To make my coffee filter flowers, I started by spraying several coffee filters in my spray box (a long narrow box with the top cut away that I line with a piece of paper for all of my messy spraying and inking).
I start with the lighter shades and then move to the dark. This one has Memories Mists in Orange Juice and Strawberry Daquiri, Inkadinkado Terra Cotta Spray Ink and Oriental Poppy Glimmer Mist. When they are fully saturated, I remove them from the box onto scrap paper to try. Usually there's enough ink left on the scrap paper at the bottom of my spray box, that I can ink up another coffee filter by rubbing it around in the inky puddles.
These can be dried gently with a heat gun, but I usually do this right before going to bed, so they can dry naturally overnight.
The next step is to run the dyed coffee filters through my die cut machine using various floral die cuts.
For this project I also did a second round of filters using Mango Lemonade Memories Mists, Adirondack Butterscotch Color Wash, a little Terra Cotta Walnut Ink, and Perfect Copper Perfect Pearls Mists.
After I finished die cutting, I sprayed the flowers very lightly with water and wadded them up repeatedly to distress them a bit. You have to be a bit gentle, but they are much stronger than tissue or other thin paper.
I also found the leaves for my flower at the coffee shop ... recycled cardboard cup-holder sleeves (forgive the very well-used paper cutting surface).
I ran them through my die cut machine and shaped them for the flower leaves.
Now go forth and spray and ink and scrunch and die cut those coffee filters ... can't wait to see what you create.