I often use pressed flowers & leaves for card decoration, they look well with the rougher texture of my paper and using natural decoration fits idealogically with recycling paper. And so pretty!
I don’t have any special equipment or expert knowledge, I just use a big old book and pick whatever is in season, from the garden or the hedgerows.
I have gathered some tips from my years of experimenting:
1. Make notes!
Daisies and buttercups are consistently fantastic, but that blue flower near the door always loses it’s colour – yet every year I forget and waste precious page space drying it.
2. Don’t ignore the foliage.
It’s easy to focus your energy on the striking flowers and petals, but the stems, leaves and grasses can really help you create.
The leaves on the right were partially dried in the light, hence the vibrant green – chlorophyll fades in the dark? Or something!
3. Don’t sit on your stash!
Even flowers that keep their colour when dried, will lose vibrancy over time. I often hang on to flowers to use for something special, only to have them fade. Use it or lose it.
4. Try adding some drawing or text. . .
It works sometimes!
Best of luck!