As promised I am have uploaded a video tutorial on how I make the classic roses I use in my projects. We are once again buried in snow here so it is nice to think of summer and roses for this tutorial. The classic roses were created using punches from McGill’s Paper Blossoms.
Here is the video:
And here are the written directions to accompany!
For this rose I used a slightly light cardstock, normally I prefer to work with thicker paper but the lighter cardstock can make the shaping a little easier. I find that you don’t have to press as hard but you can’t work it as much. When I was creating this rose I tore of the side of one petal when shaping it and with larger shapes they can tear when you shape. So, there are pluses and minuses to using the lighter cardstock but I was overall pretty happy with it on this rose.
To start you will want to punch out five Dogwood shapes and then cut the flowers apart. This will give you 20 individual petals.
Now you will take each petal to the Molding Mat and shape it with the 12mm Ball Stylus. You want to soften the petals and give them a slightly curved shape.
Once you do this you will give the petals their final shape. I like the reverse tweezers for this. First, gasp the center of the petal at the bottom, where the point is. Then take your index finger and thumb to fold the base into a “v” shape. You don’t want the “v” to go all the way up the petal. Ideally it will have a fold about halfway up the petal.
Once you have your “v” shape you will hold the base and remove the tweezers. Now you will shape the top-rounded portion of your petal. I place the tweezers on the outer 1/4 edge of the petal and pull the tweezers out and down in a twisting motion allowing the paper to slip out of the tweezers. This creates a rounded edge. Repeat this on the other side. You will do this for all but two of the petals. The two unshaped petals will create the center of the rose.
Now you should have all of your petals ready to go. Punch out one Starflower shape. Shape this on the molding mat. Once the arms are softened you will want to rub a small circle in the center of the shape which will cause the arms to fold-up creating a “cup” shape. This will be the base of the rose.
Now, you ‘ll start to adhere the petals to the Starflower. I have been using high-temp hot glue for these and I have been really happy with the final product but you can really use any adhesive that you like. Each of the Starflower arms should have a petal, so you will now add the next layer of petals. This row needs to be off-set so I place each new petal between two petals from the previous layer.
Now you will create the little petal tube in the center of your flower. Take one of the unshaped petals and use the Slotted Paper Rolling Tool to create a small tube. To do this slip on edge of the petal into the slot and roll the paper around the shaft of the tool. I really like this tool but you could easily use a dowel of knitting needle to wrap your petal around to create a tube. Glue this petal together. Add a second petal around this center tube and glue it together. I like to cut off the very bottom of the tube before I glue it into the center of the flower. I find that if you leave the points on the center petals they don’t glue in as well and then they can be a little too tall.
Once you have your center glued in you will want to add the remaining petals around the center tube. For the purple rose I ended up using 19 petals, partially because I tore one petal apart and then once I have 19 petals on it just looked right. I have made some with more petals and some with less. This all really is determined by the weight and shape of your petals and then really it is a personal preference thing. So, do what looks right to you.
At this point you have a completed rose. You can add leaves now if you want. I typically like to glue my rose down first and then add my leaves as the last step. For this rose I punched three leaves using the Birch Leaf punch. Shape these in the same manner as the flower petals. Then using a 1mm Stylus draw the leaf veining on the leaf. Now glue these under your rose. Now you should have a darling little rose. They aren’t really that had to create but they do take time and a little practice.
Paper: Purple Cardstock – Recollections & Gable Green – Stampin’ Up
Punches: Dogwood, Starflower & Birch Leaf
Tools: Molding Mat, 12mm & 1mm Ball Styli (seriously this is the plural for stylus, and yes I had to look this up), Slotted Paper Rolling Tool – McGill Inc., Hot Glue Gun
Thank you for stopping by and if you have any questions or need any additional clarification on the rose creation just let me know. Have a great day!