Today, I learnt something about craft classifications. Did you know nearly all craft projects can be broken into 1 of 2 catogories – Proactive and Reactive. Proactive being DIY, Knitters, Potters and most certainly Card makers. Reactive being Scrapbookers and Project Lifers. I am most assuredly the latter. You see proactive craft usually needs to be finished by a deadline. Umm… say a Valentines Day card by the 14th of February. Oh right… you mean tomorrow. Well then, I guess we better get cracking.

Yeah, I’m not going to lie – I started this card yesterday, but not really with the intention of making a card. I actually set out to make the paper rosette. I had seen something on Pinterest about past scraping trends and really fell head over heels for the look, but when I went to my regular haunts to see if I could buy a pack, there were none to be found. Silly me, I should just try to make one. And so my card came together a little something like this:

  1. I cut my 2 strips of Studio Calico Atlantic Paper – 12 inches long and 1½ inches wide. I changed the blade in my cutter to a score blade and scored marks every quarter of an inch. This makes a big difference when it comes to consantiner-folding the strips.
  2. Now it’s time to fold the strips back and forth until you have a springy accordion. This takes quite a bit of time, so I advise doing it over an ep of 2 Broke Girls.
  3. Glue the two ends together so that it makes a super-cute bangle. You can stop right there, but if you want to continue with the rosette, make sure the edges of the two pieces fit nicely with your accordion pattern and punch yourself  two 1½” cardstock circles.
  4. Paint one of the circles with PVA glue and align your rosette so that it’s perfectly centred and the fins of your rosette are nicely spaced. Once accomplished, put a weight on top of the rosette so it is held firm on the glued circle (I used the glue bottle).
  5. Now it’s time to decorate what will become your top circle. I used this stamp set from Kellie Stamps. It happens to be on sale right now if you are interested. Then I stamped the pink accent circle, followed by a darker sentiment over the top.  But I didn’t really like the white edges so I came up with another idea.
  6. Here it gets a little messy. With a paint brush, go around the circle with a small amount of PVA glue and then tip a sizeable amount of glitter onto your circle. I can tell you now that half a bottle is just enough to cover your edges and ensure that it’s the first thing you see in bed, on your husband’s face the following morning. If your husband objects to glitter, by all means use less.
  7. Put circle and rosette aside to dry.
  8. Cut paper tails for rosette out of coordinating paper. Gather cardstock and dolly to mount rosette on when finished.
  9. Break for a cold drink – You are doing awesome.
  10. Now it’s time to assemble. To do this, glue your paper tails onto the back of the rosette, making sure to position and mark them first. The next step is to glue the dolly onto the back of the rosette. Some alignment will also be required. You will now have the full dimensions of your embellishments, so you can mark out your cardstock and cut. I cut a 5″ x 12″ piece and folded it along the top to give me a 5″ x 6″ card.
  11. Glue your rosette/doily onto the card in an orientation that is pleasing to you.
  12. Finally, coat the back of your stamped and glittered circle with PVA glue and position it on the front of your rosette. This step was left to last in order to reduce the risk of knocking the glitter or smudging the ink (I used chalk ink).
  13. Stand back and admire your handy work. Or I suppose you could write in it.

On a side note, I did make my own little 3D envelope out of kraft cardstock, but that tutorial will have to wait for another day. You might also notice that the tone and colours in my card are slightly off. This was deliberate because the recipient’s style is of mismatched vintage and retro.

So there you have it. A little time consuming, but totally worth it. I hope you will give it a go.

Aimee xx