I promised you that if I got the photographs sorted out I would post a wee step-by-step guide to how to make the heart flower I previewed in my WOYWW post earlier today. Warning: this is a photograph heavy post.
There's really no secret to the making of the flower. In fact, it was the late Sarah Lawrence's beautiful designs, in last month's (February, 2012) edition of Craft Stamper magazine, that inspired me to attempt to make my own flowers, not using a stamp as Sarah did - all that cutting out is not for me - but by using a heart-shaped punch.
Anyway, with no more delay, here is the step-by-step guide to how the flower was made.
Step 1: Gather together the following materials. Patterned card for heart-shaped petals, patterned paper for daisy centre, small piece of white card for base, circle punch - the one in the photograph is 1¼" in diameter but a 1" diameter would probably do as well - small heart-shape punch; tiny daisy punch, pink ink pad, glue gel, small self-adhesive pearl (or a gem would be a good alternative). Items not shown: bone folder or something similar to shape petals with, embossing mat (a mouse-mat makes a good substitute) and embossing stylus.
Step 2: Punch out a disk from the piece of white card, six heart shapes from the patterned card (pink polka-dotted), and the tiny daisy from the patterned paper.
Step 3: Ink the edges of the heart shapes with the ink pad and leave to dry.
Step 4: When dry shape the hearts, by rounding them inwards, using a bone folder, or similar instrument.
Edited Note: since posting this tutorial it has come to my notice that the lovely Karen of What's This Then has also posted a tutorial on how to make a heart flower. Our methods vary slightly but a heart punch is the tool we both use. Karen's flower is stunning, so please check her tutorial out too.