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Thursday, January 20, 2011

Every Things Coming Up Roses!

Wouldn't that be nice?  Spring is not too far away.  I keep reminded myself of that. Especially as I sit here in yet another snowstorm! But we don't have to wait for Spring to enjoy some beautiful roses!  Paper roses that is!

I got an email from one of my blog followers asking some questions about the Glass Flowers I had posted on April 17, 2010. One of the things she made me realize is that I've never shared how I made the paper roses to begin with!  I talked all about how to make them "glass", but not how to make them from the paper! So, thank you Jerri for asking the question!  Today I'm going to show you how to make paper roses.

I'm making my roses from some digital papers in the kit Sugar Blossom by Quirky Twerp. you can use any digital or pre-printed scrapbook paper that you choose. You want a medium weight paper.  Too thin and the roses will crush, too thick and it will be difficult to manipulate.
You'll need to cut 3 6-petal flowers for each rose that you are making.  The Sizzix Flower Layer #5 die works great for this. It includes a large and small flower die so you can make 2 different sized roses.
Once you have your flower parts cut, ink the edges.
Since I am using digital papers that I printed, I also inked the backs.  I also decided to bling up my flowers, so I spritzed the papers with some Glimmer Mist.  Allow it to dry before continuing. 
You will need to snip between each petal to allow for curling the petals into shape.  You will also need to cut the first flower one time, straight between 2 petals all the way to the center.
The second flower you will cut on either side of one petal into the center and separate that petal. Save it, you will be using it.
With the third flower, you will cut to the center on either side of 2 petals and separate the double petal. Save this too, you'll be using it.
You should have as pictured above, the 3 flowers cut as described.
With the first flower (slit cut to center), place some Glossy Accents glue on one petal at the slit that was cut to the center.  Manipulate the petal on the other side of the slit to cover over the glued petal, creating a cone shape with the flower as you do this.  Use a paper clip to hold this in place to allow the glue to dry.
Repeat this process with the remaining 2 flowers, creating a cone shape and gluing the overlapping petals.  Secure with paper clips while you wait for the glue to dry.
Take the single petal that was cut from flower #2, lay it face down on your work surface.  Curl each side of the petal in towards the center as shown above.
Take the double petal cut from flower #3 and lay it face down on your work surface.  Curl the petal to the left toward the back of the flower piece. 
Flip the entire thing over and carefully curl the flat side in toward the curled petal.  Curl it tightly creating a center petal for the rose.  Pinch it together with your fingers and glue. Hold it together to allow the glue to set momentarily.
 Curl the petals back on each of the cone shaped flower pieces.  I like to use the handle of a small paint brush to do this.  For the larger petals I can use the thicker part of the handle, and for the smaller petals, I can use the thinner part.  You can also snip a small piece from the tip of each cone (see the hole in the picture above).  You may need to snip slightly more on the 2 smaller cone pieces to help them set into the rose as you assemble it.
After you've curled your petals, begin to assemble the rose.  Start with the largest cone piece and then insert the medium one inside it.  I turn it so that the petals are a bit offset.  Place some Glossy Accents into the center of the cone to glue in place.  Repeat with the third cone piece nesting it inside the rose and gluing in place.  Then take your 2 center petal pieces and set as the center of your rose.  I have no magic suggestions here, I play with it until I like the way it looks. Sometimes I have to snip a bit more off the bottom of these pieces in order for them to sit down in the rose the way I want them.
I added some chunky glitter along the petals of this rose to add some extra bling...... and to cover up a "boo-boo". As we say in crafting, "there are no mistakes, only opportunities for embellishment!"  Well in the process of manipulating my rose, I got some glue on my finger tips and smudged one of the petals.  It left a slight wear mark on the paper. So I painted a bit of Glossy Accents over it and sprinkled it with glitter!
So there you have it, some beautiful paper roses!  I made the one in the foreground using the smaller die. So you can see how you can make various sized roses.

While this seems like a long process, it really isn't. You could get an assembly-line going and make up bouquets of these flowers in an afternoon.  Have fun!

If you are going to use these to make the "glass flowers", I would recommend dipping them in the hot UTEE before you nest the cones together.  Here is why: this will coat each petal of the rose with the UTEE "glass", giving a more realistic flower appearance. Also if you dip the rose after being assembled, you might get air bubbles stuck between the layers of the rose.


  1. Beautiful Cath! Thanks so much for sharing!

  2. oh my word.. these are amazing! thanks for the tutorial, hunny!!!
    {hugs} Sylvia

  3. Thank you so much! Jerri

  4. Just awesome hon! Thanks so much for showing us these beautiful hand made paper roses.

  5. Thank you for the awesome tutorial!! I can't wait to make these!! :)

  6. These flowers are just so amazing! I had to make some and highlight you on my blog! You can see it here: http://taylorkade.blogspot.com/ Thanks again for such a fun tutorial!!


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