The paper was made following the basic instructions for making handmade papers. I used tissue tints and red angel wing dried botanicals to achieve the coloring in the pink mat. Before adding the angel wings to the pulp, I crumbled two petals into very fine pieces—almost dust. I dry embossed the paper for added texture.
Next, I used a die to cut white blossoms and green stems from scraps of handmade paper that I had left from other projects. I never toss even the tiniest scrap of handmade paper. Even if the piece is too small to use in a project, it can always be recycled into paper pulp.
Then, I die cut a flower from a dried leaf to layer on top of paper die cut flower. This is the darker flower. The lighter flowers are dried blossoms. I dried both the blossoms and leaves last summer using the Arnold Grummer's Garden Press. I'm looking forward to pressing and drying more flowers and leaves this year.
I inked the edge of the handmade paper flower that is layered under the darker flower, but left the handmade paper layers of the lighter flowers its natural color. I used PPA to collage the blossoms and leaf/flower in place, and to add the prills for the flower centers.
This is my finished card.
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