To make this charming mat and escort card, use the Super Sunprint Kit. We spread maidenhair ferns on the kit’s blue paper, left it near a window, and just a few minutes later watched this pattern emerge. Then, we scanned the print, changed the tint in iPhoto (PC users can tap Google’s Picasa), and copied it on 11-by-17-inch paper.
Tools and Materials
Sunprint paper and acrylic overlay (we used Sunprint Kit)
11-by-17-inch text weight paper
You can download and print our pattern, or you can make your own:
- Away from direct sunlight, lay a sheet of sunprint paper on a piece of cardboard and place leaves on paper in your desired pattern. Lay a piece of acrylic on top of leaves and paper to flatten.
- Expose paper to sunlight until the paper turns almost white, 3 to 5 minutes. Remove the acrylic top and leaves and rinse paper with water until the background turns blue again; let dry.
- Scan the sunprint to your computer and open the image with a photo-editing program, like iPhoto or Google’s Picasa. Change the tint of the image until desired background color is reached.
- Print place mats onto paper from your home computer, or save the image to a flash drive and have your local office-supplies store print them for you.