Saturday, October 30, 2010

Saturday School: Paper Rosettes!

I admit it. I have an affinity for making paper flowers. There's something really satisfying about turning a plain piece of paper into a pretty little flower. I love using paper flowers to embellish cards and frames and, well, pretty much any surface that doesn't move.

A friend of mine suggested I write a tutorial on making paper rosettes, so that's what I'm doing today. They're really easy and add a sweet little touch to any project.

At the bare minimum, you need paper, scissors, and adhesive (I like glue dots for these). I also used reverse-pinch tweezers and a Nestabilities scalloped circle die. If you have a circle or scalloped circle punch or die, you can use that. But if you don't have those, simply trace a circular object, or even just freehand a circular shape. Once you have your circle, you want to cut it into a spiral. I just eyeball mine, but for illustration purposes I drew a spiral using a pencil.

Now you're ready to cut. Start on the outside and cut toward the middle. You'll end up with a spiral that looks something like this one.



Now it's time to roll up the spiral. I have these fantastic tweezers that work in reverse - you pinch them to open them. They're awesome for this kind of project. You could also use a quilling tool, should you have one at your disposal. I don't (yet), so I rely on my trusty tweezers. Start in the middle and roll tightly to the end.

If you want a tightly rolled flower, add the glue dot to the end and then adhere it to the side of the flower. If you want a more loosely rolled flower, let the paper unroll and then add your glue dot.

Now you can add your sweet little paper rosette to any project you can dream! I used the sketch from Mojo Monday 162 and Jennifer's awesome Splendiferious collab with Jenn Barrette to create this card. The sentiment is from the TinyAnd2Cute set by The {Stamps} of Life.


Well, there you have it! If you make these paper rosettes by following this tutorial, come back and leave a comment with a link to your project - we'd LOVE to see what you created!

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