Monday, May 3, 2010

Grungepaper Calla Lilies by Roni!

Spring is in the air and Mother's Day is right around the corner! Today, I have a fabulous tutorial to share with you from one of our extremely talented Blog followers.....RONI!

Roni Johnson has a wonderful blog called "INK STAINS". Check it out HERE! She features tons of inspiration and ideas about altered art projects, card sketches, layouts and more! She is truly one talented individual!! I'll warn you will want to look at her blog ALL DAY:) so don't even think about getting anything else done today! hee hee

Roni was kind enough to let us feature her tutorial on Grungepaper Calla Lilies today. Please enjoy....and prepare to get inky!

A bit about the flower....

The Calla Lily most commonly means "magnificent beauty" which why it lends it's self so well for weddings, mother's day, birthday's or just to tell someone how much you love them.

Usually found in white (which is what I used for this example) calla lilies are also available in various shades of cream, pink, yellow, purple, red, lavender, gold, peach, deep burgundy and even black! So if you do need a specific color for your card, scrapbook lay-out or other creations keep that in mind.

Flower Pattern (see template below!)

Grunge Paper by Tim Holtz - available in 2 sizes 6 x 12 and also 12 x 12

Flower Stamen

Floral Wire

Floral Tape

Cloths Pin


1. Cut desired number of flowers using the pattern below. Each flower takes one overly exaggerated fluffy heart. I am using Grunge Paper by Tim Holtz. I tried several types of paper from copy paper, various brands and types of cardstock, pattern paper and even chipboard. Nothing works as well as the Grunge Paper for achieving the gentle roll that Calla Lilies are known for.

2. On a soft surface, use a stylus to emboss a line about 1/8" in from the edge around the entire upper section of the flower. This will help create the roll in later steps.

3. Paint the flower white on both sides.

4. Dry brush yellow paint near what will be the center of the flower on one side.

5. Flip and dry brush green paint near the center on the other side. Set the flower aside for now.

6. Color flower stamen using alcohol ink.

7. Make a knot in the end of a piece of floral wire.

8. Place the flower petal on your work surface. Apply a 1/4" strip of glue near the center of the flower. Lay the knotted floral wire in the glue and tuck the stamen into the knot/glue. Let dry.

9. Once the glue has dried, fold the left petal towards the center, add a bead of glue along the back edge as shown...

10. Fold the right side petal over the left and secure using a cloths pin until the glue has dried.

11. After the glue has dried, roll the edges of the flower.

12. (optional) For a more natural looking flower wrap floral tape around the flower and floral wire once or twice.


here is what the finished flower looks like!!!!

Now...wasn't that fabulous!!!! Thank you, thank you, RONI for your inspiring tutorial! Please make sure you check out RONI's BLOG (if you haven't already:). Let her know how much you enjoyed her life-like project!

I hope this "made" your day! Don't forget to stop and smell the flowers...

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  1. oh wow ! this is gorgeous :-) Going to check out Roni's blog now :-)

    have popped grungepaper in my basket ready !! :-)

    Lols x x x

  2. This is stunning! Thanks for sharing the tutorial!

  3. Wow, wie klasse ist das denn
    tolles Tutorial.
    Stephanie hast Du meine Mail bekommen??
    lg gila

  4. I don't know how these people come up with these wonderful ideas. Great job Roni. I am going to go check out the blog now. Thanks Simon for sharing.


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