Finding your niche
So….I had made my first paper flower. I was so excited that day I made a flower from every die that I owned. If i’m completely honest some of the roll up ones, like the lovebird roses were the trickiest. I would spend all of my time cutting them out, using up the cardstock or felt (yes felt because that also works well in this machine) and then I would roll it and initially think I had done well. Then I took a step back and actually examined it, it looked like something my 6 yr old daughter had done so those took a bit more work.
I was so proud of these small flowers that I made, I went round showing all my family. They all seemed impressed. But hey!! they were my family they probably felt obligated. Later on that afternoon, I was talking to my sister-in-law and she said that she had been looking at paper/card flowers that day too. Only much bigger ones. Ones that you could hang on a wall as a display feature. She showed me some pictures and they really were beautiful. I could not believe that such a pretty wall display could be made from simply some card.
This was my lightbulb moment
Here I was speaking to someone who was about to go and pay someone else to make her a card flower display. It suddenly dawned on me. I can do this. I’ve made small ones’s how difficult can a big flower be. So that was it. The decision was made instantly.
Finding the right flower die
The next step, now that I had made this decision was to find the right flower die, to cut my card with. I spent quite a long time searching as I found out it was more difficult to find a flower die to cut large flowers. In my head i was thinking at least 9 inches as otherwise it would look too small on the wall. This was when I discovered the David Tutera collection. I have made pretty much every flower that David Tutera had to offer and they are all beautiful. The David Tutera collection are thinlet dies, so these are different from the Bigz dies that I introduced you to earlier.
These are the ones that I recommend and they can all be found on Amazon for ease
Of all of these the Dahlia is my favourite. Closely followed by the Peony. So now I had my flower that I was going to make. I already had my card from before so i was ready. I set aside an afternoon where I would not be interrupted so I could get to work. I knew I had to make the most of it, as child free, shopping free and housework free days are not easy to come by.
Making the Dahlia
Out came my sizzix machine, on the dining room table, card scattered everywhere and I set off cutting. Now with the thinlets as I explained previously it is a similar process to using the Bigz you just need to use some special adapters as the cutting dies are so thin. If they were just placed between the cutting pads it would not work. This will be covered in the tutorial on how to make dahlias.
My first flower took me about 2 hours to make. But I do have to be fair to myself this was reading instructions, cutting it out, and I did have to cut out a few pieces again where I messed up. but hey everyone makes mistakes right 🙂
That was it, I had the bug, the addiction to paper flowers set in. I decided to make a trial wall display for my daughters wall. This comprised of 2 Dahlia’s as above, a Peony (again by David Tutera) and a some butterflies.
What i used to make this display
- Hot glue gun – You need this to stick down the petals. The best one I have found is the Bosch glue gun, due to its long thin nozzle.
- Cardstock – You can use Matt or Pearliscent, however i do love this Centura Pearl card.
- Paper curling tool – You use this to curl the petals or make fold line to make them look more realistic. I find the sizzix curl and crease tool amazing.
- Peony Die – This is from the David Tutera collection
- Dahlia Die – This is from the David Tutera collection
- Tattered Butterfly Die – This is from the Tim Holtz collection
- MDF name – this was purchased from Perrys Woodcraft
- Chiyogami paper or Paint – this is to decorate the name
- Velcro Tape – This is to adhere it to the wall
It was at this moment that i thought, perhaps now I had found my niche in the market. This was something I could do, and something that i really enjoyed doing. After a stressfull day at work or at home with the kids I found this calming and destressing. This was “Me” time.
This was when i really decided i would open a store on Etsy. Its free to sign up on their basic plan and all you have to do to get started is pay 20p to set up an advert. I signed up and bit the bullet and put this straight on. This wall display was the first item I ever sold on etsy.Etsy Shop: API reponse should be HTTP 200
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