Of course I love October! It's Halloween silly! There's just something magical about the month don't you think? A certain feel to the air......
So with just a couple weeks away, I thought I'd share with you some wonderfully spooky, and frightfully kooky Halloween ideas for decorating this season!
Treat bags courtesy Martha Stewart
Rubber stamping of course is one method for making some cute Halloween cards and decor, but have you ever tried potato stamping? It's an easy way to add a bit of spookiness to treat bags, gift tags or anything else you might want to creep out...
All you need are a few items:
Potato - I use Idaho since they're larger and firmer
Carrot or apple peeler
Small melon baller (for eye sockets) but you can use the end of one of the peelers as well
Acrylic paints (whatever colors)
Item you want to stamp (cards, bags, tags...)
Anywhere you cut away or scoop out, will be the part that doesn't make an imprint. So if you scoop out eyes for example, those will remain white or whatever the background of what your stamping on is. Get it?
Let's get started! After determining your pattern, cut the potato in half. Then I like to draw my pattern onto the raw potato (Sharpie pen or outline with the point of a skewer, whatever...). Next, start "carving" away the design. Remember - the raised portion will be what gets printed onto the card, tag, etc.... Once you've finished carving, brush your acrylic paint onto the potato and stamp away! Easy and fun!
Here are a few ideas of what to stamp to get you started:
I used this technique (waaaay before Martha ever got hold of this idea!) on black satin drapes I made and then stamped them with white skulls and hung them in my windows for Halloween. Truth be told, I had them up all year actually because.... everyday is Halloween!!!