Make Bold Silhouette Greeting Cards From Magazine Cutouts

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This project uses images cut from magazines to produce interesting prints on homemade greeting cards.
Order The Print Making Book by Vanessa Mooncie (Guild of Master Craftsman Publications, 2014) now.
This project uses images cut from magazines to produce interesting prints on homemade greeting cards.

This project uses images cut from magazines to produce interesting prints on homemade greeting cards.

All sorts of found objects from the home and garden can be used for sun printing. This project from The Print Making Book by Vanessa Mooncie (Guild of Master Craftsman Publications, 2014) uses images cut from magazines to produce interesting prints on homemade greeting cards. Read on to see how it's done.

 

Tools and Materials

• Magazines

• Craft knife

• Cutting mat

• Black paper

• Board, such as plywood or stiff cardboard

• Cyanotype paper

• Glass (not UV-protected)

• Container of water large enough to rinse the paper in

• Scissors

• Blank cards

• Glue stick

 

Troubleshooting

• The text or images from the reverse side of the magazine cutouts might appear in your artwork, depending on the thickness of the page it came from and the exposure time. The cutouts can be backed with paper to prevent this from happening, but show-through adds interest to the print.

• If marks appear on the prints that shouldn't be there, the glass may be dirty. Make sure the glass is clean and there are no specs of dust or smudges.

 

Instructions

Cutting the stencils

1: Cut images from magazines using a sharp craft knife on a cutting mat. Turn over the cutouts to see how they look from the back, without the printed details, as it will be just the cut shape that will appear on the exposed paper (see Troubleshooting, above). Extra detail can be added by cutting more from the basic shape of the cutouts. greeting card step 1

 

Printing the shapes

2: Keep the paper out of the light until you are ready to print. Lay a piece of black paper on top of the board. This is to prevent the sunlight refracting onto the back of the treated paper. Put the cyanotype paper on top, with the treated side up. greeting card step 2

 

 

3: Place the magazine cutouts in position on the paper. It is a good idea to roughly work out the composition before removing the paper from the protective packaging.

greeting card step 3

 

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Comments (5)

redsnake845 writes: This is amazing. You can show your creativity by this cards. This desings look really nice.
Posted: 12:59 pm on April 7th
ticklishduck702 writes: Thakns for this article. I definitely will use them.
Posted: 8:44 pm on March 12th
SusanneBendtner writes: Yes, definitely something to consider for Valentine's Day. Looking forward to making these.
Posted: 6:02 am on January 25th
Michael1986 writes: It's very trendy now and every card you make will be unique - I love it! I can't wait to prepare a Valentine's Day card based on this idea!
Posted: 8:35 am on January 19th
finchelicious writes: So here's what it was - a similar postcard was lying on the kitchen table yesterday! I love the designs!
Posted: 5:32 am on December 15th
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