Sunday, January 6, 2013

Owl Punch Art - Tulips

It amazes me what people make, and this is very clever.  The owl punch is by far our most versatile punch and these cards remind me of how much I not only love tulips, but making them is very simple and rewarding.  There are a couple of ways to make the tulips - some very basic methods, to a method or two that is a little more complex.....

This is as basic as it gets, but on a background of layers, the simple owl with the feet cut off and a small amount of sponging, looks great !

Perfect Plum, Daffodil Delight, Wild Wasabi and Bashful Blue are the colours used in this layout.
For the next look, punch out the owl and trim off the legs, then with your scallop border punch, scallop circle or scallop square punch, trim off the top of the owl's ears. Thanks to Addicted to stamping  for this idea. Add a little dimension by sponging the tulips and ....

Lucky Limade is the backing card with a strip of Daffodil Delight and Perfect Plum DSP.  Bashful Blue DSP is cut with the top note die and the tulips were punched in Perfect Plum and Daffodil Delight.

Closer so you can see the layering...
If you choose to use 2 owls to make a tulip, this is what you can achieve.  Two more petals are achieved by cutting one of the owls (with his feet cut off) in half and fanning it on the back of the body (so the ears are showing out) of the tulip/owl.  Add a bit of veination with a SU Marker, sponge a little and there you have it ... wow.  The leaves are hand cut simply by folding a scrap in half and cutting them to shape. 
Rich razzleberry base card, with whisper white embossed with Framed Tulips (121809).  The tulips are punched form rich razzleberry and the leaves are cut from wild wasabi

Then you can take it to the next step and depending if you have the old small oval punch that is now retired or a good eye and hand for cutting, you can achieve this by watching this video by Jackie Topia... or by watching the amazing paper flower expert Valita Designs and Fresh Folds.   It is the sponging that makes the flowers what they are.

The base card is pink pirouette, the topnote is cut from bashful blue DSP and the tulips are punched out of blushing bride and sponged with melon mambo.  The leaves are cut from wild wasabi.

And a littler closer to see the layers of the tulips and card...
Valita is an amazing flower crafter and she has an amazing site of flower making. Click on the following link Valita You-tube to view Valita demonstrating how to make not only the tulip owl, but how to make the most stunning paper flower cards you will ever see.  Make sure you have several hours as you will be entranced by her amazing talent...enjoy

There are many more variations on making a tulip, google it and you will be spoiled with lots of beautiful images.  I hope this inspires you to dust off the owl punch and start creating or give me a call and I can order one in for you.  Happy creating...


  1. Your cards are gorgeous! I love the colours, pattern and different textures :)

    1. Thank you so much for your kind words Mel :-) they are much appreciated, I hope you enjoy more of what I have to show on this blog.