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Topic: A bit late...the 2011 reduction print yule card  (Read 748 times)
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PlumCrafty
« on: January 31, 2012 03:45:34 AM »

As some of you may know, I really don't like buying Yule/Christmas cards Tongue, preferring instead to make my own unique cards each year Cheesy. As I recently did a printmaking course down in Cornwall, I thought I would do the simple technique of reduction print using those polystyrene boards (like polyboards but without the paper) and water-based inks.

It may be a good time to point out that not only do I not like buying cards but when I do make cards they have to be 1. cheap (I already had the red card and printing ink), 2. easily reproduced (I make 30-40 so cannot spend a lot of time on each individual one) and 3. I can do at home in the middle of the night (this is when I get my energy burst) Cool.

So without further ado, here is the Yule card for 2011 (sorry for the wonky photo)


The basic print has three colour layers (baby blue, white and green), then I decorated with flicks of silver drawing ink (using a toothbrush to spray) and finishing with a gold star from an eraser I carved (to use on the present wrapping actually, but we are all about re-using and recycling here). This is what the polystyrene board looked liked after I finished with it:


And this is the way that I got the print. First a baby blue square:


I wasn't worried about the ink having solid coverage, the speckled look actually works when you are aiming for a "snow" feel. But we did have to put snow on the ground, so I cut around the tree to create a sky and impressed the rest in white:


Its quite pretty at that stage, but I'm never one to leave things alone so I chopped the tree out of the block and printed that on its own with green ink. Then, once I've added the silver "snow", gold star it was a matter of adding the inside paper (with a stamped "merry christmas" greeting of course) and its all done:


What do you guys think? I did hand-burnish every print so not one has the same coverage, but I like that they are all kinda unique. Any comments and criticism (or indeed helpful hints with home printmaking) are most welcome and appreciated.

Happy Crafting!
 Grin
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« Reply #1 on: January 31, 2012 05:41:51 AM »

It's a great idea, I love your cards.
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« Reply #2 on: February 02, 2012 01:23:06 PM »

Thank you so much, AntidiggerCheesy Next year, I might do the same but with a whole forest...watch this space,
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« Reply #3 on: February 17, 2012 08:36:24 PM »

This is nothing short of beautiful.  I love hand-printing cards - but I'm a lazy arse who rather not do it in large quantities!
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« Reply #4 on: February 24, 2012 03:44:15 PM »

Thanks astrangeone....I'm incredibly lazy Wink too, hence the print production rather than 30 individual cards!
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