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Pretty Vintage Paper Flowers

I've been cleaning out, organizing, etc., and had a thought when I came across 2 boxes full of vintage cards, books, etc. ...  BUT DON'T PANIC .. I didn't actually PUNCH the vintage items... see below for my solution :)

I made these beautiful paper flowers!!

Pretty paper flowers vintage

SUPPLIES shown below: Extra Large Fancy Flower Punch (Stampin' Up! Occasions Mini Catalog, item 118073, pg 10), Pink Corduroy Buttons (Mini catalog, item 117681, pg 13), sponge daubers and ink, paper piercer and mat

Step 1: punch out 5 layers - either from old books and cards, or from reproductions (see below). Crumple each layer in your hand, flatten, then sponge ink around edges (I used Rose Red).

Paper flower pieces 

 Step 2: pile up the 5 layers on the paper piercing mat and poke a hole thru all the layers with the paper piercing tool (add punched out circles if desired):
Paper flower layers 

Step 3: place a button thru the center hole to secure all layers:

Paper flower layers flat

Step 4:  start with the layer closest to the button, scrunch it up between your fingers

Paper flower scrunch 1

Step 5: repeat with all layers until your flower looks like this (I know.. pretty sad lookin'):

Paper flowers scrunch 2

Step  6: open up all layers.. flattening them a bit, but leaving it somewhat 3-D

Pretty paper flowers vintage

Aren't they pretty!!??  I just loved them! Next project is to add them to a card or other project... but.. that's next on the list.

OK>> SO >> my solution to NOT actually punch out vintage cards and books.... I xeroxed pages from old books and xeroxed old cards and punched out those! :)




Do you have the new fabulous Fancy Flower Punch?? If not.. you need it ! :)

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Thanks! My Fancy Flower Punch comes next Tuesday and I've been thinking of making something like that with this! Thanks so much! Tell me, does it work with DSP too (I think cardstock would be too heavy...) Thanks again!

Lisa Brown

Love this, Patty! Great idea!

Mary Lloyd

Great idea Patty. I have the punch and am going to try this today. Thanks for all the cool stuff you do and show. LOVE IT! Mary /N.C.


This flower is certainly a WOW...thanks for sharing. This punch will have to go on my "want" list.

Janet Higerd

What a great idea - I have some vintage items as well, so I may have to give it a try. My sister & I also go to a website that has vintage images -



Gorgeous! I love all the layered flowers that are popping up everywhere! That new punch looks wonderful!
You always post the best ideas.
Hugs and smiles


Beautiful, Patty! As always! I wanted to ask what weight of paper you xeroxed onto? Heavy text? Anything particular? ;) TFS!

Tammy Jackson

Gorgeous!!! And very resourceful.
Awesome job. Thanks for showing.


these are so nice; a fantastic job done with older books & sharing them with us; thanks so much!

Corinne (aka Roxy)

This might have already been said but...THESE ARE GORGEOUS !!! hehehehe

Love ya!

Rose Kery

Love your flowers and thanks for the copying tip of the vintage cards and books, great idea!


I think it was just yesterday that I said that I really don't like shabby chic and wouldn't wear a flower pin. I lied, well maybe you just changed my mind, but wow, I love your flowers and yes I need that punch now.
Warm up the copier, cuz here I come!

Pattie Sykes

Love these! I'm attracted to anything Vintage. Whatever happened with your linens?


Carol Hibbert

Patty what a great idea! Thanks for the awesome tip. You could probably even copy some of your favorite vintage tablecloths etc. I'm going to give it a try today!!!!!


Thank you for your great ideas and examples!


Really pretty color combos and papers. Very sweet for any occasion.


Wanda G

Great instructions on this - I'm gonna have to try it! They are even cuter in person!

Alexandra Hobson

These are so cute Patty, I made them today!!! I have been playing around with this punch, but never went to quite so many layers and it looks fabulous!!! Thanks again for the inspiration - you ROCK!! I am going to post it on my blog for tomorrow and will of course credit you :-)


Nola Burkhard

Well now you've done it--I did not think I needed this punch--I hvae so many of our punches--but after seeing these GREAT flowers and what you can do with them--yup, you guessed--it went in for me on my club order. Can't wait to get mine and play with it.

Also, thanks for the response to my e-mail. big Hugs, nola

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