I started having a go at making them a couple of weeks ago with very limited success (by "limited" I actually mean NO success). However, yesterday I had a bit of a breakthrough and managed to make this:
Most tutorials rely on using a 6 petal flower punch or die which I didn't own so my early (failed) attempts involved hand cutting the flowers. This works well if you are very good with scissors, but unfortunately mine looked like I done them blindfolded with blunt scissors!
After trying and failing with the scissors I went punch/die hunting. I ruled out getting a punch as they cost about £10 and I find their use quite limited. A die seemed a more sensible option as I have a Cuttlebug so next stop was the Sizzix range.
I decided that the new Sizzix Tim Holtz Alterations Tattered Florals die was what I needed. Unfortunately these dies seem to be in pretty short supply and are going for silly money on Ebay so no luck there.
Luckily during my Sizzix hunt I stumbled across this die set from Marianne D:
Not only is it perfect for making paper roses but I will also get loads of other uses out of it as a normal die.
Anyway, enough of my shopping, back to the paper roses. As you may have gathered I cut the petals and leaves using the die. Both are cut from My Minds Eye paper which I stuck together to make double sided. The method for assembling the rose was based on a hybrid the following tutorials:
Splitcoast Stampers Tutorial (this one uses the elusive Tim Holtz Die)
To finish the leaves I curled them round a pencil like the flower petals.
Thanks for looking and sorry for the slightly arty pics. Can you tell my latest obsession is my new Android phone and the Vignette app!