Tuesday, December 17, 2013

DIY: Simple Snowman Christmas Card

I'm trying to keep everything simple this holiday season, including my Christmas cards. I wanted to make a few cards by hand (rather than printing them out, since I do that year round) so I decided to use a method I learned in college. I cut out a simple snowman using a rubber carving block and stamped it onto some scrap paper. Here's how to make your own...

What you'll need:

  • rubber carving block (I found mine on Ebay but they are also available at art supply stores)
  • linoleum cutter (also available at art supply stores)
  • cardstock 
  • black paint
  • foam paintbrush
  • orange paper (for the carrot nose)
  • ribbon (for the scarf... washi tape would be cute too)
  • glue

Start by tracing a simple snowman onto your carving block. Carve around the outside. Makes these cuts extra deep. Now carve inside the snowman but don't carve quite so deep. Leave some lines for the paint to transfer to.

Use the foam brush to add some paint. Typically you would use a roller but if you don't have one, a brush will work just fine. You could experiment with an ink pad too but the transfer will be much lighter.

Add whatever accessories you like. I decided to use some ribbon for the scarf and some orange construction paper for the carrot nose.

 Add a holiday greeting to the inside and you're all set!

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