Large Paper Roses

I found this large paper rose when I was trying flowers for flower week  few months ago, but I could never figure out how it went together.  Well I did it!  And wow is it beautiful.  

Keeping with the new blade theme I also made it with the wavy blade and it turned out beautiful too. (Only the petals are cut wavy.)  The finished rose is about 6 inches across.  Actually, making it bigger is a little easier. The difficult part is putting this flower together.

What you will need:
          • 2 sheets cardstock for the petals
          • liquid glue 
          • glue gun
          • scrap of green cardstock
          • Optional:  wavy blade and cricut maker
          • Download File
          • Lots and lots of patience
Cutting the Flower

The roses can be cut from any color or patterned cardstock. I cut them all from plain paper, but you can cut them from patterned paper if you want. The leaves really should stay green since this is a distinctive characteristic of flowers.  Your imagination is your only limit.

The petals at this size will take 2 pieces of cardstock and it should be 2 sided cardstock.  

If you want the wavy petals just use the wavy design space file or change the SVG file  petals to wavy once it is uploaded.  You will need the maker and the wavy blade.

Assembly
This is not an easy flower to put together.  The bigger you make it though, the easier it is.  The first stem is to glue the petals.  Glue them so that the two pieces exactly overlap at the end.  This is very important, and I will tell you why in a minute.  The finished petal should look like this:
Glued petal of the paper rose

When you have all 15 petals glued, set them aside and let them dry.  

Flower Center

Then get the weird shaped piece with only 2 cut lines in it.  This is the center of the flower.  Roll it several times to get it accustomed to being rolled.  Hold it just the way it appears in the file, with the little hump to the left.  Wrap that piece so that the right side (the big hump) is rolled inside and put the tab through the slot furthermost away from it.  Then wrap the other end all the way around and insert the tab in the other slot.  It should look like this

Attaching Petals

If you count them the other weird piece has 15 horizontal slits and one diagonal larger slit.  I bet you already realize that the petals go through these 15 slots.  First roll the piece with the slits to relax the paper.  Then make sure all the slits are cut.  Sometimes the cricut may not cut all the way through.  Stick a pointy tool through them to make sure.

Start at the top with the smaller petals and work your way down.  Insert the glued end through the slit.  This is why you needed to glue them just right, so they would go through the slit.  When you are done it should look like this

You can glue the tabs down with some liquid glue after all the petals are inserted.  I really really recommend that you glue them.  Use a glue gun if necessary.  Don’t glue them until you are done inserting ALL the petals because you could accidentally glue a slit closed.

Rolling the flower

Now you can roll the flower up with the part with no petals on the inside.  Put some glue on the tab  and put it through the big slot.  The other center piece you made goes in the center.

The green piece is wrapped around the base and the tab fits in the slot.  This is not that easy and you may have to fudge it a little and squeeze the bottom of the flower.  With the glue gun, glue the flap over the bottom of the flower.

Once everything is attached and you are sure the glue will hold, bend the flower petals and leaves out and curl the ends if you want.  (I liked them as is so I didn’t.)

And your rose is done!

I have to give special thanks to Janis at Her Paper Element.  Her video tutorial taught me how to make these flowers.  I changed her instructions a bit because I found an easier way. But if you want to see her video, it is here.  Warning it is 26 minutes long and all the kids and phone noise is annoying.

Engraving your Cover Sheet

Does this sound like you?  I am working hard with my Cricut andit is time to quit and rejoin the real world of cooking and cleaning and my cover sheet for my mat is lost in the pile of papers I have been using.  I can’t see it because it is clear.

I have tried other methods of making the mat cover sheet easier to see, markers, vinyl, etc.  But this is the most creative way I have found.  You can engrave your cover sheet with the engraving tool!  The picture doesn’t do this justice!  Engraving your cover sheet makes it stand out in a bunch of papers scattered on the floor and adds personality to your mats.

What you will need

        • Mat and cover sheet
        • engraving tip for the maker
        • the download file
Paper Selection

OK so it isn’t paper, but this method works best on a new mat.  The new mat and the cover sheet are lined up properly and obviously this is when your mat has the most sticky.  But it works on older mats too.

Engraving

I tried this method several times to see how many times works best for engraving and three seems to be the magic number.  The download file has the three copies all ready for you.  In the SVG file you will need to center the three copies and attach them to each other.

When you get to the “cutting” mat view you want to make sure the design is centered on the front of the mat.  It should be already but mine needed tweaked just a little.

Assembly

There is nothing really to assemble but the cover sheet now has marks on it which make it easier to find in a stack of papers.

This is just a fun little project to decorate your mats a little.  Have Fun!

Wavy Blade for The Cricut Maker

The next blade I am reviewing is the Wavy Blade.  You need the maker to use this blade.  If you don’t havethe maker or this blade you can do the project, the cuts on the rectangles just won’t be wavy.

The wavy blade adds a nice touch to this card, but is it worth the  approximately $15 you pay for it at Amazon or Cricut (Get it here)?

 

You will need:

        • Heavy cardstock for the base
        • scraps of cardstock
        • Pen
        • Glue
My Thoughts on the Wavy Blade

This blade does require you to have the maker and it works in the universal attachment. 

I don’t particularly like this blade.  First of all I wish that the waves showed up on the canvas.  You could tell if you liked the effect and see any problems in advance.  Also when I changed things to wavy it changed the piece back to the original color.  I just don’t understand why it did that.

You also can’t wavy cut one part of the piece and not the other, such as the lattice card I will post tomorrow.  I wanted to wavy cut the edge and leave the inside cuts alone and it wouldn’t do that.

I tried using it on the card band on this card and the lattice card I will put up later.  It didn’t work at all because the waves cut into the smaller cuts and the whole thing fell apart.  And the wheel doesn’t do corners well.

It did add a nice touch to the roses that I will post soon.  And the plain rectangles on this card look nice but…  I just don’t think this blade is worth it.  If you get it as a gift it is useful.  But if I didn’t write this blog , this blade would have been mostly a waste of money.

Paper Selection

I stuck with plain papers in the general tone of valentines day.  You could make this card as an anniversary card and use different colors.  Or some of the pieces might look good in patterned paper.

The base card does need to be at least 100 weight paper. But other than that, any paper would work for this card.

Cutting the Card

The only pieces that the wavy blade will work on are the large rectangles and the base card.  The other pieces have just too fine of cuts for it to work.  If you don’t have the maker or this blade you will need to select the pieces and change them from wavy to cut.  You do this in the menu where you can change to emboss or score.

I used a gold gel pen to do this card and it doesn’t photograph well but looks really nice on the card.

Assembly

This card is pretty easy to assemble.  First re-crease the fold lines to make sure the card works well.

Then attach the embellishments like the picture.

The card band fits around the card and keeps the card closed for shipping.

And your card is done.  It is very small because I wanted the base card to fit on 1 mat but it is a cute little card and fits in an A2 envelope.

Wavy Blade Card with card band