Die Cutting Paper: Crumpled Flower Garland Tutorial

Hello, it's Tiffany from the Sizzix Design Team here with a fun festive tutorial! The air has cooled and the the leaves have begun to fall here in Washington State and I can't help but to break out the Fall Decor! I'm sure you're just as excited as I am to welcome in a new season, especially one as beautiful as autumn!
I was inspired by the Pantone Fall 2012 Colors. Just click on the screenshot to see the full report on the Pantone Website.
First, as per the die instructions (always keep these with the die as they are full of valuable info), mask off the die using straight-sided tape. I used washi tapes. I also chose an array of India Ink markers to color my patterned paper. The india ink does not bleed on the reverse side of the paper nor does it run with wet!
Cut your patterned paper to 4" squares and color one side with the india ink markers. I used Creative Imaginations Marah Johnson Paint It! Collection papers with Design Memory Craft Stamper's Big Brush Markers.
This photo shows the colored side and the uncolored side of the pattern paper.
Fold the 4" squares twice and line the folds along the masked off areas. The tape provides a good visual  guideline for placement. You can even stack 2 folded squares on top of each other to die cut more in one pass.  The sandwich will be as follows (from the bottom up): cutting place, die, folded papers, cutting plate.
After die cutting, use a a spray bottle or a mini mister to spritz each die cut piece lightly with water.  After misting each piece, crumple the paper.
Layer die cut pieces to create your crumpled flower. Vary the number of layers for different types of flowers.
Once you have layered the pieces, use a needle and thread to stitch through the layers, finishing with a knot. You can also use glue or hot glue to create your crumpled flower.  Repeat this process until all the flowers have been created.
Once your flower in complete you can adhere it to your silk ribbon or twine. Adhere by adding a bit of hot glue to the back before adding the ribbon/twine and an addition die-cut circle of patterned paper (left-over scraps from die cutting the layers).
Flip the flower over and hot glue a coordinating button. Repeat this process with each of the flowers spacing them out 2" - 4".  With the number of pieces I die-cut, I was able to create a 12' garland with 30 crumpled flowers.
Here is what the final product will look like.
I added my Crumpled Flower Garland to my home decor on an antique wooden ladder.
I also used a garland to accent a table centerpiece.  (Pumpkin Bowls are Princess House and the table runner was purchased through Groopdealz.com!)
Thanks so much for following along today!
die cutting supplies

Patterned Paper: Creative Imaginations by Marah Johnson Paint It!
Markers: Faber-Castell's Design Memory Craft Stamper's Big Brush Markers- Scarlet Red, Orange Glaze, Light Flesh, May Green, Cold Grey, Cobalt Blue
Adhesive: hot glue
Ribbon: May Arts 1/4" Silk Ribbon- white
Additional Supplies: buttons; embroidery thread; needle; spray bottle with water; washi tape

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