Rebekah Ludens of About.Com fame just posted a tutorial on how to make your own silk-flower embellishments, here: DIY Silk Flower Scrapbook Embellishments. Well, since she leaked my secret, I thought I'd show you how to make your home-made silk flowers match your Stampin' Up! colors.
Let me just say first, I absolutely adore the Pretties Kit. I love all the beautiful embellishments . . . the flat-back pearls, the hat pins, the assortment of flowers. (Girls, you cannot find those hat pins anywhere.) And, I love that they're all packaged in one box so I'm not running all over town. But, while preparing for a class on this purse/mini scrapbook, here, I ran out of the big flowers. It's just not practical to buy enough Pretties Kits to have enough flowers for all my stampers. So . . . plan B.
You did not hear this from me.
Start with a cheapy, $5.00 bouquet of artificial silk daisies from Michaels/Hobby Lobby.
Pluck the flowers off the bouquet . . . he loves me, he loves me not . . .
Make a mixture of about 1 to 2 teaspoons of water and enough drops of re-inker to get the color you want, and dye your flowers (+20 drop). In my picture I was dying my flowers to match the sky blue double stitched ribbon and carousel notes.
Presto-Chango – custom-colored homemade flowers. How do these stand up beside Stampin' Up! Pretties kit? Well, it's an almost exact match. I believe the Stampin' Up! flowers have a tighter weave and might fray less on the long run, and, of course, Stampin' Up!'s flowers will be archival safe – not so sure about the cheapy bouquets. I would definitely use Stampin' Up!'s, but, in a crunch, I hope this will help.
Now the fun really begins – did you know you can stamp on your flowers? Check it out. Here's my custom flower stamped with the Polka Dot background stamp using chocolate Chip Classic Ink. So fun!