sympathy No one likes having to make a sympathy card. Last week, we lost a mixed media artist and a friend of mine, Sandi McIlvried from Elliot Lake, Ontario. I made this card to send to her family.

The white background is Bassil card stock that has been embossed with a Cuttlebug folder.

I used pressed spring flowers as the focal point. I dried the crocuses in the microwave, using the Microfleur. This product is now being called the Microwave Flower Press in North America.

It works beautifully and preserves the color of a flower in a way that the old fashioned type of pressing did not.  You do have to experiment a bit with drying times, given that all microwave ovens are different in terms of power.  The crocuses dried in my oven in 45 seconds.

The flowers have to be cold laminated to use in a project. Otherwise, they will break apart.

This is how I did it.

1. I used the Xyron to put a layer of adhesive on a strip of white card stock. You could do this in other ways but the Xyron is very easy and effective.

2. Arrange the dried flowers on the adhesive covered card stock. Do this carefully because you get only one chance to get it right.

3. Take the resist paper that came away from your Xyron or other adhesive and press it over the flowers so they will stick down well. Remove the resist paper.

4. Place a strip of clear acetate over the strip of card stock, being sure to go over the edges.  I used a page protector.  Trim away the excess acetate and affix your embellishment to the card.

I added a stamped sentiment and a double strip of lavender colored micro beads for decoration.

This card is entered in Playing in Paradise, Challenge #63.

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