DIY die cut foam stamps and cards – Elizabeth Craft Designs

Hello everyone, it´s my turn to post a tutorial for the  Elizabeth Craft Designs Die Cut Design Team today. I decided to share a DIY foam stamp idea with you. Sometimes when you look at the die, you wish there would be a stamp like that available too. That is what I thought when I saw the new ModaScrap die cut dies! They can be used to create gorgeous stamps and today I´d like to show you how I made some DIY foam stamps with those die cut dies and how I used the stamps for card backgrounds.

Here is how to make the stamps:

1. Take a piece of adhesive back foam (appr. 2 mm´s thick) and run the foam with a chosen die cut die thru a die cutting machine.
2. Take a piece of thicker foam – I saved mine from parcels I received – and adhere the die cut piece onto the foam.
3. Remove the small, negative, die cut pieces with tweezers. You can even adhere some of the negative pieces along the edges for additional pattern.
4. Take a precision knife and cut with foam carefully along the edges to match the form of the die cut piece. That´s all!

Here is a start-to-finish video on how I created the stamps:

And then for the fun part – here are two cards I created using the DIY stamps:


1. Take a piece of white Soft Finish Cardstock and a VersaMark/embossing ink. Apply ink onto the foam stamp and press the stamp onto the white precut paper.
2. Pour clear embossing powder over the stamped surface, dab the residue off with your finger and heat set with a heat gun.
3. Take Distress Inks and apply color onto the background with an ink blending tool. The embossed areas will resist the ink and this way the stamped background pattern will show.
4. Adhere to a card base and decorate with banners, doilie corners, die cut words and/or stamped and die cut images. Whatever you prefer!

Here is a start to finish video on the green „Hello“ card, I hope you get inspired to make some stamps of your own!

This is quite fun and actually very addictive. I could not stop creating my own stamps, once I was finished with the first one! The dragonfly die cut die, for example creates a lovely background stamp and you can vary the size by just using one piece or adhering several dragonflies next to each other onto a bigger foam piece. Oh, the possibilities are almost endless!! Have fun and
happy crafting,
xxx, Sanna

HERE IS A DIRECT LINK TO THE NEW PRODUCT RELEASE!!!

Supplies: 
Elizabeth Craft Designs
Dragonfly
Flower Lace 2
Flower Lace 1
Romantic corner
Flower Power clear stamps
Flower Power die set
A way with words – Hello
Soft Finish Cardstock, white
Clear Double Sided Adhesive Tape

Other:
Distress Ink
Clear embossing powder
Heat gun
Glossy Accents
Dimensional pearls
Waterproof stamp ink
VersaMark ink
Posca pen, black

Happy – August Mixed Media Card Challenge reveal

Hello everyone and happy August!!! Since it is the beginning of a new month again, it is also time to share the new Mixed Media August Card Challenge with you. Here it is:

This month´s challenge is to use BUTTERFLIES. Now we all like to use butterflies, don´t we, so I am guessing that there will be quite a few submissions this month. And the optional element this time is gold. So add a hint of gold to your project to make it extra classy and special!!!

And here is a little step-by-step on how I created the card:

I first rubbed three tones of Gelatos onto a white piece of paper, then added some water and by using my finger, mixed the water with the Gelato treated area together. It created a watercolor kind of effect on the background.

Next I applied some purple ink splatters from a spray ink bottle to give the background a more interesting look.

After that I used the The Crafter´s Workshop stencil to apply some metallic texture paste (gold) over the Gelato treated areas. I let the paste air dry and while it was drying, I started with my butterflies.

I first stamped the butterfly image onto the same piece of white paper with VersaMark embossing powder, then poured some Sticky Embossing Powder (by Ranger) over the stamped image, heat set it and quickly added a piece of gold foil over the embossed area and rubbed the foil with my finger onto the surface. That created a lovely golden butterfly which I then „colored“ with green and yellow spray ink tones. After the ink was dry, I fussy cut the butterflies and glued them down onto the card over a piece of golden yarn. I also added some blue faux stitching around the edges and finally dabbed some black Glimmer Glaze here and there for additional detail. The sentiment is stamped with a black ink.

I used blue cardstock as my card base to add more contrast between the card background and the card base.

Hope you have enjoyed this little tutorial and will find time to join in with us at the August challenge!!! Don´t forget to stop by the MMCC blog every once and a while for more card inspiration for this month´s challenge! See you at MMCC, lovelies!!

Happy creating,
xxx, Sanna