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How To Make A Paper Rose

1. I drew the shape of a single rose petal on a piece of thin cardstock (I got my shape from a real rose petal). My petal is about 2.5 cm long and 2.3cm wide. I cut it out and then taped the side of the shape back together to use as my template. I cut a bunch out - not knowing how many I'd need. I ended up using 17 in the rose.

2. I dabbed the central end of the petals with a chestnut coloured ink pad. You could colour with water colour pencils, or leave them as is. Almost any dark colour would do - dark red, black, blue, dark green, purple ... it all just looks like a shadow when on red. I also punched a small circle for the base. Cut it out freehand if you like - you won't see this at all when finished. I dried the ink with my heat gun but that's just because I'm impatient!
3. Using a kebab skewer or thin paintbrush handle or knitting needle (you get the idea) curve the middle of the petal. You can make the curves with tweezers too. (Excuse the brown ink on my fingers and fingernails - I started shaping the first one without drying the ink!)
4. Then curve the top edge of each side of the petal back.
5. Squish the curves into shape until you get something like this.
6. Repeat for all the petals. They don't need to be identical to each other.
7. Bend the tip of the petal to put a dot of glue on the underside. I used hot glue since you can keep adding layers of petals without dislodging the previous layer. Attach to the edge of the circle base.
8. The first layer of petals should look like this. Note that I used 5 petals in the first layer (and 5 in the second layer). The first layer of petals have a small gap in the centre.
9. As you build up the second layer of petals, place them closer together in the middle and place them so that the petal is centred over a gap in the petals of the previous row.
10. In the 3rd and 4th layers I have used 3 rose petals, starting to overlap the tips of the petals in the centre of the rose (at the base).
11. For the centre I rolled a single petal up tightly and glued it closed. Then I chopped a little off the bottom so it wouldn't sit too high. Just glue that in the middle. You're done! The finished rose is approx 5cm (2 inches) in diameter. Adjust your petal size to suit the size rose you want to make.
12. I punched a few leaves, inked the edges and embossed veins to give them shape. I embossed with a small ball tool on the back of a thin mousemat. No fancy overheads here! You could just draw the outline of a few leaves and cut them out if you don't have a punch. Pretty much any leaf shape looks good.
Here is the final card I made. I used the Marianne Anja corner die, inked and embossed with crystal embossing powder. The leaves are a Carl punch. The branch stems are from a leafy branch set from Sizzix. The little white flowers are from a corner punch. The label (as yet without a greeting) is from an Mpress set of nesting dies. Oh and I brushed a bit of ink over the edge of the rose petals, dusted with crystal embossing powder and heat embossed.

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