|Almost everything you will need to press your first flowers and make a
greeting card can be found in the home. The most likely item you may need to
purchase is a good pair of
tweezers. I consider them my most important tool.
When you buy a pair, they should be good quality steel, about 4 1/2" long so
the top rests in the palm; mine have been ground so they are needle-sharp. When a
flower has been pressed, it is as fragile as a thin sugar cookie; handling with
tweezers is less likely to cause damage than fingers might.
To protect your picture on its card, you
will need a small roll of clear adhesive film, such as "Contac." Most
supermarkets stock this for covering cook books and recipes.
Static electricity is
formed when the backing is pulled away from the plastic film. That static can
cause your flowers to reach up to meet the adhesive when applying the film to the card.
To help counteract that possibility, crumple a fabric softener sheet (the kind made for the clothes dryer) and
rub all over the plastic side before removing the backing
||An old phone book to be your press
paper good one side, between which to press flowers
Gallon jug of water, well stoppered, for a weight
A trayor board to place between the phone book press and water jug, to distribute
the pressure evenly.
handling pressed material
Glue, white household, that dries clear
Toothpicks, to apply glue
Razor blade, single edge, to trim plastic coating
adhesive film, to protect design
sheet. to counteract static
Office supply stores stock extra smooth paper (for use with color
printers,) sometimes packaged with matching envelopes. Some of this is
heavy enough to use for flower cards. 8 1/2" x ll" paper when folded twice
, or half a sheet folded once, will fit invitation size envelopes (4 3/8" by 5
3/4"). The card
or paper needs to be
rigid enough to keep the flower arrangement from cracking.
I often buy 85 pound
paper at an "American Speedy Printing Center ." They stock it for their
business cards. It is available in various textures and shades. Measuring 8
1/2" by 11", it can be cut in half to make two single fold cards; they cut it
for me. Currently it is less than ten cents a sheet. In quantity of 250, the
matching invitation size envelopes cost about seven cents each.
Perhaps they would sell a smaller number. I try to shop for this material at
their least busy time, feeling that what I need is of nuisance value to them, and a
courtesy to me.
Single edge razor blades can be found where craft supplies are