Monday, March 14, 2011

Reach For A Rosette (Or Two)

Your kits will be arriving with you soon, and I'm sure you've got plans for them! I used my scraps to make a few more rosettes and today I thought I'd show you how I did it. It's an easy way to add dimension to a page, and a great base to use for a bit of layering



To start, cut your paper into strips about 2 inches wide and 6 inches long (any longer and it becomes too stiff to cut through). Punch a decorative pattern along the two long sides, or use scalloped scissors. Leaving it plain looks good too, but the scallops make it easy to do your folding


Make concertina folds backwards and forwards evenly along the strip, then hold it folded in your hand and cut a little notch in the middle on each of the long sides. Make sure it's in the centre or your rosette will be lopsided


Tie string tightly around the centre of your folded piece using the notches as a guide, then gently unfold and open up your rosette. Form it into a circle and glue the edges together.

Now use your rosette as a start to create a unique embellishment, layering up stickers or little punched shapes. The Echo Park papers are double sided, so check which side you prefer before you start. The two in the background here are For The Record, the one in the front is with a thinner Jenni Bowlin paper which folds up really nicely. Try it!
Simple! If you decide to add one to a layout this month, leave us a link. We'd love to see.

15 comments:

Clare said...

Thank you for this tutorial, I have admired the pre-made versions of these in the past and now I can have a go myself!

Sandra said...

I can't wait to have a play ... these are fabulous - and thank you for the easy to used tutorial.

jo said...

Looking forward to my kit arriving - will certainly have a go at these flowers. Thanks for sharing.

debbie (r61) said...

what a great idea, much easier than those tim hotlz dies that you need three hands for :) will definitely be giving that a go :)

heatherblossom said...

wow, they are just gorgeous:)

JO SOWERBY said...

oooh pretty and a new way of making them..............i often cheat cos ive got a die ;-))
Jo xxx

Sandie said...

I was led here from Sian's blog.
Big tick to Sian for the link and
thanks to you for this wonderful tutorial.
I love these and will put them on my to make list. Can't wait!!

Jimjams said...

Lovely clear tutorial - that centre notch makes them so easy to do!

Maria Ontiveros said...

Sian,
Those are gorgeous! Never knew to check for you over here before.
Rinda

furrypig said...

thanks for sharing this Sian no need to buy a die now!!

scrappyjacky said...

Great tutorial,Sian.

Deb @ PaperTurtle said...

So THAT'S how you make those lovelies! Thanks for the sweet tutorial...I'm gonna' make some of these myself!

yvette said...

That is lovely, can't wait to have a try at it. Thanks for the tutorial.

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Dee . . . . . said...

What a wonderful tip! Having taken the skin off my fingers using a glue gun and the TH die Im am much prefering this method . . lol. TFS Sian!