... you've been asking for it, so here it is. A little tutorial on how I made my Melissa Frances Crepe Paper roses.
1. Begin by cutting a piece from the Crepe Paper to measure 1" x 10" and fold it in half on the longest side.
2. Once you have it folded in half (you don't need to make a sharp fold, just hold it in place) then you can begin to roll up one end so that you form a couple of layers.
3. On the inside apply a small dot of hot glue to hold in place then turn/twist the paper outward or the opposite way that you were rolling to make the center.
4. Continue twisting the Crepe Paper, bringing it around the center to form layers of petals. Apply small dots of glue at random to hold into place.
5. Continue twisting the Crepe Paper until the desired flower size is achieved, making sure to bring the layers out a bit as you work around the flower.
6. Notice that on the back side of the rose, the center of the rose protrudes out a bit which makes it easier to hold on to as you are wrapping the twisted paper around it.
7. Once the rose is the desired size, cut off the longest part of the center that you were holding onto and glue the end of the twisted paper to the center of the bottom. Often times the roses form a little cup shape on the bottom and it makes for a good place to tuck the end of the paper into.
8. Sprinkle the roses up with glitter if desired and you're done! Easy!
You can make larger roses in the same manner, but cut your Crepe Paper wider and longer. Play around with sizes-- it's fun :-) I made a larger rose for the center of the bow on this book project and as you can see the "petals" aren't twisted quite as tight as I did for the smaller ones. I like this look! The small roses measure between 1/2" and 3/4" across and the large one on the books measures almost 2" across.
I used to make roses from ribbon like these back in the 90's when I had a retail store, but this type of rose flower has been around longer than that and you can still buy them at craft stores today. Check Michael's wedding section for several color choices. Or make your own from the Crepe Paper, ribbon, or even party streamers work well for this.
Also, check out this post that I did last July when the MF Crepe Paper was first shipping. HERE you can see the Poppy type flowers that I made with the blue Crepe Paper. Basically, I just rolled a single layer of the paper and fanned it out as I went. This crepe paper is so easy to work with and holds the shape very well.
To see more lovely projects made with Melissa Frances products go to the blog HERE! Another design team member also created Crepe Paper roses and she will be posting a tutorial for hers on the Melissa Frances blog soon. Check out Danielle Flanders roses and her Homespun with Heart blog...she has a whole lotta talent and you'll be inspired when you visit!
Anyone want to see some new BasicGrey ? I had fun creating with their new lines released at the CHA Winter show.
This was made with Cappella Collection. They call it their wedding collection, but you could use it for a whole list of other projects. Make sure to click the link for a view of the entire line.
This is the new Kioshi Collection and it's loaded with pretty floral papers and embellishments for spring. Little girls will love their scrapbook pages done up with those colors and the felt flower stickers and Chenille posies. Too sweet!
Then there is the Green at Heart collection. Happy, flowery, bright colored papers and embellishments that are really hot in fashion and decor today. You can always find BasicGrey to be a leader in what is most influencial in the scrapping world. Have you ever seen their fabrics? Take a look at their Moda line of fabric.... it is awesome.
There are more new collections, but I'll post my projects using them later--I think that I've overloaded you enough today!
How about we have a "Name Your Favorite BasicGrey" collection and we do a GIVEAWAY!!!!!! Comment here for a chance to win. You can pick any of the new lines..... Cappella, Kioshi, Green at Heart, Max and Whiskers, Sugar Rush, or Origins.