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DIY // hello print

May 2, 2012

One woman printing press, right here! Er, sort of…

I’ve always loved the look of hand stamped cards. The imperfections in the stamp and smudges of ink are what give them so much character. The idea of doing this myself seemed daunting at first, but it’s really pretty easy – and the simple ‘hello’ on this card is perfect for anytime I want to drop a line to far away friends.

one: tape the paper, printed side down, onto the styrofoam.

two: trace the words so the marker bleeds through the paper onto the foam.

three: remove the paper.

four: carve the design (or words) into the styrofoam – I used the end of a thin paintbrush.

five: remove the extra foam from outside the word bubble.

six: spread the ink and cover the roller.

seven: cover the stamp in ink.

eight: press the stamp onto the paper.

Happy print making!

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7 Comments leave one →
  1. May 2, 2012 9:43 am

    Absolutely fantastic – I will most definitely be having a go at this – they look amazing… In fact I’m planning on having a craft stall in July to sell my gift boxes, cards, clay tags etc… I’m sure there are some fab designs I could make up from this idea! Thanks!

  2. Jess permalink
    May 2, 2012 10:31 am

    Very cute. I think I would just be lazy and buy a stamp that is already made for me. I like this concept though and may have to replicate it just like the clothes pins.

  3. May 2, 2012 10:39 am

    Love it. great idea! I love sending postcards so maybe something like this would be a little more heartfelt. Thanks for sharing

  4. May 2, 2012 12:54 pm

    cute cute cute!

  5. Countess Das permalink
    May 3, 2012 1:40 am

    awesome…. ooohh… i lov it…. i lov it… i lov it…..

  6. May 3, 2012 5:11 pm

    I like this …great idea.

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