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Instructions: View here for a larger project image. The final project size is approx. 13-1/2" in diameter. Prepare the large rosette base pieces. Cut an 8" circle, a 5" circle, and a 3" circle from heavy-weight cardboard to use as the base pieces of the rosette. Cut four 12" x 6" pieces of patterned papers for the largest rosette. Cut four 12" x 4-1/2" strips of patterned paper for the medium-sized rosette. Cut three 12" x 2-1/2" strips of patterned paper for the smallest rosette. Score and accordion-fold all 11 strips at 1/2" intervals. Glue the ends together of the same sized strips to form form three cylinder shapes standing on end. You will have 3 sizes of cylinders.
Apply a strong glue (you can use hot glue if you work quickly) to the 8" cardboard circle. Stand the largest cylinder on end over the cardboard circle, gather the top of the cylinder into a "tee pee" point while you push down onto the cardboard to create the first rosette. Hold this in place until it is set. Apply a strong glue to the 5" cardboard circle. Stand the mid-sized cylinder on end over the cardboard circle and continue forming as per the instructions in Step 6. Apply a strong glue to the 3" cardboard circle. Stand the smallest cylinder on end over the cardboard circle and continue forming as per the instructions in Step 6. Distress the edges of the rosettes with brown ink and highlight with gold stamp paint. Glue the three rosettes together on top of each other.
Prepare botanical pieces. Stamp and die cut sunflowers, leaves, and butterflies from a variety of patterned papers and cardstock. Paint the sunflower petals with stamp paint to create a shimmer on all the flowers. Using flower shaping tools, shape and pinch each of the petals. Layer the shaped petals to create 13 or 14 completed sunflowers. Create centers for the sunflowers by cutting 1/4" and 1/2" strips of brown card stock. Fold each strip in half and roll into a tight cylinder, adding glue to the end to secure the spiral. Adhere a spiral center to each of the sunflowers. Highlight with gold stamp paint. Shape the die cut leaves and butterflies. Distress all edges with brown ink. Choose several of the ladybugs (resulting from die cutting the sunflowers) and indent the bodies to create a rounded shape. Cover with glossy accents.
Prepare branch extensions. Cut three or four 1" strips of light brown cardstock. Spritz the strips lightly with water, fold into quarters lengthwise, then twist tightly to form crinkled branches. Shape as desired. Allow them to air dry or use heat gun to speed up process. Once dry, use a dark brown ink to add shading to each of the branches. Highlight with gold stamp paint.
Prepare banner. Cut the "Enjoy the Beauty of Simple Things" strip from the patterned paper. Cut a second strip of patterned paper the same width in a similar color. Cut a "v" notch on one end of the strip. Distress the edges with brown ink and highlight with stamp paint. Curl the strips to break the fibers to allow for shaping. Assemble the garden by staging your sunflowers across the rosette base. Determine the position of the banner among the sunflowers, then attach it to the base with strong (or hot) glue. Adhere the sunflowers. Add in the leaves and twisted branches. Finish by adding the butterflies and ladybugs.