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The Martha Craft Challenge, Project 29: Seaweed Cards

Are you thinking the same thing I’m thinking?  We’re STILL on seaweed?  Yes, but this is the last seaweed project.  And by the by, I’m totally phoning this one in.

The seaweed card is a very close cousin to the framed seaweed print.  Instead of framing it, you fold it in half to make a card.  I happened to use what I thought was my best seaweed specimen to make this lone card:

And, in spite of that choice, it’s still really, really ugly, don’t you think?

Even though the smell is mostly gone, I don’t think I’d want to receive one of these in the mail.  Because of all the sludge in the water, the paper ends up feeling kind of dirty.  Gritty, you know?  Like you left it out on the beach for three weeks.  Which, essentially, is what you are simulating.  I’m not feeling it.


If you are making these from scratch (that is, without a batch of seaweed prints), and you have to start from the beginning, it’ll probably take you about

2 1/2 hours



That’s all the crazy pressing, yo.


  • cotton rag paper, $14.99 for 50 sheets
  • blotting paper, $17.50
  • aquarium seaweed, $7.00

Total = $39.49 (for up to 50 cards)


Nope.  I can think of lots of better ways to make a handmade card.

See?  Totally phoned it in.  But I’m ready to move on to Botanical Printing!  Enough already with the botanicals, Martha.



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  • October 7, 2010, 2:10 pm Amy in Australia

    Okay so you know that I’m a huge fan, but I think I have to agree…it is kind of ugly. But it’s not you!! It’s the seaweed, man. You deserve some kind of “intrepid crafter” medal for all this!

  • October 7, 2010, 5:36 pm Becky

    Um, it’s definitely not my favorite. Here’s to putting seaweed behind us! Though it did make for great blogging . . .

  • October 8, 2010, 4:27 am Kathy

    I’m with Becky — you’re often at your most laugh-out-loud funny when Martha goes off into the “anything-can-be-incorporated-into-a-craft” mode (or her “of-COURSE-everyone-has-a-glazier” mode), so while I’m not wowed by the results, the mode of describing them makes my day!

    Mad props for admitting the phoned-in-ness (a lol moment for me)!