First of all I'd like to give a big thank you to Anna Fearer who inspired me to take a new look at the many punches & dies I have collecting dust in my stash. Anna has a gorgeous Etsy shop full of beautiful handmade flowers. She also has a very inspiring blog where she shares all her lovely creations plus a couple of tutorials on how she goes about making a few of her flowers. It was after watching one of these tutorials that I was motivated to try my own little creation & this was the result. Make sure you visit Anna's Etsy shop More Paper Than Shoes & her blog for lots of handmade flower inspiration.
So for these particular flowers I ended up using the Flower Layers Die by Sizzix--a die that I've had in my stash for years and never really used.
This is what your three bottom layers should look like when done.
Take the layer that will be your top most layer. Punch a hole in the center big enough to tuck a few folded stamens. Then cup the petal around the stamens as shown. Add a bit of glue around the petals in order to keep the petals 'hugging' the stamens. This will be the center of your flower.
Take note that these flowers have a lot of volume to them--meaning they stand pretty tall. So they're not meant for your traditional scrapbook pages that go into albums.
Hope you found this tutorial of some help & that you take a look at your punches & dies in a whole new way. Can't tell you how happy I am that I now found a very good use for that old Sizzix die I had in my stash with literally an inch of dust on it! Have a great rest of the week!