DIY HOLIDAY STAMPS FOR HANDMADE CARDS, TAGS, AND GIFTS GALORE!

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Little known fact: I LOVE printmaking. I took some art classes in college, and one of them was dedicated to printmaking in all it's glorious forms. I had a stash of linoleum tucked away in my craft bin, and decided to make a custom stamp for decorating gift tags and the kraft wrapping paper I frequently use. Having just received a Dala horse as a wedding gift (I come from a long line of super duper awesome Swedes with an amazing collection of these painted ponies), I decided to carve away and have that be the 2010 holiday mascot. 


This is also a great last minute gift idea! All you need is a piece of linoleum, a cutter, some ink pads, and plain card stock. Carve your custom stamp, stamp the card stock to create one-of-a-kind stationary, wrap it up in raffia, put it in a cellophane baggie, throw in some inkpads (and the stamp if you want to)....and voila! A heartfelt and handmade gift that your friends and family are sure to treasure.


Took me an hour tops, and most of that was me being a dork and redrawing the design on the horse about 4 times. I would suggest you all try it and send me pics if you do! For newbies not familiar with the technique, check out this great tutorial archive for creating a linoleum stamp from Gennine's Art Blog and watch the video to see it in action. Now let those creative juices flow and get carving!

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6 comments

  1. Love that dala Horse. So pretty in white. I have seen them in orange and blue but the white is wonderful.The card idea is great for some extra fun.

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  2. cute! you've got skills! glad we made it into the pic :) oh the good old days.

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  3. What a cute idea! You always post such inspiring things! I love it! Your horse stamp is adorable, btw. I am diy-challenged, and my stamp would not look as cute at all..hahaha.


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  4. love the card with the dala horse next to the wooden one... the ornaments inside the glass container look fantastic!!!

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  5. What a cute holiday card!! I love the little horse too... Merry christmas eve eve!

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  6. omg girl, you are like the furthest thing away from dorkdom as can be! i adore your stamp creation, so clever and darling. say, is that one of the fragrantly delicious voluspa candles i see? mmm, so good.

    i was taking my time, getting caught up on all your ahhh-mazing posts i've missed from being super bogged down by the season must-dos and then i saw new sidebar addition. what the waaaa? thanks so much for including me on your blogroll loves. wow, just stunned and super grateful. ♥

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