Published on April 25th, 2014 | by Kristen Swain0
Rolled Paper Roses
Rolled paper roses are the rage right now. You can cut them with a specialty machine – Cricut or Silhouette, cut them out by hand, or a lot of manufacturers are creating their own kinds of roll up flowers. Some are flat, some are zigzags, some are scalloped so that the flower comes out differently each time. I have some tricks to show you on creating them, and using them on a couple cards.
I designed all these cards with paper scraps as well as embellishment scraps, you know, those half used sticker sheets, random quotes and chopped up decorative papers. That stuff is gold when you have a few minutes to sit down to design some cards, being able to just pick up a couple pieces, put them on a card and know you come out with a few pretty cards.
I used a couple sheets of these rolled roses from a diecut sheet. ROLLED FLOWER SHEET.
Sorry to say, this company no longer makes paper anymore, but I still had quite a bit of paper from them, including several sheets of these punchouts.
After punching out the flower , you will have a spiral. Take a pair of tweezers and hold at either end of the spiral. Then begin rolling the paper around and around the tweezers. When the flower has been completely rolled, give the paper a good squeeze to hold it’s shape, then remove the tweezers. I like to punch a plain circle to use as my base, then add a dollop of hot glue to the circle, and place the ends of the rolled flower in the hot glue and let it cool. If the coil of paper releases too much and you have a big open spot, take your tweezers and roll the center of the flower back in the glue to fill in the hole.
When I make any kind of rolled piece, or something like a medallion, I use hot glue. You cannot get the staying power of the fast and strong hot glue out of a liquid glue. I also hot glue them to my cards, because they are heavier and even glue dots don’t hold as well.
When I’m making cards, I try to find a color scheme between a few pieces, then add in colors and embellishments that work towards that color palette.
I love using premade quotes on cards, you can adjust them to fit your needs, but also find a unique quote for a message.
Don’t have leaves for your flowers? Make your own. Just cut out a circle, fold it in half and trim it off to a point at both ends. the fold makes the leaf more natural looking.