Some of you probably remember potato stamps from your younger days. Maybe you crafted a sweet t-shirt at summer camp or made a card for your mom in elementary school, right? Well my memories of potato stamps are quite fond, and it seemed like the perfect 'kitchen craft' to incorporate into this Valentine's packaging that I put together for the sweet folks at Betty Crocker. There is even a set of printable packaging and gift tags to download - check it out!
So if you'd like to try your hand at potato stampin', I've put together a little how-to. Huge shoot-out to my favorite lady, Kate Sommers, for taking the photos (and feeding me AND letting me snuggle up on her twin boys)!
A note on potatoes: the little ones work great for small stamps, and the sweet potatoes are great for bigger stamps. Sweet potatoes are slightly firmer and I find them easier to carve & stamp with. However, regular 'ol white potatoes work just fine too!
Start by cutting your tators in half length-wise. Using a sharpie, mark out your design. Make your first cut, about 1/4" deep, all the way around your design. Then, cutting from the sides, trim away the scraps around your stamp.
Ideally, you will now wait for a couple hours while your stamps dry out a bit. Less moisture means easier stamping, but if you're in a pinch for time it's definitely not necessary.
To stamp, apply a thin layer of craft paint with a brush. Just like with rubber stamps, you want to make sure and press firmly and evenly. Do a few test runs on some scrap paper or a grocery bag.
Now... what are you going to stamp? The possibilities are endless.
I stamped bags for cookies, gift tags, bunting flags....
... more gift tags ...
... a little heart banner for my plants, and masking tape flags on straws & drink stirrers.
What will you make with your potato stamps? I can't wait to see!