cardmaking website
making greeting cards

Green Stamping
make your own rubber stamps from vegetables

Green stamping is just like rubber stamping. The only difference is that instead of using rubber stamps, we use green vegetables. Here are some veggie cards made from veggie stamps.

I was making a batch of 'kimchi' (Korean pickled vegetables) and when I sliced off the head of the Chinese cabbage, I thought what a nice design for my cards. So for the next cabbage, I made a bigger slice, about an inch from the top. This gives me a better grip for holding the head when I stamp.

Here's what a Chinese cabbage looks like.

chinese cabbage

Card Making Supplies Used

cabbage head
  • Head of Chinese cabbage
  • Ink pads (I used Pink, Red, and Lilac color pigment inks and also Autumn Rainbow color dye ink)
  • glitter glues
  • kitchen tissue
  • words stamp
  • black ink pad
  • white card stock

Card Making Instructions

  • Cut the head about an inch from the top of the Chinese cabbage.
  • Place the cut part on some kitchen tissues and let it dry for half an hour. (If the head is not dry enough, the ink will be diluted and the stamped image will not be sharp. Refer the picture below - the cabbage head is still quite wet when I stamped.)

green stamp
  • Take the lilac ink pad and dab on the edges of the head.
  • Next dab the pink and then the red in the center.
  • Turn it and place on the card stock and press. Do not press too hard or you will wet the card stock and the image will be watery.
  • Ink words stamp with black ink and stamp.
  • Put aside to dry.
  • Apply glitter glue on edges of design.

Here are the cards.

Note: Just click on the image to view a bigger and clearer picture of the cards shown here. You will notice that I also used other colored ink pads.

Colorful Green Stamping Card

And I also decorated some envelopes with the same stamp.

veggie stamped envelopes

Notice the cabbage in the two pictures below. The one with the stamped cards has still got quite a lot of moisture in it. Where as the one by itself was taken a day after. Notice that the leaves have dried out and are more separated.

rainbow cards

Actually, when we were very young, I think I was in primary school that time, we were taught to use potatoes to stamp and make arts.

inked veggie stamp

I hope you will try green stamping one day. It's quite fun and one cabbage head can make quite a lot of cards. You can also use other kind of vegetables to make veggie stamps. And why not use fruit too. I believe you will have lots of ideas in your head after seeing this page on green stamping. Let's be creative! Think out of the box and see what we can use for card making besides rubber stamps. Have fun!

Custom Search


Celebrating Creativity! Connecting Lives!
~ bringing cheer one card at a time.

Happy Birthday Cards

happy birthday card

arrow Click here to view more birthday cards.

Useful Cardmaking Tips

Clean clear stamp immediately with dish washing detergent after use. For stubborn stain, use a dish cloth to rub off the ink stains.

Use clear embossing powder on colored stamped images. If you missed any stray powder, it's not noticeble.

arrow Click here to read more card making tips.



Thank you for visiting. Remember to bookmark this website.

New! Comments

Have your say about what you just read! Leave me a comment in the box below.

Home | Links | Link to Us | About Me | Privacy Policy

Copyright© 2004-2012 Flora Tan www.making-greeting-cards.com. All Rights Reserved.