Technique Tuesday–Creating the Spiral Rose


img_2150Whether you’re doing the Rose Hedge or the Rose Vine, the spiral rose is the easiest flower you’ll ever do!  I had a request to step out this rose, so LET’S GET STARTED!

Step One

img_3419This is the rose from the Rose Hedge.  Each bush will probably hold about 3-4 roses in addition to the leaves, which also are included.

Step Two

With the Reverse tweezers, that come in the Tool Kit, grasp the inside projection.


Step Three

Now start to roll towards the other end.  Stop rolling when you have about 1/4-inch left.


Step Four

Use a toothpick and apply a small amount of Beacon’s Kids Choice glue to the unrolled end of the rose.  Roll the rose closed and hold with the index finger and thumb of your opposite hand a few seconds to allow the glue to set.


That’s it!  All you need to do is use ECD’s small tweezers to hold the petal end, dip or use a toothpick to apply glue to the bottom of the Rose and set in place on the Hedge or Vine!


Add a few leaves and you have a finished Rose Hedge or Vine!

Elizabeth Craft Designs Supplies

Susan’s Garden/CountryScapes – Rose Hedge (#1196) and Flora 5/Rose Vine (#1130) 

Tool Kit (#808)

Beacon’s Kids Choice Glue

Ode to Summer with 3 Dies & Give-Away

IMG_3371It’s September 1st and I can’t help but think that Summer is coming to an end.  It was just a few months ago that I planted Geraniums in pots on my porch and now I see them starting to dry back; fall, then winter is coming.  Creating a card to honor their beauty is what I had in mind when I did my newest “Potted” plant.

If you’ve been following me on FaceBook, you’ve seen some of my projects of my Garden Notes flowers in my newest die, Potted.

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I hope you get inspired after you see how easy these are to make and remember there are YouTube videos on Elizabeth Craft Designs channel on how to make ALL the flowers in my collection.

One more thing, as a special thank you to all my paper gardening friends, Elizabeth Craft Designs is giving away the three dies to make this featured project–Garden Notes Geranium and Potted, and Suzanne Cannon’s Four Seasons!  Post a comment and you will be entered to win…the drawing will be on Friday, September 9th.


Step One

I chose Soft Finished card stock/Ladybug as my card and Els van de Burgt Studio “Through the Lens/Stone” for my project. I masked off the bottom of the “Stone” card stock and used Distress Ink/Walnut Stain to create a table to put my pot on.



Then, I adhered the Stone card stock to the card with Clear Double-sided Adhesive. Die cut two “Potted” in Smooth Finish/White 85 lb card stock that has Clear Double Sided Adhesive on the back.


Step Two

To create the look of a terra cotta pot, I use Copic Markers–E09, E15, E19, and E99 and shade the edges with the same Distress Ink/Walnut Stain.


Repeat the coloring for the saucer.

Step Three

I peeled the adhesive off the back and add four foam squares so the flower pot will have some dimension.  Use your fingers to curve the pot, then set it on your card. I use Prismacolor/Cool Grey to add shading to the the side of the pot and shadow it on the card.


Step Four

I created a “stencil” from the base of the Geranium die and dab the positioning of the flowers using Distress Ink/Forest Moss.


This gives me a good idea how the flowers will set, but it is optional.

Step Five

I decided on five flower heads, so I die cut five bases in 80 lb. card stock/medium green and five in 100 lb. card stock/light olive green. Doubling up on the bases gives a firm area to set the flowerets in place.


After shaping the base on the molding mat with the Large Ball Stylus, hold the base with your Reverse tweezers (from the tool kit) and use a toothpick to outline the edge with Beacon’s Kid’s Choice glue.


First, place the 100 lb. card stock bases over the stenciled areas, then the medium green ones.


Step Six

The leaves should be tucked around the bases before you add the flowerets.  I shade with Distress Ink/ Forest Moss, then place the leaf, right-side-down on my Leaf Pad and use my Leaf Tool to add stem lines.  Turn it over and crease the lines.  Add shading, using PanPastels/Bright Yellow Green.  Shape the petal, by pinching the stem end and bending the outer leaf.  Add some shading using PanPastel/Permanent Red on the edges. Dip the stem ends into the glue and place around the bases.



Step Seven

I decided to really do justice to the color of my geraniums, I would color each floweret, so I started by die cutting them on Soft Finished/White 85 lb. card stock, then used Copic Markers R14 and $29.  This takes some time, but really gives your project the “Mother Nature” technique:-D


There’s two sizes of petals; the larger petals are shaped, right-side-down, turned over and cupped, then placed on the base.  Repeat the shaping and cupping with the smaller petals and place them, off-set, on top of the larger ones.


Now, just repeat this and fill in the five bases.  For a final detail, you can add USArtQuest Prills/Ribbit in the center of each floweret (see large sample above).


Since this is an “Ode to Summer,” I used Suzanne Cannon’s Four Season/Summer to label my work.  It was die cut in Shimmer Sheetz with Double Sided Adhesive on the back.

Elizabeth Craft Designs Products

Susan’s Garden/Garden Notes – Geranium (#1019); Potted (#1225)

Suzanne Cannon’s “A Way with Words” 4 Seasons (#1199)

Els van de Burgt Studio “Through the Lens/Stone” (#TTL002)

Smooth Finished Card stock/Ladybug Red (#PSF115)

Smooth Finished Card stock/White (#PSF101)

Susan’s Garden Tool Kit (#808); Molding Pad (#809 or #810), and Leaf Pad (#811)

Shimmer Sheetz/Red Metallic (#SS 0214)

Clear Double-Sided Adhesive 6mm (#506) and 8 1/2″ x 11″ (#502)

Beacon’s Kid’s Choice

USArtQuest Prills/Ribbit


Other Supplies:

Ranger Distress Ink/Walnut Stain and Forest Moss

Copic Markers

Foam squares