Copyright© 2004 Bristen
I use natural
parchment paper, but any fine card stock will do. If you plan to use envelopes,
be sure matching envelopes are available. 8 1/2" x11" stock quarter
folded makes a standard size card. When folding, be careful to match edges
and use a bone for firmly creasing. For a perfect matching edge, trim with
Colorwash - Make
a stencil by cutting an approximately 2"x3" rectangle opening
in a card stock scrap that is at least 4"x5". Thin watercolor,
craft or metallic paint the color of your choice. Firmly hold the stencil
in place on your card and using a half inch flat brush, quickly stroke paint
unto card. Work from the outside in. Create texture by not smoothing the
brush strokes. It is good to practice this on scrap paper before doing your
card. Let dry thoroughly.
Torn Paper - Tear a rectangle about an inch or so smaller than your
card face. Hand made papers provide great texture. Other possibilities are
brown paper bags, wrapping papers, blotter paper or shopping bags.
Plain - If you will be mounting large leaves, or a combination of
fine leaves, you may wish to leave the background plain. Lay your mounting
objects out on the various backgrounds to see which you like best.
and Pressing leaves and flowers
fresh leaves and flowers of your choice. Most leaves and thin flowers press
quite nicely in a big phone book. Stack additional books or a board with
bricks on top for additional weight when pressing. I flowers or stems are
very thick, either carefully slice off part of the back side or use a regular
flower press that is tightened with nuts and bolts. Continue tightening
as plant material dried. Drying will take about two weeks. Check around
your garden for already dried additional card making possibilities. Grasses.
small twigs and seeds or pieces of seed pods have great possibilities.
Carefully lay out your pressed and dried material until you have a design
you like, then glue in place. Spray-mount works good with fine materials
but because it can be messy, stick and hold the leaf with an exacta knife
or long needle and spray over a box. I prefer using water-thinned white
tacky glue and applying it with a soft flat paint brush. Use an old catalog
so you can just turn a page when one gets sticky. Place a piece of wax paper
over you finished card and press down any loose edges. Put entire card covered
with the waxed paper back into your phone book to dry, usually about a day.
Then seal your finished card using a matte clear art spray. Let dry. Share
your card with someone special.