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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Next, I grasp the petal at the base using reverse tweezers the pinch the side of the petal together.
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.
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.
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.
Then I add the second set of large petals. These petals are placed between the first set so they are off set.
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.
I love making paper flowers and I think they really add a major statement to project. Have a wonderful week!