Hello 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!
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.
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.
On your cardstock scrap, add a spiral of hot glue about 2 ½” in circumference.
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.
Once your flower is secure and the glue is cool, cut around the base with your non-stick scissors to remove any excess cardstock.
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!
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:
Thank you for stopping in on this frightfully fun day, and I wish you all a delightfully safe and happily haunted holiday!
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