#CreateAtHome - Printing Christmas Cards

December 17, 2012

December 2012

We printed some very beautiful Christmas Cards at our Family Day last Saturday, with the help of our artists Jenny, Deirdre, Gen and Andrew.

If you want to make some printed Christmas cards like these at home, you can make a version of what we did with the help of a bit of recycling!
Just keep the polystyrene trays that fruit and vegetables sometimes come in and any wrapping, posters or sheet of paper that have a plastic feel to them that might come in your letter box.
 

Start by using a pen to draw into the Polystyrene, marking out whatever picture you would like to print. Then roll out some paint - we used printing ink and perspex, but acylic paint would do the job and you could spread it onto the plastic coated advertisment that came through your door. This is so the paint is nice and thin.
 

Best to get you hands on a roller, which you can get from most art supply shops - but a paintbrush will work too.

Next, roll the paint out on to the polystyrene picture (as shown above), thinly and evenly and then press it down onto some paper.

Give it a good rub, pull it off and hey presto, you have a print!

Another idea is to cut up the polystyrene (or thick cardboard would do), then arrange and glue your cut out shapes onto a square of carboard, in a design you like. Roll over your design with an inked up roller. The paint will attach only to the design, as it is raised away from the cardboard base. You have created a stamp. Place your inked stamp down onto a sheet of paper and once again, give it a good rub. When you take it off, only your design should remain.

 

You can print these stamps over and over again in as many coloures as you would like. 
Once the print has dried you can glue it on to some card and discover that you will never have to buy a Christmas card again!



We also improvised and made some Christmas decorations for our tree with the left over print templates.

Enjoy printing & stamping at home and have a lovely Christmas.

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