Step 1: Tools
Things you will need:
Helpful things to have:
Step 2: Carving
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
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.
Step 4: Brayer Time
When you are done, peel the card back and set somewhere to dry while you make more prints. The ink will stay wet for a while.
You can also use a variety of different colored inks or paper. My cards happened to have a weave texture which showed through the ink.
Clean up is fairly simple everything should wash with soap and water.
If like me you don't get around to mailing half of them in time, keep them till next year or give stacks of them as gifts to friends and family. Be sure to sign the back so they know you made them!
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