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Old 08-14-2010, 11:36 AM
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Default Pressed Flowers With A Twist Technique

Now, while flowers are plentiful, is the perfect time to try the Pressed Flowers With a Twist Technique. I want to thank my friend Jean Heady-Spahr for telling me about this technique.

You will need cardstock and a Cuttlebug (or equivalent).

Place your flowers between 2 pieces of cardstock (I used regular, white cardstock, but watercolor paper works too).

Use your Cuttlebug to dry emboss your flowers. Use the proper embossing plates necessary to "emboss" a folder, but don't use a folder -- just the flowers sandwiched between cardstock. (I added a piece of thin cardboard on top of the plates to make the embossing folder a little snugger.)

When the paper is dry, scratch off any of the flowers that remain on the cardstock. Highlight with chalk if desired.

Voila. You are finished. How easy is that???

Example below: Imagine you are opening the 2 pieces of cardstock like a book. In the upper example the 2 flowers on the sides are face up and the one in the middle was face down. So it is reverse on the bottom. Front and back both turn out pretty cool. These are not highlighted with chalk (yet).

Note: if you are using flowers like coneflowers, remove some of the brown center for a better pressing.
Also, mulberries DON'T make pretty impressions but I had to try (LOL).

Let's see what you make.
Which flowers do you find make pretty pressings?
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Old 08-14-2010, 04:52 PM
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Here is a finished ATC.
(The coneflower on the right faces the other direction.)
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Old 08-14-2010, 04:54 PM
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I like the look Deb, but I don't have a cuttlebug

very nice ATC

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Old 08-14-2010, 04:56 PM
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Thanks, Wolf. Try pressing them the old fashion way -- put it between heavy books. I don't know how long it will take????
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Old 08-14-2010, 05:07 PM
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A rolling pin should work-- that is what the Cuttlebug is doing.
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Old 08-14-2010, 11:49 PM
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Cool idea Deb! Like Wolfeyesome, I don't have a Cuttlebug either (don't really want one as I prefer the 'old fashioned' way of doing things).

From some research I did on the internet, an hour sounds like the amount of time you would want to press the flowers between pieces of cardstock so the flowers don't adhere to any weight you may be using, i.e., dictionaries, phone books, marble cutting board, etc. HTH
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Old 08-15-2010, 06:55 AM
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Very helpful info. Thanks, AQ. I hope you will try it and show us.
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I would, but I don't have any flowers available unless I buy them from the store.
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Old 08-15-2010, 12:28 PM
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Same here, it has been so hot that even my rose bush has pretty much stopped blooming.


I have pounded flowers with a small craft hammer before with great results. My son love helping with that one when he was small.
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Oh, now that's a great stress reliever!
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