Create Gorgeous Hand Stamped Flowers for All Your Paper Crafts Projects
Floral embellishments are popular with paper crafters, including card makers, mixed media artists, collage artists and scrapbookers. Paper flowers can add interest and texture to scrapbook pages, mini albums, handmade greeting cards, art journals, art trading cards, and mixed media art projects. Unfortunately, floral embellishments can be expensive. This guide will show you a delightfully easy and fuss-free method for how to make paper flowers for art and paper crafts.
A couple of the best things about this method:
- You’ll be able to make paper flowers that precisely match the look of your projects. No more searching around for just the right flower (and sometimes not finding one that will work).
- You can save a bundle with this method as compared against the costs for buying packaged paper flowers like Prima flowers.
Choosing Rubber Stamps:
The first step is choosing the stamps you will use to create your flowers. You can use any kind of stamps as long as the design is appropriate- rubber stamps, clear stamps, foam stamps, and woodblock stamps will all work. The image is the important thing. If you already own stamps, take a look through your stamp stash to see if you have any that can be used. Collect them together in a pile close to your work area.
If you don’t already have some appropriate stamps to use, perhaps you can borrow some from a creative friend who does. If not, you may want to consider buying some flower stamps of your own. Stamps could possibly be a smart purchase for you if you use them often enough to justify the money spent on them. For me, this is not a problem whatsoever. I’ve owned, and have been using, the stamp sets I used for making these flowers for more than 10 years. Clearly, I got my money’s worth out of them.
If you do decide to buy new stamps, I recommend looking at coordinated sets of stamps that have 2 or more flower designs that can be layered on top of each other. Here are several suggestions: (update: All of the following stamp sets have now been discontinued, but you may still be able to find them on the secondary market).
-Bella Flora stamp set by Inque Boutique
-Butterflies and Blossoms clear stamp set by Impression Obsession
-Autumn Leaves Build-A-Flower stamp set By Katie Pertiet
You could easily find hundreds more possibilities that would work just as well.
You will also need ink pads in colors that match your intended projects. If you need to buy some ink, please be sure to check out the inkpad product reviews I’ve written for Tim Holtz Distress Inks, Fluid Chalk, Stazon Inks and Brilliance inks. Those are all fantastic inks; in my opinion, they are well worth the money. If you don’t own any inks at all, you might want to consider buying a set of ink pads. That way, you’ll have a variety of ink colors to work with — which is helpful for making colorful flowers to coordinate with a variety of paper colors.
Choosing Papers For Your Flowers:
After you’ve chosen your stamps, the next step is to pick papers to stamp on. The most cost effective thing to do is to use paper scraps left over from other layouts, cards and projects you’ve already made. You won’t need much paper for these stamped images.
I enjoy stamping flowers onto patterned paper, but I also use solid-colored papers and cardstock.
Stamping the Flowers:
Choose several different colors of ink that will look good with the papers you’ve selected. Stamp multiple flowers onto your chosen papers using the inks of your choice. You are going to want to stamp a variety of sizes and colors of flowers.
Cutting Out the Stamped Flowers:
I like to use decorative scissors to cut out the stamped flowers. I usually use Fiskars Mini Scallop Paper Edgers for cutting out small flowers. I like the small-scale design of the Mini Scallop. There are plenty of other designs available, but the Mini Scallop ones are my favorite for this purpose. If you don’t have any decorative scissors, you could raid your sewing basket and use pinking shears, or you could use regular scissors instead.
Layering the Flowers and Attaching the Flower Centers:
Choose a small flower and a large flower to layer on top of each other. You might even want to choose a medium sized flower to put in the middle; that’s up to you. Go with what looks good.
For the flower centers, there are a myriad of possibilities. You can use brads, buttons, eyelets, more hand stamped images, rhinestones, crystals, cabochons, or charms. Your choice of flower center will affect the next step in the process. If you use buttons, choose coordinating thread and sew hand stamped flowers together with the button on top. If you choose a brad, you can use a paper piercing tool to make a hole through all the flowers and attach the brad through the hole. If you use a rhinestone, crystal, or cabochon, you can attach all the layers together using the adhesive of your choice.
The flower is now ready to use and enjoy!
Lots of Possibilities For Making Paper Flowers:
There are hundreds, maybe even thousands, of different techniques for making paper flowers. This technique only demonstrates one possible way of doing it. Keep in mind that you can probably find other flower making techniques that would save you even more money, so don’t be afraid to explore the possibilities. Happy crafting!
About the Author: Amy Solovay is a freelance writer with a background in textile design. She has been crocheting and crafting since childhood, and knitting since she was a teenager. Her work also appears at ArtsWithCrafts.com, KnittingandCrochet.net and Crochet-Books.com. Amy sends out a free knitting and crochet newsletter so interested crafters can easily keep up with her new patterns and tutorials. If you’re already an Instagram user, Amy also invites you to follow her on Instagram.
This page was last updated on 7-13-2019.