Tudor Rose Card – Using Your Cricut or Cutting By Hand. Whilst I often plan what I am going to create before I start to cut out paper sometimes it fun to just go with the flow and start out by cutting a shape and taking it from there. A technique I learnt some years ago when I undertook a year long Applied Art course was switching my brain from my logical left brain to my artistic right brain.
When I am in right brain mode I find any creative work I am doing is so much easier and better. Also time stands still and my critical inner voice (and we all have that horrid voice that keeps telling us we can’t do this that and the other thing properly!!) disappears. If I could I’d love to live in right brain mode for most of my day, but then Mr J wouldn’t get fed or walked and Red Robin Cottage would descend into chaos!
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If you ever get a chance to learn this technique then do grasp the opportunity – you won’t regret it. There is the famous book by Betty Edwards “Drawing On The Right Side Of The Brain” which can help you access the artistic you. CLICK HERE for more details.
Tudor Rose Card Materials
1 x Pink card stock – Scrapbook.com
1 x Pre-cut square card – Dollar Shop
Double sided tape – Scrapbook.com
Sticky foam pads – Scrapbook.com
Pearl Embellishments – Amazon.com
Tudor Rose SVG file – you can download this from my Resource Library
Let’s get started making the Tudor Rose Card. It all began with a basic flower image ……
I used a sheet of 12″ x 12″ Kaisercraft double sided paper from my stash. Scrapbook.com has a great range of scrap booking papers including Kaisercraft at a good price. I think this card would look really good using any of the Kaisercraft Rose Avenue Collection papers. I’ve decided that from now on I’m not going to buy any single sided papers as I am finding that more and more of my crafts require double sided. I shall just use up my stash of single sided and not replace them.
1 Load the Tudor Rose image into Cricut Design Space, resize it to whatever size you require. I resized it to 5″ wide using the size boxes that appear on the top tool bar when you click on the image. I find that this is a better, more accurate way to resize than clicking on a corner of the image and pulling the image larger or smaller.
2 Copy and paste (ctrl + C and then ctrl + V on your keyboard) so that you have two sets of flower images. Click through to “Make It” etc. and cut out your petals and circles. If you don’t have a Cricut or similar (and you really need to ask Santa, your fairy godmother or family for one !) Print out and then scan and enlarge the petal and circle image to the size you require. Lay your printed sheet onto your double sided paper and cut out by hand.
3 Use a pre-made card or cut and fold plain card-stock to the size you require your finished card to be. I used a pre cut and folded card which I bought from the dollar shop, they came in a pack of 10 complete with envelopes for a dollar – such a bargain that I wasn’t going to leave those on the shelf! The card is white so I simply cut out a square of pink card stock and covered the front.
4 Using 4 of the petals and a center circle glue them flat onto the card.
5 Using a dowel or pencil curl the petal edges and slightly crease the base of each petal so they stand away from the card when glued. I used a small tab of double sided tape to fix each petal on the card (look at illustration to see where I fixed them).
6 Resize one set of petals and center circle to 3″ using the same method as step 1 and cut out using Cricut/scissors using plain colored card-stock cut out one set of petals.
7 Curl and crease the edges as before and using sticky foam pads (CLICK HERE if you are unsure what I am referring to) stick these petals and finally the circle to the center of the flower. I added pearl embellishments to add a little extra sparkle to the card. (CLICK HERE for some examples of what I use).
8 Finally I cut a plain pink card stock square and glued it in the inside and edged it with a lacey border that I found in the Cricut Design Center.
To access the Tudor Rose SVG file in the Red Robin Cottage Resource Library CLICK HERE
Tudor Rose Card – Using Your Cricut or Cutting By Hand – Summary
I’m rather pleased with my Tudor Rose Card, it’s an easy project for those new to their Cricut machines, but also has enough wow factor to impress the recipient! I can see myself making a number of versions of this card for birthdays coming up later this year as it’s not hard to change papers, colors etc. so that no two look the same.
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