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ladolcerita
« on: December 07, 2005 04:31:01 AM »

I found these blank notebooks at the local dollar store and wanted to give them some oomph, so that I could make a gift of them to a friend for Christmas. So, so broke this year, and tight on time as they also must be mailed across the ocean. So - 1 hour, 1 potato, 2 notebooks, some acrylic paint, and voila! Cheap to make, cheap to mail.



I'm usually a lino print gal, but I can't afford lino these days, nor the time to carve and print a more intricate design. These look a lot less quick-and-dirty than I feared!
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« Reply #1 on: December 07, 2005 04:35:44 AM »

FABULOUS! Shocked
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« Reply #2 on: December 07, 2005 04:39:18 AM »

Those are BEE-YOO-TIFUL!  I'm so impressed that you did that with a potato stamp!
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« Reply #3 on: December 07, 2005 04:51:59 AM »

Thanks! I was really afraid they'd look Kindergarteny and I was going for a slightly more sophisticated look. I have Christmas cards to make yet (sigh), and I have grand plans for a turnip for that project... bigger, firmer and a bit drier than a potato. I will be sure to post if it works out!
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« Reply #4 on: December 07, 2005 05:40:38 AM »

I have grand plans for a turnip for that project...

Heh.  For a brief second I pictured holiday cards with images of a turnip stamped on the front.  Quite amusing.  Smiley  But yes, please do post if you do more!  I'm inspired to do my own holiday cards now!
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« Reply #5 on: December 07, 2005 06:51:06 AM »

Those are so pretty! It's simple and yeah, I guess it's a cheap way of making presents Wink it's the thought that counts anyway right?
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« Reply #6 on: December 07, 2005 07:12:38 AM »

that looks really nice. did you just a stamp of a flower and then stamp it all over in that fashion?
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« Reply #7 on: December 07, 2005 10:07:30 AM »

Great potato carving of the flower. I haven't mastered the carving thing yet but I purchased all the stuff. Although you used acrylic paint will you be adding a sealer over the images?
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« Reply #8 on: December 07, 2005 01:19:46 PM »

I just carved the same image free-hand into each half of the potato (so there'd be a bit of variance in the shape), and then went to town. I started out carving with my lino cutter, but soon switched to my Xacto blade.
I won't be sealing it at all - they are already in the mail! If you have a brayer (roller) about, use it for the paint. My supplies are in a land far, far away so I ended up using a can of Coke, but it was still a bit thick and glommy. You'll get better edges and overall nicer images if the paint's not so thick.
Recycled_Earth, I'll post my cards in the appropriate thread on the Winter Holidays board once they're done!
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« Reply #9 on: December 09, 2005 11:46:31 PM »

nice idea, makes me want to check out my local dollar store. 
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