Day 17: Reindeer gift wrap

Now Dasher! now, Dancer! now, Prancer and Vixen!
On, Comet! On, Cupid! on, on Donner and Blitzen!
To the top of the porch! to the top of the wall!
Now dash away! Dash away! Dash away all!

Uh oh…I think Dasher and Dancer trampled over my presents!!! For day 17 we bring you handmade reindeer track wrapping paper. It’s a chance to have a little fun with your Christmas morning gifts!

TIME TO COMPLETE

Carving and stamping takes approximately 1 hour. Drying time will vary.

MATERIALS

  • Speedball linoleum block (2″ x 3″)
  • Speedball gouge (multiple sizes)
  • Speedball linoleum cutter
  • White kraft paper (piece large enough for wrapping your present)
  • Brown stamp ink pad
  • Template

materials

INSTRUCTIONS

Step 1:

Print out the hoof template and trim out.

Step 1

Step 2:

Flip the template over and rub your pencil to cover the outline of the hoof.

Step 2

Step 3:

Flip it right side up and place the template on top of the linoleum block. Trace over the outline using your pencil to transfer it to the block.

Step 3

Step 4:

Now you are ready to start carving. Take your carving tool with a wide gouge (like a no. 5 size) and cut away the linoleum outside of the hoof outline until the outside is completely removed.

Step 4a

Step 4b

Step 5:

Once you’ve cut away the entire outside you are ready to print on your paper.

Step 5

Step 6:

Test a few stamps on a scratch piece of paper to get the feeling of your stamp. Once you are ready, stamp the hoofs in a slight zig-zag line to emulate walking. Once you’ve gone one length, flip the stamp 90 degrees and come back the other way.

Step 6

Step 7:

Once you’ve covered the area you want to use, let it dry completely before wrapping.

Step 7

Watch out…if Santa accidentally leaves the presents on the roof, they might get stepped on!

Reindeer Gift Wrap