Yesterday morning I had a list of people to send thank you cards to but no cards in the house so I decided to make some. Originally I planned on doing a design featuring arrows, but when I went to look for some design inspiration I ran across this Camp shirt and decided instead to do a pattern inspired by it.
To begin I used a ruler to draw a grid on my carving block. Then I sketched out the rough design of my stamp. But if you want to skip this step, you can download a copy of the design I used right here: southwestern motif.
Because I wanted the lines of the stamp to be thicker than my pen (and since I’d made a few mistakes!) I traced over the final design using a Sharpie so it was clear exactly where to carve.
Then it was time to carve. I started by outlining all around the design. If you’ve never carved a stamp before, here are some pro tips for printmaking.
And here’s the finished, fully carved stamp.
One of my favorite things to do when block printing is to use two colors of ink and roll them out side-by-side to create an ombre’ effect. I used red and yellow ink.
And here’s the first print- not too bad!
I printed a series of 8 cards and now I’m looking for more things to stamp with this cool design. Here’s the finished thank you note, ready to mail.