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Monday, September 26, 2011

Trendy Alternatives - Accordion Fold Flowers And Rosettes

Accordian Fold Flowers and Rosettes
By: Mary

A big trend right now is to make flowers. Accordion fold flowers are hot. I'm going to show you some projects I made with these accordian fold flowers. They are a perfect way to give your projects dimension.

Here are some projects you can make with the accordion fold flower and rosettes.
You can embellish cards, layouts, treat bags, banners and boxes.
The possibilities are endless and they are a beautiful addition to any project.

These are some tools that you can use to make these flowers.
I'm going to give a tutorial on how to make accordion fold flowers without a die cut.
I use paper punches to get a variety of looks for the petals.

Take a 12x12 sheet of paper and punch a border with a border punch the full length of the paper.

Trim the paper at 1-1/4" wide

Score the fold lines at each valley of the punch paper.
Some paper punch borders you will want to score the peaks and valleys.
This border punch has a small design so I scored them only on the valleys of the punched design.

Accordian fold the paper strip.

Apply adhesive at one end of the paper strip.
I prefer using Glossy Accents because it dries fast and is a strong adhesive.

Hold the two ends together and adhere.

While the accordion fold flower is drying, punch 2 circles for the center.
One center is chipboard and the other is decorative paper.

Apply adhesive on the chipboard and adhere the decorative paper on top.
This makes for a strong center to hold your flower together.

Gather your folded strip and form a flower with it.

Adhere the circle to the center of your flower.

This makes a 2-1/2" flower finished.

Look at these flowers and see how different border punches create beautiful flowers.

My favorite way to make accordion fold flowers is to use the border punches I already have.
It is a great way to use my paper punches and you're not limited to the size of flower.
You can change borders punches to create a variety of different petals.
Also with dies you limited to one petal shape.
Making these by hand is a trendy alternative to die cuts. 

I do like my sizzix dies by Tim Holtz. I think the perforated fold line makes it easy to fold and saves time on scoring the lines. I just wanted to bring you another idea for those that don't have those dies to make these fan fold flowers. On the layout in the first picture that was made with the Tim Holtz Sizzix dies. They are just as pretty. You don't get as many flowers out of a 12x12 sheet of paper but the results are fantastic also.
1- 12x12 sheet of paper makes 5 flowers and centers for those flowers when you do it by hand.

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