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Abstract Rose-Print Valentine's Day Cards and Gift Wrap

Stamping tools constructed from corrugated cardboard and a wine cork make beautiful flower motifs. If decorating wrapping paper, stamp a full sheet. To make the cards below, round the edges of colored paper with scissors or a corner punch, apply the markings, and attach to card stock with spray adhesive.

Created By: Johnny Miller


  • Craft knife 
  • Corrugated cardboard
  • Waxed twine
  • Wine cork
  • Ink pads
  • Paper for gift wrap or cards


  1. Step 1

    Cut cardboard to 4 by 4 inches (for small roses) and 4 by 12 inches (for large ones). Roll up each cardboard piece, and secure using twine.

  2. Step 2

    Slice off 1/4 inch from half of 1 flat end of cork, creating a raised semicircle (for leaves).

  3. Step 3

    Press end of rose stamps onto ink pad, and apply to paper. (Your first rose may be light; pressing several times onto pad will yield bolder roses as the cardboard absorbs ink.) Complete composition using leaf stamp.

Martha Stewart Living, February 2010