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Rosy Stationery




Leafy vegetables make great-tasting salads -- and sumptuous floral-shaped stamps, too. Here, the end of a head of Treviso radicchio yields a roselike print.

Add an elegant touch to your card with calligraphy.


  • Paper towel
  • Large stamp pad
  • Cards, stationery


  1. Step 1

    Cut off stem end with a sharp knife, and stand stem on a paper towel, cut-side down, for 5 minutes to dry.

  2. Step 2

    Press cut side onto a large stamp pad, then onto cards, stationery, and more, blotting on paper towel between presses. Vary stamp shapes with other vegetables, such as romaine lettuce stems or even brussels sprouts cut in half.

Martha Stewart Living, February 2006



Reviews (16)

  • Leoh Hillman 27 Jul, 2012

    What a great idea!, can't wait to try it.

  • ozmosaics 22 Jul, 2012

    A beautiful idea. I will try this in tinted cements as backdrops to my mosaics on pots etc. Thank you!!!!

  • Yssorm Designs 11 Jul, 2012

    What a great idea!! Im gone try that for my thank you cards.

  • Monablu 15 Jul, 2010

    I agree with dgmendiola--we throw these parts away anyway. Make a nice salad with the leaves-- they're good for you and be creative at the same time... :)

  • IKelly 15 Jul, 2010

    What a stunning but simple idea! In Itlay we call it 'radicchio di Treviso and
    I'll try to do this nice craft with paper, colours and vegetables...

  • sugoandsunshine 15 Jul, 2010

    Treviso radicchio is outrageously expensive! Try using a cheaper vegetable!!

  • dgmendiola 14 Jul, 2010

    We throw away these parts of our lettuces so why not use them and make someone happy:)

  • juljet 14 Jul, 2010


  • mswtb 18 Feb, 2009

    I actually used the end cut of celery and it took on the rose look as well. I took a heavy leaf (lemon, lime, orange etc.) and pressed it into my green stamp pad and then onto the stationary. It added to some of the empty spots after stamping the roses. It looked great, it also helped to wear thin rubber disposable gloves. Got lots of complements and saved lots of money! Thanks Martha!

  • iris68 5 Feb, 2009

    What a great idea! I'll try this one.
    We decided not to give each other store-bought cards this year,
    but make ones themself instead. It should be fun!

  • bjhinokcok 3 Feb, 2009

    I have used fresh brussel sprouts also. The leaves are so tightly pressed together, that I turned them on their side and rolled them out back and forth on a flat surface to help loosen them up a little.

  • slyrn 2 Feb, 2009

    I have used celery and lettuce. They both worked great and were very pretty. I did it in several different colors

  • want2decor 2 Feb, 2009

    Those are very pretty and I might try them out.

  • Mrs S 2 Feb, 2009

    A brilliant idea! And there is no waste since the leaves can be eaten. Will give this a try.

  • merrymary13 29 Jan, 2009

    Absolutely creative!!!!!! i love it

  • zoey1330 19 Jan, 2009

    What a creative idea!! Very Cute!