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Handprinted Card - Spear Thistle - Isle of Islay

Handprinted Card - Spear Thistle - Isle of Islay

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A hand printed linocut card inspired by and created on the Isle of Islay off the west coast of Scotland.

This card is blank inside for your own message and measures 172mm x 122mm. The card is made from good quality 300g recycled paper and comes with a brown Kraft envelope.

Spear Thistle (Cirsium vulgare)

Thistles are an important national emblem in Scotland - the highest state honour that can be awarded is The Order of the Thistle. This iconic species, the Spear Thistle is abundant here on The Oa, Islay. Found on disturbed ground its seeds are enjoyed by Goldfinches.

We sketched this thistle outside our house one sunny day in July 2020. After sketching we then transfer the design onto Lino and carve it with a fine tool. Every card is hand printed and therefore unique. We use vegetable oil-based inks and our cards and envelopes are made from recycled paper and packaged in clear biodegradable and compostable bags made from corn starch.
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