I love all things lavender. I grow so many varieties in the garden from the traditional British plants to the more exotic, lumpier Mediterranean varieties. Lavender is such an iconic scent – it makes so many people think of relatives that have used it, my grandmother always had some Yardley’s Lavender handy.
We have quite a range of lavender related things on the website that I can dip into and use for cards – from Jane Shasky’s Lovely Lavender pad, the Lavender stencil and of course lavender cutting dies (one of my favourites is the border). Can I also sneakily include the Tim Holtz oxide pads and distress marker in Milled Lavender!
I promised in a recent newsletter that I would share some tips on how to fragrance cards.
There are several ways and which I use depends on the time I have. The quick and obvious one is lightly spritzing a finished card with some lavender cologne or at a pinch (as I had to the other day) some lavender ironing water, I reckon it was just very diluted cologne. Keep it to a light waft though or you could mark the card.
If you have more time, then another way to add scent is to complete your card and then carefully put it into a box (old tupperware I use!) and then drop a little lavender essential oil onto some cotton wool and add this to the box. Now the crucial thing here is that the oil must NOT come into contact with the card as it leaves a nasty mark so I add a greyboard divider between the card and the cotton wool. Just cut two or three strips of the greyboard and quarantine one end of the box to put the cotton wool in and hey presto!
The third way I am going to mention isn’t something I have tried but I know a friend that does this – she stores her cards in one of those really useful plastic tubs and also in the same tub has a lavender air freshener – again not touching the cards just down at one end lying on its back to allow the fragrance to wander round the box. I suspect this might be an almighty strong way to have scented cards but hey – give it a try if it appeals – experimentation is everything.
You can see from this display of cards how beautifully all the lavender products I have mentioned work together to make yummy lavender cards! Whether you want a painted image or to create a personal stencilled creation, we have something for everyone.