Monday, June 21, 2010

Coffee Filter Roses

Happy Monday everyone!  Ok, not so happy, but at least happy scrappin'! This is an amazingly easy way to make a flower to embellish your favorite scrapbookin' LOs.  I used cooffee filters to make this roses and they turned out great! I had read in a scrapbooking magazine a tutorial about making cupcake paper flowers, but this has my own spin on it...Personally. I like coffee filters better than cupcake paper because they are thicker and absorb the inks very nicely, especially if you are using distress ink.  I used size 4 coffee filters, but you can use any size... just bear in mind that the circle you cut will hold all the folds, and the larger the filter, the larger the circle you need.  I used circles of 2.5" to 3" in diameter.  Here's the quick tutorial.

Get your coffee filter, desired ink, scissors, glue, and if you like, stickles and a marker. You will also need a circle cut out to set your rose.  .
 Lay the filter flat and ink it with your preferred color and ink type.  I prefer distress inks by Tim Holtz, I'm such a big fan! And the filter will take the ink very well. I used fired brick here.
Once you've inked your filter, cut out a spiral starting on the edge.  Try to leave at least 3/4-1" length between edges so you can actually shape your rose nicely.  The closer you get to the center, the thinner your spiral. 
I used a silver marker to paint the edges so that they look defined, but that's optional.  I would suggest you apply stickles later if you so desire, because they are super sticky and messy...
Now that your filter is prepped, you grab your circle and start folding around the edges.  Start at the outer rim of the circle and work your way towards the middle.  Be mindful of the glue you use, because if it's the liquid type and the filter gets wet, it may tear as you're folding.  With that said, I use the liquid type, I just was extra careful.
When you are done, it will look like this:

And you are done! Here's the LO where I used these roses.
TFL! Feel free to ask any questions!

Sunday, June 20, 2010

Stamped Paper Roses

I have been using TinaR's tutorial to create my own paper roses:  But this is my own spin on creating the same paper rose... Tina, thanks for the inspiration, your LOs are awesomeness!
A few pointers here before I start.  The key to making a beautiful looking rose is to have hearts of at least 3 sizes.  Depending on the paper you use and the style you use to scrap, then the finishes will vary.  You will need a brad to hold the rose together, and in this particular case, the longer the prongs, the better it will hold all the layers and still have enough length left to fold over.
In this specific case, I fell in love with a stamp with the word love in many different languages and shaped like a heart.  So I wanted to use that stamp on my paper to create a whimsical looking rose.  I used Tim Holtz Distress Ink in Dusty Concord for a purpl-ish color.

Using the ink tool from Ranger, I blended the edges of the hearts so that you could see a defined shape.
Next, I cut out the hearts, I didn't really worry about making the cutting perfect, as they are more of a distressed shape than a perfect one.  I counted 18 hearts and lined them up in rows of 6.  Because I only had one size stamp, all my hearts started out being the same size, but that's easily fixed by cutting them to smaller sizes.  Again, no worries here about making it perfect.  And as I had said before, you need at least 3 sizes.

Next you cut straight into the middle of the heart so that later on you can fold the curves of the heart as petals.  

And now you put it all together in a brad! Start out with the small hearts and then the biggest ones go last. 

This is what you end up with:

Now comes the shaping.  My own personal way to get this looking like a rose is to use an embossing stylus to roll up each individual petal.  If you don't have a stylus you can use a pencil or a pen.  I like the stylus because I use the thin part to roll up the edges and then the thicker handle to roll up the base of the petals.  

Another little trick that is helpful to get the rose to take shape is to push the base of the petal towards the center while you have it rolled up.  This way you are creating an instant push upwards so the flower can take shape.

Now we just have to worry about the center.  Cut out two tiny hearts and fold them together like I show in the picture:

Apply your preferred glue to the center of the rose and then wrap the tiny folded hearts to insert them in the middle.  I like to scrunch the flower so that it folds on itself and looks more like a rose.  Especially in the middle, so that the folds close in on the brad and you can't see it ;-)

I then applied some glimmer mist and voila! Your paper rose is ready...

Thanks for looking, and check out Tina's blog if you want to try out the version that inspired me!

And here is the stamped paper rose used in one of my favorite LOs!  

Pointy/Pinwheel Flowers

These are simply chic flowers for your geometric-style LOs.  I created them when I saw this paper pattern made up of little gift boxes. 
First, you need to cut up a bunch of squares - the bigger they are, the easier it will be to make the flower.  I have a square punch, or you can use a stencil or your cricut shapes.

There's no fixed number of squares, it depends on how full you want your flower....  I used 13 squares roughly the same size.  Once you have them all cut up, the next step is to fold them neatly so that their corners match as I show in the pic.
Now you can get your brad and start assembly.  I used a brad with long prongs because the cardstock I used was thick, but if you use designer paper you might get away with using a smaller brad.  Also, to make my life easier, I used my xacto knife to puncture the places where the folded squares will go into the brad, but that's just me.
 When you have all of your folded squares inserted into the brad, this is basically what you will have:

This would be ok to use in a layout, but to me it felt like it needed some pizzazz... So, I started folding the edges of the squares/now triangles to get more volume and this is the result:
I used some Tattered Angels Glimmer Mist to add some shine, just so it fits with my blingy LO.
The next step is entirely optional, but I wanted to add some coverage to the sides of the brad, so I used one more folded square and cut it in half.
Then I cut up the pointy side through the middle and curled up to fit around the sides of the brad.

And this is the flower that I ended up with:

This is the LO I was working on when I came up with the pointy flower idea... BTW, a lot of the embellies here are part of giftbags my son got for his birthday! The little scrunchy ribbons were part of a giftbag.  I used the tissue paper to create the other flowers in this LO.  I will be posting more details soon, stay tuned!!
 This is the detail of the pinwheel flower... It was tiny but I thought it looked appropriate with all the fun coloring going on...
 And this is the LO where I used the flower I made for the tutorial.  I wanted to juxtapose the pointy edges in the flower with the soft circles... The possibilities are endless!

I'm thinking of making this flower in red, white, and blue for my 4th of July LO this year! I'll be posting details soon... TFL!