Wednesday, January 6, 2010

Die Cut Poinsettia Tutorial

Update: I created this tutorial back a few years ago when I was an Ambassador for the Quickutz Company. You can easily adapt this tutorial to any "maple leaf" type shape you have using a similar die or cut from a Cartridge or cutting file. -Melin

Die Cut Poinsettia TutorialHave you ever needed a particular shaped die but didn't have it? Thinking of our dies in other ways allows us to open up many potential possibilities. I needed a Poinsettia shape and didn't have any dies. What to do?!  How about making my own! So here's an idea to help you begin to look at your dies in a new way.




Card

Layout


Supplies Needed For Card
QK Maple Leaf 4x4 Nesting Die
1" Circle Die or Punch
Ribbon, Cardstock, Patterned Paper, Glimmer Mist and Various Inks and Embellishments

Supplies Needed For Layout
QK Maple Leaf 2x2 Die
QK Damask Border Die
QK Flourish Die
QK Flourish 4x4 Die
1" Circle Die or Punch
Cardstock, Patterned Paper, Glimmer Mist and Various Inks and Embellishments


Step1.  Cut out 9-11 Maple leaves and a 1" circle



Step 2.  Ink the edges and Glimmer Mist the leaves. Glimmer Misting will allow the leaves to be soft and pliable for easier shaping. Photo above depicts the leaf after being inked and misted on the left and a plain one on the right.
 

Step 3. Attach Leaves to circle in a cross pattern.


Step 4.  Create bottom layer and shape leaves using the QK poker picker upper tool.


One Layer Finished.


Continue layering and staggering the leaves to begin to create the flower.
Using glue dot in the center allows you to adhere the next row of leaves in such a way that you can still shape the leaf for a more realistic look.


Shape the layers to give them a natural appearance.


Finish by adding some Liquid Pearls in the center for "dots"


Ink and add green leaves to finish each flower.


Pink flower was created with the QK 4x4 "middle" nesting maple leaf die.

Merry Christmas From Your QuicKutz Ambassador, Melinda Beltran!

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