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This highly absorbant material works great for pressing flowers. I use the inactive desiccant paper (8.0" x 12.0"). You can purchase it as a 5 pack or 100 sheets. You can recharge them in the oven on the lowest setting. I usually place 10 sheets to a tray and heat them for 15-20 minutes at 175 degrees. Make sure your trays are not too close to the heat source as the desiccant paper can burn.
I use drytac brand artshield mattex UV 25.5" satin finish laminate to protect the flowers on my greeting cards, journals and related products. It has tiny holes which are sealed by heat. I use a household iron on medium heat. Be sure to place a cloth over the laminate which you wish to seal. You can also seal cards and bookmarks by running them through a laminator. Always use a carrier -- such as a manilla folder cut to fit your laminator.