Monday, November 11, 2013

"Beauty Unrefined" with Blossoming Peony Bud Tutorial for Donna Salazar Designs

I've been busy creating and have several projects to share with you this week. The first is this layout of our daughter, Elizabeth featuring Donna Salazar Designs girlie grunge products. This pretty photo was taken on her wedding day. She's so beautiful and filled with joy and happiness on this special day!

Today I'm featuring Donna's Spellbinder dies. Her flower dies are so versatile and can be used to create many different flowers. For this page, I created three gorgeous sets of flowers and have shared a tutorial for the ivory Blossoming Peony Buds later in this post. I've also used her Sprightly Sprockets to die cut her Want2Scrap corrugated board for the gears you see tucked into the clusters. 

"Beauty Unrefined"

Tips and Techniques
I hand crafted most of these flowers using Donna's Spellbinders Rose Creations and Grand Peony Dies. I've also used leaves from her Bitty Blossoms dies and the corrugated gear is cut with Sprightly Sprockets. 

For the background, I started by stamping with Donna's Art Gone Wild Crackle and Dear Sir stamps using Mix'd Media Inx. I then spread ceramic stucco over Donna's 8" x 10" Want2Scrap Brick Stencil and when dry, spritzed with her Clearsnap Smooch Spritz. 

The frame is a Want2Scrap Chipboard Piece which I spray painted with gesso. After misting the petals of my flowers with Smooch Spritz, I had some overspray on my craft sheet which I used on the frame creating an ombre effect. 

In this close-up you can see my ivory Blossoming Peony Bud. I have included a tutorial for these little beauties later in this post. The rose buds were created with Donna's Rose Creation Dies and the glimmer comes from Clearsnap Fairydust Glitter and Smooch Spritz by Donna. The Spellbinders Artisan X-plorer cuts through corrugated board with ease and was used with Sprightly Sprockets dies, then dry brushed with gesso, misted with Smooch Spritz, then finished off with Mix'd Media Inx. 

The title was cut from the die cut sheet included with Donna's Natural Beauty paper pad. The individual rose leaves are cut with Bitty Blossoms dies, then inked with Mix'd Media Inx. 

The sweet focal flower here is cut with Rose Creations dies using Donna's Mix'd Media Stax2 dictionary and mulberry papers. 

Blossoming Peony Bud Tutorial

Supply List
GCD Studios ~ Donna Salazar Designs - Mix'd Media Stax2 (Mulberry Paper)
Crushed Voile Fabric - Ivory
Spellbinders ~ Donna Salazar Designs - Rose Creations
Spellbinders ~ Donna Salazar Designs - Grand Peony
Spellbinders ~ Artisan X-plorer
Craft Tweezers
Large Diameter Stylus
Foam Pad
Helmar Fabric Glue (Not Pictured)
Bowl of water (Not pictured)

Step 1. Counting from the smallest to the largest dies in your set, use the #3 Grand Peony die to cut three from the crushed voile. Use the #4 Rose Creations die to cut two from the mulberry paper in the Mix'd Media Stax2 paper stack. 

Step 2. Use a small candle to melt the edges of each petal on all three of the Grand Peony Voile layers by running the edge of each petal near the flame but do not allow the fabric to actually touch the flame. The voile fabric will melt and curl as it gets hot. 

***Hint ~ keep a bowl of water right next to you on your work table, so if you get too close to the flame, you can quickly extinguish the burning petal in the water. 

Step 3. Apply a small amount of fabric glue to the center of one of the voile layers and lay the next layer on top, offsetting the petals. 

Add the third layer the same way. 

Step 4. Lay the mulberry Rose Creation pieces with the rough textured side down on a foam mat. Roll each petal with the stylus to round and cup each one. 

***Tip - any kind of foam mat will work - even one of the foam mats that brads are stuck into when you get them. If you don't have a stylus you could try something like the capped end of a marker or pen with a rounded cap.

Step 5. Apply glue to the inside (smooth side) of one of the mulberry paper layers and form it into a bud shape.

Step 6. Apply glue the bottom and lower portion of this first bud and wrap the second mulberry paper layer around it - offsetting the petals to form a larger bud. 

Step 7. Use craft tweezers to roll down the edges of the mulberry bud as shown.

Step 8. Put fabric glue around the base and about the bottom third of the mulberry bud, then wrap the fabric layers around the bud - scrunching the fabric in place and holding for a few moments until the glue has set. The time will vary depending on the glue used. I only had to hold it in place 15 to 20 second until it was set enough to stay in place. Now you have a completed Blossoming Peony Bud. 

And here's one final shot of this sweet blossom on my layout.

Thanks for stopping by today!! I hope you've been inspired to give this a try.

Product List
GCD Studios ~ Donna Salazar Designs - Natural Beauty Twiggy B, Image Sheet
GCD Studios ~ Donna Salazar Designs - Mix'd Media Stax 2
Want2Scrap ~ Vintage Fancy Frames
Clearsnap ~ Donna Salazar Designs - Mix'd Media Inx: Jasmine, M0ssy, Leather, Stormy, Schoolhouse
Clearsnap ~ Donna Salazar Designs - Mix'd Media Inx CHOX: Sparrow, Butternut
Clearsnap ~ Donna Salazar Designs - Smooch Spritz: Tea Party, Caramel Latte, Holly Berries
Clearsnap ~ Smooch Spritz: Gold Glow, Mossy Mist
Clearsnap ~ Donna Salazar Designs - Fairydust Glitter: Pralines & Cream
Spellbinders ~ Donna Salazar Designs - Rose Creations
Spellbinders ~ Donna Salazar Designs - Grand Peony
Spellbinders ~ Donna Salazar Designs - Bitty Blossoms
Spellbinders ~ Donna Salazar Designs - Sprightly Sprockets
Spellbinders ~ Foliage
Art Gone Wild ~ Donna Salazar Designs - Dear Sir
Art Gone Wild ~ Donna Salazar Designs - Crackle
Want2Scrap ~ Donna Salazar Designs - 8" x 10" Bricks Stencil
Want2Scrap ~ Donna Salazar Designs -
Prima Flower
Petaloo ~ Color Me Crazy - Canterbery Spray, Vine Spray - white
Wild Orchid Crafts 15mm Open Roses - Deep Ivory
Mixed Media
Liquitex Ceramic Stucco
Liquitex Gesso
Liquitex Spray Gesso
Helmar ~ Gemstone Glue
Helmar ~ 450 Quick Dry Adhesive
Helmar ~ Crystal Kote Gloss Varnish

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~ Blessings, Tracey ~


  1. This is sooooooooo gorgeous! LOVING the colors, the brick wall and the flowers ... beautiful photo of your daughter also!!!!!

  2. Super layout and the flowers are beautiful!!!!

  3. Stunning layout, wonderful delicate colour palette and your flowers are wonderful. Tracy x

  4. Gorgeous! Thanks for the share. Kim

  5. wow fab layout and great tutorial, absolutely fabulous.

  6. Unbelievable tutorial. tfs It is awesome to see those flowers come together! Beautiful job as usual!

  7. What a stunning layout!! The design is absolutely gorgeous!! And the flowers look amazing!! Thanks for the awesome tutorial!! Have a great week :)

    A Mermaid's Crafts

  8. So gorgeous! I have to try that peony! I love how detailed and beautifully photographed your tutes are!

  9. gorgeous page and love the blooms!!! stunning forsure!!!!

  10. This layout is stunning, and your own flowers look wonderful.. I really love them!!

  11. So beautiful! Love the background brick effect. The flowers are divine as well! Thank you for sharing your tutorial.

  12. gorgeous! I love the flowers. TFS!

  13. Wow this is absolutely Fabulous!!!!!
    love the flower TFS!!!

  14. A stunning page and your flowers are fantastic!! Thank you for sharing the tute on the blossoming peony bud, I will definitely have to try that one it is so gorgeous!!! Love this Tracey!! ox


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