Using a Silk Flower
Want a quick and easy card focal? How about a fast way to add a feminine touch to any paper crafting project? Or maybe you’re looking for an embellishment that’s easy to alter and can be used in lots of different ways? Well you’re in luck because silk flowers fulfill all of these requirements. That’s why they’re one of my favorite embellishments!
Silk flowers make great quick and easy card focals. Just attach the flower to the center of your card with a brad and you’re all set. And if you don’t need a focal, mini silk flowers are sized perfectly for cards; you can use them as an accent or to replace letters in your sentiment. Either way they’ll look great.
One of my favorite ways to use silk flowers is to layer them. Layering silk flowers creates a fun look and is so easy to do! Just choose different sized flowers (either in the same or coordinating colors), place the smaller flower on top of the larger flower and secure all of the flowers to the page using a brad or glue Zot™.
Having something unexpected at the center of your silk flower can create a cool fun look. Putting a monogram in the center of a silk flower creates such a unique touch. I love the ‘A’ in the center of the silk flower on this page! Placing a Brad Buddy™ in the middle of a flower is another way to do something unexpected with your flowers. You can also use silk flowers to replace letters in your page title or card focal. Look at how the silk flower dots the ‘I’ on the page below!
For a really unique look, fold your silk flowers in half to create something totally unexpected. Attach your folded flower to a page or card with a brad. This creates a fun effect, like you’re looking at a side view of the flower!
One of my favorite things about silk flowers is how easy they are to alter. Stamping on a silk flower is one of my favorite techniques, and the effect is amazing! Because you rarely are going to get a stamp that’s as big as your flower, I like to stamp the middle portion of my flower first then do the top and bottom separately. Don’t worry if you can’t line them up perfectly, I think it looks better when it’s slightly imperfect.
Another way to alter your silk flower is to chalk it. Choosing a contrasting color will add depth and dimension to your flower. Just use the edge of your finger to rub chalk along the edges of your flower. This is super easy and creates a beautiful subtle effect.
How do you attach your silk flowers to your pages or cards? Brads at the center of the flower are one of the most common ways to attach your flower to your page. Great Big Brads™ look great in the center of silk flowers, and with Rub-ons the brads are even more versatile, easily suiting any theme. I also love the look created by using several mini brads at the center of a silk flower. Glue Zots™ also work wonderfully for attaching your flowers to your projects.
When I want to use a silk flower for a project I love Hot Off The Press’ Use ‘Em for Anything Bright and Pastel flower packs. These packages are full of 25 silk flowers in a variety of sizes perfect for any paper crafting project. And for Christmas projects I love Hot Off The Press’ Silk Poinsettias. These flowers add the perfect touch to any Christmas card or page.
Silk flowers are one of my favorite embellishments. There are just so many things you can do with them! They add a beautiful feminine touch to a page, but they’ll also work with masculine projects. Silk flowers add a bring a beautiful look to any paper crafting project adding dimension and texture to your pages and cards.