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Tips and Tricks: Silk Flowers (Plus a new Freebie!)

Little Girls are Precious Gifts

Credits Digital papers by Shabby Princess downloaded and printed from; Cardstock: Making Memories; Chalk: Inkadinkado; Font: Gloucester MT Extra Condensed; Misc: silk flowers, eyelets.

I have been really enjoying the Scrapbooks Etc. website lately! Last week, on Scrapbook Lifestyle, they had a fun challenge for the designers to create a piece of wall art in 90 minutes. I loved how Johanna made a sweeping wave of silk flowers on hers. And I also recently saw an article on the Creating Keepsakes site about 10 ways to use chalk, one of which was to alter silk flowers.  Today I’m going to show you how these ideas can come together for a fun, girlie page!  

Tips & Tricks:

  • I printed digital papers to use on this page.  By turning everything on an angle I could use smaller pieces of paper on my 12×12 inch page.
  • Because the paper was in digital format, I was able choose a perfectly matching color for my text by using the eyedropper tool in photoshop elements. I just opened one of the papers, selected a shade of pink and typed out my text in a new document. Then I printed it out on cardstock. 
  • If you plan to cut your journaling into strips like I did, be sure to add several extra spaces between the words that will be separated for easier cutting.
  • I used eyelets to secure the silk flowers to the page, they’re just the thing!

Technique: Altered Silk Flowers

Altered Silk Flowers

I have tons of these little bunches of silk flowers around my craft room, but it was only recently that I discovered their usefulness in scrapbooking! Here are the steps I took to alter them and make them usable on my page (please refer to the numbered images above as you follow the steps below).

  1. This is what my flower bunches looked like before I began – but there are many different types of silk flowers that could work well with this technique.
  2. First, I removed the flower head from the stem by just “popping” it off.
  3. Next, I pulled the flower pieces apart and threw away the plastic parts. I cut some slits in the smallest piece, so that it would be able to lay flat on the page.
  4. Finally, I added color with chalk.   I mixed water with the chalks to help them go on smoothly and to give them a nice watercolor look. I used generic eye make-up applicators to add the colors.

After the flowers were dry, I used eyelets to attach them to my page.  Here are some other ideas for attaching flowers: brads, buttons (sewn) or glue the flower on with a bead or jewel glued in the center. Be creative – I’m sure you can think of lots of great possibilities! 

Little Girl Poem Freebie

The poem I used as my journaling on the page above is yet another one I originally saw in a Shabby Princess kit (we have such similar taste!) and I’ve loved it ever since. In the freebie offered below, the words of the poem are placed on some cute little “shabby” chipboard tiles. I hope you find a use for this – if you do, please let me know!

**NOTE: The flower paper shown in the preview is by Shabby Princess and is NOT included in the free download – it is for preview purposes only**

Little Girl Poem Freebie

Download Poem Freebie Here (Expired)

Click Here if the Link Above Expires (Expired) 

Sorry if you missed this one.  

Keep your eyes open for more great freebies coming soon!


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40 responses to “Tips and Tricks: Silk Flowers (Plus a new Freebie!)

  1. Scrapping Servant April 17, 2007 at 11:50 pm

    Great technique! I actually have gotten my flowers from Michaels and taken them off their stems for a while now, and I have painted them with acrylic paint, and inked them before, but I have never chalked them… thanks for the tip!

  2. Brenda April 18, 2007 at 1:13 am

    Thank you for the freebie…super cute!

  3. digijess April 18, 2007 at 7:20 am

    I never thought to dismantle my silkies.. great idea and one that i will keep in mind for the future. i have a huge box full of them in the garage, that i keep meaning to toss.. i guess i won’t have to now.

  4. Sara E April 18, 2007 at 7:32 am

    that’s a very cute idea….and cute freebie too….thanks

  5. petra a*k*a milo82 April 18, 2007 at 7:59 am

    Love that wordart and thanks for sharing with us!!

    Like those cute silk flowers too and your little project here looks adorable!!

    have a great day!

  6. Lena Brandenburg April 18, 2007 at 12:31 pm

    What a beautiful page! Looks like it took a LONG time! Have a great day!

  7. Angela Daniels April 18, 2007 at 5:27 pm

    Gorgeous page! I’ll refer Johanna and the other wall art ladies over here- they’ll love it! Also- great tutorial on coloring your silk flowers!

  8. Donna Salazar April 18, 2007 at 5:43 pm

    What talent! I love the page, the tip and the poem. Great job! Thanks for giving us a shout out… Hugs… Donna

  9. JaJue April 19, 2007 at 1:30 am

    Thanks for the freebie!

  10. Catherine April 19, 2007 at 4:39 am

    Thank you so much for sharing!

  11. carmel April 19, 2007 at 6:45 am

    thank you so much for the very cute poem freebie!

  12. johanna peterson April 19, 2007 at 8:11 am

    wow- love this, I am blown away by what you created- so beautiful- the coloring of the silk flowers looks amazing. I am so honored you were inspired by our wall art challenge- beautiful work- thanks for sharing- this just made my day!

  13. Michaele April 19, 2007 at 10:26 am

    What a neat technique…and thank you so much for the great word art poem….I have two girls and this will be a joy to use!

  14. Maggie April 19, 2007 at 11:23 am

    Gotta have that! I love the writing to match the paper…great idea to push me even further toward hybrid!

  15. Vicki (Chickivaney) April 19, 2007 at 1:58 pm

    Love it! Thanks so much.

  16. sheri April 19, 2007 at 2:26 pm

    what a awsome idea, cant wait to try it. ur page is beautiful! thanks for freebie.

  17. Jennifer April 19, 2007 at 2:27 pm

    I can’t wait to scrap a page of my daughters with this poem. Thanks!

  18. shell April 19, 2007 at 3:10 pm

    Beautiful layout. Thanks for the poem

  19. Deanna April 19, 2007 at 3:13 pm

    Thanks for the fabulous poem!!

  20. Marilyn April 19, 2007 at 4:04 pm

    Thanks for sharing the cute freebie! I’ve been putting off making a baby card and this will do the trick!

  21. Nancy April 19, 2007 at 4:46 pm

    Love the poem! Perfect to use for my DGDs. Thanks so much!

  22. Idgie April 19, 2007 at 5:31 pm

    So Very Sweet! Thank You!
    Hugs From Idgie

  23. Robbi1 April 19, 2007 at 5:35 pm

    Darling Word Art! Saw it over at BurkhartScrapzone, Michaele’s and thought Id come and see….its great, and thanks for sharing :) I also love your flowers too!

  24. Liza in NC April 19, 2007 at 7:58 pm

    I really do like this poem. I can’t wait to use it! Thank you for sharing it.

  25. Sharon April 19, 2007 at 9:12 pm

    This poem is adorable! Thanks so much for sharing it!

  26. Peggie April 19, 2007 at 9:31 pm

    I love the word art. Thank you.

  27. Margie April 19, 2007 at 10:41 pm

    Thank you for the sweet poem!

  28. Rachel April 19, 2007 at 11:03 pm

    Wonderful poem thanks!

  29. aerith April 20, 2007 at 1:51 am

    thanks for sharing this beautiful poem..Godbless

  30. mel April 20, 2007 at 2:16 am

    thanks for the freebie! tooo sweet! much love, mel xxxx

  31. Kacy April 20, 2007 at 8:11 am

    Great idea!
    Also, thanks for the cute freebie :)

  32. AnneMarieZ April 20, 2007 at 9:49 am

    great blog!!! love your style and tips!

  33. Suzanne April 20, 2007 at 11:16 am

    Love your blog and the poem is too sweet! Thanks so much for sharing!

  34. grambie April 20, 2007 at 4:59 pm

    So nice to read your directions with the lovely flowers. It is so nice of you to share with your readers. Thanks for the wonderful download of the fantastic poetry on its single strip. So cute in design. I can’t wait to use this as a block as noted above. So pretty. Again, TFS.

  35. Becky P. April 21, 2007 at 2:00 am

    Neat tutorial – thank you! Thank you for the sweet poem too! :)

  36. Lani G. April 27, 2007 at 3:21 pm

    Love this idea using the chalks…have to try this. I’ve recently worked with silk flowers because flowers sold for scrapbooking are really expensive. I started with 1 hydrangea stem which provided lots and lots of individual flowers and they tend to have some nice color variations. I discovered that you can iron silk flowers for scrapbooks/cards if you require less dimension. Twinkling H20 water color paints on the silk flowers add a bit of sparkle. Thanks for the idea…great poem!

  37. Agring April 28, 2007 at 9:37 am

    I love the poem. Thanks for sharing it.

  38. Amy June 2, 2007 at 7:07 am

    I just started playing with altering silk flowers…

    Here are my directions and images for printing (stamping and inkjet printing) on them. Very cool.


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