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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.

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Step 1: Materials

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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
I also bought a couple more lino blocks to play with.

Step 2: Sketch

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The first thing you need is a design!
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

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To transfer the image to the block, I just turned the paper over onto the face of the block and rubbed the back of it with the side of my pencil.  It worked great!

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.
Very cute! You might want to make a note about the envelope size and postage. A 4x6 is cheaper to mail than a larger or smaller one. IIRC, the small ones actually need a bit more postage because they get stuck in the machines, and the larger ones, well, meh... Postage really starts to add up. ANYWAY! That's just a little aside because of your upcoming nuptials. I love save-the-date cards, and I think they're a bit overlooked. So huzzah for save-the-date cards!
scoochmaroo (author)  AngryRedhead4 years ago
Good point! I hadn't even thought about postage!
wow. nice.
pacwoods4 years ago
re: postage, heads up
the postal machines get confused with square items, so you have to pay a surcharge for square envelopes/postcards. I got surprised by that little factoid.
jtmjr4 years ago
love em! :)
ya got my vote keep me in mind i built the three tier fruit wedding cake
angelabchua4 years ago
These look phenomenal. Your so talented, i cant take it anymore! hahah

What a great personal and inexpensive way to share the wonderful news with friends and family!
bruno130694 years ago
Lovely artwork, MiLady!
I had an Art class at Uni where we carved a lino stamp. Thinking about the design was easy. Marking the design was tough. Carving the design was a bear!
After that, we had to practice until we got 5 good and matchable copies. (That was the really hard part!!!) I still have my stamp someplace, but the face has probably been scratched or damaged. :-(
I hope you have good weather that fortnight!