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A set of five handmade cards featuring original block printed designs on recycled paper.

Block printing is one of the oldest techniques in textile design, and uses a carved block to transfer an image on to fabric or paper. I hand-carve all of my original designs into linoleum, a soft carving material, and print them with oil-based block printing ink.

Each design begins with a sketch inspired by traditional textiles or architecture from around the world; I scour books and archives researching textile design, and use these ideas to create my own original prints. I then carve the design by hand from a block of linoleum using a set of carving tools: knives with v- and u-shaped tips in varying sizes that allow for different degrees of detail. I apply ink to the linoleum block with a roller, and press the block on to fabric or paper, either by hand or using a printing press for larger pieces.

The cards are a standard A2 size, or 5 ½” by 4 ¼”, and are blank on the inside. They are perfect for any occasion, whether it’s a quick thank you note or a milestone event, a handmade card really stands out.

Each set includes five hand printed cards with an original design and five 100% recycled envelopes.

The cards will arrive beautifully packaged, and because each one is hand printed, no two are exactly alike.

For more information on the process of block printing, take a look at my blog: http://katharinewatson.blogspot.com/

You can also find many more designs made with the same process in my shop: http://www.etsy.com/shop/ShopKatharineWatson

Five hand block printed cards and envelopes


  • Handmade item
  • Materials: ink, linoleum, card stock
  • Ships worldwide from United States
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