Nope, Provocraft didn't come out with stamps. This background...
...started out as (you guessed it!) fun foam in a Cuttlebug folder. First it became this...
...a rather hazy looking stamped image, but then it turned into this more defined pattern:
The stamping is murky-ish, but it gives you great guidelines to doodle patterns on with pens. (I used a Sakura glaze pen in white, a silver pen and a Sakura glitter pen to add interest and definition.)
This one is my fave:
2. Tracing the stamped outlines with a Sakura Quickie glue pen
3. Adding Dazzling Diamonds glitter while the glue lines were wet.
(It was inspired by Maria's stunning creation, which I've linked to before, but can't get out of my mind 'cause it's SO Gorgeous!)
- Fun foam (cut so it will fit your embossing folder)
- Cuttlebug or other machine
- Embossing folder
- Craft/pigment ink (though another ink may work, I've not tried it)
- Brayer (gives even coverage)
- Large block [(to apply even pressure) an acrylic block, a wooden background stamp block, cuttlebug A B or C plate would work]
- Heat gun (to set ink)
- Pens (gel, glaze, glitter, metallic...to embellish or outline. Markers work, but can get gummed up with craft ink)
- Embossing powder (to emboss if desired)
1. Run fun foam through your cuttlebug folder. (You may want to experiment with different brands of fun foam as some hold the embossing better than others.) I like to have everything out so that I can work quickly
2. Lay the embossed fun foam on a scrap piece of paper to protect your work area.
3. Brayer the fun foam with craft/pigment ink
4. Lay cardstock on top of fun foam
5. Add the block & apply even pressure
6. Lift the block. You may find the fun foam sticks (mine did) just peel it away :0)
7. Set the ink with a heat gun
8. Add details with pens/emboss/glue pen & glitter---if you like. (You may want to work carefully to avoid smudging, but heat gunning should take the sticky-smeariness out of your ink)
As you can see with this piece, the stamping can look kind of mucky...
...but it improves a lot when embellished. I doodled on this with a silver marker:
I got my silver marker at the dollar store (acid free even!) I love the silver Sharpie (but it's not acid free.) Here's a picture that sort of captures the detail of the silver marker (sort of):
It looks much nicer in real life, honest! :0)
Something kind of neat: this ribbon used to be white organza. You can just colour on it with a silver marker or swipe it with silver ink. :0)
Stamped in Whisper White Craft ink on Basic Gray cardstock, doodled on with White Sakura Glaze pen, Silver creative memories pen, Sakura clear glitter pen. Black card edged with silver sharpie. Grey mat (center cut out to save weight) faux-stitched with silver pen. White cardstock in paisley embossing folder. Here's a trick for getting what looks like a large 5 1/2" piece of cuttlebugged paper:
I markered in the dots...inside it says "...birthday." Notice the silver edging on the black cardstock? I love doin' that. It is quick and cheap & adds a little somethin' somethin' ;0)
Thanks so much for reading!
Hope you're not fed up with fun-foam! :0)
P.S. Blog candy here! Not too long now and I'll draw for it. :0)