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Paper Flower Tutorial -Balloon Flower

Paper Flower Tutorial
Paper Flower Making
Paper flower making is fun and rewarding--you actually dont need any fancy tools to make beautiful flowers but its easier and definitely quicker if you have a couple of punches ,some embossing tools and a handy forceps.
Paper Flower Tutorial
Sharing an easy flower made with the balloon shape.
Materials Used
Paper- thicker than normal writing paper but not as thick as card stock.Thin paper does not hold the shape well and thick paper is more difficult to punch and shape- experiment and go with the paper thickness which feels good to you!
Punches for petal shape and base- I punched 5 balloon shapes for the petals and a circle shape for the base.The techniques used to make this flower can be adapted to any petal shape so dont despair if you dont have a balloon punch or for that matter any punch ! The snowflake punch used to make the flower centers is a recent purchase-- I literally fell in love with the shape and couldnt resist it!
Embossing tool-Can be substituted with the round blunt end of a pen
Embossing mat -you can use the reverse of the mouse pad--like I often do when both myself and my daughter make flowers and we both have to emboss at the same time!![My 5 year old is passionate about punchcraft nowadays!] 
Self retaining Forceps- Not really required but makes your job easier especially if you have stubby fingers like mine !
Emboss around the edge of your flower petal to get petal shapes as shown[both surfaces are illustrated]
Paper Flower Tutorial
Grasp the center of the petal and pinch the lower part of the petal as shown using your thumb and index finger. 
Paper Flower Tutorial
You will get lovely petal shapes as in the photograph below. Emboss a circle or other shape for the base of your paper flower and apply glue on the rim of the embossed circle and the ridges on the other side of your paper flower petals. 
Paper Flower Tutorial
Glue petal by petal onto the base overlapping each other.To create a deeper cup for your paper flower apply a little pressure on the petal stem at the center of your flower and the petal literally pops up!
Paper Flower Tutorial
Make a flower center using  punched shapes ,paper fringing technique, beads , stamens or whatever you fancy.I embossed 3 snowflake shapes to different degrees by varying the pressure exerted on the center of the punched snowflake.
Paper Flower Tutorial
Layer one snowflake over the other using only a dot of glue on the center to make your paper flower.
Paper Flower Tutorial
Here is the sneak peek of a special project [shall share soon] in which I used the punchcraft flowers .
Punchart Flowers
Do tell me how you liked this  easy flower tutorial .
Here is the link to another type of flower made using the balloon shape: Balloon Punch Flower Tutorial 1

63 comments:

  1. this looks great doc...super job...!!

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  2. Hi Sonia,
    I am always in awe at your wonderful detailed tutorials. You have lots of tallent and much patience to do this for us...Thank you!
    Your flowers are very pretty, and I love the leaves, too x

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    1. Sasha Thank You so much.I make tutorials hoping that "the how I did it" will help some other "uneducated" in arts passionate crafter like myself who relies on the net on books to create!

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  3. Lovely and simple tutorial doctor. A must try for me.

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  4. Lovely Flower Dr Sonia ...Thank You so much for the Tute ..Really Looking Forward to see your Project after Having Seen your Sneak Peek !!

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  5. Thank You so much dear friends for encouraging this simple flower tutorial!

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  6. love the flower, and the punches you used for it!!!
    nice tutorial, thanks for sharing!!!
    Paula

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  7. Wow!!!!!!!goprgeous pink petals ..thanks for the tutorial Sonia.

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  8. it was a spelling mistake ."GORGEOUS PETALS"

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  9. Beautiful flowers.

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  10. flower is lovely and easy to make .. from the preview of your next project i can tell it's going to be wonderful n im going to love it..

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  11. lovely - you certainly encourage us to use our punches more creatively - fab tutorial Sonia you make it very clear and easy to follow

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  12. What a simple & beautiful flower,,thanks for sharing the how-to :)

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  13. very pretty flower..but i didn't understood how those creases/ridges at petal's margin appeared..??

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    1. Poornima on pressing the embossing ball shaped tool on the edge of the petal-- the paper gets creased in that fashion...try it even my little one could make this flower!

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  14. Wow, what a lovely picture of flowers. Love the tutorial too. NancyD

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  15. This is very helpful...and your tutorial rocks as usual.

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  16. Informative and easy tutorial, Dr. Sonia. Thanks! Makes such a pretty bloom.

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  17. Sonia, great idea and beautifully executed!:)

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  18. oh wow these are fabulous... they look so pretty
    Lisa x

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  19. This is fantastic Sonia yet so simple! I love your tutorial, so easy to follow and will definately be having a go at making some of these.

    Judex

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  20. Sonia, you're a genius. Have I told you that lately? You think of some of the most off the wall things to use for something completely different and I am always so in shock that it works and looks incredibly amazing! This is no exception. Thank you for taking all the time you do to write such educational and inspiring posts. :)

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  21. From Sonia to Sonia
    You always did Fabulous creations. Super FAB this tutorial, thanks for sharing, I like it! GREAT JOB!
    -Sony
    Sonia-Studio60

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  22. Wonderful flower making. Especially like the flower center. Thanks for sharing the directions.
    Melissa
    "Sunshine HoneyBee"

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  23. Спасибо за МК. Очень красивый цветок!

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  24. WOW. I love your tutorials. And the tip about the mouse pad and the round end of pen...THANKS. I always wondered what to use if I didn't have the tools.

    Be blessed, Beckie

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  25. Such awonderful tutorial..the flower looks so pretty..what a great use of balloon punch which otherwise goes unused ..

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  26. WOW! beautiful flower and fabulous tutorial!! Thank you for always sharing such amazing tutorials with us!!
    Hugs,
    Norma

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  27. These flowers are so pretty and what a great tutorial to show how to make them! I am always amazed at your flower creations!! :)Amy

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  28. Thank you very much for sharing this tutorial Dr. Sonia. Look like a pretty plum or cherry blossom.

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  29. these are so pretty. I love all these punch craft creations of yours. I was in a thrift store today and found a book for making different punch craft things. I was so excited when I found it

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    1. WOW Ann it is so thrilling to pick up a craft book!

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  30. This is Fantastic Sonia.. Thanks for the tutorial..Loz

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  31. Very creative--would have never thought of using a balloon punch to make a flower. Nice!--Pat

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  32. How cute. Love your flower.
    Hugs Nataliya

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  33. awesome flower with that balloon punch!! It is so simple and looks so nice!! How is your hand healing now?

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    1. Thank You Indira for asking about my hand--its doing good but still looks like a scaly thing!- you can see a bit of the skin peeling in these photos-thank god for photoediting I could crop off most of the unsightly bits!!

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  34. Hello Sonia,
    It's a wonderful flower. Very simple and pretty at the same time. I hope you don't mind me trying it? From other comments above, I get to know your hand is not keeping well. Hope you heel soon and keep posting your wonderful work (and tutorials for non-artist like me!!!)
    And other thing, can you please tell me the glue and the embossing tool you used here? For my projects, I tried many types (and sizes) of glue, nothing feels good. Please do reply.
    Thanks and kepe sharing!!!
    Cya

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    1. Deepa I use the opaque white Fevicol MR glue--this is the best I have found for crafting-- its thick, dries fairly fast and is not expensive!The glue bottle shown in the picture is camlin Krafty Glue- I love the nozzle of this bottle --its nice and narrow to give a small glue dot ideal for crafting with tiny paper bits! What I do is I tend to fill up these bottles with the Fevicol brand glue! Embossing tools are nowadays available in craft shops [ see the link to craft supply stores in India]-- the rounded one you see in the picture is actually part of a clay modelling tool set.If you have kids ransack their playdough/clay craft kits and you may find something better than the pen to emboss!

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  35. Great tutorial Doc!
    U do such beautiful work.

    smiles,
    Riti

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  36. Wow Sonia! Such pretty flowers! I don't have a balloon punch but I'll try with hand anyway :)

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    1. Thank You Pritesh-- it works for any shape ! The thickness if the paper matters more than the shape however!

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  37. Wonderful and imaginative! You are using everything you see and it always turns out great!

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  38. wow..beautiful nd rare punches ... love the white centre puch the most. Once again Thank u for the tutorials Sonia....

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    1. Thank You Lekha I love the snowflake punch too!

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  39. Sweet flowers, Sonia! Thanks for sharing this tutorial!!!

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  40. Love this flower.. so cute and unique. :)

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  41. How creative are you to turn a balloon into a flower!! Love the tutorial and the flowers!!
    ~Kim

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  42. thank you for your tutorial
    I will be making some flowers soon

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  43. Hey there sweet Sonia. I just got your message at my blog about the "wreath" link not working. Not sure what happened...it worked for me. You will get the same result if you go to my home page, then up in the left hand corner (in the search bos) you type wreath then click the magnifying glass. That is what I did to copy the link for the post. Hope that helps!
    I always adore your punch art flower tutorials!!!!
    :O)
    Jessica S

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  44. Just stunning, as usual! Thank you for the wonderful tutorial! I think I am going to need a balloon punch! :D
    Thank ;you for sharing your wonderful creativity! You are amazing!
    Hugs,
    Masrie

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  45. Lovely flowers....Doc

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  46. Excellent as always!I admire your creativity!

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  47. loved the floral decorations !!!nicely explained :-)

    http://www.onlyfishrecipes.com/

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  48. Oh wow, those flowers are gorgeous, Sonia!! Thank you so much for the awesome tutorial!! You are so inspirational :)

    Lisa
    A Mermaid's Crafts

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  49. Beautiful flower!! Thank you for the tutorial :)

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  50. do you have a shop on etsy or something your cards are amazing

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  51. Its.cool n simple.. Really nice of u, to spend soo much time to write.such detailecd tutorials.. :-)

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  52. Pretty...beautiful flower!! & nice tutorial.....just wondering....are these kinda punches available easily & if U don't mind can I ask what's the price range for these punches....was thinking to get some for few young artists in the family... or otherwise will take from here....
    thanks

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  53. wonderful tute!!i luv your all creations..i appreciate your ideas and talents ..keep it up!

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  54. I can't wait to make these!!! I am on my way to do it and I happen to have the punches that hasn't been used in at least 4 years! Thankyou muchly!

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