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Designing a Paper Rose SVG Cut File


Paper roses are very popular and there are many dies for making them. I wanted to design my own SVG cut file for the Silhouette. So I started researching and experimenting. As a long time crafter, I already knew how to make a ribbon rose and a clay rose.

I first tried creating a rose from a strip of ribbon-sized paper. It was OK but the paper was more difficult to fold then a soft fabric ribbon.

Next I tried to duplicate the clay rose method of forming each petal individually. I started by drawing the cut line for one rose petal and then scaled it down to several sizes. This method was a little better but I wanted a cut file that didn’t require so many pieces.

I kept the rose petal shape that I drew previously and tried to create a one-piece layer of six rose petals together. In IllustratorR, I placed each petal around a circle and drew a cut line along the outline of this group of shapes.

When I tested this version, I found that the large circle was very bulky and made it difficult to shape the petals into a rose. I made a few more test, each time reducing the size of the inner circle. I also decided to reduce the number of petals from six to five, because I didn’t like the way the six petals were stuffed together at the center of the rose.

As you can see in the final Illustrator SVG, the inner circe has had a lot of alterations. I extended the tip of each rose petal toward the circle and about half way into the circle. Then I cleaned up the overlapping lines to create five smooth V-shaped curves between each petal. This smooth curve is easier for the SilhouetteR to cut than a sharp V-shape. The result was a small inner circle with five “fingers” extending to and attaching each petal to the inner circle.

The last step was to scale this petal layer about 90% each time to create a medium and small size layer. Then we needed a few leaves.

I drew the basic green leaf shape. I liked the flexibility of the small circle with five “fingers”. So I duplicated this and “attached” a leaf to each finger. Below is the finished rose.

Paper used - Timeless Textures and Floral Fair by DCVW Inc.


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