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

How to Create a Floral Fresco

Hi, everyone! Viktoriya Porechnaya is here. Today I would like to share with you some mixed media tips and secrets about creating  this extraordinary fresco

mix1mix2So we need sheet of canvas or burlap, acrylic putty, spatula and acrylic paints to create fresco background

mix4First, spread putty on canvas  with spatula in a uniformly thin layermix5mix5Let it dry some hours.Then you can bend the canvas sheet carefully to create many cracks.

mix6Start to paint surface with liquid acrylic paint. Be messy- have fun!

mix7Then remove wet paint using wet napkin or fabric sheet– baby wipes work well also. Make it carefully because you can remove the putty layer.Cracks becomes visible and have a color.

mix8mix9Then do the same with other tone of paint

mix10mix11Repeat these steps until you like it. You can add other colors for your background.For example, I added blue paint to my brown tones

Now time for stamping! Use acrylic paints instead ink to create a different effect.

mix12mix13I created floral field for my fresco

mix14mix15After it we need to create “roots” – use strings from canvas sheets

mix16Paint it using brown mist and dry

mix16Create “ground with roots” – use texturing paste for it

mix16mix17Add some textural elements- I used sand and small stones. See what you can find around your home; small beads, or even something from nature!

mix18mix19Let it dry or dry by heating tool and paint it

mix20Floral fresco is ready!

mix21Some details and textures

mix21mix25mix26mix27Thanks for your attention ! And I hope you catch your  inspirational mood to create something new!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Retro Tag Magic

Hello!

For the last month, I have been stuck and unable to create.  I cleaned my little craft surface and went through my supplies.  I reminded myself about my love for mixed media.  I found my favorite stencils, stamps, washi tape, sequins, and glitter.  I printed some images that inspired me.

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I used my gelli plate to put some paint on these tags.

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I cut out some of my favorite images and placed on the tag to see how much blank space I had to play with.

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I stamped the background.

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Stamp, stencil and washi tape.  Already creating a great background.

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This is my favorite butterfly stamp.  After the paint dried, I cut out butterflies.

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Sequins have been my favorite way to add dimension on my tags.

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I was able to collage some pieces of paper on this tag.

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I am really enjoying this style and adding as many layers as possible.  Let me know if you have any questions and I can’t wait to see your mixed media tags!

Have a wonderful weekend!

Erena

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

Texture Play

Happy Monday, Alchemists!! I have to admit, even just doing the research for this week’s inspiration board was so exciting! When you start focusing on texture, you start to see it everywhere– every brush stroke, stencil, and stamp has the ability to create amazing texture in your artwork.

Here it is! All artwork featured on this board was created by current and former Design Team members here at Gauche Alchemy. I’m drooling just looking at it!

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I see PUNCHINELLA, paint, paper, gesso, lace…

We want to know,

What are your secret texture weapons?

Be sure to share your creations in our Facebook Community, or tag us on Instagram!