Monday, May 16, 2011

Guest Book with Handmade Sweet Leaf Satin Flowers....

Well...my blog is about to be overrun with Wedding posts so if you're coming and want to be surprised with all the little handmade details....STOP READING NOW :0)

On my agenda this weekend was the Guest Book....I've looked at TONS online and picked out my favorite and went to work trying to mimic it.

Of course I used CTMH products when I could...My Creations 3-Ring Binder...Sweet Leaf B&T (from Wings)....Friendship Stamp Set (Feb. SOTM) and even some retired vellum (Fleurs Des Jardines B&T Vellum)...I distressed the stark white binder with Bamboo Ink which added a vintage, Colonial White look.  I hope you like it...

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Here's the tutorial on how to make the flower...I bought some stain material at Hobby Lobby which resembles CTMH's Sweet Leaf color ($2.99/yd at 1/3 off and was able to get enough material for probably 10 or 11 flowers)...cut into various size circle...I did 4 sizes...5", 3-1/2", 2-1/2" and about 1-1/2 "...the 3-1/2" ones are pictured below...

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Cut slits in around the circle...it's easier if you do 4 or 5 at a time...BIG HUGE TIP:  Stack all the layers where the silky sides are all facing the same way...when doing more than one at a time, they tend to melt together and if your sides are facing the same way, you'll always have the pretty side facing up...

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Hold over a candle (with a low flame) and watch the material curl...

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Here are the smaller ones...I used tweezers to curl those because the flame was too hot for that little of a circle...


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Here's to show how close this material is to Sweet Leaf (our 1" stitched ribbon is laying on top of some flowers I've already done)...SO EXCITED about the color resemblance!!!

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Once I finish the "innards", I'll be showing the full Guest Book!  'Till next time....

4 comments:

Kelli said...

absolutly amazing! Beautiful flower! I will definatly trying this! Thanks so much for sharing! FYI, there is blog candy avail on my blog. Thanks again!

Sylvia said...

Beautiful, just beautiful. Who would have thought to use the candle flame!!!
Sylvia

Brenda Frerichs said...

I am over-the-top amazed by this flower! I can't wait to show this post to my mom. :-)

Way to go!!!

AaronB said...

They are so pretty-and full!! Best of Luck on the Wedding.