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I use the rolled flower dies that My Favorite Things have and i just roll them up using tweezers and hot glue them on the bottom. I need to buy a rounded pliers to curl the petals over better then what i'm using now though. This is a quick card i made this weekend making rolled flowers. HTH!
I use the MFT dies and a Sizzix die. The Sizzix one is great for felt and other fabrics. If you're on the fence about purchasing a die to make these, I say go for it! They really give a nice finished flower that you just can't get with cutting a spiral in a circle.
I've also used a scalloped circle die and cut a spiral into the die-cut and then rolled it up. That works nicely too, but the dies designed to make the rolled flowers are just easier and give a nicer look, IMO.
My 'go to' flower dies are by My Favorite Things...especially the three different sizes of rolled roses. I can't do without my petal roller tool (made by Imaginesce) which has a slit on one end to roll the paper and a ball on the other end to curl the petals outward.
I have used the eye of a darning needle when I have rolled flowers which also works. I noticed in the gallery that MFT is the most used flower die cut there. Today I was in mikes and Spellbinders have two identical die cuts as MFT only larger. One looks like the rose and the other looked like a mum or daisy.
I have not noticed anyone mentioning Spellbinders as thier die cut of choice, i wonder if it is because they look like they are much larger. Also saw a video of Tim Holtz which is another version using what they referred to as a pinecone diecut made with felt made into a rose..
The Cricut can be used to make rolled flowers as well. The CTMH Art philosophy and Artiste cartridges both contain some great rolled flowers. The flower shoppe cartridge contains a very realistic rose one. I made them and in a vase they look real! I keep catching myself trying to sniff them. Rolled Flowers are addictive.
I love to just freehand a spiral from a circle - my favourite flowers to make! I've made a schwack of them out of felt for my daughter's hair, too!
Here is a trick I use for the paper ones, to make them look "softer": take your circle of paper, and BEFORE cutting the spiral, crumple the paper really, really well. I mean REALLY well. Then you can actually take the paper apart - it peels rather easily into two layers. This way you get a nice, soft, vintage-y looking flower. And, for those thrifty crafters out there - you double the number of flowers you can make from each sheet! LOL!
*Disclaimer: I have only tried this with SU! paper, not sure if other papers work as well or at all. If anyone else knows, please share!
Life is a great big canvas, and you should throw all the paint on it you can. -Danny Kaye
I have been making my own flowers for several years, even before they became so popular for embellishments.I love to play around with different punches and die cuts and mix and match to make original flowers. I usually call them my fantasy flowers as I am the " hybridizer". I also garden so it helps when making different centres.
I have made the rolled roses by cutting them freehand in a plain circle, as well as a scalloped , both in felt and paper. Even the cheap felt ( first try) from Mikes makes a fuller rose than one made of paper with the smallest Memory Box rolled die . I have noticed that there is a difference in felt and a better quality makes for a nicer flower.I have even made a 2 toned rose out of felt but looks more like a button lol. I have scrunched my papers, wet them with water, as well as sprayed with spray starch. I have twisted and turned with tweezers and pushed and pulled. When I make a flower nothing is sacred. I have to agree that when you scrunch as well as moisten the paper, it gives a whole new look to a flower. I keep samples of all in case I need more, as I almost never make the same one twice so need something visual. Have to agree they are so addicting.
A few years ago I went mad doing flowercraft and I ended up using parchment paper.It was easier to shape and I could colour it any colour I liked. For colouring I used alcohol inks and I have used wax crayons scribbled on a plastic sheet and applied with a paintbrush dampened with barbecue fluid which gave a very pretty effect. This was before Copics came on the market.
I use both methods. It depends on the flower I'm looking for. Before I bought any dies, I cut and rolled a few flowers myself to see if I would even do it once I got the dies. I've loved flowers made freehand and with dies so just keep rolling!
I've tried the spellbinders flower dies, but my favorite is still the old fashioned Bloomers method by Coronado Island Stamp Company. They are so much easier for me to actually get a nice looking flower quickly:
I like the fact that every time you create one it is different, just By alternating the layers with different colors or textures and or twisting and curling. I love making them, and use them on my boxes bags and packaging . I also do not do flat flowere as a rule but the 3-d type, which i usually only put on cards i deliver by hand.
Posting cards with dimensional flowers is impossible,they arrive squashed and the recipient is always disappointed. Cards with quilled floral aarrangements are a bit more robust so I tend to post these. Just a thought.
I use my Silhouette Cameo, and have downloaded all their rolled flower dies. I have the spellbinders as well, but tend to use my Cameo, and program it to cut 12 to a page on 12 x 12 paper, and run several different colours through, then sit and watch my favourite TV programs will rolling the flowers....I use a quilling tool, Aleen's quick takc glue and I'm good to go!
I usually use one of Penny Duncan's cutting files with my Craft Robo when I want a more precise looking flower. If I want one that's more "bohemian", I cut a circle and use scissors to cut a spiral. I often use my decorative edge scissors when I am doing it by hand and all my little scraps.