In my classroom, we use fun foam every time we stamp…seriously. I have a stack of black place-mat sized fun foam and I place one under each paper stamping mat. Why?? Because photopolymer stamps need some cushion in order to get good results, that’s why! Think about it…red rubber stamps have foam attached to them, but the clear, see-thru stamps (photopolymer) do not, so you need to provide it in the form of a place mat, then you’ll get great results every time!
Today we’ll be using fun foam in a crafty way- to make faux leather! I buy my fun foam at Michael’s and for this technique you need brown…they had 3 different shades to pick from and I chose the lightest.
Cut your foam to the desired size, then you will use your heat gun on it until it is softened. Don’t burn a hole in it! And if it starts to curl up on you, it’s probably too hot so just flip it over and heat it a moment longer until it flattens again. Then immediately ink up your stamp with black Staz On and press the stamp firmly into it. Keep pressing until the fun foam has cooled, maybe 15 seconds or so. When you lift the stamp off, it will be impressed into the foam, looking like carved or tatooed leather! Pretty cool, huh?
If you’re wondering how I did the embossed background on the Wild Wasabi panel, I did it with the Stylish Stripes Embossing Folder, running it through the Big Shot once, then flipping the paper so that the stripes are going opposite from the first ones. Run it through your Big Shot again, and you’ve got plaid! Who knew??
And finally, the Early Espresso panel behind the faux leather is stamped with a retired background stamp called Sanded. It has always been one of my favorites, especially for guy cards.