I think I may have missed my calling in life as a home-ec teacher. I have way too much fun crafting and making little hand made decorations around my apartment for every holiday. One Christmas I made a whole array of multi-cultural Santa Clause construction paper cut-out faces. Taking full advantage of all the colors that came in my construction paper tablet. A few Halloweens back I covered my living room ceiling with little ghosts made from scraps of white muslin, stuffed with batting and tied with twine to make little floating ghosts. And Easter decorations may be the cutest things ever.
I went back in my craft memory vault recently to bring back one of my favorite elementary crafts. Potato Stamps! Remember Potato Stamps? After talking to a bunch of my friends I found out that actually not everyone knows about Potato Stamps. Which is a travesty because they are the simplest way to make your own set of greeting cards. For real. Just a few simple steps, a couple potatoes, a cookie cutter, basic craft paint and a brush are all you need. And then you can pull the ultimate Granny move and have a set of cards on hand for whatever unexpected birthday or occasion may happen.
Potatoes (any kind works, but the cheaper the better)
Crafter’s Acrylic Paint
Jar of water
Blank greeting cards or card stock
Gather all your supplies and lay out on a table. Pour water in a jar for cleaning your brush between paint colors.
With your knife cut a couple potatoes in half, each half will become a stamp. Take one half of a potato. With a firm grip on the skin side of the potato with one hand, use the other and firmly press the cookie cutter into the flesh side. Stick the cookie cutter in about ¾ of the way into the potato.
With your knife slice around the cookie cutter, removing the potato flesh that is surrounding the cookie cutter. Remove the cookie cutter from the potato and discard and potato scraps.
Pat the potato with a paper towel to remove any excess moisture. Now you have a cute little stamp all ready for stamping!
Dip your paintbrush into the paint and spread a thin layer of paint only on the design of your potato, if the paint is on too thick it may warp your card once it’s dry and that is no bueno. Once the paint is applied press your stamp down on your card, cardstock or whatever you may be stamping and release. Set aside and let dry. It’s as simple as that!