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I absolutely love Tim Holtz products and have quite a collection. When I first saw that he had brought out a rosette die I just had to have it.
At the time I purchased this I only had a Cuttlebug die cutting machine, and I quickly discovered that I then needed to buy the long plates to use with this die due to its length. Whilst waiting for my long plates to arrive I developed a crafty technique where I would cut half the die then slide the plates up/down to cut the rest. However this was quite fiddly.
The die can be used with other die cutting machine such as the Grand Calibur which I now have and as it has an A4 cutting area it is very easy to cut out using this machine and it cuts out cleanly and crisply. To make it up the rosette you need to fold concertina style following the score lines and then secure the ends. I use Glossy Accents as this is a strong quick drying adhesive. I also like to use a paperclip to hold the glued area whilst it dries. You then need to glue the decorative circle to the back to strengthen and hold everything in place. You could also die cut one of these to use on the front, I prefer to use card candy or buttons however.
The rosettes lookreally striking when finished and sometimes I add ribbon to complete the look. The Rosettes can be made with card or paper and look beautiful whether made from plain or patterned designs. I like to ink the edges or add a touch of glitter- such as my Stickles glitter glue.
Sometimes I make them the Rosettes look like flowers sun as Sunflowers or add a greeting to the centre of the Rosette for a different way of displaying a greeting.
The rosettes look beautiful on cards and scrapbook pages and would also look lovely made into brooches or badges and would be fun to make with children.
The die is widely available from craft shops and online and costs around £12.
I love my die and can highly recommend. However if you do not have a die-cutting machine or are unsure whether to purchase this die you can make similar Rosettes by using a score board such as the Hougie board. To do this you would need to cut a long strip of card and score width ways at 1cm intervals and then make up as above creating a small circle for the back and these also look lovely.
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