Cardstock Flowers Inspiration
When I first embarked on this journey to decorate my new office at my actual job, I didn’t really know where I was going to start. Adventures to home decor stores ended up a major disappointment - if I had to see another sign with “live, love, laugh” on it, I would probably have ended up on the evening news. I realized there was nothing out there which was my style or described me.
Like most of my art I create, I had a vision, a plan and then it went out the window. I would watch a ton of YouTube tutorials on creating origami flowers because I wanted to create some kind of 3D sculpture, then I ended up down the YouTube rabbit hole and watched a tutorial on how to make a paper flower - and then I was obsessed.
I decided I didn’t want to use typical bright colors like most crafters were using. If anyone knows me I wear black, grey and white - it’s classic and clean.
After I found the perfect cardstock shades of grey, my focus shifted to layers, shapes and shadows. I wanted it to be abstract, at times oversized but realistic.
I created my own templates using inspiration from actual flowers. Once I had all my templates, I started cutting shapes and designs. All the designs were hand cut using a knife, which took the longest time - as I was limited on the type of craft supplies I had. I used my trusty hot glue gun and started building my flower structures. One flower after another. Building layers upon layers - I created this.
I created unique centerpieces for the flowers which I created using leftover scraps of cardstock. Nothing was wasted.
This piece now has been hanging in my office for 5 years and has been the topic of so many conversations. It’s the first thing others see when they visit me, and their first reaction is “What?! You made that? ! Can I touch it?!” I love how people find out a little more about me when they see this piece, and find out I’m actually a secret crafter.
Feel free to connect with me on my crafting journey @createdbyshalin