VIDEO: How to Create Realistic Paper Succulents

Apr 12, 2017 | Home Decor | 12 comments

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Welcome to the Families First Pals Blog Hop for April 2017.  We are thankful you stopped by to take in all of our projects! Today, I’ll share how to create realistic paper succulents.

This month we are featuring projects that are all about our families. This is a great time of year to think about what to make for Mother’s Day, Father’s Day, or upcoming graduations. And, family vacations are just around the corner… how would you want to remember those special family moments? We hope to provide you with lots of ideas and that you enjoy our creations.

You may just be starting the Blog Hop or may have come from the previous link from the Line-up on the Pals Blog Hop listing shown below.  The full lineup will help you move along from blog to blog so you may see all the projects.

Going WOW…

I have to admit, I didn’t think I would get the Vertical Garden kit, but I needed a cute project for an event raffle prize, and thought that I could take this one to the next level with a little creativity…

Can you believe this is the same kit that’s in the Occasions Catalog? Honestly, there wasn’t too much effort involved in stepping this project up to a “WOW”. Here’s some key products:

  • Sponge Daubers – to swirl on various colors to the diecuts
  • Versamark Reinker – applied to the succulents to give a rich, waxy look. Also painted on to the roses to apply (retired) Real Red Glitter Embossing Powder.
  • Stampin’ Dimensionals – on each succulent layer to add depth, space, and allow for the layers to curl properly.
  • Bone Folder – to curl the succulent petals the correct way (see the video).
  • Calypso Coral Stampin’ Write Marker – to color the edges of the roses so the white core of the paper doesn’t show.
  • Hot Glue Gun – necessary for the roses, and best to adhere everything to the tray.
  • Reindeer Moss (from the dollar store) – to add more bulk and realism between the flowers.

Check out my video that walks you through the whole stepped-up succulent process…

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Wow! I don’t usually toot my own horn, but I think I crushed it this time! I hope you use my ideas above to help kick-start your creativity for today – and share your results!


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For the Pals Blog Hop, April 2017. Featuring the Vertical Garden Project Kit. For more details and a video, click through to my blog. #pmretreat #stampinup #succulents #paperflowers #papersucculents #handstamped