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Fairy Home and Easy Paper Rose Tutorial

Paper Rose Tutorial 
       Hi friends, I made a home for the fairies in my garden with lots of glittery handmade flowers , magical vines and an inviting cozy fire inside!
Paper Rose Tutorial 
         To add to the fairyland charm , there are sparkling cascading teardrop crystal sprigs, beautiful velvet vine trails, a silver humming bird and a "charming" dragon fly !
Paper Rose Tutorial 
And of course the fairies do need a lot of sparkle and bling and cheerful colors to help make them feel "happy" at their home! The glittery "Happy" has a backdrop of two large lacy hearts to add a bit of magical romance!!
Paper Rose Tutorial 
I hope the little magical beings will love to flutter with the dragon flies and fly among the sparkling flowers!
Paper Rose Tutorial 
The fairy home has a latched door which swings open and inside is a warm cozy light to keep the fairies snugly warm!
Paper Rose Tutorial 
He he now back to serious human crafty talk....here are some of the handmade paper flowers I have been obsessed with making the past few days!
Paper Rose Tutorial 
There are many many Tutorials on making a rose but since its such a tricky flower to make I always love to share if I find "easier" ways of making this beautiful flower!!
So lets jump right into the Paper Rose Tutorial- the easier way!!
Materials
  • Paper : You will get the best results with good quality thick card stock . My absolute favorite right now is Dress my Craft papers from Crafters Corner which is 285g thick , has excellent water absorbing and sculpting properties and takes on colors really well
  • Embossing Tools: You can actually make flowers by just using your fingers and a pen but having excellent tools will make your flower making quicker , more enjoyable and satisfying! I used the Dress my Craft Golf tool set from Crafters Corner
  • Flower Shapes : you can hand-cut, die cut or even punch [ but most punches wont punch very thick card stock] flower petal shapes. A 5 or 6 petal flower shape is the easiest to make a rose. Here I used Spellbinders Rose Creations dies and used  the 2nd largest die to get 4 die-cut flowers .
  • Coloring Media : you can use whatever you want. I prefer Distress Inks  
  • Adhesives : clear drying liquid adhesive or if you want to craft quickly then use a hot glue gun.
  • Embossing Pad : I personally like the pads made of thick foam .You can alternately use a mouse-pad too.
  • Mister and Towel. Since you are working with thick card stock you need to moisten your paper to be able to sculpt it. You can dip your flowers into a bowl of water but I find misting quicker and less messy. Use a paper towel of cloth towel to help mop dry your misted blooms.
  • Optional to jazz up your flowers:Glitter/Frosting Powder . My current favorite is Dress my Craft Sparkling dust
Paper Rose Tutorial 
Use any 5 petal flower shape and color whichever way you want.Use one color, ink only the edges or use 2 different shades. Just remember to color both surfaces of your flower as the rose is a 3 dimensional flower and you will see both sides on your final flower.
Mist lightly with water and blot gently with a towel.
Paper Rose Tutorial 
To quickly and easily form the central bud , use the largest of the golf tools and roll your flower petal around it
Paper Rose Tutorial 
This is so much quicker than embossing with  tools and much easier than simply trying to roll the petal into a cone using your fingers alone!
Paper Rose Tutorial 
Do the same with all the petals of your flower.
Paper Rose Tutorial 
To form a nice pointed cone, now take the 2nd largest golf tool and wrap one petal around it...sliding it up to the tapering end and rolling into a tight cone.
Paper Rose Tutorial 
What I loved about the Dress my Craft paper is that not only is it super easy to shape by this method but also the shape stays nicely...see how the petal doesn't uncoil immediately but gives time to glue!
Paper Rose Tutorial 
You need to do this with only one petal which will form the innermost core of your bud. Glue the other petals around this .You can use hot glue if you are adept with it [meaning not prone to burning yourself and not using too much] or use a clear drying adhesive of your choice.
Paper Rose Tutorial 
You can either glue the adjacent petals overlapping the edges or glue petals from opposite sides...it just slightly changes the look of your bud and gives a bit of variety!
Paper Rose Tutorial 
Your bud is now ready ! Add a calyx and its ready to go on a project as it is!
Paper Rose Tutorial 
For the layer immediately around the bud, again use the large golf tool and rather than emboss, simply wrap the petals around it like you did before.
Paper Rose Tutorial 
Optionally,  use the pointed tapered end of your 2nd largest or smaller golf tools and gently curve the edges of the petal outwards.
Paper Rose Tutorial 
 Glue around your bud
Paper Rose Tutorial 
You can achieve a tight or loose look for your rose by choosing where you apply the glue:
  • Apply glue only on the  base of the bud and you will have a looser more open kind of rose
  • Apply glue on the base and on the lower half of the sides of the bud...you will get a tighter rose!
Paper Rose Tutorial 
For the outer layers [you can add 2-3 depending on how full a flower you want] use the large golf tool to nicely cup and add subtle texture to the petals.
Paper Rose Tutorial 
If any area looks stiff ,switch to a smaller golf tool and go over that area. Keep in mind that if you want more embossing anytime switch to the smaller size of the golf tool.
Paper Rose Tutorial 
Invert the cup shaped flower and press the center with the round end of the largest golf tool.
Paper Rose Tutorial 
Glue this under your rosebud
Paper Rose Tutorial 
And so with just 3  die cuts  you have made a cute little rose!
Paper Rose Tutorial 
Add more layers if you want a fuller rose .
To jazz up your rose...apply adhesive medium [use spray adhesive, crackle paint, multi-medium matte, glossy accents etc] and sprinkle Dress my Craft sparkling dust or frosted sugar.
Paper Rose Tutorial 
Doesn't the rose look beautiful !!!
Handmade Paper Rose
 And the best thing is its not too hard to make !!
Handmade Paper Rose
 The pink one below is the one I used in the fairy tea light holder.
Handmade Paper Rose
And here is the tea light holder hanging from the  miniature orange tree in our home!
Paper Rose Tutorial
I hope you liked the home I made for the fairies and found some of the flower making tricks I have shared useful.
Do tell me how it is.
Supplies : All from Crafters Corner:  Dies :  Winnie and Walter Happy Cutaway , Spellbinders Rose Creations  , Spellbinders Lace Hearts, Cheery Lynn  Humming bird, Cheery Lynn  dragonfly, Cheery Lynn  butterfly,
Stamps : Heartfelt Creations Open Leaf Stamp,Heartfelt creations Delightful Daisies Stamp
Inks : Distress Inks  
Flower making : Pollen, Crystal Fillers
Dress my Craft products: Flower Making Paper : Dress my craft collection exotica and Floral Oriental collection paper.Golf Tools : LARGEMEDIUM,  SMALLMINI and NEW : Golf tool set.Sparkling Dust from Dress my Craft

Linking to  
  1. Winnie and Walter Birthday Bash Bright Colors Challenge 
  2. Winnie and Walter Birthday Bash Mood Board Challenge 
  3. Winnie and Walter 3 Challenge : Have used 3 large flowers as the main focus.
  4. Simon Says Wednesday Florals
  5. Simon Says Monday- my favorite tool right now are the Embossing Golf tools.
  6. Word Art Wednesday
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