Apr 24 2014

Spellbinder’s Glorious Dahlia Dies

Published by at 11:00 pm under Dry Embossing,Projects in General,Spellbinders

Good morning sweet blog friends! I can’t believe how quickly the weeks are flying by! Summer will soon be upon us and those Dahlias you’ve planted will be bursting with glorious color. We don’t grow Dahlias here in Tampa, it’s too hot and humid for them. So what’s a girl to do? Well, for me, the next best thing is to play with my Dahlia dies. All kidding aside, I have been playing with my dies and will be showing you a sneak peek at the bottom of this post of two designs that I’ll be blogging next week with flowers I’ve made with the dies.

If you’re like me, you want to get the most bang for your buck and in today’s economy it helps to be creative. I decided to see how many different flowers I could make with my Dahlia dies and found the possibilities are endless. I’m sharing some photos with you to show you what I’ve come up with so far. The flowers above are varying shades of yellow Dahlias. As you can see, there are several sizes. The smallest die makes a perfect little bud. From smallest to largest in the die set, I used the first four dies, the smallest being 1, to make these flowers. The flowers are perfect for scrapbooking, as well as card design, album covers, home decor, etc.

By folding the petals I was able to create a totally different flower. These teal flowers take on a more tropical appearance. Stamens were adhered to the centers of the flowers. I used larger stamens for the larger flowers. Pictured are the dies used for these flowers.

I love the larger cream flowers pictured above, they remind me of wild yellow roses. There are two different small flowers, three have ruffled petals. The smallest flower to the left has smooth, cupped petals. Pictured are the dies I used for the flowers.

These off-white flowers remind me a bit of my mom’s camellias, they’ll be perfect in just about any design. The flower to the far right could also be a gardenia. The flowers to the left and right of the center flower have not been tinted. The center flower was tinted with Antique Linen Distress Ink.

I used Tim Holtz Distress Inks to color all of the flowers, the paper is off white, as shown in the flowers above this picture. These dark pink dahlias are a perfect match for Graphic 45’s Botanicals designer papers. I purchased the stamens in the large flowers at Michael’s. To make the small flower, I cut out three of the petals and adhered the ends together.

The edges of the two larger light pink dahlias are tinted with Squeezed Lemonade, so pretty. The rest of the flowers are edged with Worn Lipstick. Some of the petals in the smaller flowers picked up Peeled Paint Distress Ink from my mat, what a beautiful mistake!

These lavender flowers look like large tea roses. I love the smaller spiked flowers, so adorable! It’ll be interesting to see what I can come up with with these flowers.

And here’s a sneak peek at card number one. I’ll be back next week with the full version. Think lace, flowers, pearls, butterflies, and did I mention flowers?

The full version of sneak peek number two will follow soon after.

I sell Spellbinder’s Dahlia dies in my store, A Touch of Grace – Paper Boutique which are currently on sale.

Thank you so much for stopping by today, I’ll be back early next  week . . . hope to see you then!

Paper Hugs,



41 responses so far

41 Responses to “Spellbinder’s Glorious Dahlia Dies”

  1. Anne Young says:

    Wow!! So many types of flowers and colors as well. I lost count of them already. They are so very nice and real!! Love them all. Can’t wait to see your beautiful cards next week!! You leave me in suspense! But looking forward!!!……..Anne

  2. Chelsea says:

    Love, love, LOVE them all!!!! You have inspired me to get out my Dahlia dies and get busy to see if I can come up with something half as pretty. These flowers are just gorgeous!!! It’s always a treat to see what is going on in your creative world, Jerri.

  3. Kristine Vencel says:

    Absolutely the flower queen! These flowers are so beautiful! Will try to be patient until the unveiling. Thanks so much for sharing your wonderful flowers with us.

  4. Sheila - UK says:

    Hi Jerri,
    WOW! What a wonderful bouquet of stunning flowers…..you always were the Queen of Flowers in my eyes. When you used to blog before I was always drawn to your flowers (oh and the rest of your artistic work too! ) and have never stopped referring to your blog for inspiration. I’m just amazed at how many styles you can get from one set of dies. Youre ‘mums’ were always my fovourite flowers with little twigs of baby’s breath behind them but I think these flowers today have just over taken them. I still have the notelets that I won on a Giveaway you once did in 2011 and will always treasure them.

    Love Sheila xx

  5. Kittie says:

    You were able to create so many variations Jerri. They are all gorgeous. I think I have this die set. I have to go dig it out. Can’t wait to see your projects next week. Have a great weekend.

  6. dottie says:

    What a treat to see what you can do with one set of dies! Oh my goodness, now I am impressed, very impressed. These are gorgeous and the little bunch of flowers that picked up the green, well, I think I would try to recreate that mistake. They take on a freshness that tops the “real” look charts. I also love the white gardenia; I can almost smell these flowers. Hummmm…..

  7. These are gorgeous and thank you so much for all the ideas, I have those dies and will be trying to re-create some of these.

  8. Trish Verner says:

    Hi Jerri,
    These flowers are incredible, so realistic looking. How did you get the lines/ texture on each petal? Now I’m so looking forward to seeing the completed cards.
    I absolutely love seeing your projects and are such an inspiration. TFS
    Trish xx

  9. Your flowers are amazing, so realistic. I can’t wait to see the whole project.

  10. Donna Ellis says:

    They are amazing, of course, dear Jerri, but then you know that. Like you, I miss the dahlias from up north! But I must say, these fantasy Dahlias are gorgeous! I’m eager to see your tutorials. Thank you for showing them with the different colors and mediums! (very pretty!) hugs, de

  11. sarah says:

    your flowers are stunning!!!!!

    Can i ask what paper or cardstock you use to make them?

    Thank you xxxx

  12. Charlene Dahlberg says:

    These flowers are GORGEOUS — love every one! The colors are so subtle and perfect for each different flower. Are you going to do a tutorial on any of these beauties as I would love to see the steps you used to get the smaller flowers and how you got the petals so realistic? Is it the paper you used that has just the right texture? They are simply amazing!! Can’t wait to see more !! Thanks so much for sharing these wonders !!

  13. Dolly says:

    SO GORGEOUS =as always…. but flowers are my weakness, and these are AMAZING!!

  14. Gloria Westerman says:

    Oh I love…love..your flowers…I wish you would do a video on how you made these…what paper do you used…tfs

  15. Mitzi Luttrull says:

    Just beautiful as always! I notice quite a few of your followers have asked about the paper you use and how you get that “crinkled” look in your flowers. Will you do a tutorial on your technique? I know if I tried to make these flowers they would not look like yours. Thanks for any tips.

  16. Barbara R. says:

    Those flowers are beautiful, and I already have those dies and I don’t think I have ever used them. Now I have a reason to. Question – are you using paper or cardstock for these flowers?
    They are gorgeous and will look wonderful on anything you use them for. Thanks so much for sharing.

  17. Cecilia Reyes says:

    Wow!!! All the flowers are gorgeous. I love the texture on each petal and how realistic they are. You did magic with so many different colors from some off white paper…

  18. BJ Searcy says:

    Love, love the flowers, there is no flower that is my favorite, they all my favorite, and are just beautiful. Did you use dp or cardstock? I am a flower making junkie and would really like a technique video, please. Thanks for sharing.

  19. GingerNY says:

    As always BEAUTIFUL! I had to have these dies. Went through the whole check out thing when
    I just had a thought to check my own inventory. I have them already!!! Now to make use of them. I have been following you for quite a while and have made a few flowers that came out so realistic. Will be working of these soon. Thank you for your inspiration. You are a treasure.

  20. CherylQuilts says:

    Well, Jerri, these are stunning! Each one is beautiful, and living in South Florida, I miss these too after being from NJ years ago. I agree with a few above – would love to have you do a video tutorial! Your work is exquisite! Hugs!

  21. Maria C. Pelaez says:

    I love flowers and this are so beautiful !!! estan preciosas cada una en su color y textura me encantan las flores , Jerri usted tiene enormes talentos ,me encanta como creo cada petalo de las flores muchas gracias,besos Maria!! 😉

  22. Pat Gibson says:

    Jerri I am not sure I have ever actually commented on your work – I have always been in awe for many years, but reserve my comments to very, very few people (I only make a comment when I have been completely and totally amazed at someone’s talent!) This comment is for you – you have a very special talent and we are so lucky that you share your creativeness. Your work is stunning. absolutely stunning!

  23. Jan Castle says:

    Thrilling to see all the different looks that you created with the Dahlia Die Jerri….GORGEOUS!

  24. These just make my eyes bug out and my chin drop to the floor. Sooooo amazingly beautiful!

  25. Gloria Westerman says:

    Ok Jerri I just order these dies…can’t wait for your tutorial….thanks…

  26. Debbie Dunham says:

    I really need to take out my dies again and experiment more! Your flowers are amazing!

  27. Cec says:

    You have made so many gorgeous flowers from one set of dies and every one is as pretty as the next. I would love to know what you have made them from and if you have a tutorial (or plans to make one). I love it when I get an email showing that you have posted again because I know I am in for a treat.

  28. Peggy Allen says:

    Jerri, these flowers are gorgeous. They look so realistic. Do you do any You tube videos? I would love to see a video on how you make the flowers, type of paper you use, tools, etc.
    God bless,

  29. Cathy says:

    Jerri, the flowers are stunning. My favorites, believe it or not, are the white ones! They look more like old-fashoned roses than dahlias! (And roses are my favorites….) I an smell them from here!

  30. Leanne says:

    Whatever you touch it always turns to gold Jerri. Each flower is more beautiful than the next. Love each of them. You are creative to be able to make so many out of one type of die.

  31. Ellen says:

    Jerri, The flowers are so elegant. You weren’t kidding in your email that you have been busy making flowers. Can’t wait to see your use of these flowers.

  32. Paula Gale says:

    Hi Jerri

    I’ve been thrilled at looking at the flowers you make for a couple of years now – ever since I discovered your blog… and i’m still in awe as I was the first time I saw them!! I’m always taken aback at how you can make your flowers look every bit as realistic using paper and dies – that’s got to be magic yeh?!! I know you’ve mentioned you wet the paper/card before you shape them – do you still shape while wet – or do you shape once dry, or part dried (still damp?)… Also adore the colours you are able to create here too – making each one look different – WOW, just WOW!!!!

    I see that you’ve been asked and asked again for more details on your flower making – so I won’t ask too… OK then – I just gotta ask, how and how and what next?

    Hopefully due to the pressure from us all, you’ll throw together (like it’s that easy?), a tutorial on how to crinckle your petals (as it were), and which paperstock you use, and the weight of it etc – when and if you do you know I’ll be straight back here – right? We need to play the Jerri way!!!

    I doubt we can do it in quite your league – I showed my husband when I opened the post and studied the pictures – just excited to share with him that I think you’re the best at this game!!!

    Can’t wait to see your full reveal of your cards in the coming days too…. even the corners look stunning !!! lol…

    all the best,

    Paula x x x

  33. Twila Young says:

    Beautiful!! I think I need to take an afternoon to play with my die sets.

  34. LindaMar says:

    I love to try and use my supplies as many different ways as possible. I was so inspired by your flower making that you did some time ago, that I bought so many flower dies- and I use them with my embossing tools. You have a talent for photographing your creations, as well! Can’t wait to see your card!

  35. Carol Southern says:

    Oh my, these are all very beautiful flowers with such a different look and all from the same die.
    You amaze me with your work.

  36. Chelsea Le says:

    Wow! These flowers are gorgeous Jerri! I love making my own flowers too, and I would like to give this a try … oh the possibilities! The colors are so sweet, love them.

  37. Jerri….most beautiful paper flowers ever! And such variety! You are a marvel!

  38. Oh my these are just absolutely Gorgeous, you would never know they were paper flowers, such beautiful texture you give to them, just amazing!! I think you mentioned in another post that you don’t use cardstock that you use a more lightweight paper?

  39. I actually have these dies but can’t imagine getting my attempts to look like this. These are just exquisite Jerri. sigh……I’m in flower heaven here. 🙂

  40. Oh, no you didn’t! You made those gorgeous flowers from such simple looking dies? See what I mean… amazing!

  41. MariLynn says:

    These flowers are awesome.

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