Friday, November 18, 2011

How To Make A Paper Poinsettia

Create a Paper Poinsettia for Holiday Craft Projects

I featured this Poinsettia Christmas Card in yesterdays post and today we'll take a closer look at creating the Poinsettia Flower itself.

The individual petals were cropped using the Blossom Petals Builder Punch (Stampin' Up!). Each layer needs eight petals punched from Cherry Cobbler card stock (I used scraps).

After looking at Poinsettia photos, I determined that the LEAF stamps (from the Build a Blossom stamp set) would actually look the most realistic to mimic the veins in the flowers. Go figure.

The petals are now stamped using Cherry Cobbler ink. Don't stress about stamping them "perfectly".

Next we give the petals some shape. I used a large stylus; you could also use the end of a white gel pen. (This Empressor Stylus [Item# 100716] is currently available in the Online Store Clearance Rack - while supplies last.)  A small tipped stylus will not produce the "cupping" technique that is desired for this flower.

You'll need a dense foam type material under the petal as you work. I used the paper-piercing pad from the Mat Pack. Work the stylus in a circular motion in the center of the petal. This will create a slight "cup" in the center of the petal and the ends will begin to rise up.

Continue this technique for each of the 16 flower petals.

Use a scrap of card stock as a base for your petals - I punched a 1-3/8" circle for the larger petals, which works well.  I've drawn lines across the circle to demonstrate the placement of the petals (you don't need to do this).

Glue the petals to the circle in a spiral pattern, with each petal overlapping the one before it. Follow the same procedure for the smaller petals. When finished, you should have two flower layers.  Attach the smaller layer to the larger layer using Stampin' Dimensionals.

Christmas Crafts with Rubber Stamping and Decorative Punches

Add Glass Glitter or Basic Pearls to the center of the flower. Your Poinsettia is now complete and will look beautiful on greeting cards, gift tags, gift bags and more!

Please leave me a comment if you have any questions and I hope you enjoyed this project.

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Today's project featured the following Stampin' Up! products:

Stamps: Fabulous Florets (W-123025, C-123027), Build a Blossom (W-121923, C-121994), Four the Holidays (116921)
Ink: Garden Green (102272), Cherry Cobbler (119669)
Paper: Garden Green (102584), Cherry Cobbler (119685), Whisper White (100730)
Tools: Scallop Trim Border Punch (118402), Blossom Petals Builder Punch (121808), Mat Pack (105826)
Accessories: Jewels-Basic Pearls (119247), Stampin' Dimensionals (104430)


  1. This is a great tutorial, Gayle - thank you. Just perfect for what I was looking to create!

  2. Thanks, Christine! I'm so glad you found it helpful. Happy Creating!

  3. Great idea, lovely card. TFS!

  4. Love the tutorial. Love to find new ways to use product I already have!! What stamp set did you use to add the green foliage?

    1. Glad you enjoyed it, Leanne. The foliage is the Fabulous Florets stamp set. The complete supply list is listed above.


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