Monday, July 30, 2012

Forsythia Branch Tutorial

I created this using the Scraps Of Darkness June Kit which featured the amazing 7Dots Wonderland Collection.  I paired it with the  Dusty Attic newly released Dusty Attic Bamboo #3 DA0705 and transformed them from bamboo to a forsythia branch. 

Wanna see how I made my forsythia branch? 

Step 1.  
I grabbed some dark brown floral tape and twisted it around the Dusty Attic creating the branch part of my bush. 

Floral tape is very interesting stuff because it is inexpensive (yeah), available at just about any craft outlet, AND self sticking.  You just rip off some and start winding.  great for making your own vines too. 

Step 2. 
I used a water pen to wet my petals so that I can peel apart the layers of the chipboard.  You can use a paint brush, wet wipes or even water applied to your finger tips.  But you will need to get these wet somehow so that the chipboard layers start to peel apart. 

Do not stick them under running water because the floral tape will also peel apart. 

Step 3.
Start to work the petals apart into layers without totally separating from the Dusty Attic.  Try to keep them attached.  Then a blast with your heat gun will stiffen them right back up.

Step 4.Start applying your color.  I used some Adirondack paints in Sunshine Yellow and Lemonade.

Step 5. 
This is the glitter and glam stage.  I used some Stickles in Yellow and some yellow glitter I had in my stash.
I also used a little Stickles in Paprika on a few tips of my flowers to mimic the photo. 

Thanks a ton for looking.   Please consider stopping by Scraps of Darkness and Dusty Attic.


  1. wow, idea with using stratify of chipboard for making flowers like these is so clever :)
    great tutorial!!!

  2. LOVE this idea - looks fab, as does your LO - I would've 'got it' when you were taking the picture!!! And your Li'l Boy Blue [well, that's how I think of him] is PERFECT....just love the colours & the embellies - what a great photo!

  3. This is just amazing!! Never thought of doing so with the chipboards. Have to try it on the one laying on my desk! Thanks for sharing!
    Love your layout ♥ Gorgeous colors!

  4. Holy cow!! very cool technique!