This embossing process requires a rubber leaf press, an iron, velvet fabric, and interfacing. (Velvet and interfacing are included in out Velvet-Leaf Wreath Kit.) The heat of the iron flattens parts of the velvet pile while leaving others raised, thus engraving the stamp's pattern onto the fabric.
- Rubber leaf press
- Velvet and interfacing, included in our Velvet-Leaf Wreath Kit
- Pinking shears
- Floral wire
- White craft glue
Cut a square of interfacing approximately the same size as the surface of the leaf press. Cut a square of velvet the same size, and set it fuzzy-side down. Place the interfacing on the back of the velvet, shiny-side down. Note: Use fabric sparingly to make sure you have enough leaves to make your wreath.
With an iron on medium-high heat, press the two fabrics together for 5 to 10 seconds to securely bind them. Lay the interfaced fabric, velvet-side down, on top of the press. Spray interfacing with water. Press the hot iron against the fabric-covered leaf press for 10 to 15 seconds, using firm circular motions. The heat will "scorch" the imprint of the press into the velvet.
Cut out leaf shapes (use pinking shears for birch leaves). Use floral wire to make the stems: Affix a length of wire to the back of each leaf with white craft glue, starting about 1/2 inch from the top of the leaf. (Leaves meant for a wreath should have long stems -- 6 or 7 inches.)
Sew a few stitches on the back of each leaf where the floral wire and the bottom of the leaf meet.