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While looking at other crafter's blogs, I came across a flower pop up card, and thought to myself - 'I would love to be able to make that!' As I scrolled through the post, I saw the picture of a lily version. Lilies remind me of my parents. Lilies are my mother's favorite flower; and my daddy used to send Easter Lilies to me and my sisters every Spring, before his passing in '98. I knew I wanted to try my hand at a lily version, of my own.
The instructions in the post show how to cut an 8 petal flower with a die cut machine (she provides a free file), then hand cut to make a 7 petal flower. Her file provides a rounded petal flower...and I wanted a lily like flower. I figured I could create a file with my Silhouette software to fit what I wanted.
With that in mind, I headed to the Silhouette Store to look through Samantha's files. I did not find a flower file that perfectly suited my needs. So I thought I could adapt/create one.
Samantha's Lattice Flower Circle file (#23491) worked nicely as a starting point.
I created an internal offset for the flower outline. To do this, I highlighted the image and clicked on the offset icon (upper right). I put the offset distance as 0.150. This created a more pointed flower petal (closer to a lily petal) and moved the offset away from the image so that it was easier for me to drag it away from the base cut file.
Next, I moved the offset away from the base file, and deleted the original image.
For the flower, I needed 7 petals, and this one had 8. I used the knife tool to cut away one petal. I lined up my curser so that the crossbars were centered between the top and side petals to find the midpoint of the flower, and 'cut' from the center out.
Next, I created score lines between the petals for folding. I used the same method as the knife tool above, drawing dashed lines from the center out between each petal.
To keep the pieces together, I highlighted all the parts and grouped them.
Since these were to be lilies, I needed some stamens. I used a stamen (top) from Samantha's Hawaiian Hisbiscus Flowers (#4170).
All I needed to do was duplicate the flowers to the number needed for the card (7 total), and size the stamens accordingly.
*Note* - there are 14 stamens in my file, instead of 7. This is just in case a couple do not cut cleanly or I make a mistake/rip one while embellishing the stamens.
The stamens are not yellow in the original file. I tend to 'color' my pieces so when I cut them out, I have a visual reference.
Here are my flowers - one assembled (center) and 6 unfinished. The flowers were dry embossed for detail. I cut the stamens out of the same white cardstock as the flowers. They were colored with a Wild Honey Distress Marker mixed with water and highlighted with yellow Stickles.
Supplies: Samantha Walker Silhouette files #23491 & #4170, Silhouette Cameo, Recollections Cardstock, Distress Marker, Stickles, Paper Studio Embossing Folder, Sizzix Texture Boutique