Faux Pressed Flowers

by Anne Harada

Create a card with the look of vintage pressed flowers.


  • Embossing folder, with atight grid/design
  • Stamped image of branch, flowers, or tree (Stampin' Up! Thoughts and Prayers used here)
  • Ink
  • Glue Stick
  • Cardstock
  • Paper flowers
  • Embellishments


  1. Step 1

    Stamp image onto cardstock.

  2. Step 2

    Adhere additional cardstock or patterned paper layers.

  3. Step 3

    Select the Paper flowers you want to add to your image and determine arrangement.

    It is okay to layer them, however, it gets harder to roll through your machine with each added layer.

  4. Step 4

    Add glue to the back of each flower.

  5. Adhere flowers to stamped cardstock.

    Liquid adhesives will also work, but use sparingly so the glue doesn’t soak through when the flowers get pressed.

  6. Step 5

    Insert the panel into the embossing folder and run through a die cut machine to emboss.

  7. Step 6

    Add embellishments and finish the card.



  1. Trim your Prima flowers and add color to create more realistic botanical types.

Your Turn

You've seen the tutorial, now you try it! We've got a section of the gallery set aside for Faux Pressed Flowers. Try this technique, then upload your artwork to the gallery. Show us your creations!

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Questions and Comments

We'd love to get your feedback or questions. Leave your comment below.

beate ... i love your tutorials ... you give me such confidence ..to do these exsamples you show ... you make em look so easy peasy ..lol thanks ... anne
ANNE MARIE  |  Wed Feb 2, 2011 at 10:25 AM
Hi Patricia,

Thank you! There is a tutorial in the Resources section on how to use your Watercolor Pencils:

Maybe that will help?
Anne Harada  |  Wed Feb 2, 2011 at 10:33 AM
Anne, that's a terrific idea! I never thought of putting paper flower through with the embossing folders! You are so creative. (And nice tutorial, BTW!)
JulieA  |  Wed Feb 2, 2011 at 10:59 AM
This seems like such an amazingly simple technique and a great way to add beauty to a card - I cannot wait to try it, especially since I absolutely love putting flowers on my cards! And by the way, all the samples posted with this tutorial -- simply Beautiful! Thanks for sharing!
Lisa  |  Wed Feb 2, 2011 at 11:29 AM
Beautiful project and great tutorial! I'm sure the pictures don't do it justice and it looks better in person. Will have to try it when I have time! Makes me wonder about doing just the flowers so they stand out a bit more. . . guess I'll have to do 2 or 3 (the third could use a different/less "busy" embossing pattern on the background). There's not enough time during the day or week! ; )
Beth  |  Wed Feb 2, 2011 at 11:34 AM
Love this! And I see its time for some new embossing folders for sure!!
Margaret  |  Wed Feb 2, 2011 at 11:55 AM
I love the idea and would change it up by just putting the flowers themselves in an embossing folder and running the folder through the Big Shot. It will still flatten them.
Diane  |  Wed Feb 2, 2011 at 1:43 PM
WOW!!!!!!!!! This is really cool!!!!!!!! Can't wait to try it!!!!!!! Thanks for another really cool tutorial Beate!!!!!!!!
StephStamps1982  |  Wed Feb 2, 2011 at 2:22 PM
This looks great, but I'd love to see the gallery. It seems to be down, so I can't see other cards. It says I need permission.
Jean  |  Wed Feb 2, 2011 at 2:31 PM
Hi Jean - you just need to log in to see that gallery smile
lydia  |  Wed Feb 2, 2011 at 2:31 PM
Oh I just love this technique. Beautifully done Anne. I recently discovered this technique works great with paper piecing too.
Lisa Lara  |  Wed Feb 2, 2011 at 3:45 PM
That looks cool, definitely going to have a go, thankyou!
Janice  |  Wed Feb 2, 2011 at 4:05 PM
Very pretty and oh so simple. Thank you.
Sandra  |  Wed Feb 2, 2011 at 4:39 PM
You make it look so simple to do. Hopefully it will be when I try it. Thank you so much!
Karla  |  Wed Feb 2, 2011 at 6:32 PM
This is a wonderful idea and technique! I can't wait to try it! Thank you!
smadson  |  Wed Feb 2, 2011 at 8:45 PM
very interesting, I'm definately going to thy this out. Thanks:)
sylvia  |  Thu Feb 3, 2011 at 5:34 AM
Thank you so much for the tutorial, the card is so different than I have seen in the past. Just love it and thank you for sharing.
Elizabeth  |  Thu Feb 3, 2011 at 5:55 AM
I learn so many wonderful new ways to make personal treasures to share with my friends and family from your blog. Thank you for sharing your ideas with us.
Atlanta DUI Lawyer  |  Thu Feb 3, 2011 at 1:11 PM
Great card idea. Easy yet what a nice effect! Love when I have everything to be able to try it immediately. Thanks for Sharing.
Jenn  |  Thu Feb 3, 2011 at 1:38 PM
That is a great idea, thank you so much for all your wonderful tutorials
Denise  |  Thu Feb 3, 2011 at 8:52 PM

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