Monday, August 16, 2010

Prima layout and paper rose flower tutorial

Hi there! As you can probably tell from looking at my layouts, I have a "thing" for flowers.  I love Prima flowers (of course!), but I also like to make paper roses. Earlier this year I was asked to make a layout with these paper roses for Scrapbooking m.m., the beautiful Swedish magazine.  This layout was published in the May/June issue.  It features a picture of me and my sweet hubby on our wedding day:

Almost everything on this page is Prima.  I used Shimmerz Spritz to color the lace and I painted the Prima patterned paper with a bit of Shimmerz paint to make the colors really pop. 

Here's a close-up of the paper roses:

The editor asked me to put together a step-by-step tutorial for the magazine article, so I thought I would share the tutorial here too.  But first, I have to give credit where credit is due.  I know there are different versions of this rose tutorial on the internet, but I first learned how to make them from a tutorial I saw on Maria's blog (I tweaked my version slightly).  We made sure to credit Maria in the magazine article too.   Thank you, Maria!

Here's the "how to":

1. Punch out three flowers using a 6-petal flower punch.  Of course you can also use a die-cutting machine to cut your flowers.  Fold them along the petal lines as shown.

2. On the first flower, cut a slit down the side of one petal to the center (do not cut off any petals on this one). On the second flower, cut off two petals, and on the third one cut off two petals. Optional: ink the edges of the petals.

3. Fold the flowers into a cone shape and snip off the bottom point so that your flowers won’t be so bulky.

4. Put a little glue onto one of the petals of each of the three flowers and glue one petal over the other as shown.

5. Now you will have the first three outside layers of your rose.

6. Using the handle of a paintbrush, curl the edges of the petals back. For a tighter curl, you can use a toothpick.

7. Your layers should look like this:

8. Stack the three layers in order of size with the biggest one on the bottom, and adhere the layers to each other with glue. Now you are ready to make two inside petal layers.

9. For the second-to-the-last layer, take your 2-petal piece and curl the petals back with the paintbrush handle (or toothpick) like you did with the big petals. Wrap it around itself in the shape of an ice cream cone. Leave it somewhat loose because you are going to be inserting the final petal in the middle. Cut off the bottom point.

10. For the final inside petal, take the one petal piece and curl back the edge, then wrap it around itself tightly.

11. Snip off the edge, and insert it into the 2-petal piece you just completed. Add these final pieces to the center of your rose, adhering them in place with a dab of glue.And there you go . . . a beautiful rose!!!
Give it a try!!


  1. Hi
    I follow your blog very like what I see.
    This page is designed beautiful.
    Thanks for the guidance of the flower.

  2. I really liked it! I like to make my flowera too, even more when I don´t have that especific color I need for my project.

    Thanks for sharing and hugs from Brasil.

  3. wow. what a great tutorial. tfs

  4. Great tutorial! These are gorgeous

  5. Gorgeous layout Stacy and what a great tutorial! Thank you for sharing, I must try!

  6. tres joli et tres sympa
    pas compliquer a faire en plus

  7. wow!! this is great! thanks for sharing!

  8. Oh wow, magnificent layout, what a gorgeous wedding photo,and I am going to try this tute tomorrow, I haven't got that punch but may be able to improvise. Gorgeous work. Melxx

  9. What a pretty rose! And it's really easy too!
    Thanks for sharing!

  10. What a fantabulous tutorial!! I will definitely be giving this a try! Thank you so much!!

  11. stacy, first of all, what a gorgeous couple!!
    thanks you for this great tutorial !

  12. Thank you for the nice comments. It´s a pleasure to receive a special and inspirational person like you on there.

  13. Beautiful layout Stacy!
    Thanks for sharing the tutorial on the flowers, they are just gorgeous!

  14. Hi Stacy, as I already wrote at I adore that layout of yours!!! You & dh are a perfect beautiful couple! Your flower tutorial is gorgeous! TFS! Hugs, Gerry

  15. WOW - this is awesome - thankyou for the tutorial - will definitely be giving this a try :)
    TracyM #6773

  16. Gorgeous! Thanks a lot for this nice work and the tutorial. I love your work and now I am following your blog.

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  20. Wow,
    Very colorful blog

    You know, what I feel that rose is one of the best among all the Wedding flowers.

    Layout is looking awesome with the pink touch on it.

    Love reading your posts.

    Good luck for the next one

  21. I love this! What flower puncher size do you use? 2", 3", etc?

  22. Hi,
    I love this!!! Just wondering, what flower punch size do you use? 2", 3", etc?

  23. Hi Missy! I couldn't find your email through your comment link, so hopefully you'll check back here. I've made these roses with all different sizes of punches and die-cuts, but the ones on this layout were made with punches that are about 2 inches and 2.5 inches. Hope that helps!

  24. For curling the flower petals, I suggest using a pencil (as you said, Stacy, a toothpick is great for tighter curls), as the thickness is totally even and good for curling. When curling, it helps if you rotate the pencil towards you while holding the petal that is being curled in place. The small amount of friction produced is almost like curling hair with a heat iron, LOL. And of course, you should put the pencil or curling tool beneath the petal to ensure it is curling outward (and not inward). Hope this helps for some people!

  25. 10X 4 the guidance of the flower.


  26. Love the paper rose!!!! Thanks for telling and showing the "how to" !

  27. Love the paper rose!!!! Thanks for telling and showing the "how to" !

  28. Thank you for the great tutorial Stacy. I'm going to have to try this one, it's so pretty! I'm such a fan of your work. Take care. :)

  29. This is such a brilliant rose tutorial, very clear. And the result rose is just oh so pretty....

  30. Hi Stacy.

    Great tutorial.

    Thanks for sharing.


  31. Thanks for the tutorial. It looks fairly easy.

  32. Do you have a video tutorial of this?

  33. Do you have a video tutorial of this?

  34. Laura -

    No, sorry, I don't have a video. Just the written tutorial. :)


  35. thanks a lot for sharing this tutorial :)

    very easy to follow ...

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  37. Hi I just wanted to let you know that its possible to link all the cut outs together into one, that's what I've been doing and its just the icing on your beautiful flower design cake! Now I can make these flowers in books (out of the book pages still attached in the book!) thank you so much this is the best flower design so far!

  38. hi stacy,i don't have flower punch.what can i do for that?is there anything else to use? please reply quikly .

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