Before I get to my post today, I have a quick personal announcement. A few weeks ago I applied for a corporate real estate position here in Nashville and…..I was offered a temporary position! I start tomorrow. I’ll be working full time for several months. The house is still for sale, I still want to move back to Florida, but this is the perfect solution while I’m waiting. And if there’s a full time position at the end of this, maybe I will stay in Tennessee!
My two and a half year extended vacation (I was laid off 855 days ago….) is coming to an end. I’m sure this will effect my blog. I love blogging and all the wonderful friends I’ve made here. I’m not going anywhere, but I have a feeling I won’t be posting as much. Crafting time will be more limited again. Bare with me as I get used to my new schedule!
Now, on with the post!
I love all the rosettes I’ve been seeing for the past couple of years, but it usually takes me a long time to jump on the band wagon. At first, everyone was manually accordion folding the paper to get these fun embellishments. The first time I tried it, I scored too hard and the paper ripped. That’s probably why I never tried again!
If you can manage to score them properly, there are some advantages to creating them yourself:
- You can add a decorative edge to your rosette by punching the edge before you score the folds. Not all edge punches will work, but many of them do.
- You can control the size – the wider your rosette is, the more accordion folds you will need to make it a full rosette.
But I’m always looking for an easier, quicker way to do things while still making them myself. Here are some diecut tools from several different manufacturers:
I picked up the two Tim Holtz dies from Sizzix. The difference between the two is in the size of the rosettes. You can see the different sizes in my layout below:
The green rosette above uses the large die and the two floral pattern paper rosettes — the small one at the top and the larger one near the journaling block — show the double die with the two smaller rosettes.
Other Supplies: Delight Thickers and 7 Gypsies 97% Complete tag.
Now that I’ve used these dies a bit, I wanted to pass on a few tips I’ve picked up:
- It takes a few times to get used to the way you mush in the folds to the center to create the round rosette. Always make sure the scallops are on the bottom and you are mushing in the straight edge.
- I picked up this genius tip from Jennifer McGuire – use a long piece of plain old Scotch tape across the back side of your rosettes to keep the score marks from tearing as you fold.
- The Sizzix dies also cut out circles you can adhere to the top of your rosette. Add a thick glue dot to that center before you create the rosette so you can immediately transfer the center to the rosette to minimize the chances of it coming back apart.
- If you want to add a brad or jewel or something else to the center of the rosette, keep that center with the glue dot handy because you can adhere it to the back side of the rosette instead. It will help keep the rosette together until you fill the center with a strong adhesive (like glossy accents) to attach your center embellishment.
Whether you make them yourself, purchase prepackaged rosettes or get some help from a diecut tool, it doesn’t look like the rosette trend is going anywhere soon. Are you crazy for the rosettes or have you let this trend pass you by?
Thanks for stopping by today!