Tissue Flowers

by Mona Pendleton

Create gorgeous dimensional flowers out of tissue paper and flower dies.


  • One 8 1/2" x 11" sheet of tissue paper or Mulberry paper
  • Die cutting machine
  • Flower dies
  • Paper piercing tool
  • Brad
  • Dye ink
  • Sponge dauber


  1. Step 1

    Fold 8 1/2" x 11" tissue paper in quarters.

    Position various sized flower dies on folded tissue and run through die cutting machine.

  2. Step 2

    Set cut flowers aside and repeat step one, cutting a second set of flowers.

  3. Step 3

    Stack the flower layers, with largest on the bottom.

    Pierce through center of all layers and fasten them together with a brad.

  4. Completed flower before distressing.

  5. Step 4

    Using fingertips, gently crinkle the tissue paper around the brad, carefully separating the layers.

  6. Step 5

    Ink up a sponge dauber with dye ink of your choice and apply ink around the edges of the flower for a distressed look.

    Using a brayer, roll ink onto the tissue paper to create a custom colored tissue paper for your flowers.

  7. Step 6

    Finish your project.


Your Turn

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

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Questions and Comments

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

great video for the tutorial. Can't wait to try out tomorrrowl
josephine Cox  |  Wed Apr 21, 2010 at 6:51 PM
Wonderful written tutorial and the video is the bomb!
Pat (mspfd)  |  Wed Apr 21, 2010 at 8:00 PM
What a great idea, I love it.
Denise  |  Thu Apr 22, 2010 at 12:37 AM
These are so cute! I can't wait to try these.
Susan  |  Thu Apr 22, 2010 at 7:57 AM
Great tutorial of a neat technique. thank you!
Sandra K  |  Thu Apr 22, 2010 at 5:07 PM
Awesome! and perfect timing for me - I just got SU's Floral Fusion die cut, which has 3 little flowers!! I've been making nested flowers but haven't tried tiissue paper or the inking so now I have even more neat things to try!
thanks!! great tut! smile
Kris  |  Fri Apr 23, 2010 at 2:30 PM
WOW..this is sooo amazing...totally going to make it, too!!! Thanks for the fantastic share!!
Eva Dobilas  |  Sun Apr 25, 2010 at 10:15 PM
Thanks for the tutorial Mona and to Beate for the visual tutorial.

This was a fun technique with pretty results and since I had no suitable tissue paper I tried mulberry paper and it worked great!
Roxie  |  Mon Apr 26, 2010 at 1:45 PM
These are just beautiful!
Amanda Formaro  |  Sun May 2, 2010 at 9:37 AM
Here's a tip if you are using scalloped punches. Underneath the tissue paper, place a small piece of foil. This will allow the tissue paper to cut cleanly instead of ragged edges.
Julz  |  Mon May 3, 2010 at 11:23 AM
I love this! You are the best!!
Pami F  |  Sun May 9, 2010 at 8:57 AM
Love your flower and would like to try and make one. Will you please tell me what die you are using? I haven't been able to match it so to purchase it.
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Nancy Huntley  |  Wed May 19, 2010 at 10:45 PM
love this.. I do not have thoes die, however I have others I want to try...
cynD  |  Wed Jun 16, 2010 at 4:25 PM
Great tutorials! The videos are soooo helpful to me since I learn better by visual aids! And they're so simple for beginners like me. Thank you both so much.
Grandma Kathy
Kathy Bolam  |  Wed Jun 6, 2012 at 8:05 PM
Brilliant tutorial!! This is the best site for information and hints. Thank you
Pamela  |  Tue Jun 12, 2012 at 5:59 PM

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