Thursday, March 8, 2012

cQc127: Paper Orchids for You

I was feeling a bit crafty this week and wanted to do something other than a card for the ColourQ Challenge. One of my other hobbies is cake decorating. A few weeks ago I tried to make orchids out of gum paste. It didn't work so well and I definitely need more practice. While I was making the gum paste orchids I noticed that the petal shapes were very similar to the petal shapes of the Blossoms Petal Builder punch from Stampin' Up!. I figured since I couldn't make an orchid out of gum paste, maybe I could make one from paper.

Each flower petal uses two punches and I glued them together with a piece of floral wire in between the two adhered layers. After I got all of the petals made I sponged them with Blushing Bride and then went back over the edges with Calypso Coral. Once the petals were colored I arranged them together in the shape of an orchid and then twisted the floral wire together. The stamen is a piece of paper rolled up, colored and then I hot glued a Certainly Celery brad in the center. To add more dimension, I took a Calypso Coral marker and added some extra color to the flower petals.

I also covered the floral wire with strips of Certainly Celery cardstock that was sponged with Chocolate Chip ink. Finally, I made the leaves in the same way as the flower petals with two die cut leafs cut from Certainly Celery cardstock and then sponged with Chocolate Chip ink.

The Fancy Favor box is also filled with chocolate M&Ms. YUM!

The Stamps
Stampin' Up! Apothecary Art
Stampin' Up! Baroque Motif

The Colors
Stampin' Up! Whisper White
Stampin' Up! Blushing Bride 
Stampin' Up! Calypso Coral
Stampin' Up! Chocolate Chip
Stampin' Up! Certainly Celery

The Embellishments
Stampin' Up! Brads (Subtles)
Stampin' Up! Glimmer Brad (Subtles)

The Tools
Stampin' Up! Blossom Petal Builder Punch
Stampin' Up! Leaves #2 Original Die
Stampin' Up! Labels Collection Framelits Die
Stampin' Up! Boho Blossoms Punch
Stampin' Up! Fancy Favor Bigz XL Die

Miscellaneous Supplies
Floral Wire
Floral Tape
Floral Foam
Hot Glue Gun


  1. Inspiration comes from the most awesome places sometimes! This is absolutely stunning! The detail you put into the flowers, leaves and stems is almost mind boggling! Thanks for sharing this fabulous creation with us at colourQ!

  2. Sue, these orchids are so beautiful. Thanks for sharing your 'recipe' with us.

  3. Beautiful flowers and project, Sue, I love what you made with the colors. Thanks for joining us this week at the ColourQ.

  4. Your paper orchard for colourQ is fantastic!

  5. Oh my word!! This is absolutely spectacular!! Thanks for playing at the ColourQ this week!

  6. I am so impressed with your flowers. Nice job and Thanks for sharing.