DIY HOLIDAY STAMPS FOR HANDMADE CARDS, TAGS, AND GIFTS GALORE!7:26 AM
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!