While you’re waiting for your garden to spring back into life, why not create your own vibrant flowers in paper? Using simple free flower templates for pansies and accompanying shapes, these glorious florals are just the thing to bring a burst of cheerful springtime colour into your home even if it’s still cold and wintry outside. These pansies can be used in any number of colourful combinations to match your favourite papers. Fill a kraft flower pot card with a pretty pansy display or create a fun seed box gift for a friend – there are so many options! With some clever inking and careful paper rolling, you can bring these blooms to life with ease.
We are using craft ink pads and daubers to colour our petals, but if you don’t have these, you can use chalks, pens or even crayons or colouring pens and pencils instead.
Use the templates to make the petal shapes on watercolour paper. Dampen the paper using a small brush, then dab with ink and blend out. Layer on the ink to build up colour. Allow to dry.
Once dry, roll each of the petals from each side using a kebab stick to soften the edges. Then place the kebab stick in the centre of the petal and roll the edges up.
Cut a small round of paper and carefully glue first the single petals to this paper, then the double-sided petal, then the heart-shaped petal, as shown. Complete with a gem or pearl.
To make the accompanying card shown in the photo, trim patterned paper to fit your card blank, and mount on white card. Machine-sew a stitch line around the papers, with a zig-zag stitch across the middle panel. Secure to the card blank.
Die-cut two white circles and a scalloped circle. Stamp the sentiment on the smallest circle in black ink. Use a Distress Spritzer to make ink patterns on the scalloped circle card, or add colour by hand.
Add some foliage to your card. We’ve die-cut the leaf and fern shapes, and punched the smaller leaves, but you can hand-cut using real leaves as templates, or even add real foliage to your card. Use small sponges to dab with the green inks. Vary the colours and tones, then finish with a damp paintbrush for a softer finish.
Mount the circle topper to the centre of the card. Arrange the flowers and foliage on the card front. Punch some simple flowers in white card and dot among the pansies. Finish with ribbon.
Use our free flower templates for a flowerpot card
Cut a base in kraft card with the template, and fold. Distress the edges with dark yellow and yellow ink. Add baker’s twine around the pot, and add a printed sentiment.
Using the templates, cut the pansies from watercolour card. Ink the centres of all but three with yellow ink, and allow to dry. Finish the edges in purple ink.
Finish the last three flowers with yellow and darker yellow ink. Allow to dry between layers. Roll all the petals’ edges over a kebab stick and shape to form flowers.
Die-cut five sets of the leaves from the same watercolour card. Dab the leaves’ edges with layers of shades of green ink. Dry between layers.
Cut small pieces of card as bases for the flowers, and glue the petals to these in order (as in step 2 in the photo tutorial above). Finish with pearls and arrange with the leaves on the card.
Use our free flower templates in a vase card
This 3D vase card is packed with hand-rolled and inked pansy flowers, leaves and foliage. The simple design sets off the intricate flowers, finished with pom-poms.
These beautiful wedding makes use a similar technique to make stunning paper roses. Expand your skills to make an entire paper flower bouquet! Click to find the Make DIY wedding cards and decorations tutorial.