Sunday, August 24, 2014

Maureen's Fabulous Flower Tutorial

Hi Bloggers. It's time for my second tutorial as a Design Team Member for Prickley Pear. I have chosen to do flowers again, because they are a passion of mine. Making paper flowers is one of my favorite things to do and I thought I would share an economical way to make these lovely little faux roses. I love the tiny roses Prima sells but it's so had to find them, or when I do, they aren't the color I want. So this is a great way to customize your flowers to your paper. This die cost about as much as a package of store bought roses and you can make an unlimited supply for yourself.  Now lets get started.
I am using the PrickleyPear D015 Blobby Flowers Die to cut the petals for each rose. I use only the smallest in the die set.

1.    Cut strips of cardstock 1 ¼ inch wide so as to position the die to cut only the smallest of the three, as pictured here. You will need three cuts for each rose you want to make.

2.    The next step is to cut one calyx for each rose. I use an old Stampin’ Up punch, but you can use any petal punch you have, or a star shape will work as well. 
3. The next step is to start shaping your petals. I loosen up the paper fibers by bending them upward with a stylus. This makes the paper easier to squeeze and roll to form the rose petals. Make sure to do your calyx's also.

4. You start with one petal and lightly push it over a paintbrush handle. You can use a slender ink pen instead if you don’t have a paintbrush.

5. I then squash and roll this center as tightly as possible between my thumb and first finger.

6. Use another petal to form the next layer by just gently pushing it toward the center, but not as tight as the first petal.  You will then add a drop of glue in the center of this petal and insert the tight center piece that you formed prior to this step. You may have to use tweezers to place them together as they are quite small. Wait a few minutes for it to dry before going any further.

7. The last petal should be shaped enough from the stylus so you can add a drop of glue to the center of this petal and place your pre-assembled pieces into this last petal. Basically, the same  above.

8. Add a drop of glue to your calyx and set your rose in the center of this. Let it dry. After drying you can squish your petals or use a tweezers to roll the petals a little tighter or until you’re happy with the way they look.  
Here are the five roses I created to use on my card. I left mine plain but you can use ink across the tops for a distressed look, or touch the petals with white paint for the ever popular Shabby Chic. Oh and lets not forget GLITTER!!!
Here's my card I created, and as you can see, I used the color in my paper to determine what color to make my roses. I hope you've enjoyed this tutorial & try some roses on your own.
I used Graphic 45 paper from the Steampunk Spells collection, the D015 Blobby Flowers Die, the CLR027C Scalloped Oval 4 Floral stamp set,  the D045 Flourish die, and the D035 Mini Gears Die set. The leaves are from old MS punches that I have had forever seems like but still come back to when I need a fill in. LOL Thanks for stopping by today to view my tutorial, Hugs, Maureen


  1. Very pretty roses. Thanks for the tut

  2. very beautiful... thanks for sharing the tutorial..
    Moxie Craftie

  3. Very pretty roses, thank you for sharing the tutorial!