Guest Post with Giveaway ~ To Helvetica And Back by Paige Shelton


Potato Stamps

In my new Dangerous Type Mystery Series, Clare Henry and her grandfather, Chester, run The Rescued Word, a shop that specializes in rescuing all sorts of words. They offer services like typewriter repair and book repair. They also sell every type of pen and paper under the sun. It’s a pretty amazing place.

As I was writing the first book, TO HELVETICA AND BACK, and things like fonts and typefaces were being discussed by the characters, I had a flashback to something I’d done when I was a kid. I remembered it being a fun project and a pretty simple way to personalize paper or notecards. I had to try it again. 

My memory was correct; it was simple, and pretty fun too. Potato stamps.

Start with the supplies: Potatoes of course, a knife to cut the potatoes in half, an X-acto knife, and some clay tools if you happen to have them handy. My son likes to sculpt so I borrowed a couple of his scooping tools. You’ll need something to stamp on – I used a couple of notecards. And, finally, some paint – I had some bottles of cheap acrylic.






First of all, write down the words you want to carve. Either write them backwards or on something see-though that you can turn over. You’ll need to carve everything backwards.







Commence carving. Take your time, but don’t worry too much about being even. This is fun and it’s supposed to look handmade. Nothing wrong with uneven letters or spaces. It’s a little tedious, but doesn’t take a bunch of time.








Once you’re carved, ink the potatoes and print. Really easy and fun. And I think the end result is unique and gives a nice touch to simple, plain paper.










It’s not quite printing press quality, but sometimes it’s the personal touch that matters.

Thanks for letting me post today, and see you all in the bookstores.

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helveticaSeries: A Dangerous Type Mystery (Book 1)
Publisher: Berkley (January 5, 2016)
Genre: Cozy Mystery
ISBN-10: 0425277259
ISBN-13: 978-0425277256
Buy: Amazon, Kindle, IndieBound, The Book Depository


The New York Times bestselling author of the Farmers’ Market Mysteries and the Country Cooking School Mysteries introduces readers to Star City, Utah, and a little shop called the Rescued Word…

Star City is known for its slopes and its powder. But nestled in the valley of this ski resort town is a side street full of shops that specialize in the simple charms of earlier eras. One of those shops is the Rescued Word, where Chester Henry and his adult granddaughter Clare lovingly repair old typewriters and restore old books. Who ever thought their quaint store would hold the key to some modern-day trouble?

When a stranger to town demands they turn over an antique Underwood typewriter they’re repairing for a customer, Clare fears she may need to be rescued. A call to the police scares the man off, but later Clare finds his dead body in the back alley. What about a dusty old typewriter could possibly be worth killing for?

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Thanks to the publisher, I have one (1) copy of To Helvetica and Back to give away.

Giveaway open to residents of the US only.
Giveaway ends on January 31st



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Winner will have 48 hours, from the time of notification to confirm their win or another winner will be chosen.

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Paige was born in Nevada, Missouri, but didn’t spend a lot of time there.

After a childhood full of many moves and high school and college in Des Moines, Iowa, she landed in Salt Lake City, Utah. There she met and married her husband, had a son, and worked in a variety of advertising-like jobs.

She can’t remember a time when she didn’t want to be a writer, and she loves every moment she spends with her characters and their mysterious ways.


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  1. Sandy Todd says:

    Thank you Lori for your words on this cozy mystery…very well done!  I love Paige Shelton's books and am looking forward to reading the debut of her Dangerous Type series.

    Sandy in So. Cali

  2. Della Williamson says:

    Love the cover.  It is going to be a great read.  So many memories here.  Looks just like the Underwood my gramma taught me to type on.  Hadn't thought of that in years. Back in the 50's my sisters and I occasionally got in trouble for helping our selves to some potatoes, and making stamps of one sort or another.  My sister was real good and carivng out houses and trees.   And we would use our water color paints.  Made a find mess half the time.  Am most interested in finding out what that guy wanted.  New author.  New series.  Looking forward to learning more about both 

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