It's a new month and a new challenge at Craft Stamper Take It, Make It Challenge Blog. And this one will take you back to primary school days. We want you to carve your own stamp - from a potato! Remember cutting primitive shapes from half a potato and inking it up with that horrible smelly poster paint? Well that's exactly what we want you to do for this challenge. With nicer paint.
I drew around the half potato on scratch paper then drew my design within the shape. I couldn't get a good transfer image so I cut the shape away in bits then placed the pattern on the potato so that I could carve some of the lines. I used a Speedball lino cutter but you could use a craft knife (carefully!).
It's probably easiest to use acrylic paints but I wanted to try Distress Inks. I pressed some Distress Inks onto an acetate block (Peacock Feathers, Peeled Paint, Gathered Twigs) and painted the colours onto the potato with a paintbrush. You can see the practice images where I was getting the colour placement and saturation right.
Surprisingly, the Distress Inks worked ok - but don't try applying the ink pad directly to the potato, the starch will soak into the pad. You need to get the ink onto an acetate block or a ceramic tile - anything non-porous. When the image dried, I could feel a layer of starch on on the card, so I just brushed it off.
The leaves are rubber stamps from Paper Artsy - I thought they go so well with my stamp!
Words from Winnie & Walter - The Big, The Bold and The Happy
Next Friday I'll show you what I did with the other half of the potato...