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Fabulous Flowers and Terrific Templates

My name is Kate and Jill has graciously asked me to share with you my technique for using her CU templates to make fabulous flowers.  Jill asked me to be sure to let you know about the freebie cluster at the end of this tutorial.  I’m a newbie to the world of digital scrapbooking. I don’t have any formal training in design or art. So if I can make lovely elements anyone can do the same thing. What makes it possible are the commercial templates that Jill designs. They are so easy to work with that great results are a given.  I’m hooked on making flowers!  For this tutorial I’m using Jill’s Templates-Flowers 1 available in her CU Store  at the Digital Scrapbooking Studio.  I’m using Photoshop CS6, template flower 3 and papers from Jill’s King’s Bounty collection, available in her PU Store at theStudio.

Second blurb…end of the post you’ll find a free download, with thanks to Jill; a lovely cluster that includes our flower and elements from King’s Bounty.  Okay, on to the fun stuff!

1. Click on the “eye” and hide all but the bottom most template layer,

Layer 1

then duplicate that bottom layer.

Layer 1a

2.  Keeping the bottom layer active and hiding the duplicate layer, place your paper between the two layers. I generally reduce the pixel size of the paper because I like the surface designs better when they are smaller in relation to the template.  The flower template is about 1100 pixels sq so I reduce the paper from 3600 to 1100 pixels, then place it above the bottom layer.

  Layer 1a

Next, clip the paper to the  bottom flower layer and merge down.  

. Layer 1c

3.  I make the duplicate layer active and play with different blend modes until I find one I like.  In this case I went with the overlay blend.  But try the other blends until you find one you like. Then merge  duplicate Layer 1 down.

 The first layer is done!

Layer 1e

4.  For the rest of the layers repeat Steps 1 to 3.  I prefer to start on the bottom layer because I can see what the flower looks like earlier in the process and it’s easier to change the paper if I don’t like it.   

Layer 1g First two layers done.

Here’s the finished flower.

jilbert_templates_flowers1-4_Kings Bounty2

The options for combining colors and prints are limited only by your imagination.  Instead of “stitching” on a button try “tying” the button with a ribbon or string.  Try out other elements for the center besides buttons-jewelry, flowers, coins,etc.  You can add transparent layers that look like tulle or  insert cord loops.  You could make an entire flower out of lace!

I hope you’ve found this post useful and it’s inspired you to make some of your own unique flowers.  I’d love for you to let me know how you create with templates and don’t forget to show me your fabulous flowers!

If you have any problems downloading  please let me know.

Click on the thumbnail below to get your freebie.

King's Bounty Cluster Blog Freebie



  1. Kate, great job on the tutorial and thanks for the freebie!

    • Thank you Jules! I’m so pleased you liked it. I’d love to see how you use the cluster. 😉

  2. Super directions for using these templates! Thanks for the cluster, too!

    • Hi Dona, Thank you so much for taking a moment to look at my tutorial! I’m glad the steps were clear and easy to follow-I was concerned about that. I hope you enjoy using the cluster and when your layout is done, I’d really enjoy seeing it!

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