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

My top tools for art and words

Hello, Erena here!

I love using words in my artwork.  Sometimes, a word can be the perfect way to finish your creation.

Like many people, I dislike my handwriting.  It reminds me of work mode and being rushed to get through all my notes.

Here are my favorite ways of incorporating words that do not involve my handwriting:

  1. Dictionary paper or Scrapbook paper

So many options here and this type of paper makes a great bckground.  I like to take an old giftcard and put a little paint on it.  With the card, quickly brush some paint on the paper for an added layer.

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2.  Word Stencils

I really rely on these stencils!  My 2 favorites are from StencilGirl Products and Delta Creative.

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3. Stamps

Stamps are an easy way of adding words or phrases to any piece. Make sure to use archival ink otherwise it can smear and ruin a great piece.

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4. My mom

I am very lucky to have a mom who is an artist and has the best handwriting. I have accepted that I do not have her handwriting abilities :) Whenever, we visit I bring her projects that need some calligraphy.  I make photocopies of her orginals to use.

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What are your favorite ways of incorporating words?  If you do not like your handwriting, what do you do?

Until next time!

Erena

ATC’s “Under the Sea”

Hi all it’s me Bea from bee’s atelier. I’m here to share some inspirational pictures and a video how I make ATC’s.

I had lately made an mini-album with the Sea and Beach theme. So I decided to make some ATC’s in this theme again. After all I have to fill that mini-album, don’t you think?

When I start a project I usually have a vague idea in which direction I wanna go. I knew it had to be something with fishes. So I was looking around in the studio what I can use. I didn’t have any fish scrapbookpaper, but I did have a stamp and I also have yarn and fabric in Sea colors.

For me having materials ready when I want to do something is important. If I have first to go out and shop, just doesn’t work for me. Don’t get me wrong, I do not buy everything I come across, I have to like it either the color or the shape and form. I rarely can say what I’m looking for when I go shoping, but when I see and like it (and can afford it) I pick it. And I also collect things from the daily life, which other people might throw out as junk. Just to be prepared when the muse strikes me. Another thing about creativity, you have to practice on a regular schedule, or as Pablo Picasso said once: “Inspiration exists, but it has to find us working.” I find that to be really true.

But now let us get more in practice

I started with a piece of watercolor paper in the size 6 ¾ inch by 4 4/4 inch. I usually make more then one ATC at the time. I started playing around with ideas for backgrounds and decided to use Punchinella as stencils for the first layer.

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I then sprayed in blue, teal, green and white colors with the sprays in the next picture

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And that’s what it looked like after spraying and dripping

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Next I added some stamping with Versamark and sprinkled two different colors of Embossing powder.

And here the stampsets I have used for the ATC’s

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Next I have used two colors of embossing powders.

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I have cut the cards to the size of 3 3/8 by 2 3/8 inch, as I wanted to add a mat in the correct size of 3,5 by 2,5 inch of the ATC’s to give a border.

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I then stamped the fishes and used the watercolor Inktense pencils from Derwent.

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I went over them several times with different shades and colors.

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And here are the final result. I’m curious what you are up; please come join us at the Facebook Group Gauche Alchemy Studios and share with us!

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and here is a video for the whole process. Enjoy

til next time

Bea

Hometown Scrap Family

Howdy Creative Gauche Bloggers ,Lisa Here .

Today I have a simple process to share with you. I am a lover of stencils and texture .I luuuuurve sprays and colour and ink and mess and fun…ahhhhhhh .. it makes me happy. I also love getting together with my local arty crew who create magic every Thursday fortnight :) . Happiest day of the week . to celebrate those moments I have throw together this layout , and here is how I did it .

Process time.. texture and stencil … How awesome is this Words or Whatever Dreamcatcher Stencil , a little heart love,from me, for this one . So I simply lay the stencil down on white cardstock and using a palette knife I smeared textured paste over the stencil ,then removed it . cleaned my stencil and then dried the page , before I added colour using Dylusions and some hero arts Neon spray  and a fine mist of water. I then allowed the inks to dry.

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Fun and messy time. I firstly got out a little gelatos and detailed my dreamcatcher feathers a little, and added a little posca pen .Next,some house paint,it has a fluidity like no other and the boldness and thickness adds even more texture and dimension. So using the back end of my paint brush I dipped it into the house paint and using a circular motion I created a freestyle house paint circular reinforcement to the original theme. I love the effect .

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Then a little stamping and added details using a fine black Posca and my trusty black Staz on ink .

Watercolour over my gesso painted chipboard and I am ready to lay it all together

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Washi Tape,Tissue Paper,Cheesecloth and doily complete this piece of scrap art .

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Thanks for dropping by , I hope I have inspired you to get out your bright funky inks and sprays and have a creative mixed media session today . Go get arty !

Winter Words

Hi there guys, Linda here. I totally loved this month’s mood board. I got so inspired by the colors and the written word.

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I wanted the text to pop-out of the page, so I decided to do use some good old embossing technique with embossing powder from Piccolo: Vintage Gold Enamel Powder. I used a junk journal to create the page, so the first thing I had to do was prepare the page with some gesso. When dry I used various ink spray in blue.

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It was then time for the text embossing. I found a very cool text stamp when visiting VivaLasVegas Stamps this Summer, so I had to use this. Then I added some blue ephemera like tickets and stamps. Finally time for some background stamping to create extra interest to the page and black/white doodling.

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I want to use this opportunity and wish you all a peaceful and creative December, may 2015 be a fantastic year for all of you!

Hugs,

Linda