In this craft video Cheri shows us a how to make a printing plate and use it for paper prints.
Start by sketching a scene of what you want your finished print to look like. Think in terms of shapes that can be layered on top of each other. Once you have completed your sketch, begin cutting out areas of your sketch and gluing them down onto your piece of cardboard using the polymer medium. This will serve as your printing plate. Begin by cutting out and gluing down background areas first and continue moving towards elements that are closer and closer to the foreground. Make sure that you coat the front and back of each piece completely with polymer medium. It will serve to protect your printing plate once you begin inking it. You can use the polymer medium to add detailed effects to your print. A sharp pencil and a hot glue gun can also help with small dots and thin lines. Let your printing plate dry for an hour or two. Once dry, lay your printing plate on top f some pieces of paper. Put a small amount of ink onto your piece of glass. Roll out the ink with your brayer until you achieve a textured consistency. Roll ink from the outside edges towards the center of your plate, making sure to ink your entire plate evenly. Making sure there is a clean piece of paper underneath your plate, pick a piece of color paper and place it on top of your plate. Once on top of the plate, do not move your piece of paper. Starting in the center, hold down your piece of paper with one hand and use circular motions with your other to rub down the entire surface of the paper. Press firmly and don’t forget your edges. Remove your piece of paper to view your print. To preserve your printing plate, cut a piece of aluminum foil larger than the size of your plate. Lay the aluminum foil on top of the plate and rub down the entire surface to reveal the contours of the printing plate. Wrap the edges of the aluminum foil around the plate and tape in place.