“Be Mine” with an Herbal Valentine

Share your thoughts and your heart with hand-made herbed cards.


| February/March 2002



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Each and every person needs a reminder of his or her importance. Sending a handmade valentine is a great way to show how much you care—without the use of Hallmark’s very best. And if your thoughts don’t compile in the form of a valentine on February fourteenth, there’s no reason not to share them at any moment. With a little help from your garden and your supply closet, you can make herbed cards for Valentine’s day or other correspondence. Making the herbed paper and note cards is easy. Make them as festive or as detailed as you like.

Materials 

• Wax paper (12 inches wide)
• 1 tablespoon fresh or dried petals or leaves (such as rose petals, lavender flowers, or small leaves)
• 2 or 3 facial tissues (such as Kleenex)
• 2 tablespoons white glue
• 1/2 cup water
• Small spray bottle
• Cotton cloth
• Iron
• Decorative craft scissors
• Plain or colored paper
• Glue stick
• Ribbon or lace for additional decoration

Instructions:

1. Cut about 2 feet of wax paper and lay it on a non-porous surface, such as a counter top. Then scatter the fresh or dried petals over the wax paper. Take a sheet of tissue and separate it into a single ply. Gently put the tissue over the petals, overlapping the petals by 1/4 inch. Repeat until all of the petals on the wax paper are covered.

2. Next, mix equal portions of white glue and water (about 1/2 cup glue and 1/2 cup water). Mix it in a small squirt bottle that has a spray (or spritz) option—a strong-stream spray won’t work. Spritz the top of the tissue with this glue mixture, covering every part of the tissue. You may not need to use all of the glue mixture you made. Using your fingers, gently dab small, uncovered areas with glue. Allow to dry completely—about 24 hours.





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