Tuesday, February 15, 2011

My Little Shoebox Mini Alpha Flower Tutorial...

Greetings! Hope you all are having an incredibly creative day!!! For the past few weeks I have been in the creative-crunch-down mode, playing with all the bright new lines from My Little Shoebox and having an absolute ball!!! MLS has a special place in my heart because of the mini alphas that come in so many different colors... it's like candy without the calories!

To be honest I have my fair share of these little letters and one afternoon I was just playing around and using a variety of techniques from different classes I have taken over the past year, this little flower was born. I had fun just playing with my paper and my glue and thought it would be fun to make these as a gift for the girls going to CHA. Unexpectedly, the flowers were such a hit that a tutorial was requested!


1 full sheet of My Little Shoebox Mini Alphas {Red Lipstick}

6x6 inch square of Claudine Hellmuth's Sticky Back Canvas

Multi-Medium or Glossy Accents

Tattered Angels Glam {Rockin' on Sunshine}

Tattered Angels Glimmer Mist {Candy Apple Red & Cherb Pink}

Large 3D Glue Dots



Non-Stick Craft Mat


1. Take your Sticky Back Canvas and Glimmer Mist it two different colors, set aside to dry.

2. Take the sheet of Mini Alphas and put them on your non-stick craft sheet letter side down. Chose a corner and start to peel back the entire back sheet, leaving the precut minis on the craft sheet.

It is best to go slow and if you run into trouble just backtrack your steps and then try going forward again.

3. Once you have the Mini Alphas face down on the craft sheet take your 6x6 newly colored Sticky Back Canvas and peel off the protected side. Place the sticky side onto the Mini Alphas, there will be some extra canvas on the sides that will need to be trimmed. Draw a spiral onto the Glimmer Misted side of the canvas.

4. Place the Mini Alphas letter side up and apply a nice layer of Multi-Medium or Glossy Accents, making sure to cover each and every letter.

Set aside to dry or use your heat tool to speed up the process.

5. Once the Mini Alphas are dry, using your scissors start cutting along the spiral leaving the center the size of a coin.

Place the newly cut spiral Mini Alpha side up and roll the canvas.

If you would like to add a little dimension, use your tiny attacher to hold a little pleat or two or three.

6. When you get the flower the way you like, place a 3D glue dot on the very bottom and then press the flower down to secure.

7. Using the Glam, apply the glitter to the tips of the flower and allow to dry.


You can turn this flower into a ring, a broach, add it to a headband... you can do whatever you'd like with it!

PS. This could not have been possible without the brilliant creation of the Sticky Back Canvas! I was honored to have the one and only creator Claudine Hellmuth wear one of the rings during her demos at CHA! Thank you to Shelly and Pattie for helping to make it possible!
Now it is time to have fun and let your creativity run wild!!!

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