Tutorial :: SRM Stickers :: "The Flower"

Hi everyone! I've had some requests to show you how to create the flower that was on a SRM Stickers card I made, published in the August 2010 issue of Scrapbook Trends Magazine (from this post). You asked, and today her it is! So get some scraps and let's get ready to play!!
What you are going to need:
Scrap patterned paper, cardstock
2" Round Scallop Punch (or dies)
Distress Ink
1 large Fabric Brad
Hole punch
Adhesive - a good dry one or glue pen
This tutorial demonstrates how to create a 31/2" flower. For a smaller flower, simply scale down the size of your original circle template.
Cut a piece of scrap cardstock into approximately a 3" circle. Set aside.
Take 4 largish pieces of scrap (coordinating) patterned paper, and 1 color of scrap cardstock. I used kraft for this part. Make sure you have enough of each piece of paper to create about a dozen or so scallop circles.

Punch out all your circles.
Take your scissors and trim your scallop circles in half.
They should all look about like this.
Ink the edges of all your scallop circles with distress ink. I used Ranger's Antique Linen.
Separate and pile all your pieces so they are easy to find.

Taking your original circle you cut out, apply your adhesive just around the outside perimeter of the circle.
Randomly apply your half circles around the perimeter.
Apply another coat of adhesive on the bottom edge of the first layer as well as on the circle template.
This is where your design eye really needs to kick in. You are going to start layering, the next layer like bricks - so the center of each circle meets at the seam of two adjoining circlesfrom the layer below. Like the last layer you want to make this random, but you also want to make sure that you are balancing the pattern/colors with the previous layer. If you do this too much as a pattern it may not look as natural.
Continue to apply the next layer of half circles.
Repeat the same process. . . .
until you meet the center. Use a whole or two half circles of the cardstock to create the center circle. 
Take your finger and gently pull up on each petal of your flower. This will give it dimension and it won't lay so flat on your layout/card. Do this to nearly every petal. Set this part of your flower aside.
Now we are going to create the center rosette. Take a full circle of scallop punched cardstock and distress ink the edges. 
Use your scissors to create a swirl from the outside edge to the interior, where you will leave a small circle uncut, as in the photo shown above.
When it is all cut it will look something like this.
Starting from the outside edge roll the swirl toward the center of the swirl.
When you get to the center it will look something like this. So now, get your brad. 
Apply it through the center of your rosette, keeping the attachement open for now.
Go back to your large flower, and using your hole punch, create a center hole that the brad can fit through.

Apply your brad/rosette. And now you are finished!! Easy as that. Now it's ready to be applied to any card or layout you wish!
Here's the card that I did. I used Cosmo Cricket's Togetherness and SRM Sticker's 
Well that does it today! I have several things that I have in the que just waiting to show you, but I am in waiting mode. Soon, soon, I promise! Until then have a wonderful day and thank you so much for stopping by!!