By Dianne Duperier, HSA Membership Chair
These pressed flower cards are a great idea for preserving the beauty of the flowers and herbs growing in your garden before Jack Frost has a chance to get to them. There is no limit to your imagination when creating these beautiful cards. Use the cards to remember birthdays or any other special occasion. Or—to sell at your next herb event. Or—to use as gifts. Be sure to make plenty! They will be in demand.
- Clean, dry, and pristine herbs, leaves, or flowers (woody and succulent stems do not press well)
- Paper towels
- 8.5”x11” 20/50# text stock or paper (for pressing)
- 8.5”x11” 65# cover stock (for note cards)
- Elmer’s glue
- Thin brush
- Fine-line ink pen
- Herbal/garden quotes
- Optional cut printed stock overlay (Scrapbook pages sold at Michaels or Hobby Lobby)
- Plastic note card gift boxes or fabric bags (Available at Amazon or Uline)
- #5.5 invitation envelopes (Available at Amazon)
- Ribbon to trim finished product
Select clean, dry, and perfect specimens of herbs, flowers, or leaves. If moist, pat specimens dry by pressing with a paper towel. A flower press can be used or you can use paper and books to press your specimens.
If using books to press your leaves and flowers, fold an 8.5”x11” sheet of text stock paper in half and lay the specimens on the paper. Try not to overlap. Put inside another folded 8.5”x11” cover stock sheet to protect the pages of the books used for pressing. Continue until all of the specimens are done. Press for several weeks or months until ready to assemble.
Unless you know the names of all your herbs, flowers, and greenery, I suggest labeling them before pressing.
PREPARING NOTE CARDS
Cut an 8.5”x11” cover stock sheet into fourths. Trim if needed. This is the best use of a sheet of 8.5”x11” cover stock. The envelopes and plastic boxes suggested in supplies are based on this size. If making a different size card you would need to order envelopes and boxes/bags to fit that size.
If using a printed overlay, cut a piece of overlay to the desired size and glue to the front of the card using a thin layer of glue. (Some people water down the glue.) Let it dry. Press if needed.
ARRANGING SPECIMENS ON CARDS AND GLUING
On a large table, lay out your specimens with proper identification. Assemble 3-5 specimens per card. With a thin brush, lightly apply glue to the back of each specimen and arrange on the card. You may need to blot to remove any excess glue. Let air dry and then weigh down and allow to dry overnight.
FINISHING NOTE CARDS
Using a ruler, sign your card, and add the year. Using a ruler, write a message on the top or side of the card. Insert a quote, if desired. (Herb, garden, and seasonal quotes can be found online.) Select five assorted cards and five envelopes for packaging.
PACKAGING NOTE CARDS
Insert in plastic note card gift boxes or recycled boxes and secure with ribbon. Another option is to package your cards in fabric drawstring bags.