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Old 12-03-2012, 09:48 AM
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Before I began stamping on anything like a regular basis, I designed & made projects using craft foam (CF).

Along the way I learned lots of ways to manipulate CF--everything from heat-shrinking to embossing. I even wrote a feature article for StampIt! on turning CF into stamps. (Not trying to promote myself--just saying I have CF chops)

Anyhoo... Here's a fairly recent project I made that combines stamps & CF in several ways.

I stamped the snowman on white foam using StazOn black. Fussy cut the shape & colored with markers. Then I cut a 'buttonhole' in the foam (might be a little hard to see).

I used my heat gun to shrink the CF piece & pressed it with a stamp to both flatten & texturize the foam.

To wear you slip it over a button.
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Old 12-03-2012, 11:36 AM
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Here's another recent CF project I made using stamps & more.

It was done with stamps, embossing folders, punches & more.
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Old 12-03-2012, 12:06 PM
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Those are great projects! I might have to try this.
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Old 12-03-2012, 02:30 PM
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I have lots of craft foam, can't wait to try this.
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Old 12-03-2012, 06:50 PM
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Those are so cool

For the one with the frog - do you just run the foam through in the embossing folder? Will it hold the embossing with just that?
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Old 12-03-2012, 10:19 PM
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J3annin3 taught me about how to use CF to make a stamp, of sorts, to do faux silk screening. It's truly amazing what all can be done with such a material!
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Old 12-04-2012, 08:04 AM
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Those are so cool

For the one with the frog - do you just run the foam through in the embossing folder? Will it hold the embossing with just that?
I actually didn't use any embossing folders (EFs) to emboss the CF. I used rubber stamps. Either way, tho', you have to soften the foam so it can be impressed with a texture. Just use a heat gun (embosssing tool) til the foam softens, Then press it with a stamp, EF, etc. 'til the foam cools (only takes a few seconds). The CF will hold the impression unless you reheat it when the embossing erases (more or less).

I used a 'crackle' stamp on the frog & a large BG stamp on the leaves & panel. HTH
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Old 12-04-2012, 11:01 AM
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And another...

This pic is of 2 projects that were done for a swap/challenge on another of the online communities I frequent.

I'm sharing it because:

A. Both employ CF and...
B. my friend photo'd the projects side-by-side.

The lefthand project is what I made for her. I stamped the frog (IBFS) on green foam & fussy cut it. The heart was done using a Martha Stewart punch. I heat-shrunk & did stamp-texture on the foam before attaching to the ribbon.

My swapmate kept the foam pieces original size & altered an envelope to make a giftcard holder.

This allows you to see how much difference there is between un-shrunk & shrunk CF...
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Old 12-04-2012, 11:25 AM
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Found a craft foam stamps sampler I did about 6 years back.

All the stamps were made by using punches to create the shapes. For the oakleaf stamps, I used a craft knife to add the veins.

Rather than attempting to write a volume on how I constructed specific CF stamps, feel free to ask & I'll do my best to share. OK?
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Old 12-04-2012, 02:11 PM
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Thanks for sharing this interesting technique. I wonder if the foam is called Craft Foam in Australia, or is named something else? I must look at Spotlight (craft and fabric store) next time I am there.
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