I have been seeing accordion fold rosettes all over the crafting sites. I decided it was about time I made a few of own. I tried doing it with long strips of paper, scored at different intervals, then folded. Then I made some with my scallop circle punch. I have to say, I think the scallop circle punch variety is my favorite. It lays a bit flatter, which makes it easier to use on a card. The folded strips of paper are great for other projects, like decorating gift bags or other 3D type objects. I'll show some of those at a later date, because they are cute too, but for today I'm going with easy! Stampin' Up! sells 2 sizes of scallop circle hand held punches, as well as a variety of scallop circle dies for the Big Shot machine. I have gone with the hand held sizes for this card. Step one, punch out 2 circles of the same size. Step two, score across the scallop circle between each scallop making a straight score between the scallops at the opposite side. Hopefully that makes some sort of sense.
For some reason, I'm having a hard time coming up with another way to put it. Once you have scored all the scallops, cut a slit along one of the score lines to the center of the circle, on both circles. The next thing you need to do is fold it accordion style, back and forth all the way around the circle. But this is not as random as you might think. On one circle, you need to start folding by making the first scallop go down, and on the other circle you need to start by making the scallop go up. The reasoning behind this is so that you can nest the two circles together to make one big circle.
I glues the two circles together and there you have it, a scallop circle rosette! I made two different sizes for my card, finishing them off with a button and a brad. I hope you like it! I made this card for a challenge over at www.splitcoaststampers.com . This was the color combo challenge. River Rock, Cherry Cobbler, Very Vanilla, and Island Indigo. I cheated though, I didn't have any patterned paper in Island Indigo, so I went with Not Quite Navy instead. Its not quite the same, but it has the same feel to it. I am putting the "In Color '11-'13" paper stack on my next order. The layout was based on other card for the same challenge. One of the great things about that web site is the gallery, full of great ideas. Here is a link http://www.splitcoaststampers.com/gallery/photo/2043621?&cat=21907 . You can change up the colors or the stamp set, but use the inspiration. I hope I have inspired you to try out a rosette!