We had a lovely whirlwind of a weekend, and I am still trying to get back up to speed. The birthday party for Julia (the big #1) was the main event, and then Liz flew in from Baltimore, and Joel and his lovely bride Melody were home from grad school, too. Lots of family time, lots of laughs and lots of time in the kitchen…which brings me to today’s post. I was cutting up a head of romaine lettuce the other day when suddenly realized that the stem end I’d just cut off looked a lot like a rose. Hmmmm…what if I stamped with it? So I did: What did I get? Romaine roses! Aren’t they beautiful? I hit them with a little clear embossing powder, heat set them and began to play. I’ve never stamped with vegetables before, so this was one of those totally experimental exercises. Here’s the original panel, stamped and inked up, added to a card. It’s kind of fun, kind of funkie, and definitely different. I’ve added stitching, a ton of Darjeeling flowers from Petaloo, a metal flower from Graphic 45, wonky stitching and a little Eiffel Tower brad. The whole thing has a very Moulin Rouge vibe.
If you enlarge this photo and look at the area near the dancer’s legs, you can see the romaine roses in the background. They created a cool texture on the panel. If I did it again, I would use black ink so the romaine roses wouldn’t become quite so “lost” in the background. At any rate, it was a fun exercise.
Have you ever tried stamping with vegetables? If so, I’d love to hear about it. I think I might try it again sometime. Who knew romaine lettuce could serve double duty? In the kitchen, and in the studio!