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Saturday, 10 July 2010

Summery roses

I think it's about time I uploaded something again, don't you?!

This is a card I made yesterday. You like? Here's a little tutorial on how I made the roses.  They're probably the simplest flower you'll ever make (bar just punching them out!)

First of all, take a square of paper and round the corners.  For the roses on my card I used one piece of 3" x 3" for the large rose and two pieces of 2 1/2" x 2 1/2" for the smaller roses.  Round the corners with scissors (this isn't an exact science, just snip the corners off basically) and draw a spiral onto your paper with pencil.

Now you need to cut around your pencil spiral with scissors.  I should just point out that you don't need to use squares of patterned paper, you can use punched circles if you have circle punches that are big enough!

*GASP!* What has she done?! ;O)  You need to crumple your spiral to help soften and break the fibres in the paper to make it more malleable when it comes to rolling your rose.

Now here comes the fun bit! Starting from the outside edge, roll your spiral in towards the centre.  Don't worry if you do it too tight, just loosen your grip and your roll will relax out a little. Don't worry about it being neat, these roses are supposed to be "abstract"!

When you get to the end, place a dab of glue or a glue dot on the centre bit of your spiral and stick it down as shown. It should keep the bloom in place no problem.  If not just add a bit more glue.

And there you have it! The sky's the limit with these roses.  It's a great technique for using scraps of patterned paper or cardstock.  You could add a bit of bling with Dazzling Diamonds glitter, Shimmer Paint or Crystal Effects. 

For the card above I used the following:

Cardstock - Whisper White, Tempting Turquoise, Regal Rose
Ink - Pumpkin Pie
Designer Series Paper - Pink Flamingo
Ribbon - Pretty in Pink Tafetta, Old Olive Grosgrain
Button - Playground Buttons
Sentiment - Sincere Salutations
Border Punch - Vintage Lace

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