Meg’s Makes: Week 4 - Lino Cut Mother’s Day Card

My make for week 4 is a fun Mother’s Day card, with a lino cut stamp of a daffodil. I have given lino cut a go once previously, but this was only my second attempt so I’m still very much a novice. I was short of time this week, so a quick make was just what I needed.

I went for a print I found on Pinterest, and just took one flower from the design rather than trying to take on the entire thing!

Here are a few easy steps to follow to make your own…

<< LINO CUT CARD >>

WHAT YOU’LL NEED

  • A lino cutting tool
  • A few lino blocks - whatever size you like
  • Ink pad
  • Pen / pencil for sketching
  • Plasters (in case you nick your fingers!)

TIME: 25 mins (in-between getting home from work at 6.30pm and leaving for dinner at 7pm!)

COST: £10 (£2 - ink pad, £4 - lino cut tool, £2 - lino block)

HOW TO MAKE YOUR OWN

2. Hold your lino cut tool at a shallow angle and begin to scrape away the coloured sections in lines. If you point it down too far, you’ll scoop out too much lino and you’ll probably hit the table! Be really careful not to bash yourself with the tool, as I can tell you the cuts are not pretty!

3. Once you’re happy with the shape, take your stamp pad and cover the lino in ink.

4. Carefully the the line block and place it over your card. Be sure to press down across the entire stamp, preferably with something flat (I actually used a coaster!) so that all parts of the design hit the page.

5. Peel the lino block off the card being careful not to get inky fingers anywhere, and there you have it! Pop it in the post to your lovely mum and you’ll be sure to impress her.

Lino cut steps
Lino cut steps

MEG’S VERDICT

How easy was it? 3/5

It’s a little tricky to get the hang of initially. I struggled with the angle of the cutting tool. Once you’ve worked out the best way to hold it - I suggest keeping it quite close to the surface - you get into the swing of it quite quickly.

How much fun did I have? 4/5

It was enjoyable and a little challenging. You can go wild with your patterns and ideas I was really impressed with how it came out and have to say I was pretty chuffed with my achievement! I like that you don’t need to worry about it being a bit messy as it all adds to the effect.

How useful will the skill be in future? 4/5

It’s great actually - I’ll definitely be making more of these in future, and it’ll be a really good technique for printing lots of Christmas cards. I’d love to have a go at a more detailed image, and maybe throw in some extra colours, when I’ve got more time.

Does Pinterest lie?

Pinterest continues to tell the truth! If you put some time and effort into it, you can definitely create some great designs which wouldn’t look out of place on a Pinterest board. I definitely need some more work with getting the detail right - but watch this space!