Thursday, January 13, 2011

You Say Potato, I Say Stamp

After his December birthday, Mr. P. had oodles of thank you cards to write. When I asked how he wanted to decorate his cards, he said, "with Star Wars stamps." Sadly, I had to break it to him that we don't own any Star Wars stamps. 

In the spirit of crafters everywhere he said, "we can make one!"

When I asked him what kind of image he wanted chose a Death Star. Sounded ominous, I know. 

My husband had to sketch a version of the Death Star on our kitchen chalkboard for me to use as a reference.

I used a small purple potato procured at the farmer's market.

I cut the potato in half, the long way.

Then I began chipping away at the potato with a sharp knife, cutting lines across and then carefully whittling the potato pieces out. I had to keep reminding myself that whatever I take out becomes background, whatever I leave in, foreground (backwards thinking from normal sketching.)

Once complete, I dried the potato with a tea towel so that the ink would better adhere.

And then he started stamping!

I did forget that if you copy an image onto the potato, the printed image will be a reverse image, as though looking in a mirror, so, for example, that circle on the Death Star should have been on the right hand side, but since I carved it out on the right hand side of the potato, it appears on the left hand side of the paper.

Do that to a variety of card stock colors (check out my free card stock giveaway happening now!) and you have a potpourri of Death Star thank you cards!


  1. This is a great idea!!!
    and easy to follow tutorials

  2. Thanks so much! Glad you like it! It can be easily adapted to whatever your kids' interests are (if they're just not that into Death Stars!)


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