Just a few quick pictures to show you how I made the tissue flowers.  Supplies you’ll need:

  • Tissue paper (the kind used for packing gifts, not Kleenex type tissue paper)
  • Scalloped punch (mine is 1 1/2″)
  • Choice of ink
  • Choice of ink dauber
  • Small hole punch
  • Plain brad
  • Glitter (optional)
  • 1/2″ circle punch (optional)

Here goes.  Punch out a number of scalloped circles from your tissue paper, I find that I can punch right through a good six or eight layers at a time.

Count out 12 single layers and lay them out on a piece of paper.

Using ink of your choice dab a little over every circle.  Be random, this is what makes the flower have depth, and don’t over saturate the tissue either, it will fall apart if it’s too wet.

Stack the circles, again randomly to spread the colour saturation out, and fold them in half one way, then the other to find the centre point.

Punch a little hole roughly in the centre and insert a brad to hold all the layers together.

Take the first layer of tissue paper and scrunch upwards, pressing it together.

Continue scrunching up every layer individually until you’re left with this.

Fan out the layers again to make the flower, I find finger nails are good for this.  Don’t be too firm with the layers as the paper is really fine and it bends easily, and also the scrunching might mean it’s a bit tighter in one spot too.  But the idea isn’t to fully flatten the flower anyway, but to make it look like a flower that’s partially open.  I think they look like carnations.

Pop on a little bit of glitter glue if you wish, but this is optional.  I also punch out a 1/2″ circle from scrap card and stick the flower to it, this makes it easier to stick to a card or project, but this is entirely up to you.

Other ideas I’ve thought about include buying coloured tissue paper instead of inking the white, but as this technique is very frugal, do you really want 300 flowers exactly the same?  One thing I might try though is gently stamping the paper before punching out the circles, most likely with a text stamp or a large background patterned stamp.  I think that might be quite an interesting look.

Hopefully this little tutorial is useful, let me know if you give it a go.