tgif quickie :: seed packet cards
Taking a break from fabric projects this week. Too much time at the machine has given me a sewing hump. Nice image, huh? I've always loved the old-fashioned seed packet graphics. I wanted to use one as an envelope, sleeve-style, and thought--heck, Iet's use the seeds in some paper for the card. I'm crazy like that. Making paper is really really easy. Break it down, mush it up, smoosh it back together. That's about it. Yup.
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3-4 sheets (8.5 x 11") white "rag" type paper. This just means white paper that's dense but nice and toothy. Like watercolor paper or heavy-weight art paper.
Construction paper in desired colors. Just a sheet or two will do. This will be the accent that colors your paper.
Small piece of screen + dowels or wood for "handles"
kitchen dishpan filled about 1/3 full with water
Seeds! You might need to buy a few more than is in each packet to have a nice scattering. Wilflower mixes are great.
Paper towels and kitchen towels for blotting
Put your tidbits in the blender. Add 2 cups of water and let sit for 15 minutes. This gives the paper time to get all fat and bloated. Blend on medium for a minute. Check it. Still super-chunky? Blend a little more. Once it's just kinda chunky, add small bits of colored paper (also torn into tiny pieces) until you reach a color you like. It will dry lighter, just so you know.
Pour your pulp mixture into the dishpan. We won't talk about how gross it looks. But you know what I'm talking about, right? Sprinkle your seeds on top. I'd say two tablespoons will work nicely.
Make little handles for your screen using the wood, roll it up a bit and clamp it with a clothespin. Holding these, put the screen in the pan and shake it back and forth like 'yer panning for gold. This will agitate the pulp, make it float up and settle down on the screen. Gently lift up the screen. Lots of holes? Put it back down and agitate again.
Once you get a nice thick layer of pulp, gently pull it out, let it drip and put the screen on a towel. If you still need more seeds, sprinkle some on top. Place another fine weave towel on top and blot. Change the towel underneath once it gets saturated. Keep blotting until the pulp is dry enough to gently peel off and put on another towel. Let dry. The paper will curl slightly so if you want it to dry really flat, then weigh it with a book or something heavy on top. It will take a lot longer to dry this way, and I'm not that patient.