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How to make a lino stamped Christmas card

Updated: Mar 31, 2022

Learn how to make simple stamped Christmas cards at home. 

I've always made my own cards, whether they've been painted, linocut or made from collage. A homemade Christmas card brings so much joy to friends and family.

This is a design I made a couple of years ago. I've carved the design into lino and rather than using ink and roller, I have used ink pads.

Stamps are a great way to make handmade cards as you can make lots of them!

You will need

  • Lino tools

  • Soft cut or easy carve lino

  • Ink pad

  • Blank cards

  • Knife or scissors, cutting matt, pens and pencils.

  • Optional: tracing paper, blocks to mount stamps onto and double sided tape.

  • Creative imagination!

Step 1

Draw or transfer your design onto the lino with a pencil.

Remember your design needs to be in reverse on the lino.

Top Tip: I use tracing paper to flip the design. By rubbing the reverse of the paper the carbon will transfer onto your lino.

If it helps, go over your design with a permanent marker.

Step 2

Begin to carve out the design.

IMPORTANT: The blades on the lino tools are sharp. Ensure you are always cutting away from your supporting hand.

Step 3

Cut out your design with a knife or scissors.

If you prefer you can remove the area around your design with lino tools and roughly cut out the shape afterwards.

Step 4

You’re now ready to stamp your design using an ink pad.

Top Tip: I find it easier to stick the lino stamps onto blocks with double sided tape.

Christmas wrapping paper

You could also use the stamp to make wrapping handmade wrapping paper?

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