DIY : Lino print cat

DIY : Lino print cat

At the Blue Snail Garden, we like to keep ourselves creative and try new things. Recently we have tried out lino cutting and printing. It's a fantastic technique to make cute simple designs that you can then stamp on to a card, a tote bag, a blank canvas, a t-shirt etc. The possibilities are endless! In this DIY tutorial, you will find all the steps to make a cute and easy cat design.
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What you need to get started 

- A square of linoleum (the lighter the colour, the easier you will be able to see your drawn design)
- Block printing ink 
- Lino cutting tools 
- Rollers (one for covering the stamp in ink and one for pressing the stamp on to the paper)
- Paper 
- A pen or a pencil 
- Scissors
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Step 1. Draw the cat on to the linoleum piece 

Roughly outline a square frame and sketch your cat on to the frame using a pen or a pencil. No need to worry about making it too neat, a little wonkiness will add character! You can also colour in the sections that will be carved out, this will make it easier to know where to cut. 
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Step 2. Time to cut! 

Using a small cutting nib, carve the outline of the cat and the small details such as the whiskers, eyes, heart, nose and mouth. Using a bigger cutting nib, you can now carve in stripes to add a background to this little guy. You can also cut around the frame. It's important to not apply too much force to the cutting nib while cutting as this could break it or make a hole in the linoleum. 
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Step 3. Time to print! 

You can now cut out your stamp using scissors. Once this is done, place a small amount of block printing ink on to a flat surface, here we are using a small glass board. If you are starting out, we recommend using a water washable ink as it will be easy to remove in case things get messy! Place your stamp on to a piece of paper to protect the surface underneath. Roll a small roller into the ink, spreading it out to make sure that it's not too thick but does cover the roller. Gently roll the roller across the stamp - you might have to do this a few times to make sure it's completely covered. You can now carefully place the sheet of paper over the stamp and using a clean roller, press the paper into the stamp to transfer the design. 
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Gently pull the paper away from the stamp and voila! 

August 25, 2021
DIY Greeting Card - Simple Flower Cutouts in 7 Steps

DIY Greeting Card - Simple Flower Cutouts in 7 Steps

It being Thinking of You Week 2020 this week, we have prepared a tutorial to help inspire you to make a greeting card and share the love. It's a great craft project for the weekend with the added bonus of making someone smile with the colourful result  :)

What is Thinking of You Week you ask? It is a lovely initiative organized by the Greeting Card Association to highlight and celebrate the important and meaningful tradition of sending cards to one another.

You can find out more about this special week that harnesses the emotional power of greeting cards to create a wave of love and caring right HERE.


Now for our colourful flower cutouts in 7 steps. Lets get crafting!

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What you need to get started...

A bottle of glue, colourful paper, scissors, a ruler, a pencil and a brown, folded kraft card.

- a blank card (or fold some thick paper)
- scraps of colourful paper
- a pair of scissors
- a pencil
- a ruler
- glue
- a toothpick

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STEP #1 : the centre of the flower

Orange paper with a small circle drawn on it. A pair of scissors and orange circle cutout.

- Choose which colour you would like to use for the center of your flower
- Cut a small square (roughly 1.5 x 1.5 cm...or whatever you are comfortable with)
- Make curved markings on the square to guide you in cutting off the corners to make a circle

**Cutting Tip : when using scissors to cut curved lines, it is easiest to move the paper as oppose to moving the scissors along the markings you've made
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 STEP #2 : the second layer of the flower

Glue and a tooth pick. Orange circle of paper glued to a piece of pink paper.

- Choose another colour for the second layer of your flower
- Glue the circle you have just made near the edge of the new coloured paper
- Snip a square around the circle that you just glued
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STEP #3 : the next layers of your flower

Scissors cutting the pink paper around the orange circle that is glued on the pink.

- Use the outer edge of your circle to guide you in cutting the second layer of your flower (no need to be precise, wobbly circles look great as you can see)
- Choose the next colour and glue your now two-coloured circle down and cut a square around it as you did in step #2
- Keep repeating step #2 and #3 with new colours until you are happy with the size of your flower
- Then make a second flower by doing steps #1, #2 and #3 again

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STEP #4 : the stems and leaves

Thin strips of green paper and triangles of green paper to be used as stem and leaves.


- Cut 2 thin bands of green paper to make the stems of your flowers
- Cut 4 random sized elongated triangles of green paper to make the leaves
- Glue the stems to the back of your flowers
- Turn the flowers over, put a point of glue on the tips of the triangles and slip them under the stems to stick them on
- Once you have built the flowers, glue them onto your card

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STEP #5 : the grass

Green paper, a ruler, and a pencil. Scissors cutting slits into the green paper to make grass.


- Cut a 2.5 cm wide strip of green paper (make sure the length of the strip is longer than the width of your card)
- Snip, snip, snip little bands of grass along the whole length of the green strip of paper (no need to be precise here)
- Repeat the same thing with a strip of 1.5 cm wide green paper

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STEP #6 : finishing off the card

Toothpick spreading glue on the back of green paper grass from last step.

- Spread glue along the non-grass side of the 2.5cm wide strip of grass
- Glue it onto the bottom of your card, covering the bottom of the flower stems
- Turn the card over and cut off the excess grass on each side of the card
- Repeat the same thing with the 1.5 cm wide strip of grass

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STEP #7 : your message and the post

Inside of card message: Thinking of You, with a hand drawn heart.


Write your message, prepare your enveloppe, get a stamp, send your card and deliver a smile :)

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STEP #8 : optional bonus step to be done before step #7

Finished card with a colourful paper flower on it.


- Take a nice photo of your card
- Share your beautiful card by doing one of the following:
1. Share it on Instagram/Facebook and tag us and the Greeting Card Association --> @bluesnailgarden / @gca_uk
You can also add these hashtags if you like: #thinkingofyouweek #sendacarddeliverasmile
2. Send the photo to us in an email --> contact@blue-snail-garden.com

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We would be delighted to see your craftwork!

 

 

September 25, 2020