Cazro's Collection of Papercraft Tutorials.

Welcome to my collection of my favourite tutorials. Keep popping back, I welcome your comments.

Sunday, 15 May 2011

Spiral Paper Roses

I made a card on my main blog with paper roses and was asked by a few team members to make a tutorial, so here it is. I hope many folk will find it helpful. I am hoping the visual pics will be so informative that words can be kept to the minimum. Some would say that is a first for me!
For these white roses I used normal copy paper.

The larger circle is from a TH Vintage Shabby paper stash, a heavyweight paper, the two smaller are from a writing pad. Try all forms of paper, though double sided is best.

Draw a circle around any object, a 3d foam tape reel, a baked bean tin or even a coffee cup. The size will obviously dictate the size of the rose. Cut out the whole circle, continue to draw in decreasing circles to the centre.

Start cutting into the decreasing circles, trim off the piece at the beginning in an attempt to keep the circle round. It doesn't matter if your circles are different sizes, it will help produce a more interesting shaped rose.

When the decreasing circles have all been cut you will be left with a spiral.

Whether your left or right handed it doesn't matter, you can start to twirl your paper either to the left or right, this is where using double sided coloured paper is helpful. Using the poistion shown, start rolling the beginning of the spiral, turning all of the time. You need to regularly check the lower section of the flower is always smooth against your finger, the upper section can be wiggly or shaped, which will give the flower more shape.

Keep twirling and keep checking the lower section is flat smooth.

After you have twirled all of the spiral leave the last centre piece flat. Sit it on the flat centre circle and gently release, so it will spring out to it's natural position.

If it springs too far, gently pick it up and tighten the flower by twisting it back a little.

Using a fast drying, dries clear PVA glue, spread the glue on the central circle, sit the remaining flower onto the circle. Press it down with your finger or a cotton bud.

Three roses, different sizes, put aside to dry.

You can prepare many of these in advance, or just when you need them. I hope this has helped. Please leave your comments, if you make any I would love to see your finished creations. I still haven't sorted out how NOT to get the long gaps at the end of my pictorial tutorials, so please do scroll down to find the comments section, and of course my other tutorials. Many thanks.

Monday, 2 May 2011

Deep Embossing Necklace.

Deep Impression Triple embossing using UTEE (Ultra Thick Embossing Enamel)
Ordinary Embossing powder does not work as good as UTEE, many layers would be needed. Meryle Holland - Watch part 1 and 2. I have found this lady is the cheapest source of UTEE, you get more for your money.
This video will give visual guidance. Glenda Waterworth
· Take a 2” square of mount board (ordinary card will buckle and bend), using a black marker pen cover it all over and on the edges to be black. Let it dry a few minutes.
· Using either Versamark or Perfect medium which are glue like inks, cover the 2” sq.
· Dip it into a container of UTEE, place onto a craft mat, melt it with your heat gun.
· When melted and still hot, drop back into the UTEE, tip, don’t tap the excess.
· Before melting prepare your stamp. Choose a patterned stamp, cover with Versamark or similar, put aside within easy reach.
· Return the 2” sq, again melt the UTEE. When melted drop back into the UTEE, tip don’t tap off excess, melt again, when it looks like it is a smooth molten square.
· Gently lower your prepared stamp down onto it, be sure your going down onto it like a
helicopter landing, or your more likely to slip at an angle. Keep it pressed down for a few
minutes it will release itself when it has cooled. If it is not to your pleasing you can again melt the UTEE, re ink your stamp to stamp again
· To add mica powders , dab the piece with the Versamark, sprinkle a tiny bit of chosen colours, brush on with small brush, gently pat onto a baby wipe to take off excess and provide the moisture to seal the powder.
. Punch a hole where desired, add a jewel finding and a chain to make a necklace. Or you can add your completed piece to a card.