Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Loose rose tutorial

These are lovely loose roses. They have a lot of demintion so they will not work in a scrapbook layout, but they are great for 3D projects and cards that do not have to be mailed.

My Loose Rose Tutorial 
( can totally see the glue that I used to attach the seed beads right before I took the picture.)

1) Cut 5 petals (the large petals from the tattered flowers)

2) Ink, spray, or chalk if desired.

3) Place flower shape on mat (I use the arm rest that came with our computer mouse pad. You can also use fun foam craft sheets or the rubber mats that you use with embossing plates on your embossing machine.)

4) Use stylus to hand emboss each of the flower pieces. Make large circular motions with light pressure at first. Then go over the petal again with smaller circular motions and medium pressure. Do this to all 5 flower shapes. This breaks down the fibers in the paper and allows you to mold the petals. (see picture below)
5)  Now use the piercing tool to press against the backside of each petal while holding your thumb against  the front. Slide your thumb and the tool from the base of the petal to the tip. With a light pressure "curl" each petal downward. (Similar to pressing curling ribbon between scissors and your thumb)

 It will look like this when you are done.

6) Use piercing tool to "round" each petal. I hold one side of the petal with one hand and with the other hand I place the needle tool on the front of the petal and press my forefinger against the back of the petal. Starting from the center and working toward the edge, I use gentle pressure to "curl" the edge upward. Then I switch hands and shape the other side of the petal.

(OK, this picture is obviously of a different flower, but the technique is the same :)

7) With 2 of the flower shapes, gently pinch the sides of each petal inward, then fold each petal in towards the center one at a time. Fold all 6 petals in then release. Place one flower shape on the table and use your fingers to gently press all the petals in like this

This will be the center of the flower.

Do the same thing for the other flower shape, but don't close the petals quite as much. It should look something like this.

8) Curl the ends (tips) of each petal of the remaining 3 flower shapes. I place the piercing tool at the back tip  of the petal from the center to the right side. Then I use my finger to roll the edge of the flower over the needle tool and downward. Then I do the left side. 

9) Bend each of the petals up. For one set, bend them about 45 degrees like this

Bend the next set a little less, like this

And the last set just a little bit. Like this

The shapes should look something like this.

10) Take the center piece (that tight little bud on the far right) , open the petals, place beads in the center, then fold petals in again.

Now put glue on the bottom of each piece and stack on top of the next, staggering the petals.

Your done :)

Here is the cut file

Please remember this is for personal use only and is not to be used for profit.
I would REALLY appreciate it if you would mention me and /or link to my blog if you use my files on a project that you publish on the web. (that is not much to ask since I give the files out for free:)


Davi said...

Great demo for those pretty flower Jani :)

Anonymous said...

Just a quick note to let you know that a link to this post will be placed on CraftCrave in the Cutting category today [28 Jul 01:00am GMT]. Thanks, Maria

Trisha said...

These are so pretty. Thank you for the tutorial and for the file!

My Need 2 Craft said...

So beautiful! TFS