Guest Post | Halloween Rosette Tutorial from Mitchell Kraft

Today I'm happy to welcome Mitchell Kraft with a Halloween Rosette Tutorial.

Halloween just happens to be my favorite holiday. Growing up in the house of a fellow halloween-lover, our home was often more decorated around this time of year than any other, including Christmas. There's been no shortage of spooky decor in my life, that's for sure.

Something I've been seeing a lot lately are rosettes. They seem to be everywhere. And I have to admit, I don't mind much - I happen to love them. Make them big and they can be a great addition to a table scape or gallery wall. Make them small to add to a layout or attach them to a tooth pick and stick 'em in cup cake. Heck, they are a cinch to make - there's no reason not to have one for every month of the year.

Today I wanted to share a tutorial of a Halloween rosette that I recently made. I searched for some spooky glittered letters and didn't have any luck. You will find, in today's post, an easy way to make custom glittered letters.


Step 1. My tip for making rosettes, especially one this large, is to score the whole sheet of 12x12 paper first then cut it into strips, rather than cutting it into strips then scoring. This saves you time from having to make the same exact score on multiple strips. My other tip is to score every other line - at every inch mark, in this case. Then flip your paper over and score the others - at the 1/2 inch marks. I'm using Martha Stewart Craft's Scoring Board.

Step 2. Trim the scored sheet of paper in 4 inch strips (you will have 3 of them). This will help your paper fold the right direction.

Step 3. With your adhesive runner, glue all three strips together making one long strip. Go ahead and accordion fold your strip and flatten it back out.

Step 4. Run a bead of liquid adhesive along the edge of your strip and liberally sprinkle with black glitter. Shake off excess and allow to dry.

Step 5. Using your adhesive runner, glue the one end of your strip to the other to make a ring. Flatten your ring and adhere in the center using a punched circle (from brown cardstock) and hot glue. I used a circle on both the front and back of the rosette. Set your finished rosette aside and take a moment to be proud of your accomplishment.

Step 6. Cut a 4 inch circle from orange cardstock and run adhesive around the edge. Fold and ruffle crepe paper around the outer edge of the circle.

Step 7. Print out the "boo" on white or cream cardstock (download is included in the supply list above). You will notice that it is reversed. Trim out a rough rectangle around the each individual letter. Run them through a Xyron Creative Station so that the adhesive goes on the opposite side as the printing. Burnish the letters to make sure you have good adhesive coverage.

Step 8. Remove the letters from the backing and sprinkle them liberally with black glitter. I pushed the glitter onto the adhesive with my fingers, mostly because I wanted to play with the glitter.

Step 9. Flip over the glittered cards and trim with an craft knife along the printed line.

Step 10. If you would like, you can spray the letters with a fixative to protect the glitter from rubbing off. Once you have your letters complete the assembly is quick. With hot glue, adhere your ruffled circle to the from of your rosette, add a pre-glittered chipboard circle and lastly, attach your letters using adhesive foam squares.

I used hot glue to attach my Halloween rosette to a twig from my yard. I added some additional embellishments lower on the stick, as well. Throw it in a vase with some other sticks and you have a great addition to your Halloween mantle or table scape.

About Mitchell | Mitchell Kraft is a graphic designer, marathon runner, proud pet owner, aspiring foodie and avid crafter. He is a 2007 Creating Keepsakes Hall of Fame winner and has worked in the Scrapbooking industry for 8+ years. His unique voice, in a predominately female dominated community, has allowed him to develop and instruct classes at many venues in the greater Twin Cities area. Currently, Mitchell is employed full-time as a graphic designer, working primarily in print. He finds scrapbooking an easy evolution of his design craft. As you can tell in both his graphic design work and crafting, Mitchell has a passion for texture, depth and detail.

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