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October 20, 2015

Project Inspiration: 4 Ways to Create Foam Stamps

4 Ways to Create Foam Stamps
Hey crafters! Shirley Pando here for another dose of Project Inspiration. Today I'm inspired to take another look at foam stamps...specifically DIY foam stamps.

When you create your own supplies to use in crafting, you can usually save money (and we all yell a big HURRAH!) But you also end up with a unique tool or product that no one else has. I really like that. In an art world of trends and "lots of the same" it's nice to go beyond the norm. Come see four ways to create your own foam stamps. Dare to be different!






1. Hand Cut Craft Foam
One easy way to create foam stamps is to hand cut your own. Use regular craft foam and scissors or a craft knife to create simple shapes. You don't have to be an expert at Scherenschnitte...just cut any basic shape. Try houses, circles, squares, hearts, etc. With craft foam, the more basic shapes turn out the best anyway. Thank goodness! Attach the foam shapes to recycled wine corks, wooden blocks, recycled acrylic from product packaging, or even corrugated cardboard.


2. Die Cut Craft Foam
Try cutting craft foam with your die cut machine. I've created loads of stamps with my Cricut Expression, but any electronic die cutter should be able to cut regular craft foam. Again, mount the cut pieces on a firm surface. I usually use corrugated cardboard. Yes, they will get dirty and you can't soak them in soapy water, but so what? Wipe them clean and keep on crafting!

Mount onto cardboard


If you like a thicker stamp, cut out two images.
Glue and stack them together like I did in the photos below.
Stack two shapes and glue


Got roller marks on your foam? Quickly zap with a heat gun...no problem.

Remove roller marks with heat gun


3. Magic Stamp Moldable Foam Stamp by Clearsnap.
Project #1 Thinking of You card
On the card below, I've created the turquoise button background for this card using the very cool Magic Stamp.

Thinking of You card

Supplies:
  • Surfaces: Folded Card Base, Card Stock (Bazzill), Patterned Paper (Two Scoops - Basic Grey) 
  • Stamps: Background (handmade), Thread Spool and Sentiment (Tim Holtz Collection for Stampers Anonymous)
  • Inks: VersaMagic (Turquoise Gem - Tsukineko), VersaFine (Onxy Black -Tsukineko)
  • Embellishments: Buttons, tags, die cut pieces, embroidery floss (DMC)
  • Other: 3-D Foam Squares


4. Emboss Craft Foam
Project #2 - Birthday Wishes card
On the card below, I've created a background by stamping with DIY embossed craft foam.

Birthday Wishes

Supplies:
  • Surfaces: Folded Card Base, Card Stock (Bazzill), Patterned Paper ("Two Scoops" - Basic Grey) 
  • Stamps: Background (handmade using "Flourish" Spellbinders Impressablilties), Sentiment (Anna Griffin)
  • Inks: Studio G Pigment Ink (Hamton Art)
  • Embellishments: Velvet leaves, flower (Satin Posies - Maya Road), vintage music paper, ribbon
  • Other: 3-D Foam Squares, Glossy Accents (Ranger)


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Your Turn
Do you DIY your foam stamps? If so, share your favorite technique.

Thanks for stopping by,
Shirley

7 comments:

  1. Love you ideas...and the cards are beautiful. I often make foam stamps with background dies. :)

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  2. LOVE. YOUR. CARDS!! I've also used rubber stamp remnants - you know those tiny snippets you throw out when cutting around a rubber stamp? Put them together in a collage form and stamp a unique background!

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  3. Thank you, MiamiKel! Love your remnant idea. I love to recycle!

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  4. I've made a few foam stamps - even a scene. I cut each separate piece and stamped it separately. You can see it here: http://passionforpaper-passionforpaper.blogspot.ca/2015/09/playing-with-fun-foam-stamps.html

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    1. Susan, I love your stamped scene. Thank you so much for sharing.

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    2. Susan, I love your stamped scene. Thank you so much for sharing.

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