May 2, 2013 | Vol. 94, No. 103

Nature takes starring role in stamping

I was chopping vegetables for dinner recently when my 14-year-old daughter, Grace, disappeared with the unusable end of the bok choy. She returned five minutes later with paper, a stamping ink pad and the pilfered vegetable.

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Associated Press
This photo provided by Kristin Sutcliffe shows okra where the end of it was cut off and its immediate seeds scooped out to stamp the image of a delicate flower. It’s the element of surprise — when an ordinary vegetable imparts a beautiful image — that grabs folks who stamp with food.

“Look, Mom,” she said, and held up a stunner: The bok choy head, refuse to me, had stamped a beautiful blooming rose onto the paper.

I discovered what some crafters have long known — the beauties of stamping with food. Part of the pleasure derives from the experimentation, and part from the element of surprise when an ordinary vegetable imparts a beautiful image....