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Lace-Print Stationery

Elegant, airy letter-writing supplies, slipped inside a blush-colored box, will lend a dreamy feeling to every word you write. Ink, lace, paper, and a simple printing method are all you need to create this set.




Practice this technique a few times on scrap paper before printing stationery or gift tags. Trim the lace 1 inch or so longer than the item to be printed, to ensure clean edges. Cover work surface with paper to avoid unwanted ink smudges.


  • Sheet of glass (cut at a hardware store)
  • Brayer
  • Water-based block-printing ink
  • Lace
  • Toothpick
  • Paper towel
  • Stationery


  1. Step 1

    Start with a sheet of glass (cut at a hardware store). Make sure it is large enough to accommodate the lace you will use, and tape its edges to prevent cuts. Using a brayer, spread a thin, even layer of water-based block-printing ink on the glass.

  2. Step 2

    Place the lace with the side to be printed facedown on the ink (the front of the lace often has more relief and will make a more detailed print). Firmly run the brayer over the lace once or twice. Thin lace should be completely saturated.

  3. Step 3

    Use a toothpick to lift a corner of the lace. With your fingertips, peel the lace from the glass. Then lay one end of the lace just off the paper on which you wish to print, and carefully place the rest down. Put a paper towel on top of the lace and roll firmly once or twice with a second, clean brayer; be careful not to shift the lace underneath.

  4. Step 4

    Peel off the lace, using the toothpick. Let dry.

Martha Stewart Living, February 2007



Reviews (6)

  • semywa 29 Jan, 2011

    I made stationary similar to this years ago.I simply put a piece of lace over the paper and lightly spray painted over the lace.Simple !

  • newbeginnings89 28 Jan, 2011

    Couldn't you also adhere the lace to cardboard or something using a spray adhesive? Then you could just use it as a stamp, right? I mean, you'd still want to run the brayer over the top to get even pressure, but it just seems easier to keep it in place that way. Just a thought...

  • LindaWeller 28 Jan, 2011

    Sugar, I googled "block printing ink" and found lots of sources for it, being one of them. Not too expensive. Still don't know why it's important, but it's readily available.

  • Sugarmelissa 28 Jan, 2011

    Martha, what is block-printing ink, that you spread on the glass?

  • yummi 17 Jan, 2011

    Lakieta, your comment is stupid!
    Not everybody is able to speak english, so when Cocoisa writes in another language, it doesn't mean that she is rude!
    The tutorial is also understandable for those who only look at the pictures.

    I don't understand Cocoisas text, too, but I see that she used the words "gracias", "excelente" and "idea" and so I think she will thanks for the nice idea and that's very kind from her!

  • cocoisa 13 Feb, 2010

    Muy lindos los sobres con el encaje muchas gracias por la excelente idea.