Magazine article Sunset

It's Block-Printing but without the Carving

Magazine article Sunset

It's Block-Printing but without the Carving

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Quickly and at little cost, linoleum-block printing lets you put a personal stamp on your Christmas cards. This version of the craft eliminates time-consuming carving; the block is made of cut-out linoleum pieces on a vinyl-covered backing.

Only the linoleum relief raised above the backing will register on your card. The vinyl surface on the cardboard base makes it easy to wipe off excess ink and to re-ink for multicolored printings.

It should take you less than an hour to make the block and less than a minute to make each printing. We suggest water-base printing ink: it's easy to clean up and it dries overnight.

Materials you'll need include paper towels; an 8-inch square of scrap fabric; a rubber band; a good grade of stationery or paper, such as watercolor or bristol paper, for the cards; scissors; same-size pieces of heavyweight cardboard and self-adhesive vinyl shelf paper (sold by the yard at grocery, hardware, or wallpaper stores); a soft pencil; tracing paper; a ballpoint pen; a 9- by 12-inch sheet of self-adhesive craft linoleum (aviable at craft knife and blades; water-base block-printing ink (it comes in tubes and is available at crafts stores); one or more paper plates; a small rubber brayer; and a few sheets of scrap paper. …

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