Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Rosette Tutorial

Update 9/28/11:  Hi everyone!  Welcome to Rhinestones and Ribbon!
If you're visiting today from the Doodlebug blog, I'm so excited to have you here!  Isn't Doodlebug the coolest company?  I absolutely love their products and use them frequently.  This is one of the projects I made when I applied to the Doodlebug Design Team- so I created a tutorial back in August for the project and you've landed yourself on that post.  I welcome your comments and feel free to subscribe.
Hi again! I'm so excited because I've been making some tutorials with techniques I love to teach. I've found making video tutorials is a lot of fun, and I love talking to the camera (as long as my husband's not home so he doesn't hear me talking to myself and think I'm going nuts). :)

I also love photo tutorials.  I'm a visual about you?
I've made a photo tutorial on a fun technique- Rosettes! Rosettes are everywhere lately, especially on embellishments for scrapbooking. I love new trends, so I thought I'd show you how to make them at home. I used these rosettes to make a recent project for Doodlebug. These were large rosettes, a little over 4 inches in diameter. (and yes- as you can see from the photos- I was crafting LATE at night :)

First step: Cut your 12x12 cardstock into 2" strips.
2" strips will make a rosette that's a little over 4" in diameter.
If you want a smaller rosette, just cut strips that are 1/2 the diameter of the rosette you want to make.
For example: If you want a 1" in diameter rosette, cut 1/2" wide strips.
I used Doodlebug's Sugar Coated cardstock in lilac. It's got mega sparkle, and it's really heavy duty.

Place your strips face down onto a scoring tool.

My scoring tool is made by Martha Stewart crafts and has 1/8" measurements, but I scored my cardstock every 1/4" (every black line). This makes pretty tight folds, and a rosette that stands off the project 1/4 inch. Use wider scoring measurements if you want your rosette to stand off the page a little higher.

After scoring, your strip will look like this! You'll use two strips per rosette for the effect I have. You can use one strip, but your rosette will not have as many "petals" and will look more loose.

Now, fan-fold each strip like an accordian. For each rosette you'll have two strips, so fan-fold one strip starting up, and one strip starting down. You'll see why below. (If you fold them all the same, it's okay. You can still use it).
Check out the sparkle!!! Are you in LOVE?

Here's one finished strip.

Here's why I like to fan-fold my strips in opposite directions. This way you can "link" them together and only use a small amount of adhesive.
You'll lay one strip on top of the other strip...

and adhere them together with tacky tape (sticky strip, it has many names) on the BACK of the cardstock (if you're using glittered cardstock). The reason why is that this cardstock's glitter will come off onto the adhesive and so the adhesive won't stick directly to the glittered side. So stick it on the back, peel off the red backing, and then glue the strip onto the front of the other strip and press hard to adhere.

Repeat with both of the other ends until you get........

This! A loop of beautiful accordian folded cardstock.

Cut out a circle of cardstock to glue onto the back of the rosette. It doesn't matter what the circle looks like because you're going to cover it up. The circle is a stabilizer and gives you something to hot-glue onto.

Find the center of the circle and apply a nickel-sized amount of hot glue. I use low-temp hot glue in case I get it on my fingers. Press the folds of the rosette onto the hot glue as seen on the photo below:

Then you just continue to add hot glue and apply more tightly folded strip, always making sure the hot glue is in the center of the circle. Keep compressing the cardstock and gluing until.....

you get all the way around and you have this!

Then I fill the center of the rosette with more hot glue just to make sure it's nice and secure. Especially on stiff cardstock like this.

Then you can embellish any way you like! This darling cardstock is from Doodlebug's Cake & Ice Cream line. It's also got glitter on it, and lots of fun girly party colors.
Aaaaaand........the finished product.

I finished the banner off using the Doodlebug Cake & Ice Cream collection's stickers and die cuts, more Sugar Coated cardstock and some dimensional adhesive!  Super fun project!

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  1. That's super cute Tiffany! I haven't even seen a couple of the products you use and I'm intrigued.

    Great tutorials and good luck with the design team!

  2. I'm loving the rosettes! Great tutorial!

  3. Cute project! You are so creative!!!

  4. Where did you get your scoring tool?

  5. At Michaels Arts and Crafts. It comes with a guide and a bone folder to crease the paper with.


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