Monday, March 14, 2011

Tutorial: Rolled Edge Window Card

So I have a question for all of you: who's ready for Spring? I know I am! Over the last week, I've seen some buds forming on the trees and some beginnings of spring flowers starting to sprout...very encouraging signs that Spring is on its way.

With Spring in mind, I've been playing around with the Vogue collection. The color palette is so bright and cheerful...and very Spring-y!

Today, I'm going to share a technique I've been playing around with: rolled edges. Upsy Daisy rub-ons are a perfect way to incorporate sentiments into your cards, and I wanted to find a way to really set them off. So I created a frame for them by rolling the edges of double-sided paper back to create a dimensional window. Take a look...

Upsy Daisy Supplies used: Runway #VO015, A Little Birdie Told Me #UDD 193

The rolled edges are a great accent and very easy to create. First, take a sheet of double-sided paper (I'm using Runway -- #VO015) and cut or punch a circle. (Keep in mind that, once you roll the edges back, it will end up being a larger circle than the original cut.) I cut a 2" circle for this frame.

Next, use a craft knife to make small cuts all the way around the edges of the circle. You want them to come straight out from the circle, like rays of sunshine. My cuts are about 1/4" long, but you can make them longer if you'd like more of a roll. They do not have to be perfectly straight or cut exactly the same length...there's a lot of room for error in this project!

Then take a skewer or a skinny paintbrush tip and roll the edges of each "ray" away from the circle slightly. (You can also use a quilling tool, if you have one.)

Continue all the way around the circle to finish out your frame, then mat and/or back it with coordinating paper as you wish and add the rub-on to the center.

Here is another example where I varied the sizes of the circles.

Upsy Daisy Supplies used: Runway #VO015, Unwritten #UDD 188

Even though I'm showing it on cards, you could easily incorporate this technique into a layout. Wouldn't it be fun to create a journaling spot this way?

Here's hoping that Spring is on its way to your home very soon!



Anonymous said...

These are really cute!! love those rolled edges, never seen that before, really need to try sometime soon :)


Marielle said...

this is amazing cutness !!! Gonna give this a try for sure !!

Kim Sonksen said...

Robyn, that is just divine! What a clever idea, love it!
And yup, I am TOTALLY ready for spring

Rebecca said...

LOVE the rolled window! So Cool!