Give your projects homemade flair with easy-to-make foam stamps. Here’s our step-by-step instructions for designing your own!
1. Gather your materials: craft foam, marker, scissors, removable adhesive, acrylic block, ink pad, cardstock.
2. Draw or trace your design onto the foam and cut it out.
3. Apply a very small amount of adhesive to the foam shape, attach it to the acrylic block, and stamp the image onto cardstock.
Tips for using your stamps:
Get a grip. Almost anything flat can be a stamp—just add a handle. Use foam-core board, cardboard, or acrylic blocks as handles and attach with temporary adhesive.
Let go of perfection. Handmade stamps are rarely flawless, so embrace their inconsistent look.
Use the right colorant. Handmade stamps tend to be irregular, so use them with moist colorants, such as acrylic paints or chalk and pigment inks.
More stamp ideas (see below for examples of each technique):
Raid your chipboard. Chipboard accents make fabulous stamps when attached to a block and inked with acrylic paint. Work quickly, or the paint penetrates the chipboard and the layers separate.
Form with foam. Craft foam is an ideal material for making homemade stamps. Foam cuts easily, so it works especially well for making layered designs. For accurate alignment, attach the stamp to an acrylic block.
Turn up the heat. Make your own clear stamps from hot glue. Quickly draw
a design onto a silicone craft sheet with a hot-glue gun, fold the sheet over the glue, and flatten it with an acrylic block. Once the glue cools, peel it from the sheet and use it like a clear stamp. It’s an ultracool technique but requires a bit of experimenting.
Stretch your imagination. For a supereasy stamp, add rubber bands to a stamping block or brayer. Vary the look by placing the rubber bands at random or aligning them in a perfect pattern.
Shelf it. Checkerboard foam shelf liner is great for stamping free-form backgrounds. It can be cut or torn to size, depending on the look you’re after. Ink a torn piece of liner, apply it to your background, and press it down with your hand to create the pattern.
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