Clarity’s Blog Tutorial: How to Create 3D Flowers with Groovi: Part 2

Hello hello! Grace here

I hope this finds you happy & healthy! Happy Sunday evening 🙂

As many of you know… we spend our Sunday’s together, doing step by step tutorials on all things Groovi! You can find all Sunday blogs by clicking ‘Bloggy Tutorials‘ under the blog title. That tag keeps them all in one place!

Our talented friend Glynis Whitehead is back in the virtual building! She has built onto her last blog, using the flowers she made…

I’ll hand you over to Glynis 🙂


Spring Bouquet A5 Square (GRO-FL-40579-03)
Tina’s 3D Butterflies and Flowers A4 Square (GRO-FL-40553-15
Josie’s Happy Birthday Ribbon Lace Border Grid Liner (GRO-GG-41692-24)
10mm Wide ribbon (ACC-MS-31107-XX)
Perga Liners Combi Box (PER-CO-70063-XX)
Blending nibs (PER-AC-70299-XX)
Dorso Oil (PER-CO-70066-XX)
Perga Glue (PER-AC-70133-XX)
Bold 1 needle (PER-TO-70028-XX)
Bold 2 needle (PER-TO-70279-XX)
Fine 2 needle (PER-TO-70037-XX)
Starter kit tool 1 & 2 (GRO-AC-40026-XX)
Card Stands (ACC-CA-31150-XX)


Step 1. I started off with a bordered panel I made with Josie Davidson’s Happy Birthday Ribbon Plate.  Please check out Blog Tutorial 22 for her brilliant tuition on how to make this part.  When you are making your border, keep offering up the Spring Bouquet plate to make sure you are making it large enough to frame the basket and some flowers.  The one I made with my chosen plate has 11 points along the top and bottom, and 13 down the sides.

Step 2. I am also using some of the flowers I made with Tina’s 3D Butterflies and Flowers plate, for which I did a Tutorial Blog – number 25.  You can find a whole library of these tutorials over on the Clarity website by clicking HERE

Step 3. To make the basket, attach an offcut of plain parchment to your plate, use the tumble dryer sheet and wipe the parchment well, as it is a very detailed plate.  Using the number 1 tool from the starter kit, emboss just the basket, ignoring the flowers within it.

Step 4. Remove your work from the plate and working on the back, use Perga Liner B pencils (B for blending) numbers 3 and 8.  You don’t have to be strict with this.  Put some yellow down in the middle part of the basket and blend this out with a blending nib.  Use the tiniest spot of Dorso oil on a sponge.  Practise on a scrap of parchment first, because too much, and you will remove the colour – too little and it will not move the pigment.

Step 5. Once you have got the yellow blended, put some brown all over the rest of the basket.  As you are working on the back, and the piece will be cut out, it doesn’t matter too much about the lines.  When the work is turned to the front it will be fine.  Blend the brown out now,  as you did the yellow, overlapping the colours to blend them together.  You will now have light and dark shading on your basket. 

Step 6. Once you have finished colouring, turn the work over to work on the front and go around the basket with a two-needle perforating tool.  It is up to you whether you use the bold or fine.  Also perforate around the inside of the handle and rim of the basket.

Step 7. Now snip out the basket.  Remember to just use the very tips of the scissors or snips and squeeze slowly until the ‘v’ appears, then snip.  Keep your hand in a comfortable position and move the work – make it come to you rather than contort your hand. 

Step 8. Find a scrap of brown or craft card big enough for the basket to fit on.

Step 9. Using a piece of cello bag, spread some Perga glue onto it.  Comb the edges of the basket through the glue so that the edges just catch some glue.  You can always put some glue down and apply to the very edges with a cocktail stick. Attach to the brown card and leave it to dry thoroughly.

Step 10. Use a craft knife to cut the basket out.  If you don’t like using a craft knife, you can use scissors (but not your Pergamano ones, as these should only cut parchment) Snip through the handle at the side to get to the centre, as you can always cover this with a flower.

Step 11. Add the sentiment to the top, right hand corner of the panel.  (As you work this on the back, line it up in the top left, and this will appear in right place when you turn the work back to the front).  Thread your chosen ribbon through the lace border. I use masking tape to bind the end of my lengths of ribbon to help to get them through the slots.

Step 12. Cut a piece of card to compliment the colours of your flowers, as a mount for your work, and mount your work with brads at each corner. 

Step 13. If the work is too large for a regular sized card blank, cut two pieces of card the same size – this will be a back and a front.  Score down one long side of the back piece, about an inch in.

Step 14. Stick the two pieces together down the side and within the scored area.  You now have a custom made card blank.  If you would rather, there are some fabulous new card stands on the Clarity website HERE, so you can just mount up the work and display it.

Step 15. Now it is time to stick on the basket, arrange the flowers and add a bow.  I used Perga Glue on the flowers and double sided tape on the back of the basket and bow.

And… you’ve finished!

Brilliant! How pretty is that? Thank you Glynis!

As usual, we have put everything in one place HERE over on the Clarity website, and if you have only just found the Clarity Matters Groovi Sunday, then all of the previous tutorials HERE.

If you are new to picot cutting and you would prefer to watch a video of this technique, Paul has been showcasing this technique on his weekly Facebook Live Groovi Tuesdays. It was first covered in Episode 11 HERE and the continued in Episode 12 HERE

For now though, enjoy the rest of your Sunday! And travel gently…

Lotsa love, Grace & Glynis xoxo

Clarity – The Home of Art, Craft and Well-Being.

5 thoughts on “Clarity’s Blog Tutorial: How to Create 3D Flowers with Groovi: Part 2

  • 25th April 2021 at 7:44 pm

    Oh Grace this is a gorgeous project. It is just a bit beyond my skills right now. I still love seeing the inspiration. Have a good week. Take care. Hugs Jackie

  • 25th April 2021 at 7:59 pm

    Hi Grace, Wow Glynis, you never fail to amaze me with your talent, this is stunningly beautiful and I wish that someday I will be able to create something even half as beautiful, thank you for the inspiration and the tutorial.
    Love from Patricia xx

    • 25th April 2021 at 11:13 pm

      Hello Grace – hope that you to are having a happy Sunday
      Glynis – thank you so much for your beautiful tutorial – I too am hoping that one day I will be able to do something as lovely as this.
      Take care -Seta x

  • 25th April 2021 at 10:06 pm

    Thank you Grace & Glynis for another great Groovi Sunday project.
    Hope your plans to travel home in July won’t be cancelled by the addition of the UK to the USA red list for travel because of Covid. Not sure why we have been added as a high risk when our figures of Covid deaths is below that of Alzheimers & heart attacks but hopefully time will tell the true figures.
    Meanwhile stay safe & have a great week


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