Kraft Paper Flower Corsage with Karen Ellis - Gel Press

Kraft Paper Flower Corsage with Karen Ellis


Hi, everyone. Karen Ellis here.

I’ve been having a great time at various scrapbook expos in the US and Canada showing people how to make these fabulous kraft paper flower corsages with the 5×7 Gel Press Printing Plate. I thought I would also share them here with you!


Supplies Used

  • Gel Press 5×7 Printing Plate
  • Brayer
  • Dina Wakely Media Heavy Body Paint – Turquoise, Lapis, Sterling & Tangerine
  • Jet Black Archival Ink – Ranger Ink
  • 4 – 6×8 sheets of lightweight Kraft Paper or cut up paper lunch bags
  • Stencil – The Crafters Workshop
  • Rubber Stamps – Momenta
  • Metal Alloy Brad – Emerald Creek
  • Chipboard – Southern Ridge Trading
  • Pinback (Adhesive backed)

To start, were going to make four printed sheets of kraft paper using the 5×7 Gel Press Printing Plate.

kraft paper and brayer

  • Brayer your paints across the printing plate
  • Place the stencil on top of the wet paint
  • And then press your first piece of kraft paper into the plate to take your first print

Remove the stencil, and take a ghost print. Add more paint to your plate and place the stencil used with your first print wet paint side up on the plate, and then take your final 2 prints. Any wet paint on your stencil will add an extra impression to your prints! Love that!

Kraft Paper Flower Corsage with Karen Ellis

Randomly stamp your 4 prints using the Archival Ink to add some extra interest.

 Kraft Paper Flower Corsage with Karen Ellis

Cut 6-8 wonky floral shapes from the monoprints you created. The cut outs should be varying sizes ranging between 1 1/2″ wide and 4″ wide. Once cut, arrange them in ascending size and secure together by poking the brad through the middle of the flowers. It’s easier to do this one flower shape at a time.

Cut pieces

Using the brad as a mold…

Kraft Paper Flower Corsage with Karen Ellis

Bunch and form the kraft paper one at a time around the brad to create a flower bud.

By pressing down on the gathered paper, you’ll add extra crinkles which will make the flower look more full and natural when finished.

Once all the papers are bunched into the bud form, start opening it to shape your flower (making sure not to flatten it as you go). It’s fun to find that jewel in the center!

assembling the corsage

Attach the chipboard leaves between the two largest petal layers using strong tape or glue and then attach the pinback the back of your flower to wear.

These two lovely ladies were the first to make these flower corsages at the Stamp and Scrap Expo in Grapevine, TX. They’re so much fun to wear!

women with corsages

You can create one of these corsages with Gel Press, too!

kraft paper corsage

Karen Ellis - Contributing Artist for Gel Press