If you have the time, making your own Christmas cards can be a joy – and people always appreciate the effort that’s gone in to them. Printing is a great, inexpensive way to create multiple cards using the same stamp. There are all sorts of printing techniques out there – but for a beginner (and little ones) we can’t recommend potato printing enough. Root vegetables are very easy to cut with simply tools – and can produce some really lovely effects.
You will need:
Root vegetables – sweedes, potatoes and carrots work well
A good chopping knife
A fine, sharp, scapel
Cards and envelopes
Paints – water based acrylics or poster paint works well
Plate to mix paint
The easiest way is to paint the stamp directly – to ensure an even coverage. But otherwise you can just dip the stamp into paint spread out onto a plate.
Then just carefully press the stamp onto the paper – try to hold down firmly, but try not to let the stamp move either. Then the card is ready for any extra decoration you’d like – or you can keep them nice and simple!
You can also paint on multiple colours onto your stamp – such as for this robin.
Then just leave your cards to dry for an hour – and they should be ready for writing and sending to their lucky recipients.