Tuesday, June 14, 2011

ABC of techniques - P is for Paper Roses

Today you get a real treat...I am posting two techniques this Tuesday! I just posted how to emboss paprclips, so if you missed that, scroll down and check it out. This post is how to create a paper rose. I thought this would be very difficult, because roses are so intricate, but they are actually very easy to make and they look beautiful!

Piece of paper (cardstock or patterned paper will work)
Small scalloped decorative scissors
Paper cutter
Toothpick or Paperclip

1.) Cut your paper into a square. I made my first rose out of a 4x4 square. It made about an inch wide and tall rose. Make your square smaller or bigger, depending on the size you want to make.
2.) Draw a circle onto your square. Try to keep the circle as close to the original size paper as you can.
3.) Draw a spiral inside your circle, keeping about 1/8" between each line of the spiral. Take the spiral all the way into the center of your paper.

4.) Using your small scalloped scissors, begin on the outside of your circle and cut around the circle and continue cutting around the lines of your spiral, until you reach the center.

5.) Take the outside edge of your spiral circle and wind it around the end of a toothpick (I couldn't find a toothpick, so I straightened a paperclip and it worked just fine). Continue to wrap your spiral around the toothpick (or paperclip) until you reach the end of your paper.

6.) Put a dab of glue at the bottom of your rose and attach the end of your paper to the bottom with the glue.

7.) Decorate your rose if you want to. You can spritz it with smooches, or dab stickles around the edges and spread it around the edges with your finger. Get creative and have fun!

Please leave me a comment and let me know how you like this technique and/or to share any other tips or techniques you may have! Thanks for stopping by and have a scrappy day!

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