http://arnoldgrummer.com/garden-press.html ) and filled it with treasures during the day: leaves, flowers, a lucky 4-leaf clover! Once home, I waited patiently (with the occasional peek) for the pieces to dry. Instructions with the press say 3-7 days....I left them for the max time before taking them out. I discovered that a pumpkin flower is not a very good choice for the press.
The big "reveal" was eye opening as far as what happens to the colors. Pieces that I thought would stay bright and bold (some Coleus leaves), darkened so much that the veining no longer showed. Other pieces like the pumpkin flower retained its beautiful yellow. I can see that I need to experiment with multiple other flowers and plants to see which work best.
NOW for the card! I started with a 12"x12" blue sky cardstock. I cut a 5" strip off and folded it in half. The corners were softened using a corner punch. I added a soft green to the front.
In my stash of scrapbook paper I found a "friends" sheet with multiple sayings. I picked a couple and cut the components out to use. I decided to only use the word "Friends" on the front. The rest of the saying will be added to the inside.
I found a piece of handmade paper left over from the Halloween Box (http://arnoldgrummerpapermaking.blogspot.com/2014/09/halloween-treat-box-by-linda-hess.html ) I tore the edges to fit the front of the card and glued it in place. Then I began positioning the flowers and leaves until I was happy with the arrangement. Then carefully each piece was glued in place using (believe it or not) Elmer's School Glue!
Once the front was complete and dry, I added the wording to the inside.
The rest of the card is left blank for a personal message.
I hope you have enjoyed this project. I highly recommend the press! I may have to grab some leaves before they all fall off the trees!