Posted 1st Feb 2018
As spring rolls in, spend the last of the chilly days wrapped up, creating our easy to make seasonal crafts
First download our ‘Easter hare’ template here or send a stamped self-addressed envelope to ‘Easter hare card’ template LLMAR18, LandLove Magazine, HBMUK, The Tower, Phoenix Square, Colchester, Essex, CO4 9HU.
1 Print the template onto a sheet of A4 paper, then trace over the printed lines with a soft dark pencil.
2 Turn the print over and place it face down centrally on top of a piece of lino. Use the same pencil to rub several times over the back of the printed design; this will transfer your pencil outline on to the top of the lino.
3 Remove the paper template. Use a permanent marker to draw directly over the pencil lines.
4 Next use a lino-cutting tool to cut out the design, take care as the blade is sharp. Work slowly and place a finger on top of the tool to prevent it slipping. Cut round the outside of the pen lines and then remove the excess lino around the design, you should be left with a raised hare design. Continue to cut the details around the hare design.
5 To start printing, pour a small amount of green printing ink onto a flat surface, a piece of glass is ideal. Spread the ink over the surface of the glass, working the roller from left to right and top to bottom so the ink is smooth and evenly spread out. Load the roller with ink and then roller over the top of your lino, working as before, from left to right and top to bottom.
6 Take your card and lower it on top of the inked lino, press the card down and then rub the card so the ink transfers to the underside of the card. Lift the card away and leave to dry.
Lino, £4.00 two pack, lino cutter, £6.00, EssDee printing ink, £6.00, lino roller, £8.00, ready-made blanks cards, £1.50, all Hobbycraft.