DIY Holiday Greeting Card Tutorial

(Image credit: Create + Collect)

Liz Corkery is a Sacramento-based artist who also founded and runs Print Club Ltd.. , an internet resource for fine art silkscreen prints. Through Print Club, Liz functions together with artists to produce and sell limited edition works. She has shared some instructions for making your own set of greeting cards for the holidays — with a technique which may be used for any sort of design. She has partnered with talented Sacramento friends, Create + Collect who’ve beautifully documented the entire printing procedure!

Take it away, Liz:

As a living living overseas, I always get a list of family and friends overseas to send holiday greetings. The price of sending out heaps of cards can accumulate! So I have taken to making my cards and I am exciting to discuss these methods.

I used, but don’t hesitate to use any phrase you need (just make sure to flip it so that it reads backwards as it will be re-flipped in regards to printing period). I created an 5″ x 7″ design to ensure I could purchase envelops to match. If you purchase an “simple cut” linoleum (lino) block, then it may be cut down to size very easily using an X-acto knife.


1. Transfer your text or design on your linoleum block and cut. I love to use carbon paper to move my printed text on the lino block that I will be cutting out, but don’t hesitate to draw a design directly onto the block (just remember whatever you print will be a reflection of everything you dug in your block). When the outline was moved, it is time to cut out each letter. Lino tools are sharp by nature and constantly need to be cut in a direction away from the hands. A good technique for getting bends around is to maintain your hand stationary and move the lino block around under it. And don’t sweat the imperfections — I guarantee you they will add allure to a design.

2. Ink upward. Squirt a skinny field of fabric ink near the top of your plate and apply the brayer to roll out an even layer of the ink. Roll the ink, once it distributed over the brayer. Pro-tip: Rolling fast will pick ink up (whatever you wish to do when you’re getting it on the brayer from the tray) and rolling slowly will lay it down (whatever you need when you’re inking your block for printing.)

3. Print. Once inking up your block, catch your blank card or cardboard and line it up with all the borders of your inked block up. Grab your baren and transfer it across the surface in circular motions, employing business even pressure to all regions of the block. Do not be shocked also the ink builds up on the block along with if your first few impression are a bit inconsistent, since you keep going you will start to acquire printing. Pull on the card back from the block and revel in reading your the way around. Let these dry before continuing on to the interior pattern of this color.

4. Add the snow. I have become a bit obsessed with using sheets of adhesive-back foam to create block printing stamps (see our Thanksgiving napkin article for additional information), therefore this design wouldn’t be complete without it. I used a punch to cut small circles which were stuck down to a sheet of wood. Randomly arrange them, and then ink them up at precisely the identical manner as the first print. The block of “snow” was bigger than the front field of the card, therefore that I printed out the printing area using some scrap pieces of paper. Once inking up, put the block press and face back on your card. You don’t need too much pressure for this component of the style since the foam is squishy and has already captured quite a lot of your ink.

5. Folding and finishing. Once the snow has dried, you can fold up your cards, write a small note, stuff in an envelope, and deliver to the ends of the planet!

Thanks for sharing her expertise, and her tutorial! To see more of her work with or to purchase one of the prints, visit Print Club Ltd.

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