The weekend is right around the corner and we’re in the mood for a little DIY fun! Saturdays are perfect for hanging around the house and getting crafty and creative. That’s why we’re sharing this simple project that’s fun and easy for all ages and skill levels. Potato stamps are a classic craft and a lovely method for creating unique postcards or “thank you” notes with a personal touch. Click “read more” for a step-by-step guide on how to make your own custom cards with just a few potatoes, some ink pads, and paper.
What You’ll Need:
1. several large potatoes
2. a knife or Xacto blade
3. ink pads
4. craft paper
The first thing you’ll need to do is cut out your stamp designs from your potatoes. Using a sharp knife or Xacto blade, cut the potatoes in half and then draw out the design you want on the inside of each half (you might want to draw out a few shapes on paper for practice). It’s a good idea to go with simplified shapes that do not require a lot of detail. This makes the cutting process easier, plus, one of the beautiful things about potato stamps is the texture you’re able to get from applying solid areas of ink to paper. Once you have your shape drawn onto the potato half, just start cutting away at the area around the design. You’ll want to make sure you have a good half inch of thickness on each design. If you’re doing this craft with small kids, you’ll need to cut out their shapes for them.
Next, you’ll want to clean off the freshly cut potatoes and make sure you remove all the natural moisture. This will allow the potato to soak up all the ink you need to get a nice, full stamp.
Now for the fun part! Once you have your designs cut and potatoes clean, all that’s left to do is to ink the potatoes and start stamping! When inking each potato, make sure you get a solid layer of ink on the stamp. You can us a scratch sheet of paper for testing prints and making sure you get the desired amount of ink on the paper.
We decided to go with several patterns featuring some simple and fun shapes. It’s exciting to see the different color combinations you can get from overlapping each stamp! Once you get going, you can really let your creativity run wild and start experimenting with different mixes of shapes and colors for your patterns.
Once you have your cards printed, add a nice little hand written note on the blank side. These will make some cool and unique cards that are great for showing someone you’re thinking of them; whether it’s for a birthday, graduation, or just because!
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