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.
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.
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.