Friday, May 2, 2008

B (For Business) Cards...



(...bigger images over here...)

I made these cards last week - finally something that I can hand to people to direct them to all my online junk. So that is something to check of my ever-growing list...!

I hand printed them using linocut (my new favorite printing medium). I really like the black ink on the baby blue. I am really happy with them! They each have their own little envelope and a sticker on the back to seal it. The only problem with making my own cards is that is it pretty time-consuming. I only have made 25 so far, so I am going to have to be pretty conservative with handing them out. Oh well, I have another box of blank cards left so I can always make some more...

Hope you have a great weekend. I may be back this weekend if I can find the time...

Bye!

3 comments:

anna said...

i really would like to try this technique myself. i miss print class! seems like there is a fairly simple setup that is needed compared to other printing methods, which is perfect for home studio. is it fairly easy to find these kits?

Bree said...

Hi Anna!

You should go for it! It is really simple and cheap. I bought the pieces seperately, but all you really need is black speedball or whatever printing ink, a brayer (the roll-y thing), and a little block of lino or rubber eraser and then to transfer the image to the lino block I use a transfer marker - so I get a photocopy of whatever drawing and then lay that down on the lino, ink side down, and then rub across the back with the transfer marker and the photocopy toner goes on to the lino. And then I cut it out, put some of the speedball ink on to a peice of cardboard, roll it up with the brayer, roll the inked up brayer on the lino, take the block and put it face down on my paper, and then push with the heel of my hand for awhile. Easy! The ink is water-soluable too so it is really easy to clean up.

I have seen the stuff at every art shop I have been to here - so I think it should be easy to find. the little lino blocks are around 3-5 bucks, I think the brayer was maybe 8 or 10 dollars, and then the ink - maybe 5$??? I actually bought a set of six inks but so far I have only used the black because it looks the best. So maybe I wish I hadn't got all the other colours but oh well....

Anyway - sorry for the long reply! Any other questions - just let me know...

xoB.

anna said...

thanks for the tutorial Bree! it's a great tip about the transfer marker, i don't think i've even used one before...see, i'm all computers and clueless about this handmade stuff. ok, i'm gonna find all the materials and definitely try it!