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Holiday Card Making Bundle – Special Product Kit

Are you ready to get your Holiday Card Making Game on??? I’ve put together this special product bundle to help you create tons of unique holiday cards for everyone on your list this year.

My Holiday Card Making Bundle includes a selection of foam stamps, rubber stamps, and a stencil, as well as some inspiring card making ideas from our archives to help you on your way.

The bundle is just $45, a big savings off the $71.60 regular price, and supplies are limited so hurry in to get your bundle before they run out for good. This offer expires October 20th at 11:59pm EDT.

Special 20% Off Deal: Also, during this offer, if you purchase the Holiday Card Making Bundle you may receive an additional 20% off any other physical products (foam stamps, rubber stamps, stencils, ink pads) that you order at the same time. Just use the coupon code holidaycard20 when you check out. Artwork is not included in this offer.

Here are the stamps and stencils that are included in the set:

  • Valley Road Positive Negative Foam Stamp Set
  • Broadway Positive Negative Foam Stamp Set
  • Triangle Love Cling Rubber Stamp Set
  • Fan-Fare Cling Rubber Stamp Set
  • Toledo 9×12 Stencil

In total you will receive 4 foam stamps, 11 cling rubber stamps, and a 9×12 stencil. 

Once you purchase, you will receive an email with links to project ideas from the archives to get you started on your holiday card making.

Here are some of the tutorials from our archives that will come with the Holiday Card Making Bundle once purchased:

This bundle offer is only available through October 20th at 11:50pm EDT.  And don’t forget to use the coupon code holidaycard20 to receive 20% off any additional physical items in your order.

Happy Card Making!

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A New Day – Emilie Murphy

Hello from my Creative Squad! Today we have a project from Emilie Murphy that will transform the outside of your art journal. Emilie is using my Buenos Aires Border, Valley Road, Gnarly, and Signals foam stamps and this month’s theme: A New Day – Let’s try something new today :) Although these are tumultuous times and we never know what each new day will bring, it also seems like the perfect time to throw caution to the wind and just jump into something new with both feet. Try a new material or technique or approach. Why not? Today is a new day… and tomorrow is too!


Hi there! Hope you are doing well.

As we have to try something new this month, I decided to make a cover for my sketchbook with a sheet of Canvas. It’s not what I usually do when I make a cover for an art journal or embellish the cover of a notebook that I purchased. Therefore it’s a new technique for me, and I tried using only foam stamps and a single canvas sheet.

Let me show you how quick and easy this technique is. Foam stamps are such great tools for that purpose.

I started to trace lines to get equal strips on a 9×12 canvas sheet. I used the side pre-coated with gesso.

Then, I applied different acrylic paints I have in my stash to color the strips.

I added some texture with the Gnarly and Signals foam stamps on all the background to unify all the strips together.

As I wanted to show up an hinge of my sketchbook, I stamped the middle part of the cover with the Buenos Aires Border foam stamp. First, I slightly folded my canvas sheet in half to mark the middle. Then, I used a ruler to be able to stamp straight. I didn’t mind to have an imperfect impression for the background texture but for the hinge part I wanted to get a crisp impression so I used a “stamp buddy” (that can be purchased on the ArtFoamies website) that allows you to apply paint uniformly and smoothly on the stamp.

I could have used a brayer instead but, as none of my brayers are brand new, it leaves some marks than I didn’t like for this purpose.

Next, I stamped repeatedly the Valley Road negative stamp to add more interest.  Once again, I used my “stamp buddy” because I wanted a crisp impression.

I colored my entire Valley Road motifs with some Posca pens. I just love the way that it allows the Valley Road design to pop out and create some dimension.

In order to complete my cover, I created a simple label with an extra piece of canvas sheet.

I finished up my cover by machine stitching all around the edges. This step is optional if you don’t like to sew or don’t have any sewing machine.

Tip: You can also simply create a false stitching line with a black maker.

As you can see I also stitched in the middle the remained half-inch strip I got when I cut the canvas sheet to fit the height of my sketchbook.

I embellished the middle strip with some plastic beads. I first twisted the strip and added some dots of glue here and there to keep it in shape. Then I added the beads and tightened a knot to secure it. I think it’s a nice addition to the cover.

Finally I glued down my canvas sheet on my sketchbook. I used PVA glue that I applied uniformly with a brush. I think it is better to use wet glue for this type of project because it allows some time to make adjustments if needed. I first started to apply glue on a half of the cover and burnished it well with a bone folder. Then I glued down the second half. This way the canvas sheet will adhere well. It also removes potential air bubbles and won’t peel off with time.

Personally I enjoyed trying something new this month. Hope you will take the plunge and try something new as well. Foam stamps are so fun to use specially for this kind of project.

Have a great rest of the week!  See you next month!


Thank you Emilie – love how those colors make the foam stamp patterns really pop!

Give it a try: you can find all my Foam Stamps in my Online Shop and here are some of the other supplies Emilie used:

Feel inspired? Working on something yourself that you’d like to share?  I love to see how you interpret our monthly themes. Email me how you used my stencils and stamps with the theme and email me an image – I would love to share your projects in my next  “n*Spiration From Around the Globe“.

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  • Robin

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    So vibrant and pretty Emilie. I love this idea!

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LAST DAY – Foam Stamp Sale

Today is the LAST DAY for my Foam Stamp Sale in my Online Shop! All my foam stamps are 20% off through tonight, June 14th at 11:59pm EST. 

Just use the coupon code FOAM20 when you check out to save. 

You’ll find lots of old favorites like…

Grove Street Positive Negative set – love these two bold circle patterns, apart or together :)

 

Space Oddity – a hex shape that pulses with energy…

…and Far Out – your new favorite stamp for mark making or visual texture!

 

Also in there are 2 NEW sizes for my Midtown stamp set. This 4 piece set of buildings is my go to for a funky cityscape. The Midtown Set is now in a new size and I’m happy to also announce there is now a Midtown Mini set too!!! Super cute little buildings. Check it out below:

Both sizes are going to be a lot of fun to play with.

Hurry into the Online Shop and use the coupon code FOAM20 to save 20% off your foam stamp order. Sale ends tonight, June 14th at 11:59pm EST.

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Stay Soft – Art Journal

“Be Wild but Stay Soft”

For this spread I stamped out my new fan foam stamps with acrylic paint onto some white paper, cut them out, and collaged them into my art journal. Here is my Fairview Fan Positive Negative stamps.

And here is one of the stamps from the Jewett Fan Positive Negative pair. I went back into these elements with a bit of dots and marks using the new Winsor Newton fineliner pens – which I am super impressed with btw and links are below for them if you are also a fan of good fineliners :)

And here is the Broadway Fan Positive Negative stamps and the Van Vorst Fan Positive Negative stamps. Then I went in and played around with my lettering, bringing in the dots to tie everything together.

Here are some of the supplies I used:

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New Fan ArtFoamies Stamps: Summer 2019

My latest ArtFoamies foam stamp designs are here and they are FANtastic :)

These are my new favorites for making patterns as they can all fit together in a number of ways and you can use the back side of the stamp for a solid fan shape too. For this release I have 4 fan pairs that have the positive negative versions of the designs, and then a little 4 piece set of Mini Fans.

Here is the Broadway Fan Positive Negative pair – love this bold design.

And then Fairview Fan Positive Negative pair – an Art Nouveau inspired design.

Here is the Jewett Fan Positive Negative pair that features a lovely botanical element to the design.

And the Van Vorst Fan Positive Negative pair – a perfect one to show how the back of the stamp makes a fine solid fan shaped stamp too.

Here are the positive negative stamps in action in my art journal.

Finally the charming Mini Fan Set that gives you 4 designs to play with.

Loved stamping all these out for my art journal page here – the different patterns just work so nicely together!

Check out all the new foam stamps today!!!

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A Look Back – Cool Stuff You May Have Missed 06

A Look Back – a blog series to show you some projects and posts that you may have missed – sometimes going WAY back in the archive. I think it will be fun to revisit a few ideas that we haven’t seen for a while. I’m excited to see how a little look back might inspire something new in the future :)

This time I’m looking at foam stamps and some ideas for using them in ways you maybe didn’t think about, even with the help of my March Foam Stamplifier Challenge. Here is A Look Back. Enjoy!


You can use foam stamps in the canvas staining technique – just prepare your canvas staining solution (I used Flow Aid by Liquitex in this 2016 blog post) and use with acrylic inks. The canvas readily absorbs the color in a soft, washy way.

You can also paint directly onto a foam stamp with high flow paints as Cheiron Brandon did in 2016 for my Creative Squad. She spritzed the stamp with water and then got multiple colorful impressions from it on watercolor paper. Each was unique and super fun!

I made a little video here that may inspire you to try some different methods of “inking” your foam stamps. It’s nice to find the way that you are comfortable using foam stamps and in the video I show 3 easy methods.

In another helpful video I made back in 2016 I show how to reverse a foam stamp image using a gelli plate. This is an easy technique that you can use to create mirror images or patterns with a reverse.

If you are looking for a summer project with your foam stamps, here is a flower pot decorating tutorial I made. I used standard clay pots and acrylic paint to give my herb pots that summer a bit more personality.


I hope you enjoyed A Look Back through my archive and maybe you are inspired to try some new things with foam stamps.

Here are some of the supplies that were used in these pieces:


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Keep the Rhythm – Art Journal

“I need to be alone for certain periods of time or I violate my own rhythm.” Lee Krasner

So true- while I am a very extrovert person – I also love long stretches of alone time :) For my rhythm of the journal page I used the Midcentury Squared foam stamp with UTEE and then added some acrylic ink on top. Then I used ink to draw the lady .

On the left here i used Watercolor and added it to my foam stamp – Love the look. the Signal foam stamp on the right was stamped with acrylic paint.

A true mixed media page :)

Here are some of the supplies I used:


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Feel the Rhythm – Marsha Valk

Here’s a post from my Creative Squad! Today we have Marsha Valk back with us again for another round of fun. Welcome back! Marsha is using my Mid Century Squared, Neato, Funky, Gnarly, Groovy, Jazzed and Far Out foam stamps for this awesome tote… and our theme for April: Feel the Rhythm – We’re thinking about patterns this month and using stamps to create a rhythm of marks. Show us your sense of rhythm!


I remember that when I saw Nat’s new stamp designs for ArtFoamies I immediately thought of stamping them on fabric. So that’s what I did!

When it comes to stamping fabric designs, I always like to think about what I want to do with the fabric. This time I thought it would be cool to try and sew a simple tote bag.

You can find tons and tons of great sewing tutorials on YouTube these days. So what I tend to do is to look for a tutorial that matches my sewing skills, gather all the materials and then go from there.

For the tote bag pattern I chose, I needed two different fabric designs, so I bought two slightly different colours of cotton fabric.

Step 1 Pre-wash and iron the fabric before printing. The paint will grab the cotton fibres a lot better when all the sizing is washed out.   

If you already know what you are going to make with the fabric once it’s printed, you can cut it to the sizes needed for your project at this point. 

Step 2  Set up your printing station. Protect your work surface if needed. The paint usually seeps through the fabric onto the underlying surface, so make sure you can easily wipe it clean.

Choose the paint colours you want to use. Limit your colour palette to a maximum of two colours plus a neutral. 

You can use regular acrylic paint to print on fabric, but if you want it to be washable, you’ll need to use fabric paint or acrylic paint mixed with a fabric medium.  

Follow the instructions on the packaging to make sure you are mixing the correct amount of paint/medium for the best result. 

I’m using acrylic paint mixed with a fabric medium. You can mix it on an inking palette and use a brayer to apply the paint to your foam stamps or you can create a custom stamp pad using an ArtFoamies StampBuddy. 

Step 3 Start stamping!

Step 4 For my second fabric design I also used one of my smaller gel printing plates to print with.

First I handcut three stencils from transparencies slightly larger than the gel printing plate and I placed the stencils on my fabric to help me determine the pattern I wanted to print.

Cover the brayer with paint and then roll the paint out over the gel printing plate. 

Take a foam stamp and stamp it into the paint. Here I am using Nat’s Groovy stamp.

Press the gel printing plate paint-side down onto the fabric on top of the stencil. Lift up the gel printing plate. 

Step 5 Leave your gel printed fabric to dry entirely before heat setting the paint with an iron. Consult the label of your fabric paint or fabric medium for the exact instructions. 

Be sure to protect your ironing board cover with a cloth or parchment paper before ironing printed fabric. This will prevent the paint from accidentally staining the cover. 

Step 6 Now your fabric is ready for the sewing project of your choice! This one I printed with Nat’s Mid Century Squared stamp.

Happy foam stamping!


Thank you Marsha for inspiring us to create some of our own printed fabrics for sewing projects! You can find my foam stamps in my online shop if you’d like to create the patterns that Marsha shows. In addition to sewing equipment, here are some of the other supplies that she used:


Feel inspired? Working on something yourself that you’d like to share?  I love to see how you interpret our monthly themes. Email me how you used my stencils and stamps with the theme and email me an image – I would love to share your projects in my next  “n*Spiration From Around the Globe“.

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  • Sue Clarke

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    Marsha…LOVE love LOVE this bag!!!

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  • Janene

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    Fabulous and one-of-a-kind! I love the stamp patterns and the colors used. I might have to get out my sewing machine and give it a try. It’s been awhile since I’ve sewn anything, but I think I can manage the straight lines of a tote bag. :-)

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Foam Stamplifier Challenge Prompts 29-31

Day 29 – ArtGraf

If you have taken a class with me in the past couple years, I have surely “forced”  you to try ArtGrafs  ;) No, seriously those little watercolor graphites are one of my favorite things to use with foam stamps.

Simply wet the foam stamp a little bit, rub the water-soluble graphite on top and stamp. You can use different colors and blend them as well. Take note that this doesn’t work with any graphite- it needs to be like this one water-soluble.

The ArtGrafs are so crazily pigmented that you can stamp several times, simply spritz some water in between on the foam stamp and check if you cannot get yet another wonderful image stamped off.

Day 30 – Watercolor

Oh Yes! You heard right – use your foam stamps with watercolor! For this I use a little trick:

I add my watercolor out of the tube on top of a gel plate and then add water and thin it down then press my stamp into the paint and stamp on paper.

The plate acts as a palette and inkpad and helps that the watercolor doesn’t dry too quick. For dry watercolor in pans, simply load your wet brush and watercolor and try to apply directly to your stamp. If that doesn’t work, try to add the paint first to the plate and then stamp into it. Trust me it is fun to try

Day 31- Connect

There are many ways you can “connect” the prompts of the last days- either use several different techniques on one art journal spread, create layers, or like I did create an Art Journal. I bound my own art journal –based on my online workshop BYOAJ – Bind Your Own Art Journal.

For the cover I printed on some fabric and then I chose my favorite Foam Stamplifier pages and made them into signatures for my book. They will provide great starting prompts when I want to art journal and remind me of the different techniques.

Here are the foam stamps I used for those prompts:


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