Special Guest Blogger: Tia Bennett

Tia_Leia_Gluegun-WEBHello fellow scrapbooking friends!  I am Princess Leia (okay, so I’m really Tia Bennett, but I thought I’d play a little trick on you), and it’s a good thing I’m here at the end of this Halloween week of fun because the Creating Keepsakes Blog is really on a hauntingly good roll

And so is my hair.  (Can I get a rim-shot?) 

And, believe it or not, the theme of a fun technique I’d like to share with you today is also all about rolls—rolled paper flowers, to be exact!

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Here is a simple, fun technique to add some layered, textural goodness to any paper craft, be it a layout, a mini-album or even the front of a card.  All you need is a hot glue gun, some non-stick scissors, a 1″ strip of paper, fabric or ribbon (approximately 15″-20″ long; if paper, then two 12″ strips will suffice), a scrap of cardstock about three inches square, and if you’re really feeling like having fun, some color mist spray.

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First, fold your paper strips in half lengthwise.  Twist the paper strips down the full length of the strip with a “scrunching” kind of motion as you go.

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On your cardstock scrap, add a spiral of hot glue about 2 ½” in circumference.

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Working quickly before the hot glue cools, start in the center of the flower and gently press the twisted paper strips onto the hot glue base.  Spiral outward as you go.  Add a second strip starting on the spiral where the first one finishes off.  Once cooled, check to see that your paper twists are secure; you may need to go back in and add a dab of glue here or there.

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 Once your flower is secure and the glue is cool, cut around the base with your non-stick scissors to remove any excess cardstock.

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To add another layer of interest to your new blossom, lightly spray with color mist. As a final touch, add a gem or jewel to the flower center.  Now it’s ready for your project!

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You can repeat this process with a myriad of supplies. If you’re concerned about the archival quality of the hot glue, you can use a more archival-friendly type of adhesive to put your rolled paper flower together, such as a strong double-sided tape.

Here’s the finished product put to use on a layout, along with some other rolled flower friends made of fabric and ribbon:

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Thank you for stopping in on this frightfully fun day, and I wish you all a delightfully safe and happily haunted holiday!

Tia Bennett

For more inspiring ideas from Tia, visit her blog and check out her amazing product designs on TwoPeasinaBucket.com.

FFFLOGO1_web-ready_5085Hey, everyone! It’s Friday, and you know what that means?! Free Font Friday! Isn’t it spooktacular? Enjoy our latest free font, CK Argyle.

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44 Responses to Special Guest Blogger: Tia Bennett

  1. Kim Watson says:

    Awesome flowers Tia! Thanks for the step by step!

  2. Kim Watson says:

    Awesome flowers Tia! Thanks for the step by step!

  3. Kendahl says:

    I didn’t believe these were paper at first; I thought they were fabric. They are so pretty! Love this idea.

  4. Kendahl says:

    I didn’t believe these were paper at first; I thought they were fabric. They are so pretty! Love this idea.

  5. KayBee says:

    Wow~! Love your photo! LOL! How creative! And love the flowers! Thanks for the tutorial!

  6. KayBee says:

    Wow~! Love your photo! LOL! How creative! And love the flowers! Thanks for the tutorial!

  7. C@rol says:

    Tia,

    You’re so funny! Love that costume. :)

    Thanks for the crunched flower instructions – those are neat!!

  8. C@rol says:

    Tia,

    You’re so funny! Love that costume. :)

    Thanks for the crunched flower instructions – those are neat!!

  9. Maureen W. says:

    Your costume is too funny and these flowers are fab! Thanks for the tutorial!

  10. Maureen W. says:

    Your costume is too funny and these flowers are fab! Thanks for the tutorial!

  11. Becky Olsen says:

    Great tutorial Tia!!
    Love the buns too!

    B-

  12. Becky Olsen says:

    Great tutorial Tia!!
    Love the buns too!

    B-

  13. readmorebooks says:

    Wonderful idea and beautiful lo! Nice that a princess has time to teach us a technique!

  14. readmorebooks says:

    Wonderful idea and beautiful lo! Nice that a princess has time to teach us a technique!

  15. April Massad says:

    Tia you make a perfect Princess Leia!!! Those flowers are awesome!! Can’t wait to make some of my own!!

  16. Donna VW says:

    Lovely – thanks for the lesson.

  17. Tricia says:

    LOVE the costume, especially the glue gun/laser gun! Thanks for the tutorial.

  18. Kim says:

    Thank you for showing how to do this. I have always wondered how it was done and now I can try it!

  19. cindy tobey says:

    Fun technique Tia and gorgeous layout!

  20. Erika M says:

    Awesome tutorial Tia!

  21. Marilyn says:

    I was expecting something way more complicated but it looks pretty easy and turns out so awesome!!! Thanks for sharing!

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  23. Tiffany H. says:

    Love it! Are the fabric and ribbon flowers made the same way?

  24. cafay1 says:

    These are great. I think they will be great this year on gift packages. Thank you for the great idea.

  25. Love the flowers! Thanks for the tutorial!

  26. brooklynechaos says:

    These are beautiful! Thanks for sharing.

  27. Gugga says:

    Wonderful technique, thanks for the tutorial! And the page is gorgeous, looks like New Orleans?

  28. tessie says:

    excellent!!!!
    i’ll try them
    tessie

  29. Ginnie says:

    I love the look of these but always wonder, about textural elements like this, won’t they be ruined if you mail the card or put the page in a sheet protector?

  30. I LOVE the flowers and especially in those colors! I’ve just gotta follow you!

  31. That’s my kinda flower. Beautiful yet easy to make. Thank you!

  32. paula e says:

    the force be with you! these flowers are great and i can think of lots of uses. thanks for sharing and the tutorial.

  33. emma lockley says:

    Fabulous, will certainly be making these, just stunning. Thank yo so much for sharing!
    love emma xxx

  34. Margaret says:

    Thank you for your clear instructions, I got my glue gun out and made a page of my parents 1948 wedding. Margaret

  35. SuzanneMA says:

    I’m new to stamping and am learning new techniques … your flower was so inspirational. I’m following Stampin411 and Splitcoaststampers on Facebook for ideas. I love your three dimentional flower and will try to encorporate it somehow.

  36. Gina says:

    Hi. Your flowers are beautiful however Im unable to make them. Is lighter cardstock to key, Ive tried all types of paper and it seems not to swist and crunch as well as yours and as im twisting the paper around the hot glue i get it all over the paper. any further tips?
    thanks so much for your insight.
    Gina

  37. Corinne says:

    Elles sont très jolies
    Bravo!!

  38. Corinne says:

    Elles sont très jolies
    Bravo!!

  39. marian baliski says:

    loved how you showed how to makr the flowers im on my way to make some

  40. Zavala says:

    Have you ever caved in to peer pressure? If so, what was it and how would you have changed it if you could go back in time?

  41. Olga says:

    Thanx for great inspirational tutorial! Hugs from Russia

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