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Harry Potter Party – Golden Egg

That’s right today’s Harry Potter Party project is the Golden Egg! When Harry opens the egg underwater it gives him the following clue in Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire.

Come seek us where our voices sound,
We cannot sing above the ground,
And while you’re searching ponder this;
We’ve taken what you’ll sorely miss,
An hour long you’ll have to look,
And to recover what we took,
But past an hour, the prospect’s black,
Too late, it’s gone, it won’t come back.

Harry Potter’s Golden Egg

Now, my egg didn’t open and I am not sure that you would want to put it underwater, but it was fun to create. Per usual, I started my creation with lots of research. The Noble Collection has a beautiful Golden Egg for sale and they had great photos.

Inspired by Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire

I started by sketching my design based on the photos I found on the internet. I was able to find an unfinished paper mache egg at Target that was the right size. The egg has a slightly flat bottom which allows it to stand without falling over.

My Golden Egg

My next step was to apply air dry clay all over my egg. I sculpted the owl at the top and then started carving. I used my sketch as a guide. I’d love to tell you that I had everything laid out perfect and that it just worked out but that would not be the truth. I got about 3/4 of the way through my carving and realized that I was going to have too much room. So, I just had to make it work. I added a few additional buildings and my “secret” message. I tried to keep with the style of the rest of the egg.

Special message for the Birthday Girl

These things just happen sometimes and I really believe that they are just a part of the process. The air dry clay cured very quickly so there wasn’t much time to mess around trying to fix anything anyway. Once it was done, I was pretty happy with the overall look.

View of the top
Another View of the Golden Egg

I left my egg to cure. Once dry, the owl and wings had popped off but I just re-glued them on without any issue. I find that air dry clay doesn’t like to stick to itself and I just plan to glue things back on. A little more time to let the glue dry and then it was on to painting. I started with a coat of black acrylic paint, making sure to get down into the carvings. I gave my egg two coats of black. Again, more time to dry and then onto the gilding! This was my favorite part of the egg. I used DecoArt Metallic Lustre in Gold Rush. It is a wax and I just rubbed it on using a paper towel. Super easy! I made sure to just add the gold to the top of my egg and not into the carving.

Decoration for our Harry Potter Party

I really liked how the egg turned out and the primitive style carvings made it an easy project. Good luck with your own Golden Eggs – super fun!

What mysteries are held in this clue??

 

Harry Potter Party – Cauldron DIY

Today is the day for some, bubble, bubble, toil and trouble! If you saw my porch photos you might have noticed my little cauldron. When I started on this particular project I knew that I wanted something different. I found lots of “regular” plastic cauldrons but wanted something with a different shape. I did lots of research on cauldrons. The cast iron cauldrons were very expensive and then there is the issue of what do you do with it afterward? I couldn’t find a plastic cauldron that I liked. The cauldrons in the movie have a unique shape and I wanted something more like the film version. I didn’t really get the shape I wanted but I got close and I was very happy with the end result.

Harry Potter Party Decorations – Cauldron

While I was on my research walkabout, I came across some amazing Halloween prop makers sites. These people are incredible. They make me want to go over the top on Halloween. I discover this tutorial. This was for a huge cauldron but I thought that I could apply this to my little project. Later I found this slightly easier tutorial over at Epbot. Well, I was convinced and I was ready to rock and roll.

It started life as a pot

To begin, I purchased 10″ plastic garden pot locally for under $5.  I created a “rib” template to create the shape I wanted for my cauldron. Then, I used my Silhouette Design Software to create my template. I printed this out and was ready to trace and cut.

Template

I traced about 30 ribs onto cardboard and then cut these out. Next, I applied these around my pot (nearly evenly) using duct tape. If you were making a big or a biiiiiiiig cauldron you would want to use more ribs.

Cut from cardboard
Ribbing the pot
As you can see, mostly straight on the ribs

Once my ribs were on and fairly straight I applied more duct tape over my newly shaped cauldron. I made sure to cover all of the ribs and leave no holes.

More ribs!!
Duct tapped
Paper Mache

Now it was onto paper mache! I used a very basic mixture of flour and water along with torn newspaper to cover my cauldron. It is important to tear your newspaper versus cut it. I forgot about this and had terrible lines later that I had to deal with. On my Snitch Pinata, I learned my lesson and only used torn newspaper and the result was much better.

Drying
Drying completed
After a few coats of paper mache

I did a few coats of paper mache, making sure to let each layer dry before I started on the next.

Covered with Paper Clay

Next, I added a layer of paper clay. You can find the recipe here. My clay turned out a little bumpier than I really was hoping for but I think that was owing to the fact that I didn’t use a mixer and that I used nicer toilet paper. I added handles by fashioning circles using air dry clay and then for the fasteners I used toilet paper rolls that I cut up to size. I glued these to my cauldron using high temp hot glue.

So, after this, I gave my cauldron a light coat of just joint compound. Once everything was dry, I gave my cauldron two coats of flat black spray paint.

Custom Harry Potter Cauldron

It was at this point that I forgot that I was supposed to be taking photos as I went along. Once I got my cauldron painted, I added the potion remenants. For this, I used plain old white glue mixed with decorative sand and then a mixture of the sand with raw oatmeal. I just kind of dribbled around the top edge. I was channeling my inner messy witch. This detail sat for 24 hours to fully dry. Then I added the paint. I used slightly watered down craft acrylic paint and painted over my glue dribbles.

Handles made with air dry clay & toilet paper rolls

What a messy potion maker!

I am very pleased with my little cauldron and am toying with the idea of making a big one for Halloween. The additional layer of joint compound makes the little guy a little heavy but that also keeps it from blowing away, which is always a good thing.

This started life as a flower pot
Close up view of the glue, sand and oatmeal mixture
Finishing touches

As always, thanks for stopping by!

 

 

 

 

Harry Potter Party Invitations – Video

Hi-ya!

I have posted my video for the Harry Potter Party Invitations over on YouTube, or you can watch it here. I show the fun fold I did for the invitation itself. This might help you if you are having any trouble.

I hope that my post and video help inspire you to create your own party invitations. You can view the original post here.

More Harry Potter goodness to come!

I’m Your Huckleberry Sign Part 2

As promised, I am back with part two. if you haven’t read Part One you might want to do so here. So, full disclosure, I actually made this sign on a canavas and it didn’t work how I wanted. In Part One, you saw how I cut out my vinyl, on a long stip since I was going to use the positive part as my stencil. When I decided that I would need to remake my sign as a wooden sign, it was clear that I needed to use the negative to create the sign. This changed the way I cut out the vinyl stencils. I’ll share a bit more on this later in the process.

We are having our basement finished and I was just certain that there had to be some scrap wood in our dumpster that I could use. It is a win-win in my book, I get free wood and it keeps something out of the landfil. I found a wooden crate that was not from our project. It held a marble vanity top from someother project but it was perfect.

Huckleberry Sign - salvaged crate
Huckleberry Sign – salvaged crate

I was going to take a photo before I started demolishing it but I was unable to stop myself. Hand this girl a mallet and I will start demo-ing things. To begin, I had to take the crate apart. I used a mallet to separate the sides that had been nailed together and also used a drill to remove any screws. It is possible that I did get a little overzealous becuase one of the sides did split during this process, luckily I only needed three planks.

Crate disassembled with end cut off
Crate disassembled with end cut off

Once I had everything apart I used our chop saw to trim off the ends. I ended up with three planks that were 4″x20.” I wasn’t too worried about the writting since I would be sanding  the wood later.

Back of the sign
Back of the sign

Above you can see that back of the sign. I could have removed the labels but they were all stapled down and that was taking forever to get them all out and since that is the side going against the wall I wasn’t too worried.

Support wood on the back of the sign
Support wood on the back of the sign

Next I cut two pieces of wood into equal strips to hold my panels together. These were also from my crate.

Support strips screwed in place
Support strips screwed in place

I used our impact driver to screw the support strips in place. You could certainly use a regular screw driver but I like the impact driver becuase it sinks the screws. This way I will not have to worry about my sign scratching the wall.

Huckleberry Sign Assembled
Huckleberry Sign Assembled

Here is the sign all assembled.

Huckleberry Sign - Sanded
Huckleberry Sign – Sanded

The next step was the sanding. I used a palm sander and began with 60 grit sand paper then once that was smooth I switched over to a 220 grit. I left a few of my hammer marks and a few imperfections just to give it more character. When I was sanding the front, I also rounded the edges as well.

huckleberry Sign - Staining
huckleberry Sign – Staining

Before I applied my stain, I applied a coat of Pre-Stain Conditioner. I think this did help the stain go on smoothly and evenly. You could probably skip this step if you wanted but it really only took a few more minutes. Now came the stain! I used Minwax Red Mahogany and applied one coat according to the directions. I also made sure to apply stain around the edges.

One application of wood stain
One application of wood stain

Now, I allowed my stain to dry overnight this was becuase I don’t love the smell of wood stain in a small space. While it was still a little smelly it wasn’t terrible.

Stencil Part One
Stencil Part One

As I mentioned in the intro, I created two stencils for my sign. The finished sign is 16″x20.”

Stencil Part Two
Stencil Part Two

Here is the video of the stencil application and painting. I used Waverly Chalk Paint in White and a foam brush to apply my paint in two thin layers. I had some trouble getting the gold 12″ vinyl to stick to my wood, which I am not sure was owing to the fact that it was metallic or some other factor, in th end I was able to make it work. The pink was, for some reason, much easier to work with. Keeping two thin coats of paint helps minimize bleeding under the vinyl.

 

Completed sign
Completed sign

I am trying to decide if I should sand it a little to give it a little more distress but I am a little afraid to ruin it. So for now, this is the finished product. I’ll admit it, I totally want to make more of these. I think that I might try to make a couple with the last name, inital, and established for Christmas gifts.

One of the best things about this sign is that I had almost all of the materials on hand. The only thing that I had to purchase was the Chalk Paint, which ran all of $1.70. How cool is that?

Thank you for stopping by and I promise if I end up sanding this baby I’ll share more photos. Have a crafty day!

 

 

6″x6″ Envelope Tutorial

Hi!

Our snowpocalypse has begun. We are forecast to get somewhere between 8″ -18″ inches of snow in the next 48 hours. I am hoping for a lot of snow and a snow day. I just cherish those days but only time will tell if we will actually get that much snow.

I have a quick post and video for you tonight. My daughter had a birthday party today and the birthday boy only gave her “Star Wars” as a gift idea.  So, I ordered him a nice book and create a fun Darth Vader card for him.  Once I whipped up my little masterpiece I realized that I did not have an envelope that would fit it and I really didn’t want to trek out to try and find one, so taking matters in my own hands, I made my own. Below you can see the video.

 

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To start with I took a piece of 12″x12″ black cardstock and scored it at 3″ and 9.” I then rotated my paper 90 degrees and repeated the scores at 3″ and 9.”

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Now, I folded my envelope along my fold lines. I find that this really helped me remember where I needed to cut.

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I cut along the inner side of the squares on the bottom. I then applied adhesive on the squares once I had folded them under.

6This creates a more solid bottom. You can really just cut them off if you want but I really prefer the look with them on.

8Now you should have a long flap on the bottom. You can just fold that up or you can trim it. I just made cuts from the corner.

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Apply adhesive on this flap and press it down.

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Now, you just need to trim off the top corner squares and then trim the top flap.

11Place your card in the envelope and seal.

EnvelopeThat is really all there is to it! You can make envelopes like this in any size you need. I really liked that I could just make one black envelope instead of having to buy a whole package, that would be if I could have found 6″x6″ black envelopes to begin with.

I made another Darth Vader card that I am planning on sharing this week. I am really having fun with these cards.

Thank you for finding yourself here today!

 

Masking & Copic Marker Coloring Tutorial

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I am back today with a new tutorial video. I created this simple card using the Critters at the Dog Park stamp set from Lawn Fawn. I really like this set and thought that it would be a fun card to share how I use masking and how I colored the main image with Copics. I hope you enjoy the Masking & Copic Marker Coloring Tutorial.

Critters at the Dog Park by Lawn Fawn. Card by Jennifer Miner
Critters at the Dog Park by Lawn Fawn. Card by Jennifer Miner

I created another video but I changed the process a little bit. This is my fist video where I am doing a voiceover as I create the card. I think that this allows me to give much more detailed information and show you more steps along the way. It is far from perfect but I think that this will be a better style of video over all.

I started by creating the mask for the  circle. To do this I started with a piece of cardstock the same size as my card front and then using my Fiskars Circle Cutter I made a circle in the center of the card. This allows me to line-up the mask with my working cardstock so I didn’t have to measure the placement every time. I used this design to create about 10 thank you cards so measuring once instead of on every card saved lots of time.

Next, I created my mask for my happy little dog. To do this I stamped my image on a post-it not. This is a great use for post-its because the adhesive on the back is perfect for this process. It holds but doesn’t leave a residue on the card. Once I stamped the dog I fussy cut around him, just to the inside of the line. Since this will be a mask, I wanted to be sure that I had my background as close to the edge as possible.

Masking and Copic Coloring.
Masking and Copic Coloring.

Now I was ready to get the process started. I applied ATG to the back of my circle mask. I stick this piece of cardstock to my shirt or pants so weaken the adhesive, since I want to remove it. I really should have used removable adhesive but since I didn’t have any on hand, this worked. I lined up my mask and stamped my dog with Memento Ink in Tuxedo Black in the center of the circle.

Created by Jennifer Miner
Created by Jennifer Miner

I then added my post-it note mask over the dog and stamped the grass from the Critters at the Dog park. Now comes the really fun part of creating the background. I used my circular Ink Blending Tools to apply Luck Clover and Mowed Lawn Distress Inks for the grass. Once I have the grass as I would like it, I move onto the heavens okay, just the sky. For this card I used Mermaid Lagoon and Blueprint Sketch Distress Inks.  Once this is done you simply remove the masks and voila. You have created a cool background in a circle shape.

Next, I colored my darling pup. I used Copic Markers in E30, E33, E35, E37 and E29. I laid down a base color over the whole body using the E30 and then blocked in my other colors and then went back and blended them. I used the E29 for his nose.

My inked and colored panel was mounted to a piece of pattern paper from Stamping’ Up and then this was added to a navy panel. This all went on a card base and that was it. You could really use any shape you wanted and any stamp to create just the feel you want.

Happy Dog-4

 

Materials

Stamps: Critters at the Dog Park – Lawn Fawn

Ink: Tuxedo Black – Memento, Lucky Clover, Mowed Lawn, Mermaid Lagoon & Blueprint Sketch Distress Ink – Ranger

Copic Markers: E30, E33, E35, E37, E29

Paper: Neenah Solar White, Designer Paper (retired) – Stampin’ Up, Navy Cardstock – Unknown

 

Thanks for popping by! Have a great day.

 

 

 

Paper Classic Rose Tutorial

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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.

Rose Tutorial stills-9

To start you will want to punch out five Dogwood shapes and then cut the flowers apart. This will give you 20 individual petals.

Rose Tutorial stills-3

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.

Rose Tutorial stills-10

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.

Rose Tutorial stills-8

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.

Rose Tutorial stills-5

Rose Tutorial stills-4

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.

Rose Tutorial stills-11

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.

Rose Tutorial stills-7

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.

Rose Tutorial stills-1

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.

Rose Tutorial stills-6

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.

Rose Tutorial stills-2

Materials

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!

Winged Cube Boxes

Wing Cube Box-1Hi y’all!

Today I am sharing a new tutorial and video tutorial for these super cute winged cube boxes. I have also seen them called wing cube boxes. Either way I love the look of these and have had a lot of fun creating them. I have two very different looking boxes, one elegant and one more whimsical and fun. They were created in pretty much the same manner and think that it is fun to see how different they are. The pink and purple leopard print cube was really inspired by an earlier card you can see here.

Wing Cube Box-3

In the video I am showing the process to create the boxes and not the flowers. My next video will show the process to create the purple flower. It was just getting too long and I thought that it made a little more sense to split them into two videos/tutorials. As an aside, I have moved my camera to shoot overhead and I noticed that I am not quite in the right a few places during the video, sorry to you all and I am working on it. Here is the video:

 

To create a winged cube box you will need cut a piece of cardstock 8 1/2″ x 8 1/2″. Score this at 2 3/4″ and 5 1/2″. Rotate your cardstock 90 degrees and repeat the scoring. Now you will cut along one score line on each side. If you look at your paper you will see three sections divided by two score lines. I cut to the line on the left-side up to where it was intersected by another score line. Repeat this on each side. Fold along all of your score lines. Apply adhesive (I used my ATG) on each corner square. Fold the box so the corners with the adhesive are on the inside of the box.  You should now have a little cube. Here is a quick drawing to show you where to score and where to cut.

Base Cut Guide

Next we will create the wings. You will start by cutting two pieces of cardstock 5 1/2″ x 5 1/2″. Score at 2 3/4″, rotate 90 degrees and repeat the score at 2  3/4″. Now, you will cut off three sides of the paper. Using either scissors or a paper trimmed line up with the paper where there are two score lines. By cutting here you should cut off a small triangle shape. Repeat this for three sides. For your fourth side you will score this line. If everything went according to plan you should have a shape that looks like an open envelope. Here is another guide to show you how/where to score or cut for the wings.

Wing Cut Guide

My drawings aren’t super fancy but I think that they should help you see where to cut.

Wing Cube Box-3

Now you will need to cut your DP or create the contrasting triangles for the wings. Cut three squares 2 5/8″ x 2 5/8″ and then cut each diagonally. You should now have six small triangles. For the pink and purple box I stamped a leopard print in purple on a scrap of pink. For the brown box I used DP. Now, adhere these to the triangles on your wings. Now you will glue your wings to your cube. You should have one triangle without glue, apply glue to the inside and of this blank triangle. Repeat with the other wing. Now your basic box is complete.

Wing Cube Box-2

You can now add the embellishments. For this project I created a paper rose and then adhered it onto one of the wings. I added Stickles Glitter Glue and a few adhesive gems. I then tied the whole thing together with a bright pink ribbon. I think that these would make great boxes for a teacher gift or something small.

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Here is the other box I created. Pretty much the same but more roses and different colors.

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The lighter colored roses were created with McGill Paper Blossom Punches and the darker were created using the Tatter Floral Die from Tim Holtz.

I will be submitting my Leopard Box in this week’s Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge: Something New since this is a new box for me.

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Materials (Pink & Purple Leopard)

Cardstock: Pink & Purple – Recollection Sassy Collection, Gable Green – Stampin’ Up

Ink: Grape Memento – Tsukineko

Stamp: Leopard Print – Hero Arts

Adhesive: Scotch ATG & Quick Dry Adhesive, High Temp Hot Glue

Stickles: Eucalyptus & Purple – Ranger

Gems: TCP Studio

Ribbon: Create It 360! – Michaels

Punches: Birch Leaf, Dogwood & Starflower Paper Blossom Punches – McGill Inc.

Brown with Coral Roses

Paper: Neenah Solar White, Chocolate Cover Weight – Archivers, Gorgeous Green Stampin’ Up, ANW Crestwood Black Stripe Color Connect 12×12

Ink: Abandoned Coral, Ripe Persimmon, Spun Sugar & Vintage Photo Distress Ink – Ranger

Ribbon: Unknown

Punches/Dies: Birch Leaf, Dogwood & Starflower Paper Blossom Punches – McGill Inc., Tattered Florals Tim Holtz – Sizzix

Adhesives: Scotch ATG & Quick Dry Adhesive, High Temp Hot Glue

These video tutorials are taking a bit longer then I was hoping but I really like creating them so the posts might slow a little bit but I really hope I will get faster.

Thank you for stopping by!

 

 

 

 

 

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!