I've seen so many beautiful cards on blogs using the 5-petal flower punch to create a chrysanthemum. The idea originated with Stacey.
Doesn't that punch make a beautiful flower? Here's how I made it.
I punched out six flower from So Saffron cardstock. I sponged around the edges of two of the flowers with More Mustard ink and I sponged around the remaining four flowers with Tangerine Tango ink. You'll notice that I sponged two of the Tangerine Tango flowers slightly darker than the other two. I wanted the flower petals in the middle of the flower to be a lighter color and get darker as they went out.
Stack all six flowers on top of each other and use the paper piercer and piercing mat to pierce a hole in the middle of the flowers.
Set one of the More Mustard flowers aside for now. Take the remaining five flowers and cut them apart. Cut between each petal to the pierced hole in the center. Be sure to keep your different colored petals in separate stacks.
Add a drop of Tombow Multi Purpose Adhesive to each of the petals as shown in the photo. Some of these petals had too much glue on them. You really don't need much at all.
Take the uncut More Mustard flower and adhere all five of the cut More Mustard petals to the back of it. Glue the petals on one at a time so they're centered between each of the front petals.
Follow the same process and glue 10 Tangerine Tango petals (the ones that were lightly sponged) on the next layer. I tried to center the cut petals between the petals on the previous row.
Finish your flower with one more row of 10 Tangerine Tango petals (the heavily sponged flowers). Technically you could keep adding rows, but it gets pretty big. This flower is about 3 1/4" in diameter.
Now it's time to make the leaves.
I scored a line on a scratch piece of Old Olive cardstock. I centered that score line across the middle of the Small Oval punch and punched it out.
Here you can see the progression of the leaf. On the left is the punched out cardstock. In the middle I cut two sides of the oval to make it more pointed. On the right I added more score lines to make the leaf more realistic looking.
I placed each leaf on my paper piercing mat and used my bone folder to score the veins on the leaf.
I finished the flower by adding three leaves, a Tangerine Tango punched flower to the center, and a silver brad. Give it a try. I really think you'll love the results. ~Dannie
Paper: So Saffron, Tangerine Tango, Old Olive, Haiku DSP
Ink: More Mustard, Tangerine Tango
Accessories: Silver Brad, Bone Folder, Dimensionals, Crafters' Tool Kit, Tangerine Tango Striped Grosgrain Ribbon, Tombow Multi Purpose Adhesive, Sponge
Punches: Small Oval, 5-petal Flower, Boho Blossoms