Paper Succulent Card

Seed Paper Card Designs: Freebird and Succulents

Making seed paper is one of my favorite crafts. You would never know from the organic look of this artisan paper that the materials come from such humble beginnings. I showed the steps for how to make homemade seed paper using a DIY mold and decal fashioned from two-dollar frames and shredded bills in my book, Garden Made: A Year of Seasonal Projects to Beautify Your Garden and Your Life.Card Design Ideas for using homemade seed paper

I’m taking the show on the road this spring to do live demos of how to make seed paper in Seattle at the Northwest Flower and Garden Show and in Florida at the Epcot International Flower and Garden Festival. I hope you have a chance to see me make paper live but if you miss it, there are detailed instructions in Garden Made.

Garden Made - A Year of Seasonal Projects to Beautify Your Garden and Your Life

My workshops were sponsored by Ball Seed and Burpee, who provided marigolds and lettuce mix to go in the seed paper, and Spellbinders, who provided a Platinum 6 die cutting and embossing machine to turn the paper into creative crafts.

After the paper is made, there is even more fun to be had! There are so many things that you can make with it, and I enjoy making cards. More often than not, that lovely sentimental card you give away gets tossed into the recycling bin not long after it is read. Making a card out of seed paper is a unique way to give a no-waste gift that the recipient can grow in their garden.

Here are two of the card designs that I made on stage at the garden shows using Ball seed and the Spellbinders Platinum 6.


Card Design Ideas for using homemade seed paperFreebird Seed Paper Card

This simple-to-make card is fun to give because it allows the recipient to free the bird on their card by planting the birdcage. Make it by gluing a postcard or picture of a bird to the front of a blank card. Line up some homemade seed paper on the Bye Birdie die and put it through the Platinum 6. Then use a few glue dots to attach the seed paper birdcage over the bird.Card Design Ideas for using homemade seed paper

Succulent Seed Paper Card

I just love the 3D look of the succulents you can make with the Platinum 6. See it in action as well as the wreath I made using these dies and some felted sweaters for the fall. With homemade paper being quite textural, it is a perfect match for these dies.
 Card Design Ideas for using homemade seed paper

Line up a sheet of paper on the bottom of the die and run it through the machine. There should be enough paper to get two cuts out of it, so flip the paper over and line it up for a second cut. You need at least two cuts to produce one succulent.

Assemble the succulents by laying a large succulent shape on the bottom, then building it up with the next largest one at a 45-degree angle. Do the same with the medium-sized shapes and then the smallest shapes. Glue them all together with a hot glue gun, then pinch the top shape together to produce a center rosette. Add three of these succulents to the front of a card in appropriate colors. Hot glue some reindeer moss around the succulents if you wish. Seed paper succulents greeting card

You can also use the Spellbinders to die cut out part of the card as well, like on this decorative border I made on the edge of a bird card. Try adding some reindeer moss into the birdcage as well.

Card Design Ideas for using homemade seed paper

For both of these cards, don’t forget to include planting instructions!

Plant this Paper!

Instructions: the paper on this card is embedded with seeds (note which ones). When you have enjoyed the sentiment, plant this paper by ripping it up and covering it with a thin layer of soil in the garden or in a pot of soil. Keep the soil moist while the seeds germinate and provide sunshine when they sprout. Enjoy!

About the Author : Stephanie RoseAn artistic gardener aiming to feed the body & soul through an urban potager garden & a community veggie plot in Vancouver.View all posts by Stephanie Rose