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Paper Rose Tutorial

I have put together a small tutorial on how I make my paper roses. I would eventually like to have a video but that may be a bit down the road. The rose is the one on the House of Baratheon Part Two card.

First Petal
First Petal

I created my own pear shape in DrawPlus X6 and imported it into my Silhouette software. I like the control tools in DrawPlus but I do also create images from scratch in the Silhouette program. I cut 12 large petals, for this rose the large petals measure 1.031 inches tall and .656 inches wide (at the largest part). I also cut 12 small petals, which measured .75 inches tall and .469 inches wide. I do not always use 12 small petals but I tend to like a more full rose and this number  seems to work for my roses.

Shaded Petals
Shaded Petals

Next, I add shading to each petal. For this rose I used Distress Ink in Antique Linen and Vintage Photo. I start with the Antique Linen and the Tim Holtz Blending tool. I have one tool for each of my Distress Inks. I add the Vintage Photos to the very edge of each petal.

Shaded petals - close-up
Shaded petals – close-up

While this can be a little tedious, especially if you use a lot of colors to shade your petals, I feel like it really makes the flower look more realistic and gives depth.

Shapping
Shaping the Petals

Next, I soften the petals and begin to give them their shape. For this I use the McGill Paper Blossom Molding Mat and Paper Shaping Tools. The mat is about the texture and feel of a mouse pad. The shaping tools have two metal balls on each end. Each tool has two different sizes. For these petals I did my shaping using the 8mm tool. To shape the petal I put the petal on the mat and rub the ball over the petal, I keep the motion going up and down the length of the petal. The petal will naturally start to curl up as you see in the photo.

Shaping the Base.
Shaping the Base.

Next, I grasp the petal at the base using reverse tweezers the pinch the side of the petal together.

Shaping the Top of the Petal
Shaping the Top of the Petal

Now I grasp the base of the petal and use the reverse tweezers to gently roll the top lobes of the petal to the back.  I drag the tweezes off the edge of the petal, I feel this gives a more rounded shape then if you simply rolled it down.

Base for the Flower
Base for the Flower

The next step is to create the base of the flower. This is where your petals will set. I used the McGill Punch – Alpine Snowflake and the cut the top of the arms off since this rose is smaller then the one made with the punches alone. I put the snowflake on the mat and using the 8mm tool roll it around on the snowflake until it forms a cup shape.

First Layer Assembly
First Layer Assembly

So now that I have done all that work has been done I get to start putting the rose together. Using the arms of the snowflake as a guide I adhere the first six large petals to the base.

Second Layer of Petals
Second Layer of Petals

Then I add the second set of large petals. These petals are placed between the first set so they are off set.

Inner Petals
Inner Petals

Now I add the first layer of small petals. For this rose I started with five petals evenly spaced around the flower. At this point I walk away from my flower and let the petals dry.

Then I take two small petal and using the tweezers I roll them into separate tube. I then place one tube around the other. This tube makes the center of the flower and gets glued in the middle. Once that has dried I add the remaining petals, filling in where it looks correct. Then I will punch the two leaves using the Birch Leaf Punch. I soften the petal with the 8mm tool and then add veining using the 1mm tool. I glue the rose to the card with a generous amount of glue and the add the leaves before the rose dries. This allows me to put the rose where I like it and then add the leaves where they are not going to interfere with any other elements.

Close-up of the competed rose on card.
Close-up of the competed rose on card.

I love making paper flowers and I think they really add a major statement to project. Have a wonderful week!

 

 

Baratheon – Part Two

Goodness, where does the time go? We had a wonderful Saint Patrick’s Day. My in-laws stayed with us and my husband made a great Irish stew. I made traditional Irish Soda bread and an Irish cake which had a cream cheese frosting and butterscotch sauce in between the layers. We’ve been having issues with our internet and I am guessing it is related to the basketball tournament.

Today’s card is the next in my Game of Thrones series. I decided to redo my House of Baratheon card with a different stag and change to a yellow background. I created the stag to look more like the one that is featured in the series. I added another handmade rose.

Second House of Baratheon. Crowned stag on yellow background.
House of Baratheon Card
Second House of Baratheon Card featuring medium rose and crowned stage.
Second House of Baratheon Card featuring medium rose and crowned stage.
Card close-up
Card close-up

The background of this card was a piece of white cardstock that I sprayed with Tattered Angels Glimmer Mist in Gold and Heidi Swapp Color Shine in Mustard. Then I added depth by sponging on Yo-yo Yellow, Marigold Morning, Crushed Curry inks from Stampin’ Up and Wild Honey Distress Ink. I stamped the damask images from the Stampers Anonymous’ Distress Damask in Wild Honey. I  then added additional distress with images from the Gorgeous Grunge and Bitty Grunge stamp sets.

I created the stag in my Silhouette Software and cut that image. The ovals, rose parts and crown were also cut using the Silhouette Cameo. The stag was covered with Versamark ink and heat embossed using American Crafts Black Glitter Zing. I sponged the crown with the same ink from the background. The back oval was created using Tim Holtz’s rust method. He showcased this technique on his 12 Tags of 2014 in August. You can view the tutorial here. I added Evergreen Bough, Stormy Sky, Rusty Hinge and Frayed Burlap Distress Stains to the piece and once dry added Distress Embossing Powder in Vintage Photo using Versamark and heating. The rose was created by cutting the pear shaped petals from my Silhouette then the base and leaves were punched using the McGill Paper Blossoms.

Materials 

Paper: Neenah Solar White, Black Cardstock Stampin’ Up, Green Cardstock

Embossing Powder: Black Glitter Zing! from American Crafts & Vintage Photo Distress Embossing Powder – Ranger

Ink: Yo-yo Yellow, Marigold Morning, Crushed Curry – Stampin’ Up, Versamark, Wild Honey Distress Ink – Ranger

Spray: Gold – Tattered Angels, Mustard Color Shine – Heidi Swapp

Distress Stain: Evergreen Bough, Stormy Sky, Rusty Hinge and Frayed Burlap Distress Stains – Ranger

Stamps: Distress Damask & Bitty Grunge – Stampers Anonymous, Gorgeous Grunge – Stampin’ Up

Ribbon: 5/8 inch Black Grosgrain & 1 1/2 inch Sheer Antique Gold Ribbon- Celebrate It (Michaels brand)

Punches: Alpine snowflake & Birch Leaf – McGill Paper Blossoms

Other: Brads – Impression Obsession, Gems – Hero Arts

 

 

 

 

Steampunk

Good Afternoon!

I am still working on the Game of Thrones cards. I started on a new House of Baratheon card as well as a House of Stark and House of Lannister  cards. I am hoping to have them completed next week. So there will be more roses and perhaps a peony.  I may try to photograph the rose process for my first tutorial. And now without further delay, here are today’s cards.

Let me start with a statement, I love the Steampunk aesthetic. I just love the combination of old and new, love the brass and copper and gears. I am calling today’s first card; Steam Heart. I had a blast making this card and loved house the little raven in the corner turned out. The crown was something that turned out completely different then I was planning but I liked much better then what I was planning.

Front of the Steam Heart
Front of the Steam Heart
Side View of Steam Heart
Side View of Steam Heart

All of the shapes on the card were cut from the Silhouette Library using my beloved Silhouette Cameo. The gears were colored using  Distress Paints in Antiqued Bronze, Brushed Pewter, and Tarnished Brass. The front oval was colored with Tarnished Brass Distress Paint and the larger oval was colored with Walnut Stain Distress Stain and then embossed with Distress Embossing Powder. The crown was created with Black Soot Embossing Powder and Flirty and Indian Summer Glimmer Glaze from Tattered Angels.

The raven was cut with the Silhouette Cameo. The wing was created using a scrap piece of cardstock. He was colored with Distress Paint. The eye was created with a gold brad and Firefly Stickles. The heart was colored with Vintage Photo spray. I cut it apart and then using the Tim Holtz Ruler I poked holes to sew it back together with embroidery floss. The stamped images are from BoBunny’s Flourish Acrylic Stamp set. Gems are from Hero Arts and brads are from Impression Obsession.

Close-Up of the crown from the Steam Heart.
Close-Up of the crown from the Steam Heart.

 

Raven from the Steam Heart
Raven from the Steam Heart

The second card, Gentlemen of Steam is more grungey-geary goodness!

Front of the Card
Front of the Card

More Distress Inks and gears. These gears were created with the Distress Paints and Stains and then embossed with Clear embossing Powder. The key was from an old Tim Holtz Grungeboard sheet with keys, embossed with Vintage Photo Distress Embossing Powder. The flowers are from Prima and the gems are from Hero Arts. The stamps are from Tim Holtz Stampers Anonymous Steampunk and House of Three Daily Junque.

Side View
Side View

Thank you for stopping by! I hope you’ll have a wonderful weekend.

 

 

House of Baratheon

I mentioned in a previous post that we were just starting to watch the Game of Thrones series. I am almost finished with the books and my husband and I have really enjoyed the series so far. Will be starting season 2 this week. Today’s card was inspired by the sigil of the House of Baratheon. I am probably going to end up doing a series of these as I have a rampant lion image I have been working on. I am starting to get into creating my own images to cut with my Silhouette Cameo. The thorn vine around the card was created by me in the Silhouette Design Studio software. I also created the rose petals that create this three-dimensional rose featured on the card. As you can see from my previous cards, I love three-dimensional flowers but I wanted a slightly smaller rose for this card and the punches don’t really allow for that. To create the petals I drew a petal shape in DrawPlus 6X and imported it into the Silhouette Studio. I am fairly new to DrawPlus, which is an alternative to Adobe Illustrator, but so far I am loving it.  Eventually, I would like to use only images I have created.

Front of the Baratheon Card
Front of the Baratheon Card
Close-Up of the Rose
Close-Up of the Rose
Inside Panel, House of Baratheon Card
Inside Panel, House of Baratheon Card

Materials

Stamps: Distress Damask – Tim Holtz Stampers Anonymous, Gorgeous Grunge & Etruscan – Stampin’ Up, Crown – Ann-ticipations

Ink: Fired Brick, Aged Mahogany, Walnut Stain, Antique Linen, Pumice Stone – Distress Ink by Ranger

Other:  Evergreen Bough, Stormy Sky, Rusty Hinge – Distress Stain -Ranger, Vintage Photo Distress Embossing Powder by Ranger, Picket Fence Distress Crackle Paint -Ranger, Tarnished Brass & Black Soot – Distress Paint -Ranger, Fired Brick Distress Ink Refill – Ranger

Stage, Shield & Crown – Images purchased via Silhouette Online Store

Punch: Birch Leaf – McGill Paper Blossoms

Misc: Brad – Impression Obsession, Gem – Hero Arts

Sentiment: Computer Generated – Font Trajan Pro

 

 

North Shore

Aloha!

Today’s cards are a tribute to the Hawaiian Islands! My husband and I were lucky enough to be invited to a wedding on Maui a few years back and we truly enjoyed every minute of our trip. These cards take me right back to the beach, whale watching and snorkeling.

Front view of a 5"x5" North Shore card
Front view of a 5″x5″ North Shore card

Materials

Stamps: North Shore – Waltzing Mouse Stamps, Gorgeous Grunge – Stampin’ Up

Ink: Bermuda Bay – Stampin’ Up, Various Distress Ink – Ranger

Misc.: Prima Flowers, Twine – Stampin’ Up, Gems – Hero Arts

Side View
Side View
Front view of North Shore & Hibiscus Card
Front view of North Shore & Hibiscus Card

Today’s second card features the same North Shore stamp set and a hibiscus made with the  McGill Paper Blossom punches. For the background I stamped the hibiscus images with Versamark and embossed with white embossing powder, then sponged over with Distress Inks.

Materials

Stamps: North Shore – Waltzing Mouse Stamps & Aloha  – Bo Bunny

Ink: Versamark – Tsukineko, Distress Inks – Ranger, Archival Ink Jet Black – Ranger

Punches : Crop-A-Dile Corner Chomper – We R Memory Keepers , Floriano, Birch Leaf and Star Flower – McGill Paper Blossoms

Misc.: Eyelet – Stampin’ Up, Zing White Embossing Powder – American Crafts,  Clear Embossing Powder – Stampin’ Up, Brads – Impression Obsession, Ribbon – American Crafts, Flower Soft Citrus Crush – Flower Soft, Random piece of floral wire

Front of "Aloha" Card
Front of “Aloha” Card
Side View
Side View

My final Hawaii inspired card today is one layer, okay two if you count the black cardstock. The sentiment (Aloha) was stamped with Real Red ink and then I went over it a marker then I traced it with Stickles. This card is heavy on the direct-to-paper technique.

Materials

Stamps: Do the Hula – Stampin’ Up (Retired), Aloha – Bo Bunny, Summer Soiree – Fancy Pants Designs, Antique Flower Background – Hero Arts

Ink: Archival Ink Jet Black – Ranger, Real Red, Marigold Morning & Pumpkin Pie – Stampin’ Up

Misc.: Clear Embossing Powder – Stampin’ Up,  Xmas Red, Yellow, Orange Peel & Black Diamond – Stickles

Thanks for stopping by and have a great week!

Purple Peony

A chilly hello! We are expecting a high of 20 degrees today so I am not planning on doing too much outside! It snowed all day yesterday but didn’t really amount to too much actual snow. While it is very cold the sun is out and has melted most of the new snow on the sidewalks and roads.

I am calling today’s card Purple Peony, which is uncreative but is at least is accurate! This card features a retired set from Stampin’ Up called Bliss. It was a popular Sale-A-Bration so I’d bet you could find it on eBay if you were looking to purchase it. There are also a ton of damask stamps out there that could be substituted for the set.

Front View of the Purple Peony card featuring the Bliss stamp set.
Front View of the Purple Peony card featuring the Bliss stamp set.

This card features another McGill Paper Blossom Flower. This time I went with a dark purple peony. I don’t always add the leaves to the card but I felt like they added to this card.

Side View of the Purple Peony card featuring the Bliss stamp set.
Side View of the Purple Peony card featuring the Bliss stamp set.

 

Close-up of the peony
Close-up of the peony

I wanted to make mention about the adhesive I use to make these paper flowers. The product that works the best (in my opinion) is Fabri-Tac by Beacon Adhesives. It holds very quickly and is clear. Having said that it smells pretty strong and it dries out quickly both on the craft mat and in the bottle. I make a lot of flowers and even with the smallest bottle it is gummy and nearly useless the next time I go to use it. It says on the bottle that you can thin it with acetone, which I have done and did not have any luck. So, if I don’t have a fresh bottle of Fabri-Tac I use  Scotch Quick-Dry Adhesive. I use that adhesive on almost all of my projects and it works okay on the paper flowers. You do have a slower drying time and I will find my petals moving out of place if I don’t hold it long enough. I am also a little messy and I sometimes get  glue globs on my petals if I am not very careful to get the glue off my fingers before I hold a petal. I have seen people use hot glue but I have yet to find a glue that really works on the paper.

Cheers!

Materials

Stamp: Bliss – Stampin’ Up

Dies: Labels Four – Spellbinders

Punches: Geranium, Grape Leaf, Large Highland snowflake, Sun, Small Geranium leaf, Highland Snowflake – McGill Inc.

Ink: Crumb Cake & Elegant Eggplant – Stampin’ Up

Misc.:  Eyelets – Stampin’ Up, Gems – Hero Arts, Ribbon – Impression Obsession, Embossing Powder – Clear

 

 

Teal Rose “Fly”

I was so pleased with the way this card turned out. It is fairly simple but I like the contrast between the background and bright flowers. The background started life as a plain white sheet of cardstock. I embossed the text with silver embossing powder leaving a little space where I was going to put the birdcage and “Fly.” I then sponged Black Soot Distress Ink over the embossed background. The teal rose was created using the McGill Paper Blossom punches. I am not sure if they are still making these punches but I really enjoy making these flowers. There are  other dies, punches or digital cutters around that you could use to make similar flowers. The petals on this card are actually a pear shape.

A view of the Teal Rose card from the side.
A view of the Teal Rose card from the side.
Front View of the Teal Rose card
Front View of the Teal Rose card

Stamps: French Script – Stampin’ Up, Fly & Birdcage – Memory Keepers.

Embossing Powder: Sterling Silver – Stampin’ Up, Detail Black Embossing Powder – Ranger

Ink: Black Soot Distress Ink – Ranger, Versamark – Tsukineko

Punches: Small Flowers – Stampin’ Up (Retired), Alpine Snowflake, Pear, Birch Leaf, Garden Petals – McGill.

Misc. – Gems – Hero Arts, Gem Brad – My Mind’s Eye

I am working on an card now that is inspired by Game of Thrones; the hubby and I have just started Season One on DVD. I am on the fifth book and have really enjoyed the whole book series. We recently binge watched the whole True Blood series so were ready to move on to something else. I hope you have a wonderful week. We are due for more snow and cold so I am hoping to get some crafting in!

Refuse to Sink Card

Anchors and ships are all the rage right now and although I live in a place without a large body of water I love the ocean. I love the sayings and metaphors regarding sailing and how it relates to everyday life. Sometimes I think you just have to refuse to let a situation drag you down. I am very drawn to all things distress and aged and this card incorporates my love of the sea and distressing. I added an inner panel to this card to give it a little something extra.

Front Image of the Refuse to Sink card.
Front Image of the Refuse to Sink card.
Multi-layer Refuse to Sink
Multi-layer Refuse to Sink featuring textured anchor.
Inner stamping on the Refuse to Sink card
Inner panel of the Refuse to Sink card

The sentiment on this card is computer generated and then cut with my Silhouette Cameo. Anchor was also cut with my Silhouette Cameo. Color was applied with layered embossing powders

Stamps: Ship – Creative Impressions; Compass Rose – Stampabilities; Splats & Script – French Foliage Stampin’ Up; Flourish, Flowers on front – Bella Brush from Fancy Pants.

Ink – Various Distress Inks

Misc – Eyelets – Creative Impressions, Twine – Stampin’ Up, Die Cut – Spellbinders, Ovals – Cut by Silhouette Cameo.

May you have smooth sailing!

You Are Absolutely Fabulous!

Hi! We are currently in the middle of a  snow storm here in Colorado. I have been working on today’s card for awhile, maybe about a week. I have been seeing some stunning tri-fold cards  and though I’d give it a shot. Between the colors and details this card is ever so slightly over the top. I have a pink and purple leopard print fan in the house and it is clearly rubbing off on me. I may work on a box for this card as it would be difficult to mail. As you’ll see there is a ton of glitter on the card and much of it has been migrating around the house. Without further ado  . . .

Front of Ab Fab tri-fold card
Front of Ab Fab tri-fold card
Middle Panel of the Ab Fab Card
Full Image of the Ab Fab Card
Close-Up of the Middle Panel (Ab Fab Card)
Close-Up of the Middle Panel (Ab Fab Card)
Third Panel from the Ab Fab Card
Third Panel from the Ab Fab Card

 

Close-Up of the Third Panel (Ab Fab Card)
Close-Up of the Third Panel (Ab Fab Card)
Close-Up Front Panel
Close-Up Front Panel

I started with pink paper for the background and then inked them with the Grape Jelly and Picked Raspberry. I allowed that to dry before stamping the leopard print and embossing with the Iridescent Ice Embossing Powder.

Die Cuts: Frames, butterflies, crown, bird and floral elements were cut with the Silhouette Cameo and available through the online store.

Three-Dimensional rose created in the Silhouette software by me.

Stamps: Leopard Print – Hero Arts, Absolutely Fabulous – Papertrey Ink Mixed Messages, Crown – Ann-Ticipations.

Computer Generated : “You Are” and middle panel quote

Ink: Picked Raspberry – Distress Ink by Ranger, Grape Jelly – Memento, True Black – Papertrey Ink.

Glitter: Iridescent Ice – Stampin’ Up Embossing Powder (Background), Wow! Black – American Crafts Brand (on frames on first and third panels), Sickles.

Gems – Hero Arts

Black Rose Card with Box

I wanted to send a very special “thank you” to our family after the holiday season so I worked up four of these “Grateful” cards. Once I had the actual card completed, I had a problem because I knew it would not survive mailing in a normal envelope but it would look funny to send it in a big box. I have frequently struggled with sending multi-layered three-dimensional cards through the mail.  I love the look of major 3D elements but the practical piece of mailing a piece can be a challenge. For these cards I decided that I should create a  coordinating presentation box to justify the mailing it in a box and shipping cost. The card and presentation box fit perfectly in a USPS small flat-rate box.

Presentation Box for the Black Rose Card
Presentation Box for the Black Rose Card

 

Card (Right) with Presentation Box.
Card (Right) with Presentation Box.

The roses, butterflies, flourish, frame and foundation for the presentation box were all cut with my Silhouette Cameo. All are available from the Silhouette store.

Color: Tattered Angels Glimmer Mist and Heidi Swapp Color Shine various colors

Ink: Distress Inks,  Papertrey Ink – Dye Ink in True Black

Stamps: Papillon from Stampers Anonymous by Tim Holtz, Papertrey Ink – Postmarks (tiny butterfly)

Other: Gems – Hero Arts, Ribbon – Stampin’ Up!, Brads – Creative Impressions

That is it for today check back soon for more.

-Jennifer