I have been looking through some old blog posts from my previous blog (Craft Therapy, in case you were wondering) and will be bringing those I still find it quite relevant here to That Crafty Girl. I hope you enjoy and find these useful. Today lets start creating stamps with fun foam for backgrounds and mixed media.
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I love creating stamps
I have been really needing (okay, wanting but still!) some more background stamps to use in my art journal and in the mixed media pieces I create. Well, not just background stamps but all kinds of stamps. I love stamps. They are so quick and easy to use and add interest to the pieces I’m working on. But it’s coming up on Christmas so finances do NOT allow for any unnecessary purchases right now. I mean, if it ain’t the electric bill, water bill, groceries or mortgage, it just isn’t in the budget.
So, I did what any self-respecting artist would do….I put on my thinking cap and got creative!
What do you get when you take some stray Jenga game blocks, throw in some adhesive backed craft foam you have laying around (that was supposed to be used for some other project you never got around to), a pair of scissors and/or an X-acto knife, and a heavy dose of your imagination?
Let’s get busy creating!
Well, with an hour or two on your hands and some ideas in your head you end up making your OWN stamps! Don’t be intimidated in the least because creating stamps this way is easy-peasy.
First, draw your design on the paper backing of the adhesive backed foam. If you are creating words, by drawing out your design on the back, they will print out correctly.
Now, cut out your design ideas from the fun foam sheet with your scissors or X-acto, peel the paper backing and attach it to the wooden block. Voila`…you have 100 % original homemade stamps that you made with your own two hands!
YAY for imagination and ingenuity, right?
My stamp creations
Here’s the first set I made and I made some stamped impressions from them. They turned out pretty cool, huh? Oh yes, I am digging ’em big time. Now I just have to find some bigger blocks so I can make even bigger stamps for larger backgrounds! Uh huh!
I started with very geometric shapes in the beginning but I got this idea in my head (you know how us artsy-fartsy folks are, always dreaming up something new) and thought I’d carry my stamp creating a step further.
Here’s my second set.
I am definitely loving on all of them but I really like the sunset (or sunrise, depending on your state of mind)…and the feather…oh, and the leaf. Yeah, they’re all my favorites…the stars (which will be getting plenty of good use), and how can you not dig the leafy branch, the leaf, the harlequinesque (yea, made that one up myself just now) diamonds…just all of them.
I really like them all. Can you tell?
And, I’m going to go ahead and admit it but don’t go telling anyone I was on here bragging on myself or anything, okay?….I am unbelievably in love with that feather!
Durability and Care
If you are worried about the durability of the foam, before I began this little venture into stamp creating I tested out a couple. I wanted to see if I would be able to use them more than once (cause if not, that would really piss me off!) and this is what I found….
You are not stuck using only acrylic paints; If you want to use inks or chalks, you can. To clean these babies you do need to be somewhat gentle. I would also suggest that you use Simple Green household cleaner to clean these as well as all your other stamps. Simple Green won’t deteriorate the foam (or rubber, either) and will clean them well and safely!
YEA…with some care, these babies will go the distance…trust me.
Now get out there and make ya some; the only limit is your imagination.
Just a little heads up. If you love stamps and want to carve some of your own, Julie Fei-Fan Balzer has a carve along called Carve December. We each carve at least one stamp per day during the month of December. Most of us post our creations on social media (Instagram, especially) with the hashtag #CarveDecember.
For more info, check out Julie’s post on it HERE. I do hope you will join in and Carve December with us because it is seriously a blast!
Until next time…Happy Creating!!!
Peace & Love,
aka That Crafty Chick