Paper Flowers : 01 – 02

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1. Paper Roses From Hearts

For this type of flower it doesn’t matter how you get the heart shapes, or what size or how many heart shapes you use.  Just be aware that the size and number of heart shapes affect the finished size of the flower.

So – you can punch out heart shapes, die cut heart shapes, cut out heart shapes using an electronic/digital cutting machine such as the Silhouette Cameo, or get your heart shapes as waste from another project.

I prefer making flowers with reasonably heavyweight cardstock, rather than lightweight paper.

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  1. For the flowers I’ve made this time I’ve used “waste” hearts from a heart shaped trellis sheet.
  2. I left the hearts white and pushed out 8 for the first flowers.
  3. The glue I used this time was the Tonic Craft-Tacky Glue, although I usually use Paper Flower Expert Glue.
  4. To soften the cardstock and give it texture I scrunched up every piece.
  5. I then open out the scrunched heart/petal and roll over the top and shape the main part of the petal to a  )  shape with my fingers.

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  1. I do the same for all the petals, until I have eight shaped like this.
  2. I take one petal and start to roll it from one end.
  3. Until it forms a rounded petal with the rolled lip at the top.
  4. So I’ve got a set of eight shaped petals in front of me.
  5. I give a bigger bend to the petal I’m going to add next.

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  1. I put a narrow band of glue across the petal, some third to a half of the way from the bottom.
  2. And wrap the petal around the central tube of the flower that I formed previously.  I try and pinch the base of the flower with thumb and two fingers so that the shape doesn’t get too flat.
  3. I continued putting a narrow band of glue across each petal in turn –
  4. Turning the flower a bit before adding each petal, pinching the base to make the petals stick on, and using the thumb of my other hand to press the top of the flower to keep the petal levels at about the same (couldn’t take a photo of this though because I needed the other hand to take the photo).

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  1. Adding the petals one by one.
  2. A flower with all eight petals stuck together.  If a flatter base/back is required for attaching the flower to the finished project then I’ll cut off the back “point” of the flower now with a large scissors – I don’t chop off the base of the hearts/petals before constructing as I like having them to hold onto and pinch to form the shape of the rose.
  3. A batch of four flowers made the same way.  Of course none of them look exactly the same, even though they’ve been made with exactly the same number of petals of exactly the same shape, because the scrunching for texture, and the turning and sticking, always produces some differences in the finished flower – but then no two flowers are exactly the same in nature either.
  4. Making up a batch of flowers in white means that they can then be coloured to match projects at a future date.  With these four I coloured three of them in using Promarkers from the “New for 2013 Spring-Summer Collection”.  The colours I used were – Fresh Bloom, Heatwave, left white, Spring Lilac.  The flowers can be coloured in completely over the full visible area, or little areas left white for contrast, or even coloured in a light colour and then a darker colour added for interest in some areas.

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  1. A different effect can be achieved by colouring in the petals before assembly, or even cutting the hearts/petals out of different textured and coloured cardstock.  For this flower I coloured in the base of the petals in another of the new colours, Starfish, but left the rolled over tips of the petals uncoloured.
  2. This gives a flower with white tips to the petals but with colour going down towards the base.
  3. For this next flower I again used the same hearts, but I used Tulip Yellow and the Promarker Blender Pen to colour, and used 12 hearts/petals to build up the flower. I coloured the top of every petal using the Blender Pen, then coloured from just below the curled top of the petals down to half way using the Tulip Yellow.  I finished by going back to the Blender Pen, colouring from the yellow area towards the uncoloured rolled over edge in a flicking motion.  This blurred the line between the yellow colour and the white tips of the petals, giving the tips a softer yellow colour.
  4. This flower is slightly larger and the colour looks more diffused going darker where the flower petals would be in shadow.


2. Paper Roses From Spirals

cup388406_596 - card06 - Mary Rose Mother’s Day keepsake & Box….Studiocup392953_596 - card09 - 3D Pentagon Box Card……StudioWhen I put the red rose in it’s presentation box online I was asked if it was difficult to make – my answer was a simple – No!

In fact, it is quite easy.

The litte roses on the pentagon box are also made in the same way but are smaller, so I’ll start off with those and work up to the larger, red, rose.

Smaller White Rose – Cutting file – the “Rose” file from – 3D Pentagon Box Card……CraftROBO/Cameo by Tina Fitch (I believe a similar rose appears in some of Tina’s other cutting files as well.)

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  1.  This is the shape you get when you’ve cut out the rose layer.  I used my Silhouette Cameo to cut this, but the cutting file is available in other formats for other machine.  I also believe that a similar spiral can be cut from dies by various companies as well.  In the same way as it doesn’t matter how you get the hearts for the “Paper Roses From Hearts” tutorial, it doesn’t matter how you get your spiral if you are following this tutorial, only that it looks similar to the one I’ve used.  I seem to remember that I cut these out of either 300gsm or 250gsm Super Smooth white card-stock, but can’t be certain which one I used.  I do like to use quite firm cardstock, and try not to go lower than 220gsm for flowers like this, because I like the flowers to keep their shape once shaped, and to be quite robust for transit.
  2. As I was working on these on my lap I was working on my Buddy Board with the Buddy Board custom fit Foam Mat on top, but you can work on any foam, or even the back of a mouse mat if you have nothing else.  I took a ball tool – in this case a Glitter Girls Ball Tool – and with the spiral face side up I rubbed over the petal area to give it a cupped shape, starting with the furthest out.
  3. I did this for the first 4 petals.
  4. Then I flipped the spiral over and used my ball tool to shape the back of the other petals.
  5. All the way to the last petal but leaving the central circular blob.

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  1. Once I’d got it looking like this I flipped it back over so that the front was once again uppermost.
  2. And using my ball tool I rubbed along the joining strip of card from the outside of the spiral towards the centre working in small back and fore motion.
  3. You’ll find that the spiral begins to curl up on itself as you are working.
  4. And by the time you’ve rubbed along all the way to the centre you’ll have something like this.  I then took the foam mat off my Buddy Board and put on the Buddy Board Custom Fit Non Stick Mat before I began the construction and sticking.

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  1. I then put a thin strip of quick grab wet glue on the joining strip of card at what was the outside end, not the central circular blob, for around an inch or so, and pinching the first couple of petals I started to roll the flower.
  2. I kept adding some more glue and rolling.
  3. Until I reached the end, when I put a big blob of glue on the central blob of the spiral and pushed it onto the base of the spiral. I then pushed the flower down onto the non-stick mat for a bit to make sure that the back of the spiral stuck firmly to the back of the flower.
  4. I then opened out and moved the petals until I was happy with the look.

Larger Red Rose – Cutting file – the “Rose” file from – Mary Rose Mother’s Day keepsake & Box….CraftROBO/Cameo by Tina Fitch

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  1. The cutting file actually comes with three spirals, which I used when making up the rose for the Keepsake & Box, the other one being smaller than these two.  But I didn’t want a flower quite as large for my next project, so I didnt start by winding up the smallest spiral for the middle of the flower.  These two spirals, cut from 250gsm textured cardstock, are of a slightly different size, so you want to work with the smallest one first.  As I was working on a larger flower I started by shaping 6 petals on the front of the spirals.
  2. I then flipped both spirals over and used the ball tool to shape the petals again, making all the the petals on the second spiral turn towards the back.
  3. Until both spirals look like this.
  4. I then flipped both back so that they were face up again and started using my ball tool allong the joining strip of card to shape the spirals.
  5. And after shaping the first spiral I did the same to the second.

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  1. After doing this I was left with this.
  2. The same way as I’d made the smaller, white, rose, I started at the outside edge of the spiral I’d got the petals going two ways, putting glue on the edge and winding the flower up.
  3. I try and push my thumb against the bottom of the wound up spiral as I’m going along to keep the bottom flat, and once I get to the end I put a big blob of glue on the end circle.
  4. Before pressing the flower down onto the circle until it was stuck.
  5. And it looked like this.

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  1. I then put glue on the outside edge of the second, larger, spiral.
  2. And wound on the second spiral to the outside of the first, gluing the central blob of the spiral to the base of the flower.
  3. And holding it tight until the glue set – the reason why a quick grab glue is a good idea as you don’t want to let the flower go and find it unwinding on you.
  4. The finished flower looks like this after opening out and tidying the shape of the petals.

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Both finished flowers – you can see that the red rose is larger than the white one because of the two spirals being used.  The flower in the keepsake in ornate box is larger still because it’s got the third spiral built into it at the centre.  That also came with an extra panel to stick on the back of the flower onto which I attached the stem of the keepsake rose.


Please do come back and have a look at these pages again in the future as I hope to continue adding pictorial guides to some of the different paper flower types I’ve made I’ve done.

Please Note:

  • The photographs used in these pictorial guides were all taken by me and are copyright to me – so no taking copies for your own use in either paper or electronic format.
  • The shapes that I’ve used to make my creations – be they digital/electronic cuts, die cuts I’ve cut myself, pieces punched with a paper punch, laser or die cut elements I’ve bought in, etc. – will all be copyrighted to the original designer/company of those designs. The same is true for any background paper designs I’ve used as well. Where I’ve used background papers, electronic/digital cutting files, dies, etc., I’ve tried to provide details, plus I’ve tried to put in links to where they are legally sold if I know of anywhere they are currently available from, so if you like them you can go and buy your own. If you want to make something similar to what I’ve made, and don’t already have the same items I’ve used, or similar shaped items, then please buy the stuff. Don’t try to use my photos to create your own digital cutting files. It isn’t nice and it isn’t legal.

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