handmade paper cards

How to make pressed flower cards

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DIY Pressed flower card tutorial

Back in the day when I had 3 kids under the age of 4, money was tight and I began making pressed flower cards as a way to maintain sanity and earn money to finance our first garden. This tutorial describes how I make DIY pressed flower cards on handmade paper - I've always loved how pressed flowers pop against a background of roughly textured white handmade paper. 

What you'll need:

  • Pressed flowers:  You can press them in a book or standard flower press, but if you are serious and want to retain their brilliant color use a Microfleur microwave flower press
  • Half sheet of card stock: Use the best quality you can find, folded in half for a note card
  • Handmade paper:  I use our note card mold and deckle to make 3x4" pieces
  • White glue: For gluing the pressed flowers to the handmade paper - I like Elmer's craft glue
  • Perfect Paper Adhesive:  Used as a pressed flower sealant.  Water resistant, flexible, archival safe, and UV resistant.
DIY pressed flower cards

1.  Press freshly picked flowers in the Microfleur or press of choice.
2.  Center and glue handmade paper to card stock.
3.  Using a tweezers to grasp, apply dots of glue to the back of the pressed flowers and foliage you've selected.  Press firmly onto card.  Allow to dry.
4.  With a small watercolor brush, apply a light coating of PPA over the entire surface of the pressed flower and foliage.  Allow to dry.

Your card is ready to send!  The handmade paper makes a sturdy background for the pressed flowers, and the thin coating of PPA offers flexible protection to allow the botanical material to handle the rigors of the U.S. mail, with UV and moisture protection. 

Happy creating!

Make love last...

handmade-paper-valentines

Don't waste love...recycle those valentines into handmade paper, and make love last!
Tear them up, blend them in an ordinary kitchen blender, and make colorful pink and red handmade paper. 
And, today and tomorrow, use coupon code LOVE20 for a Valentine's Day discount.

Happy paper making!

Do you like butter?

butter-cut

Really, who doesn't like butter? It's delicious.  And nothing can come close to replicating it - it has to be the real thing.

In the world of handmade paper making, there's something called "buttercut" that enables paper makers to create shapes in and on their handmade paper.  Stay tuned to papery ideas to find out how starting next week. It will be especially helpful to those of you wanting to use handmade paper make your own Valentine's Day Cards. 

And, all paper making kits and mold and deckles ordered from Wooden Deckle during the next few weeks will include a free piece of buttercut for your creative enjoyment. 

Happy Creating!

Elizabeth