July 7, 2013

Wedding Initial Stamp

I’m sure many of you have seen R’s post on her wedding party invites? I am SO SO excited for it! She is going to make it a lovely day I’m sure, and I’m excited to see all the things she makes for it. I thought I would make her a little something to add to all things wedding related so cut these little initial stamps. Not sure what she’ll use them on – maybe thank you cards? But I think they make quite a cute addition to any letter.

These stamps are reasonably quick to make, so have earned themselves a spot in our ‘Quickies’ category. Draw your design on to a piece of lino first and decide whether you want to print the positive or negative image… below you can see that I have done both in one design. Which do you think is better? I think I prefer the cleaner positive image!

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After you’re happy with your drawing it’s time to start cutting the print. You need a little lino cutting set for this – an inexpensive tool you can get online or in most craft shops. Careful you don’t gauge out a chunk of thumb when using it, okay? If you’re worried about slipping and completely ruining your design (which I seem to do a lot) then try putting a tiny little cut at the end of the piece you’re cutting. This tends to stop the blade. Also, cut away from your design when possible.

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When you’re cut and happy do a test print. Sometimes I have little bits sticking out so my image isn’t completely clear, but that’s really easy to fix. Roll on your block printing ink with a rubber roller and gently press down on the paper you are printing on. Apply even pressure then lift up carefully.

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Hope you like this little step-by-step and find it useful. But most of all HOPE YOU LIKE IT R.

H.

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