Monday, February 17, 2014

Spiral Flower Basket

When the Occasions Catalog first came out, I didn't see why anyone would want the Spiral Flower die.  A flower that big wouldn't really work on a card, would it?  I've since seen some beautiful cards made with this, but what finally convinced me that I should have this die was thinking of all the 3D projects I could make with it. 

This is a fun project that showcases the Spiral Flower die.  It's just a basket of roses, perfect as a gift or home decor.   Maybe if I had been thinking about it a little sooner, it would have been great for Valentine's Day.  Hey, there's always next year!  Here's a better shot of the tops of the roses:

Tips & Tricks

  • To add some color to the white roses, I filled an Aquapainter with water and a few drops of Rose Red Ink Refill, then just brushed the edges with it.  It added the color I wanted, although in kind of a sloppy way.  I think that the next time I try this, I'll just sponge the edges, like I did with the leaves.
  • To make the basket, I cut out two pieces of Smokey Slate using the Mini Milk Carton Die and my Big Shot.  I then ran it through again using the Fancy Fan embossing folder to give it some texture.  It's much more interesting than just leaving it plain, although the card stock becomes a little flimsy because of it.  The Midnight Muse bow adds a pop of color and interest, but also gives it some strength.
  • Check out the video below to see how to use the Spiral Flower Die!


Ink:  Rose Red, Pear Pizzazz
Paper:  Smokey Slate, Rose Red, Naturals White, and Pear Pizzazz
Accessories:  Big Shot, Fancy Fan Embossing Folder, Spiral Flower Die, Mini Milk Carton Die, Midnight Muse Stitched Satin Ribbon, Aquapainter, Blossom Petals Punch (retired), Sponge

I'm linking up over at Hand Stamped Sentiments.  I added an extra color, since the leaves were sort of important. :)  But the rest of them match!


  1. Your flower basket is STUNNING! I love paper flowers, and yours are just perfect. I agree, these flowers are more suitable for 3D (I've tried on cards!) but either way, they're so pretty!!! Thanks for joining us at HSS! ~ Erika

  2. This is beautiful! Such a fun way to use that die on something other than a card! I love the Midnight Muse ribbon around the box. Thanks for playing along with us at HSS!

  3. Beautiful!!! Love your flowers!!! Great use of the milk carton die!!! Ribbon is the perfect accent!!! Thanks for playing along with HSS, Diane

  4. This is Fabulous! You really rocked this color combination. So creative. I know I would love to get this as a gift. Thanks for playing with us this week at HSS!

  5. I just LOVE your project! I wanted to let you know that I’ve chosen your creation as one of my Weekly Picks and linked back to your blog! Thanks so much for sharing your talent. Kathy at