Take two 3″ Styrofoam Balls. Cut one in half. Glue or pin each half of the second ball to each side of the first ball so you form an roughly oval shape. Don’t worry if there are gaps in the shape, the flowers will fill them in.
Attach a a long paper candy stick to one end of the oval ball. I use FabriTac glue by Beacon to glue the stick into the Styrofoam. These candy sticks can be found at any craft store that sells candy making supplies. I got these extra long ones at Hobby Lobby. They are about 10″.
To make the flowers I used an EK Success Paper Shapers Retro Flower Medium Punch. They are about 3/4″ wide. I can’t tell you how many I punched but you just keep going until you have covered the whole surface of the Styrofoam Ball. I would say 100+ might do it depending on how close you lay the flowers next to one another.
The paper can be any heavy card stock that has a pearlized finish to it. I used two colors to give it some depth. Using about a 2 to 1 ratio in the color mix. I used light green and cream, but a light pink and cream, or light pink and green and cream would also look AWESOME together. Or look at any photos of the newest Hydrangea hybrids and you will see some fabulous color combos you can duplicate!
I attached each flower with a steel straight pin making sure to overlap the petals on each flower and using my thumb and index finger to curve the petals up slightly so they would tuck in next to each other. Just continue around the oval ball starting at the top until you have filled in all of the surface and there is no Styrofoam showing.
Once that is done, cut out two leaf shapes from Bazzill Dark Green card stock, score a line down the center of each and pin one on each side toward the bottom. I put a slight curl to them by using a small cylinder like a pen or poking tool handle.
Next apply a bling jewel to the center of several of the flowers all the way around the oval. The remaining flower centers apply a Stickles pearlized liquid to. This covers the exposed straight pin heads.
To make the base of the card cut a 4″ x 4 1/2″ piece of heavy patterned card stock that matches the colors in the flower.Score the 4 1/2″ side so I would have two flaps, one 1″ long and one 1 1/2″ long. Run adhesive down the edge of the 1 1/2″ flap and also glue a small line of adhesive along the full edge at the bottom of the piece. Then fold the longer flap over the shorter one and pinch the bottom edge closed to form an envelope.
To make the tag simply pick a shape that is proportional to your base and die cut, or hand cut. Stamp the sentiment. Punch a small hole for the brad of your choice in both the tag and the flower base. Glue some additional flowers around the edge of the tag or embellish as you wish. Attach the tag with the brad to the base and glue a bow or other embellishment of your choice to finish the tag.
Before I insert the “stem” or the flower into the envelope I take a hammer with a flat head and pound the last few inches of the stick flat so it will lay flatter in the envelope. You can chose to glue or not glue the stem into the envelope if you wish. I do because I don’t want them to separate when the recipient handles the card.
Give to someone you REALLY CARE ABOUT, because you will have several hours into the card!