Today I want to show you a gift that I made using Sizzix Susan’s Garden Narcissus/Paperwhites dies. Paperwhites are beautiful flowers that can bloom indoors in the worst of winters. They add such beauty and fragrance, as well as a reminder that spring is just around the corner. This year I received a Thanksgiving gift of some paper white bulbs. It was such fun to watch them grow – very quickly they were more than three feet tall. The blooms were lovely and fragrant. I’ve included pictures below of the real flowers, as well as my interpretation.
Paperwhites are very easy to assemble using the Sizzix die set. First, I cut the pieces from the appropriate colors of cardstock. I used a nice smooth heavy-weight (80lb.) cardstock to get the best results. Lighter weight cardstocks or cardstocks that have a linen finish (or other rough finish) do not work as well. The die set contains twelve dies – only one piece cut from each is needed to complete the flower. I used my Sizzix Big Kick to cut the pieces. These are the Thinlits dies, so there should be no difficulty using them in any die cutting machine.
Once the pieces were cut, it was simple to follow the directions from the Sizzix website to assemble the flowers. Click on this link to access the instructions. It is important to have the proper tools and mats in order to mold the paper appropriately. I used the Sizzix Susan’s Garden tool set which includes the needed tools and mats to make any of the Susan’s Garden flowers. The McGill flower-making tools will also work so long as you have both sets (including mats). Note that where the instructions tell you to add adhesive to the stamens and dip in Woodland Scenic pollen, I did not use the adhesive or the pollen. I just added a little orange Pan Pastel to the ends of the stamens for a more subtle color. Please see the short video for a discussion of the tools and other supplies needed to successfully complete the flowers.
The most important thing in making the flowers is to take your time and work through assembly of the first flower. Any flowers you do after that will be so much simpler and quicker. Sizzix and the designer, Susan Tierney Cockburn, do such a nice job of breaking down the steps for making beautiful paper interpretations of the flowers that we love so much. They are quite simple and so much fun to make!
Once the flowers were complete, it was very easy to attach them to the chalkboard frame using a little bit of Scor-Tape by Scor-Pal. I tied a few strands of ivory burlap string to the burlap rope hanger on the chalkboard frame for added decoration. This ended up being a very quick and easy project.
Sizzix Susan’s Garden paperwhite/narcissus dies set
Die cutting machine – I used my Sizzix Big Kick
Cardstock – white, cream, yellow and green
Flower tool set and mats – I used the Sizzix Susan’s Garden tool set
Small chalkboard frame
Adhesive – I used Scotch Quick Dry Adhesive and Scor-Tape by Scor-Pal
Pastels – I used orange (stamens) and bright yellow green (leaves) Pan Pastels
May Arts ivory burlap string
Thanks and Happy Scrappin’!