Make these Paper Poinsettias 2020

Paper flowers are the most popular tutorial.  For Flower Week I will show you how to make these traditional Christmas paper poinsettias from several materials.  I made poinsettias last year but this is a different pattern.  This year’s version is much better.  You can see all the paper flower tutorials from this year’s and last year’s Flower Week here.

These paper flowers have quite a few parts in the download file.  It makes three different colors of flower.  You can attach leaves or not.  The leaves are in this file.  

What you will need:
Paper Selection

Paper poinsettias are very traditional around Christmas.  For these flowers I used crepe paper, cardstock and foiled cardstock.  There really are not limits.  You can even use patterns if you want.

Cutting the Paper Poinsettias

I haven’t tried this flower in fabric and don’t know how well it would work.

To cut from crepe paper you need the rotary blade too, so the maker will work but not an expression machine.  The fine point blade cuts on the Air it but it tears very easily.  On the maker do not use a new mat.  Use an old one that has lost a little of its sticky or a light grip mat.  The rotary blade cut much much better than I thought it would.  It even managed to cot small holes on another flower.

Assembling the Paper Poinsettias

These flowers are extremely easy to make.  Start by  re creasing the folds.  This helps make the flower stand out.  And then the leaves are made by overlapping the ends and gluing them together.

Then just stack the pieces of the flower gluing them together at the centers only as you go.  Next glue the centers in the flowers.  Finally attach the leaves to the back.

And your paper poinsettias are finished.  

You can see all the paper flower tutorials from this year’s and last year’s Flower Week here.

Concentric Angels Wall Hanging

I made this Concentric Angel Wall Hanging while trying to teach myself to make the layered mandala projects. This is the next step.   I thought they would make perfect gifts.  Work on the mandalas continues.  There is another project with the same angel but the gaps gradually fill in.  Make sure you look at it too.

The project is 5 layers, shrinking each layer just a little and centering it. It creates a wonderful effect and is really easy.  I attached it to 12 X 12 cardstock with the intension of framing it.

You will need:
        • cardstock in various shades
        • cardstock for the background
        • Glue
        • Frame (12 X 12)
        • Download File
Paper Selection for Concentric Angel Wall Hanging

This project can be made with any paper.  The colors for the angels should be in the same color family.  Patterns would look very weird for everything but the background mat colors.

Cutting the Sign

Start with the darkest layer and cut the designs upward in hue and layer.  This is a must!

The lines are very thin and the two of the center pieces are not attached.  Be careful removing them from the mat.  Don’t loose the center pieces.


Assembling the Concentric Angels Wall Hanging

As you cut the layers, build up from the bottom.  Center the pieces to the piece below it.  Glue each layer to the one below it before you cut the next layer.  Do the same thing for the little center pieces that aren’t attached.  You will attach them once you attach it to the base cardstock.  

You can glue the layers together with liquid glue.  Foam tape adds more dimension to the project but the pieces are too thin.  

Once the layers are all together, glue the whole thing to a 12 X 12 piece that goes with your color scheme. Glue the layered little pieces to the center where they belong.  You can put the paper in a 12 X 12 frame (I didn’t have any laying around)


And your Concentric Angels Wall Hanging is done.

Snowflakes Coloring with Paper

I realized I haven’t done a coloring with paper project lately.  So I made some snowflakes.  Coloring with paper is a techniques that I saw someone do with dies and I addapted it for the cricut.    It seems to have caught on because Sara Davies from Crafters Companion was doing it (with dies) on the last HSN Craft Day in November.

Coloring with paper snowflakes
Snowflakes

The basics are explained here.  Once you are sure you understand the basics, download the snowflakes SVG File(all three are in the zip file).  The instruction sheet in the download file explains how to upload it to Design Space.

 
 

You will need:

Paper Choices

 

Cut the outline from black cardstock.  Do not make the file any smaller than 4 or 5 inches tall or the black lines get too thin.  This makes the snowflakes a good size for embellishments on cards and scrapbook pages.

 

Assembly

Stick the outline to the contact paper and re-cover it with the protective backing paper.

Cut out the various pieces from paper scraps in your scrap bin. You will have to cut several versions, one for each color you want in the snowflake. You can use glitter paper, foil paper, plain or patterned paper.  Just fill them in however you want.

Watch my video on cutting different colors on the same mat.

Play Video

Start placing the various pieces on the snowflakes with the tweezers. 

DO NOT TOUCH THE STICKY SHEET WITH YOUR FINGERS

When all the open spaces are filled, check to make sure all the paper is secure.  Press the protective sheet over everything and press sorta hard.  Anything that seems loose, glue down with the liquid glue and let dry for at least 30 minutes.

Finishing Up

Finally, with scissors cut around the outside leaving as much of the outside black line as you can.

Use the snowflakes as you like.  THey work as embellishments on scrapbook pages or cards.