Thursday, December 17, 2009

Paper Roses gift box

If I know some of artist blog friends who followed Tim Holtz's 12 tags of Christmas, these will be very familiar. Tim made his roses out of grungepaper but I wasn't lucky enough to have any so I made these beauties out of regular cardstock. Unfortunately the picture does not really show the distressing very well. I also lack paper cutting machines so off to cyber space looking for a flower template for a 6 petal flower. After a few processes of elimination I found one.
If you use the bottom left hand flower it is the perfect shape for roses.
You might want to put this in an editing program crop the flower then resize to make your rose.
My size was about 1 3/4 inches, remember the layer of the rose will eventually get smaller as you follow Tim's tutorial but the base size is great for this. I found 2 inches was a tad too big.
Click on the picture for a larger view.
I painted the box in a copper metallic acrylic paint, then I spread non washable dollar store glue on the lid and the side of the box, applied Antique White acrylic paint over top with a sponge and watched it crackle. Oh I love this look. I then Modged some hymnal music on the lid under the roses but first inked the edges of the torn paper. Glued the roses on. The leaves I drew out and made a template so I can later just trace aroud it. I inked the edges of my grunged green scrap paper with Distress Frayed Burlap then glued them in place. I also added a bit of Stickles Diamond glitter to the folds of the roses
. You want to smell them that is how nice they look.
I didn't do the centers quite like Tim, I am a quiller as well so I put my quilling tool to good use and was able to get some nice folds in the centers.
Not bad for paper I say.
Thanks for Tim's tutorial.
This little box will be holding a nice little Christmas pressie for a good friend.
Thank you for looking.


  1. OMG Les! This is completely gorgeous! You did a wonderful job! If this was meant for a present, I envy the giftee! Can't wait to try these out.

  2. Hi JeanieBeanie, you have to try these, your first one might take a bit to do but after that they whip up pretty fast. Tim liked them too!!!

  3. i think they are beautiful and just love your pretty box, cant wait to try and i just ordered grungeboard so ill send you some! jenxo

  4. Wow, your gift box is beautiful Les, those roses are just stunning!!
    Lucky friend of yours!!

  5. I might be somewhat biased :) but I think that your roses are beautiful, Well done sweetheart!
    I would think that whoever is getting this as a gift is a very, very lucky person.

  6. Very nice roses, Les. I love them, but then I love roses!!! Those are wonderful!


  7. That's a beautiful box. Great roses. I think the quilled bit in the centers is perfect.


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