Saturday, 26 March 2016

3D Pink Tipped Daisy Wall Art

I love daisies. I have no idea why, but they are just so cute! I wanted to make a daisy with petals that were pink at the tip, but the Silhouette software just has a linear gradient, not a radial gradient. I worked out that by using one of the free files you get when you buy the machine, you could take one petal, give it a linear gradient, then replicate it around the flower centre. I used the file shown below, called "flower"! Of course, if you don't want to learn the shading technique you could easily make white petalled daisies and hand colour them with markers. I make small ones for cards usually, but today I decided to make a daisy as large as I could from A4 card.

Please note that peeling vinyl off the wall in the future, may remove some paint, depending on the wall finish, so if this is an issue, I suggest sticking this art onto a canvas, then hanging it.

There are oodles of excellent video tutorials on Vimeo and YouTube for beginners, so I have made a video (see below) for those of you that know the basics of where the various tools are around the work area, but want to stretch yourselves a bit more. I don't believe in wasting your precious crafting time, so the video may seem a little fast paced compared to many out there, but just remember you can hit the "pause" button and take notes as I go along. It is my very first video for Silhouette so I hope it makes sense for you!

Card stock
Silhouette matte vinyl in two colours for leaves and vase
Yellow glitter card for the centre
A canvas frame if you do not want to stick this directly to your walls

Double click the flower library item to get it onto your work area within the software. If you want the petals to be shaded at the tips, watch my video now.

I used 4 pieces of A4 card stock and made one daisy per sheet as large as I could within the registration marks, which must be "on" to allow the print and cut to work. They measured 18cm across. Cut four flowers in all. Take two flowers and place them on top of one another, so that the top flower petals lie over the spaces between the petals of the flower below. Stick them together in the middle, and if wanted, cut a circle in yellow glitter card for the flower centre. Glue that in place. Once fixed, hold the centre with one hand and push forward the flower petals. It helps to do this at the edge of a table.
Roll the edges back of each individual petal. The Silhouette Pick-me-up tool is perfect for this. Sorry about the wrinkled hand. I don't know where that came from!

Using file #32594 Make two stems and some leaves on an A4 page. Put the settings to cut Silhouette vinyl, adjust the cutting knife in your machine, pop some vinyl on the cutting mat and feed into the Cameo. Cut the greenery.Weed the unwanted vinyl from the mat and then one by one, peel off the pieces you want and place them on your wall. The pieces are easy to handle without transfer paper. They look lovely just like that, but the other options are to
  • Put a real vase in front of them for a bit of fun. No watering required.
  • Or cut and decorate a vinyl vase for them using a Silhouette file such as #58448. See the photo at the top of this post.

I would love to see what you do with this. Will you go large or small?

  • Silhouette Portrait or Cameo
  • Cutting mat
  • Printer
  • A Silhouette Pick-me-up tool 
These are all available from GraphtecGB.

  • For the vase: Silhouette file #58448 Flower pot and vase by Lisa Norris
  • Vase decoration: Silhouette file # 121625 Spring Flower by Dresden Carrie 
  • The free Library flower file shown above
  • For the stem and leaves: Silhouette file #32594 Flower pot by Patty Young Designs


  1. Thank you, love the design and a great tutorial, I shall have a go at this later today

  2. I have followed your tutorial but I don't understand how you move the 'point of rotation' to the right, mine remains at the bottom no matter what I do. I don't have a point in the middle as your tut shows. because of this I can't do the replicated petals. Can you offer any advice please, Ive watched your tut over and over and am still baffled. Thanks.

  3. Hi Linda. If you don't see the point of rotation, you need to go to bottom right of your Silhouette screen and click on the cog shape which opens the Preference panel.then on the right hand side of your screen click on Defaults, and tick Show centre of rotation. Now the tutorial should be possible for you. Sorry I did not anticipate that, and sorry for my delay in replying.mlet me know how you get on!

    1. Many Thanks Hilary, I shall go and see if I can find that pesky point, I will get back to you, I just love your daisy tut. x

    2. I've done as you instructed, but the point of rotation is still at the bottom of the petal with no center showing. Is it because I only have the basic silhouette studio edition and not the designer edition?

    3. You do have to have the designer edition, never mind, thanks anyway for your help.

    4. You do need the designer edition for the center rotation point to be visible.

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    6. You are absolutely right Linda. Sorry about that, but you can still make the Daisy. You will simply have to rotate it in place and drag the petals manually, making them overlap slightly in the middle.

    7. Thank you Hilary, that's what I'll do.