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Project

Pressed Pansy Cards

Introduction

To create personalized stationery, apply pressed pansies to handmade cards or to notepaper and matching envelopes. Pansies pressed on their stems work especially well for this project.

Before you start, learn how-to Press Pansies.

Materials

  • Pansies and violas, or other dried flowers
  • Medium- to heavy-weight paper or blank premade cards
  • Bone folder or pencil
  • Tweezers
  • Small paintbrush
  • Clear-drying craft glue

Steps

  1. Step 1

    Use or create cards in colors that complement your pressed flowers. If creating your own, make either a single-fold or accordion-style card, using a bone folder or the edge of a pencil to make sharp creases.

  2. Step 2

    Arrange flowers on a spare sheet of paper as desired.

  3. Step 3

    Use a pair of tweezers to carefully lift each flower; with a small paintbrush, dab the back of each with a bit of craft glue. Affix flowers to the card one at a time. Allow to dry before moving or touching.

Source
Martha Stewart Living, Volume 58 May 1998

Reviews (2)

  • bonnoslobbo 17 Aug, 2008

    Would clear acrylic spray work? I absolutely adore pressed pansies and violas. I made the wreath project from pansies I grew in my flowerbeds. I put it under glass, so didn't need any kind of spray, but I do think you're wise to want to stabilize them in some way for use on cards. They crumble with little more than the touch of a finger. Good luck!

  • Papeek 18 Jan, 2008

    I love this look! I have several different types of dried flowers and rose stems, but am cautious about using them as they are so delicate. Is there something I can spray on them so they won't flake off so easily once given? Someone mentioned using hairspray on them before gluing them onto the paper. Any comments would be appreciated! Thanks.