When crafting, I often use baby wipes to clean up my work area, mop up paint or inky spills and the like. Usually the result is vibrantly colored and it seems a shame to throw them out! Instead, I lay them out to dry and then store in a plastic storage bag.
Recently, I've been collecting a lot of flower tutorial links for my Pinterest board and I felt like actually making a flower and I wanted it to be a recycled one! I dug into my bag of used wipes and picked out a selection of oranges and deep pinks that reminded me of Fall.
Then I cut out six half-moon shapes & clipped them each into rounded flower petals making the length of the petals smaller as I went along. For the center I fringed-trimmed three smaller half-moons.
Once the cutting was done I piled them up, with the largest on the bottom and the smaller fringed pieces o the top. To give it more volume I slightly offset the petals in each layer. To join and form the flower I stitched around the curved part and gently gathered the wipes into a flower shape.
I added spray starch to stiffen the entire flower, concentrating on the center where I wanted the fringed area to stand up, some of the petals were also curled up at different angles to give it dimension. After it was dry, I wanted to make it a bit stiffer so to make it hold its shape even more, I dabbed the edges of the petals in clear embossing ink and then in clear embossing powder. After drying with the Heat-It tool. I noticed that some of the petals had darkened but decided that the effect was a "happy accident".
To finish the flower I spritzed it with Perfect Pearls Sunflower Sparkle.http://pinterest.com/pin/2744449744100339/