|'Tis the season for gift wrapping!|
|Tape some butcher's paper to the table to create your workspace|
If you are using small pieces of cardboard you will need to trim the scratchfoam so that it is smaller than the area of the cardboard. To mark out make sure that you press very, very lightly or that you use a texta. Any impressions that you make on the foam will print on to your card.
The printing surface is created by your pen making an impression in the scratchfoam. You don't need to press very hard, just with enough pressure to make an indentation. To make gift tags I used a shipping tag shape. I drew it free-hand for a quirky feel, but you could just as easily trace around one you have kicking around. Remember that everything will print backwards, so if you are writing you will need to be tricky and mirror image it.
|Laying out your equipment before you print will make sure it goes smoothly|
You need to roll your ink out a little on the paper until it becomes tacky. This makes sure that it spreads evenly on to your printing plate. You can tell when it's ready because it starts to make a sticky kind of noise as you roll and it forms little peaks.
Roll your ink out gently and evenly on your scratchfoam printing plate. Again, it is ready when the ink is tacky. Ensure that you don't apply too much pressure at this stage or you will flatten the foam and ruin your plate.
Place your plate on top of the paper being super careful not to move it once it has been placed or it will smudge like nobody's business. Use a firm and even pressure to roll across the back of the plate with your clean roller, taking special care to cover all the edges. You can make several prints from the same plate, just re-ink in between.
|Peel your paper off the print...voila!|
|Just un-stick your paper from the table to clean up|
|Tuck a tag in to some gorgeous twine|
|Add layers of washi tape for a funky effect|
|Layers of paper and tape create a lovely look|