Hi everyone, today I made a card using both the Papermill Kit and the Garden Press to create my Sympathy Card. (Please go here for the steps to make your paper.)
The first thing you want to do is choose the flowers that you are going to use as a decorative element for your card. The best flowers to use are ones that are freshly opened which is when the colors are the best. Flowers are fragile ( you can see where I tore one of my Climbing Black Eyed Susan flowers when I was laying it in the press ) Although you can carry the press out into a flower garden and gather your flowers there, I simply stepped out onto my balcony and gathered some from a potted plant. Here is a great site on pressing flowers.
When my flowers were ready, I removed them from the press and using Deco Art's Soft Varnish, I adhered it to the front of a piece of handmade paper.
After it had dried I stitched French Knots in the center of the flowers and a running stitch for the stems. The only difference between sewing on paper versus fabric is that I tape the end of my embroidery thread to the back of my paper instead of knotting it.
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