Easter is very early this year and if you are looking for Easter cards that also happen to look really good look no further than these easy block printed Easter cards. They also have the added bonus of being fun to make for pretty much any age group!
Block printing is a quick and easy way to get a stunning result. There are a lot of different ways to make a block and the method used in this project can be done by young and old alike. A really good excuse to get your fingers messy!
There are two versions of these cards, one is more traditional, the other a bit funky.
Family Friendly: Yes, with small adaptations can be done by all ages.
Skill Level: Easy. (Some accuracy with scissors needed).
Time Needed: One and a half hours (one hour to make the stamps, half an hour to print)
Approximate Cost: Around £5.00, including the card blanks.
- 2 A4 Craft Foam Sheets (if working with young children pre cut foam stickers may be better)
- Ink Pads (Stamp Pads) in colours of your choice
- Washi Tapes (optional)
- Blank Cards and Envelopes (I used these, but many places sell similar).
- Paper to practice on.
- Double Sided Tape
- Flat Bottomed drinking glasses
- Ball point pens (one each)
- A Hole Punch (optional)
How To Make Easy Block Printed Easter Cards
Using double sided tape stick your two pieces of craft foam together to make a double layer. Don’t use glue as it takes DAYS to dry due to the non-porous nature of the foam!
(If you have young children and are using pre-cut foam stickers pick two the same shape as each other and stick one on top the other)
This helps you to have a clearer outline and results in a better print.
Print out the Easter designs I have drawn up on a piece of paper and cut them out. Draw around them onto the craft foam with a ball point pen. Click here to download. Block Printed Easter Card Templates
When adding detail you can do it in two ways:
- Use the ball point pen to draw the detail (like the zig zag lines) onto the foam shape. Press hard and go over it several times this indent will give you the pattern when you print.
- Use scissors and a hole punch to cut the detail out of the two layers. This shows up more clearly when printed with but is more tricky.
Use double sided tape to stick the cut images to the bottom of the drinking glasses. They will come off again with soap and water but you could also use any flat, hard surface that will take a bit of pressure while you print (bits of scrap wood or empty jam jars would also work well). The advantage of using glass is that you can see exactly where you are positioning the stamp!
Choose what colour stamp pad you want to use. It works best if you press the pad onto the foam, moving it around as necessary to make sure the whole design is covered in a good layer.
Print onto your practice paper. Play with different layouts and find some you like. If you want to overlap two stamps in different colours it is best to wait until the paint from the first one is dry. Always start with paler colours and stamp darker ones over those if you want overlapping designs.
Step Five A (Optional):
If you want to make the funkier version of these cards. Choose five or six designs of washi tape (or alternatively alternate two or three) and stick lengths from the outer edge of the card. Don’t be afraid to tear the ends at an angle. That slightly ragged finish looks really good. Use scissors at the edge of the card to cut the tape to fit. Then proceed to step six.
Stamp your cards. You will have a good instinct now for how often to add more ink to the stamp and how to position it. Feel free to use mine as inspiration or a starting point. At this point you will really understand how easy block printed Easter cards are to make. Using glasses as your blocks should make it easier to line up your stamps as you want them.
Once your cards are dry, add personalised messages (I often cheat and print out my greeting in a handwritten style font I like, copy it in pencil and then go over it in pen!) You could even add a personalised stamp to the envelopes as well.
I hope that you enjoy making these easy block printed Easter cards. I had fun coming up with them. I would really love it if you would share pictures of your block printing adventures on the Il Magpie Facebook Page.
All things print and printmaking have been on my mind recently. I have been on a fantastic Letterpress printing workshop with Inky and the Beast (more to follow about that!) and I am leading a workshop on the 25th where attendees design, make and print cushion covers with their own blocks. I particularly love this workshop as the students always come up with new and exciting ways to use blocks that I would never have thought of! If you are in the Hampshire area and want to build on your knowledge of block printing from these easy block printed Easter cards you can find more information here.