Make your own custom Save the Date cards using this classic linoleum cut - or lino cut - technique. It's easy and fun, and it could save you a lot of money! Once you get started, you'll want to make stamps for everything.
Why go with boring old stationery that anyone could buy? Make something completely unique that expresses your own style. Your guests will love the extra personality that your custom made stationery has.
Step 1: Materials
I bought a Speedball kit which came with the following:
- One linoleum covered block
- One linoleum cutter handle with three blades
- Tube of watersoluble block printing ink (black)
- 4 inch soft rubber brayer
- Foam tray for inking
Step 2: Sketch
In scouring through web pages looking for ideas for my own wedding, I was inspired by a few designs I saw, and used that as my inspiration.
I used graph paper to help me plot out the lettering. I made up a few samples and chose my favorites to embellish.
I used a soft graphite pencil, hoping it would transfer easily onto my lino block. And it did!
Step 3: Transfer
If you have transfer paper, you can use that too. Just remember that your image will print in reverse, so all of your lettering needs to be backwards.
Afterwards, I went over the transfer with my pencil again to fully flesh out the design.
Step 4: Carve
I'm not sure how deep the cuts need to go. Even a scratch will show up in the print, so be careful! Slipping with the knife changed the details of my final design a few times!
Step 5: Ink
Use the brayer to roll the ink onto the face of the stamp.
You can see where I either pressed too hard with my brayer or didn't carve enough of the block away and some extra edges got inked. I tried to wipe it away before printing.
Step 6: Print
Alternatively, you can put the paper on a soft surface or stack of newspapers, and use your lino stamp as a traditional stamp and press it onto the paper. I got much better results from doing it the other way though.
Cut your cardstock into whatever shape you like (if it isn't already). I even used a glue stick to attach some to refrigerator magnets as a handy way to keep the date in plain site and on people's minds.
For more great lino cut tips and tricks check out How to Make Linocuts.