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Saturday, October 10, 2015

Block Printed Halloween Bag ... an XCarve Project

Inventables provided us with a machine to create this tutorial for you. All thoughts and opinions are our own.

X-Carve cut blocks for block printing.

If you love to DIY Halloween, don't forget about the trick or treat bag! We used our X-Carve to make blocks to block print a plain white canvas bag.

Watch the video to see the whole process (and it's another one where I show up in the film!)

You'll need:
white canvas bag
MDF (3/4 and 1/4)
block printing ink
rubber brayer

  • Cut MDF pieces (blocks with 3/4 and position guide from 1/4)  Brush shellac over all the raised portions--this seals the MDF so it doesn't soak up the ink later.
  • Layer bag and guide on the corner of a table and clamp down to hold in place
  • Mix red and yellow ink to get orange, evenly cover the brayer then apply to the pumpkin
  • Set the bottom edge of the block into the guide, lay the whole block down and press firmly to transfer the ink image.

  • Pull up the block and clean the brayer and plastic
  • Repeat with the black face and green stem
  • Within 24 hours the ink dries to the touch and will be machine washable in 5 days.

Have you ever done block printing before? Do you love the idea of having a machine do the carving for you? Learn more on the Invetables site, and you can find our entire Block Printing write up here.

Our other X-Carve projects:

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  1. This is adorable AND it's such an interesting method! New idea for me. Thanks

  2. This is so cool! I love the look :)