Thursday, 14 April 2016

Stamping with....... A PARSNIP!!!! (with apologies to Di)

Oh dear, Di from Pixie's Crafty Workshop is never going to forgive me for this! But I really don't mean I've been stamping with a small white bear, I really DO mean the delicious root vegetable.

It all started last night when I was preparing some parsnips to roast for dinner. I remembered how I used to show people how to make carrot butterflies to decorate stir fries with, in the days when I used to give evening classes in Oriental cookery, and I wondered if I could carve a parsnip the same way.

Then I stated to peel the potatoes and thought about childhood days of potato printing and my brain made the link - what if I were to carve a parsnip and print/stamp with it?

So, I kept the parsnip tops, left them overnight to dry out, and dug out the old lino-cutting tools I used to use for carving carrots with.



I kept two tops, in case I messed one up (which turned out to be a wise move).

To carve a butterfly, first cut it so there s one long edge and one shorter one, and cut diagonal lines between the two


Then use your lino tool or a sharp knife to cut V-shapes either side of the centre, top and bottom, and halfway up each side for the wings. I also distressed the edges a little with a knife.


And now you are ready to print! The core of the parsnip recedes slightly, giving an interesting "starburst" effect in the middle. I used a very juicy pink Versacolor pad to stamp with, setting the stamping with a heat gun when it was finished.


Then I cropped the stamped area to fit a card blank and added a ribbon that has been in my stash for many, many years - it was part of the very first Hot Off The Press kit I bought from QVC so it was while my daughter, now almost 37, was at 6th form college (I know because she was doing a project about TV shopping in her media studies class, that's how I started to watch QVC!). It's ribbon with a very odd scrunchy but soft, distressed feel to it, which gives it a rather distressed look, perfect with these "distressed butterflies" and exactly the same salmon pink colour. All it needed to complete the card was a tag and a peel-off greeting.


And that, my friends, is how you stamp with a parsnip. Di please note, no small furry animals were harmed in the making of this card!

I'm sharing this with

Shopping our Stash - You stamped with WHAT???
CASology - Pink

11 comments:

  1. Well I never! We had a lettuce core the other week and now this Jane - brilliant! I'm also so pleased that Parsnip himself is safe from marauding veggie knives!

    Hugs

    Di xx

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  2. Genius! I can just imagine you stood in the kitchen having a lightbulb moment! A fab card that you created and well done on using up the ribbon, just proves that things really do come in useful 20 years later. Cara x

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  3. Brilliant, Jane! ONIONS (well, a parsnip, but close enough) AND PAPER combined in the making of one project. So clever! Great card. xx

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  4. Tee hee . . . fab technique and am glad Parsnip bear was nowhere near your knife! He's been in enough trouble lately! xxx

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  5. Talk about recycling :) Love that you went from the kitchen to the craft room! Great card! Thanks for playing along at CASology this week!

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  6. You may need to change your blog name to Parsnips and Paper now, cuz this is freaking awesome!! What a fantastic card!! Thanks for joining us at Shopping Our Stash!

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  7. LOVE this! Way to multitask LOL! Best, CG

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  8. That is awesome!!! In my opinion (not liking to eat them) this is the best possible way to use a parsnip!!
    Thanks for playing along with us at SHOPPING OUR STASH for our "You Stamped With What??" challenge!

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  9. Oh, goodness!!! You get an A+ for creativity!!! Who'd have thought?! Love that the sentiment hints at the parsnip "kisses". ;)
    Thanks so much for joining us over at CASology!

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  10. oh my gosh!!!!!! that's as AWESOME as it is clever! & one of the best uses ever for parsnips, lol, too!!! thanks for SHOPPING YOUR STASH with us this week! ♥♥♥

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  11. We are veggie stamping sisters lol. I should have dried my potato as well but I was too impatient to wait lol. Thanks for joining in the Shopping our Stash you stamped with what challenge this week.

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