Sunday, March 27, 2011

A Rose tutorial by SasSa

I like to make homemade flowers and sat one day trying 
to make different flowers with the Retro punches from EK Success.
And I came up with some flowers and  a rose I like very much.
Made some more roses and used on some of my projects.
For ex, if you remember  

Jorunn in the StampARTic team asked me where I had bought the flowers.
I told her I made it myself.
And that´s how this tutorial came to life.

Here´s how I make the rose.

Material used....
Retro punch from EK Success
(I use Large to a large flower and medium to a smaller one.)
But I think any five petal flower would work. Why not give it a go..?
Glue - I think Glossy Accents from Ranger works best.
Two shades of glimmer mist. I use a red and an orange one.
Heat tool (for embossing) but I use it to dry the flowers when I have misted them.
A pair of scissors.
And a pair thin pointy tweezers.
A sheet of good quality paper 
I use one we put photos on for albums here in Sweden.
But I think water color paper works also.
 Cardstock does not take the water so well, it bleeds
But one can always try.
Finally, one larger cardboard box to mist and dry the flowers in.

I punch out 4 flowers for every flower I´m  are making.
So here´s 2 large and 2 small roses.

Put them in the cardboard box on some tissue paper.

Start mist with the darker color.

I mist one layer and then I dry them with the heat tool.
If there are larger spots of mist it does not matter I think it only looks more real.

Dry after one layer

Then I continue with more mist until I think it´s good color on the flowers.

Dry after 2 layer

3 and my final layer this time. Heat dry and turn the flowers.

Mist the other side with the lighter color.

Here dry after 2 layers.

See the differens? 
Some are on the deep red side, 
the others are on the orange side.
This is how I color them to look more like the real thing.

Begin with one flower and choose witch side to begin with.
I choose the orange side.
Put the tweezers on the middle of one petal.

Pull one side of the petal up and the other side down
and at the same time twist and press around the tweezers.

When I have done that all around the flower it looks like this.
I do this to give the flower more volume.

As I think the rose looks more real with different shades I choose 
to use 2 on the deep red and 2 on the orange side.

 Then I take the first flower and cut away the 
middle, but so it still holds together.

Now it´s time for the tweezers again. 
I press and twist the tweezers backwards.

This is how it looks on the other side.

 Roll the first petal to make the center of the rose.

Put a drop of glue (in this case Glossy Accents) In the middle of the first petal.

Hold together until the glue are little dry.

The I put a drop of Glossy on the second petal.

Put the first rolled petal on the second. 
Wrap it around the first petal.

A different angle.

Put glue in the middle of third petal and 

Wrap around the rose bud.

Press and hold until a little dry.

Forth and fifth petal I make a little pointy.
Take the tweezers and press it from the middle of top to one of the edges.

Pull backwards.

Turn and do the same.
Press from the middle of the top to the other edge this time.

And turn it backwards.

Now the forth and fifth petal looks like this.
And I put glue on them. In the middle.

I put the glue in the middle because if I put it to fare up it will show 
and if too fare down it will not hold together if I have to cut it shorter.

I continue to wrap the petals around the rose bud.

First layer done.

Little closer up.

Cut the second layer as the first and now I use the deeper red side up.

Make the petals pointy. All around.

Now I dare to glue more than one petal at a time.

Wrap and press lightly.

Hold it until it feels a little dry.


.... and wrap

... and press lightly.

Second layer done. Hold it until it feels a little dry.

Now to the last two layers. 
Make the petals pointy like you did with the second layer.

First I MIGHT have to cut the bud if it is too long. 
I try position the rose bud in the 3 layer and if the bud sticks up 
to fare above the third layer petals then I need to cut it.
That´s why the glue is so important in first and second layer.

Cause if I have not glue properly  
and I cut it I take away the thing that holds the petals together
and it will fall apart.
ALSO I´m very careful when I cut so the bud 
does not fall apart if the glue still are wet OR so i does not go all flat.
Then I adjust it before I continue.

A big blob of glue in the center of the 3 layer.
Orange side up.

Sometimes I even take some glue on the petals but then 
I put it fare down towards the center so it does not show.
I also try to put the flowers so the petals 
are shown in between, like every other.

Again glue in the center. Last layer now... Deep red side up.

Here I have turned the flower so the petals are shown in between every other.
Deep red, orange, deep red, orange, deep red......

Finished rose.

 And here´s all four roses that I begun with. 
2 large ones and 2 small ones.

A small box with some newly made roses.

Some more earlier examples already shown...
Here I only show the lighter shade side. 
But if I look from the side I see the darker too.


A red and orange one.

I hope you like it.
If you redo the tutorial please link back to this.
Good luck!!
Hugs SasSa