An Ode to Foam Stamps

Hello! This is Jackie, and I’m here to confess my love of foam stamps, and to sing their praises.

Foam stamps are one of my favorite craft supplies/tools to work with when doing mixed media projects. Of course, their lines can’t be as delicate as rubber or photo-polymer stamps, but the bold lines of foam stamps are still quite appealing to me.

You can buy foam stamps in stores (Hobby Lobby), or online (Joggles, Art Foamies, and Clearsnap Magic). I have at least one from each place, and I love using them, but I also like to make them.

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An envelope I gel printed using a gorgeous foam stamp I found at Hobby Lobby on sale for $0.88. Yes, $0.88.

And you too can make your own stamps. All you need is craft foam. Craft foam sheets and shapes (plain or self-adhesive) can be found at just about any craft store, or a store with a decent craft section, like Walmart.

(All the pictures henceforth are of stamps I’ve made.)

Craft foam can be mounted on a variety of surfaces: A wooden block, matte board, cardboard, paper roll, thick foam, etc. Through trial and error, I’ve found that Glossy Accents and Aleena’s Tack-It Over and Over work best as adhesives, so far.

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The foam shapes are mounted to 6 mm foam by Darice.

 

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The foam is adhered to the blocks of unmounted rubber stamps. The oval shape you see on the paper is on the other side of the smaller of the two stamps. Just flip, stamp, and repeat!

And it can be cut using various cutting tools like: scissors, cutting machine (Silhouette, Cricut), and die cut machine (Cuttlebug, Big Shot, etc.)

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The foam in this picture was cut using the die in the top right corner.

 

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I drew on the foam with a sharpie, cut out the shape with scissors and a craft knife, then adhered it to a paper roll. (3 mm foam)

 

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The one on the left is the result of foam being cut in the previous picture. The one on the right was also hand cut… Each. Piece. (>_<) It took what seemed like forever.

 

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The sharpie on foam project was a little messy, so this time I drew on a piece of paper with a sharpie and then scanned and cut it with the Silhouette Cameo. (2 mm foam)

 

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This one is a design from the Silhouette Design Store, also cut using the Silhouette Cameo.

 

You can also make impressions in foam using a heating tool and objects around your craft room like: embossing folders, beads, stencils and stamps.

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Heat the foam first, then quickly place the punchinella over it, and then place an acrylic block on top of both. Apply pressure for 15 seconds, and voila!

 

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The impressions on the Clearsnap Magic stamps were made using embossing folders, a rubber stamp (the punched circle with the letters), a stencil (the stamp 2nd from the left), and a string of beads (stamp 3rd from the left).

Here are a few pictures of foam stamps I’ve made, and some of the ways I’ve used them in mixed media projects.

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I was in the middle of this journal spread and decided I wanted a specific pattern I didn’t already have, so I made this stamp in a matter of minutes.

 

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The impression on the stamp was made with an embossing folder.

 

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There are six foam stamps used in this journal spread. Can you find them? 1) The arrows in teal along the top, 2) The double oval shape in black going under the wording, 3) the overlapping rectangles in the background in fuchsia and white covering the whole page, 4) The flower stamped in black on the right edge, 5) The teal lotus flower stamped on white paper and glued, 6) The lavender tribal pattern stamped on black paper and glued. Did you find all of them?

Well, I hope I’ve successfully passed on my addiction to foam stamps, and I can’t wait to see how you incorporate them into your projects. Don’t forget to tags us on IG (Gauche Alchemy and  Creationsbyjsheri), and post on Gauche Alchemy Studio FB page when you do.

Until next time, be creative!

Jackie

Color Palette Play

Hi there! This is Jackie, and I’m back with a little bit on the subject of mixed media tips and techniques.

I’ve been into mixed media for less than two years, so I consider myself a newbie. And as a newbie, one of the things I have a problem with is picking color palettes. Well, one day I ran across an Instagram account, and fell in love with all the color inspiration. Design Seeds’s posts are of beautiful color palettes inspired by nature, art, food — pretty much anything you can set your eyes on. I thought to myself, this just might be what I need to break out of my color palette comfort zone, and pinned it for later. Guess what, later just happens to be now. I decided to finally give one of their color palettes a try, and here is the color palette I chose.

SUMMER
{ Color View }
NOVEMBER 20, 2016

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Just because Summer has left us (fickle little thing), doesn’t mean we can’t continue to play with her colors, right?! Here’s what I came up with.

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I love the results, and can guarantee there will be more color palette play in the future. And here’s the process video in case you find yourself needing to waste a few minutes. *^_^*

I hope you enjoyed my little experiment. If you decide to give it a try, don’t forget to post it to the Gauche Alchemy Studios FB page, or tag us on Instagram (@gauchealchemy and @creationsbyjsheri)

Until next time!

♥ Jackie

 

Materials used:

A Mini Curiosity

Hello my creative lovelies, Jackie here again. This time with a quick little curiosity you can make to add to your collection.

Here’s what you’ll need:

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Let’s get started!

Adhere the wire to one dragonfly, let it dry, then adhere the other dragonfly to the other side — Sandwiching the wire between the two.

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Bend out the wings slightly. Color the entire area, front and back, with Stream alcohol ink. Remove excess with a cotton swab, and let it dry. Color the tips of all the wings with Lettuce alcohol ink. Remove the excess and let it dry.

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Using the Perfect Medium pen, cover the body of the dragonfly and random parts of the wings. Quickly cover the entire piece with sticky embossing powder and heat with a heat tool. Apply foil to the sticky areas.

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About an inch from the top of the dragonfly bend the wire 90 degrees, and coil the bottom around to form a stand. Secure it to the dome base with hot glue, and use the glue gun to add the citrine bead chips around the base of the dragonfly.

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Secure the dome to the base with Glossy Accents, let dry, and… You’re done!

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I hope you’ll give this quick project a try, and if you do, please share it with us on Facebook, or tag us on Instagram — @creationsbyjsheri and @gauchealchemy.

Until next time!

Jackie

Autumn is upon us

Hi Everyone! Gauche Alchemist, Jackie here.

Today I would like to share with you my take on this month’s theme of “Art and Words”. I decided to create something that would not only artfully reflect the coming season, but would also allow me to express a few heartfelt words. If you guessed a greeting card, you’re correct!

So let’s jump right in.

Step 1: Cut heavy cream cardstock down to 5×7”.

Step 2: Apply a dark yellow acrylic paint onto a gel plate, remove some of the paint through round punchinella using copy paper or deli paper, remove the stencil, and pull the print.

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Step 3: Rip black and white patterned tissue paper, and adhere it in random places to the gel print with matte gel medium.

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Step 4: Take the gel print from step 3, and go back to the gel plate. This time, roll on a dark red-ish brown acrylic paint, remove the paint through a leaf stencil using copy paper or deli paper, remove the stencil, and pull the print.

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Step 5: Line the same stencil from step 4 up with the gel printed image, and apply white acrylic paint with a make-up sponge using a pouncing motion.

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Step 6: Tear or cut about 1/4” from each side of the paper. (I cheated and used specialty scissors)

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Step 7: Starting at the back of the paper, wrap twine around right side three time, ending at the back. (It helps to tape down the ends, and make sure not to overlap the twine.) Cut another piece of twine about 6” long and tie it around the twine wrapped around the paper.

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Step 8: Stamp your autumn greeting using complimentary colors.  I chose orange and dark brown.

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Step 9: Tie the tag onto the gel printed paper, adhere the paper onto 10×7” kraft cardstock folded in half, and you’re done!

Here are a few pictures of the finished project. (I always like to make more than one card at a time.)

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I hope you enjoyed following along, and if you happen to give this project a try, make sure to post it on the Gauche Alchemy Studio Facebook page, or tag me and Gauche Alchemy on Instagram. We always love to see what you’re working on.

Until next time!

– Jackie

 

 

 

Tiny Project: Night in the City

Hi everyone! Jackie here. Today’s project is inspired by the August theme — “Tiny Treasures”.

When it comes to stamp carving, Julie Fei-Fan Balzer of Balzer Designs is my idol. Search “Stamp Carving” on Pinterest, and her work is guaranteed to pop up. Among her many stamp carving blog post are a few that have to do with using carving block scraps. She calls them “Garbage Stamps”. They’re small in size, but create beautiful patterns.

The “Garbage Stamps” I created for this project are all less than 1 inch sq. — I think that should fit them snugly into the tiny category, don’t you? :-D.

Well! Let’s take a look them, and the mixed media piece I made using them.

 

I sketched out possible designs before drawing on the rubber.

Then I drew the design on the rubber, cut off the excess, and got to carving!

And here they are in all their teeny tiny glory. Now it’s time to move on to the project .

I decided to used a 5×7″ canvas panel this time.

The first layer is paint applied with a gel printing plate.

Next, I used Gauche Alchemy’s Silver Stars punchinella as a stencil to apply acrylic paint.

Then I applied ripped patterned paper to create a hilly background for the houses, gesso-ed the whole surface, and then outlined the hills with a Faber Castell brush pen.

After that, I applied white gesso to mute the text.

Next, I found four beautiful papers from Gauche Alchemy’s Color Blocks- Specialty Paper Pack that would work perfectly for adding texture to the sky.

I used punched punchinella that I covered with gesso and blue paint to add another layer of stars to the sky.

I also stenciled, distressed and colored the edges the La Luna loteria card so it blends in with the other sky elements. At this point my son walks in the room and says, “You messed with the moon card!”, and I told him, “I didn’t ‘mess’ with it. I distressed it.” Using a technical term seemed to reassure him. lol

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This is what the card looked like before it was distressed.

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Now it’s time to stamp the houses and tree. I realized I wanted to add color to them, but I didn’t want to color them in by hand. So, I carved more tiny stamps.

For a final touch, I added a shadow to the houses and trees.

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And here is the finished project. My son named it “Night in the City”, and has already staked his claim on it. 😀
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Thanks for stopping by! Until next time!

Jackie

Check out my latest means of procraftinating over on Instagram.

Supplies used:
Silver Stars punchinella
Color Blocks- Specialty Paper Pack
Speedball Speedy Carve block
Acrylic Paint
Archival Ink
Pigment Ink
Artist Loft 5×7″ canvas panel
2″ round punch
Patterned Paper Pack