter 11-09-2009 12:01 PM

Here's mine: congratulations.

Soozie4Him 11-09-2009 01:20 PM

Okay, I don't have Glimmer Mist, but I do have some Perfect Pearls that I've never opened. How much Perfect Pearls and how much reinker?? This sounds interesting...

Lynn in St. Louis 11-09-2009 01:31 PM

That's a good question. I've never made my own before. Anyone out there know?

I would think that a little, shake, give it a try, and if it's not shimmery enough, add more. Now THAT'S scientific, isn't it?


Originally Posted by Soozie4Him (Post 15518922)
Okay, I don't have Glimmer Mist, but I do have some Perfect Pearls that I've never opened. How much Perfect Pearls and how much reinker?? This sounds interesting...

RobinRingtail 11-09-2009 02:54 PM

This was a great challenge Lynn! Here's my card:

Kathy LeDonne 11-09-2009 04:57 PM

Well Lynn, That was fun! Thanks for the instruction. Here's my card.

Wendy Gorton 11-10-2009 07:22 AM

Here's mine. Thanks for the challenge.


jacynthe 11-10-2009 04:22 PM

Here is my card for this challenge http:////www.splitcoaststampers.com/...0&ppuser=31507

n5stamper 11-11-2009 05:15 AM

Here is my THE GIFT OF LOVE.

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