Friday, May 28, 2010

Have you tried this?


Supply list: Cardstock (American crafts, Bazzill), Patterned paper (Fancy pants, 7 Gypsies, Scenic Route, Piggy Tales, Crate paper), Ribbon (Fancy pants, Making memories), Brads & alphas (American crafts), Buttons & Ink (Close to my Heart), Dymo, Acrylic paint.

I did this page a little while back...& at the time I remember feeling so frustrated not having the perfect star stamp (I still don't haha!). In a mildly creative moment I remembered potato stamping as a child & thought, "How hard can it be?". After a couple of attempts at carving a symmetrical star, loosing half a finger & bleeding all over my kitchen table, I had a brain wave.... use a cookie cutter. I don't know why it took so long to engage my brain!! A perfect star shape without injury :o)

So I was thinking..."How about a little blog tutorial??"

MAKING A STAR SHAPED POTATO STAMP

You will need:
• Potato
• Shaped cookie cutter
• Sharp knife
• Paint
• Paper towel for drying
• A shallow dish
• Paint brush

Method

  1. Wash the potato and cut it in half. On the cut face of the potato, use the cookie cutter to punch your shape
    (e.g a star). Push the cutter about 0.5" into the potato.

    2. Cut away the potato surrounding the shape (this is called negative space).

    3. Using your paper towel daub & dry your 'stamp' of excess moisture.
    
   4. You are ready to begin stamping now.
   
   5.  Using a bristle paint brush, daub paint onto the shape. This ensures even coverage.

    6.  Practice a few times on scrap paper to get a feel for the right amount
of paint to achieve your desired effect.


   7. Now get stamping & have fun....!! I added different sized paper stars & sewing for a great layered vibe.



I hope you find this helpful? If you were inspired enough to try it yourself, please leave me a comment & a link. I'd LOVE to see your beautiful projects.

So where ever you find yourself on this fine day...may you find sunshine & something to make you smile.
Thanks for visiting!
KJ