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Print ‘Roses in Bloom’ with celery stalk stamp


 

Here’s a creative way to reuse something that may lurk in the produce bin of your refrigerator: a celery-stalk rose just waiting to be revealed with some ink or fabric paint.

Curious? When you prep celery for your next recipe, cut through the stalk about 2 inches from the core end, grab that end in your hand and instead of tossing it into the compost bin, take a look at the rose-like pattern the stalks make nestled together. Use it as a natural stamp (it’s an ideal size and shape for young children to hold) for printing artistic rose designs.

As you prep your printing station for this crafty idea, ponder all the things you can decorate. Think Mother’s Day! Why not stamp rose prints all over tissue paper that will pop out of a gift bag for Mom, Grandmother or a special friend? She’ll be oohing and aahing over the “roses in bloom” before she even gets to the gift tucked inside.

Keep stamp, stamp, stamping the blooms on gift tags, lunch bags, placemats, a playroom wall! You name it.

Here’s the stuff you’ll need for printing on tissue paper:

— Celery stalk

— Kitchen knife

— Plain sheets of white or light-colored tissue paper

— Acrylic paints or stamp ink-pads in colors of your choice for roses and leaves

— Paper plates, if using paints

— Markers for outlining the stamped shape (optional)

Here’s the fun:

First, make your celery stalk rose stamp. For a nice design, cut evenly through the entire stalk of celery, about 2-3 inches from the core end. Wipe off moisture on the cut ends. For leaves, cut a 3-inch length from one of the celery ribs. Wipe off moisture on one cut end.

Pour a puddle of paint on a paper plate and lightly dip the cut end of the rose stamp in the paint, or press on an ink-pad. Stamp onto tissue paper.

Voila! C’est la rose, a clever design by nature. Continue printing all over the tissue paper. Embellish by dipping a cut rib in paint for leaves and stamp lightly around the “roses.” Let dry.

Use markers to outline and embellish the designs, if you wish.

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©2020 Donna Erickson King Features Synd.

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