Below are my finished plates. Some are colored differently than others depending on what color cardstock I had on hand, and some have been printed already so contain some ink residue on the surface. Making the plates is simple but does require time, planning, and some gusto with the razor blade and scissors. After planning out your image, take a piece of cardstock and start cutting your design. Glue the pieces to another piece of cardstock. I like to use a different color for my backing cardstock to contrast the cut-out designs that I glue onto it so it's easier to see. Then I apply a coat of acrylic medium on the front and back sides to seal everything nicely so it's easier for me to keep re-using the plates. But you don't have to seal it.
I decided to combine an art-making opportunity with collagraphs. I will be in the upcoming book "Mail Me Art: Short and Sweet," as part of the Mail Me Art project. Each participating artist had to create an envelope with the back side decorated and send it to England through the post. It's a bit faint, but you can see that I measured lines that will be folded to make the envelope. I also composed my cut-out shapes and traced a light outline so I knew where I was going to place each shape when I was ready to print.
And now, the moment has arrived: I pull the cardstock shapes away and VOILA! A magical rabbit leaping to the moon. Only the middle part of this image will be seen on the envelope, which is why I didn't bother coloring the entire thing.
And here are three other variations that I made on the way to getting this one image just right! There were even more of them than I'm showing here.