Potato Stamp Bat Cards for Halloween

I was making potato salad and got the idea to make a stamp with the last one! Even though it was 80+ degrees, I wanted to get into the Halloween spirit and decided to make some bat cards with it. It was fun, easy to do, and can be applied to a bunch of things: treat bags, kraft paper to make wrapping paper, fabric, and more! Have fun with it and here's to the spooky season! 🎃👻

You’ll Need

  • Potato
  • Paring Knife
  • Kraft Cardstock & Envelope (if making card)
  • Black Acrylic Paint
  • Sponge Brush
  • Paint Palette (It doesn't need to be anything fancy--paper plate, yogurt lid, etc.)
  • Gold/Silver Acrylic Paint (optional, if making splatters)
  • Paintbrush (if making splatters)
  • Paper Cutter or Scissors
  • Bone folder (not necessary but makes folding the cardstock easier!)
  • Paper towel


  1. Sketch a bat shape out on paper so you have an idea of how to cut your potato. Straight edges and angles work best, curves are a little trickier!
  2. Carve the bat shape into your potato. Make sure you cut about 1/2 way into the potato to create the indentation needed for the stamp while leaving some for you to hold onto when stamping.  I did the cutting freehand but you can also use a sharpie to draw the shape onto your potato first to make cutting easier.
  3. Pat the bat dry with a paper towel.
  4. Brush a thin layer of paint onto the bat with the sponge brush. Make sure not to apply too much paint.
  5. Make sure your paper is in front of you in landscape orientation.
  6. Stamp onto your cardstock. (If you have extra paper, try stamping on that first to get a feel for it.) Press firmly but not too hard---too much pressure may cause your potato to slip/move.
  7. Once you're happy with the pattern, let the paint dry. 
  8. Cut the cardstock in half so you end up with two pieces that are 8 1/2" tall and 5 1/2" wide. This will make two A2 cards.
  9. Take each piece of cardstock and score in half. Fold.
  10. Add paint splatters if you’d like.
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