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« on: February 10, 2010 02:29:05 PM »



These are my valentines this year! The seaweeds were harvested right here on the coast of Maine (when I say harvested, I mean hacked out of the ice), and pressed on herbarium paper.

The sea lettuce was very fragile, so I gave it a layer of mod podge to keep it together in the mail.



But the devalaria was perfect, it needed no additional adherent.



On a side note: if you press seaweeds it's important to put a layer of wax paper on top of the plant and then sandwich each sheet in absorbent paper in your plant press. Change the sandwich layers every day until the specimen is completely dry.

Yay! Seaweeds!
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« Reply #1 on: February 10, 2010 02:39:53 PM »

I've never seen pressed seaweed before! The first one is so pretty!
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« Reply #2 on: February 10, 2010 06:03:19 PM »

These are really lovely, and I like the idea of floating the seaweed in water to get a good arrangement and then lifting it up on the paper. There was someone at one of our big commercial craft shows last year doing cards like this, and I was very impressed with the way he got them to look so natural; I wonder if he used the same technique.

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« Reply #3 on: February 10, 2010 10:11:12 PM »

The seaweed is just so naturally beautiful, especially the red! I've heard of pressing regular plants, but never seaweed! Very creative and so so so pretty Smiley
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« Reply #4 on: February 11, 2010 09:42:46 AM »

I love the way they look, especially that devalaria one. It looks like it's still fluttering about under the water!
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« Reply #5 on: February 11, 2010 11:07:43 AM »

Lovely! I love the movement of the red one.
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« Reply #6 on: March 09, 2010 09:06:35 AM »

These are lovely! I just got back from San Diego and am going to try something similar. Thanks for sharing your post! If I post anything, I'll be sure to link to you.
I finished mine! http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=340898.0
Thanks for the help with the kelp (sorry - lame).
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« Reply #7 on: March 09, 2010 01:49:18 PM »

Lovely cards!!  When natures's bounty is used for creating, it's just so right! Excellent job
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« Reply #8 on: March 09, 2010 01:53:59 PM »

Thank you for the comments! It makes me want to do something with the dozens I have sitting somewhere in a plant press.
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« Reply #9 on: March 10, 2010 12:31:29 PM »

Gorgeous! Love the red seaweed.
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