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After several years of making Christmas cards to send out, I've started streamlining the process with printmaking.  It still has the homemade feel but requires less of a time investment, which is good cause I always start them late.
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Step 1: Tools

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You can get most of what you need at any art supply, or craft store.

Things you will need:

-Carving Tool
-Linoleum Block
-Inking Plate

Helpful things to have:

-Paper towels
-Wet wipes
-Bench hook 

Step 2: Carving

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I came up with a fairly simple image and traced it on to my block.  *Remember your image will be reversed on the block* I left the negative space to be the part that takes the bulk of the ink, this saves tons of carving time.

To start the process take the narrowest blade and carve the outline of the shapes that will be cut out.  Carve *AWAY* from yourself and your appendages.

Its tempting but don't apply tons of pressure, this is when the blade will inexplicably take off across your block peeling up parts you didn't want peeled. 

When you finish the outline carve out all the middle parts with a wider blade alternating sizes as you need it.  Keep in mind to carve *AWAY* from yourself.

Step 3: Inking

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After you finish carving (and possibly bandaging finger gouges) take a chance to clean your area and rinse off your block.  You'll thank yourself when you don't have linoleum crumbs in your ink.

To ink your block squeeze out a nickel sized dollop of ink on one edge of your plate (mirror back) and use the brayer to pull it down to the other end.  Pick up the brayer at the end of the plate and start from the top again until your brayer is coated and it makes a sticky "zipp" sound when you roll it.

Roll your inked up brayer to your block and make sure every part is adequately covered.  The ink should look finely textured, not smooth or rough.  Think super fine grit sandpaper.

sunshiine2 years ago
I love the way this looks, thanks for sharing!
Very cute! Great way to make your own cards for the Holidays without having to spend hours and hours designing cards. I like that frosted window look too!