Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Sympathy Card

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. 

Thank you for visiting!

13 comments:

  1. Love this, they almost look like you painted them on. Great job!

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  2. Love this, they almost look like you painted them on. Great job!

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  3. Sandee this is a very unique card. love the hand work.

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  4. WOW!!! This is beautiful, I am in love with all of the techniques that you used to accomplish this amazing card! Love DecoArt !!! Loves- Madge

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  5. Love the pressed flowers on the handmade paper.. yuo have to show me hoe to do this stiching !! very pretty.. :)

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  6. Beautiful! Are the flowers also covered with the varnish, or just glued down by the varnish?

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    1. Both Barbara. one coat on the paper, then laid the flowers and gently pressed down on them, then once everything was dried, I coated them again.

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    2. I don't know this varnish product. Is it better than Mod Podge for this use? Perhaps it's gentler on delicate petals?

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    3. Barbara, it's awesome! It has a very soft feel to it after it has dried so your paper and flowers don't come as stiff and hard. Leaves a velvety smooth texture :)

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    4. Barbara, it's awesome! It has a very soft feel to it after it has dried so your paper and flowers don't come as stiff and hard. Leaves a velvety smooth texture :)

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  7. Greetings,
    Lovely card.
    Love and light,
    Michele

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