Roses for Valentine’s?

These beautiful paper roses would be a great present for Valentine’s Day!  They will certainly last much longer than the real ones. Each year my Stampin’ Family gets together for a Yankee swap of 3D items.  When I was a new demonstrator, this event started out as a DSCN0044_e Christmas party.  However over the years, we have moved it to January since everyone is so busy around Christmas time!  This year – I went with a Valentine’s theme for my 3D item.  I really wanted to try out the new spiral flower die (item# 129379) that is in the Occasions catalog for spring. I love this die.  This will be my next video technique to record.   Making the flowers does take a little practice.  These roses are made with Real Red card stock and a  piece of wire.  You will also need a container and a glue gun. DSCN0045e_cu   So to make the flowers:

  1.  Cut a piece of real red card stock to 4″ x 4″.
  2. Run the die through your Big Shot to cut out the spirals.
  3. Use a bone folder to break down the stiffness of the card stock.  You want the card stock to be more pliable.
  4. Cut a 12″ piece of wire.  With a pair of  pliers, bend over one end of the wire to make a loop on the end.  This becomes the center of the flower.
  5. Wrap the narrow end of the spiral around the loop of the wire and pinch with your fingers.  Begin to wind around while pinching the bottom.  Use a dot of hot glue to hold the bottom together as you are wrapping around.  There is a tab at the larger end of the spiral.  This becomes the bottom of the flower.  I put a dab of hot glue in the center to hold the whole thing together.

DSCN0045e_edited-1 6.  The leaves are made with the large oval punch and a piece of old olive card stock. 7.  The oval is folded in half the long way and then I poked a hole in the center of oval to feed it onto the wire. 8.  I painted the tips of the flowers with Red Dazzling Details to add a little bling to the flowers! The container is a wooden container that I got at the local craft store.   The container was painted white with gesso paint.  I added a decorative layer with Real Red card stock and Fresh Prints designer paper stack. DSCN0045e2The center heart is stamped in silver and embossed with silver embossing powder from the Language of Love set also in the Occasions catalog.  The heart is layered onto a heart cut from red glimmer paper.  All the hearts are cut using the Hearts Framelits set.  The large hearts are layered onto a doily.  I added a couple of pieces of ribbon scraps that I had around. To make the filler for the container:

  1. Cut narrow strips of pool party card stock.
  2. Run through a crimper and add to the container.

Voila!  You have your container of roses! Enjoy! signature line-003

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