Blog: Lady Liberty Foam Stamp

Your Kindness is Due – Art Journal

“I have to remind you that Your Kindness is Due! ” – We can definitely use some more kindness :)

I grabbed a bunch of different stencils (Art Deco Empire, Art Deco Fairview, Amsterdam, and Toledo) and I used them with a blender tool and Distress Inks and Distress Oxide Inks which I applied through the stencils.

Lady liberty is stamped with green acrylic paint onto printer paper and cut out. The “I have to remind you” is from an old letter copy that I cut out. The tag is old – no clue – it was in the magic drawer LOL. I adhered these all with my fav glue stick.

But before I collaged in the tag, I traced it with a Derwent water soluble sketching pencil on the top and dissolved some of the pencil with a brush inside the traced tag. Then I added journaling with a thin black Posca pen.

Here are some of the supplies I used:

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  • Sue Clarke

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    Love the message and the sneaker.

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American History – Art Journal

“American history is longer, larger, more various, more beautiful, and more terrible than anything anyone has ever said about it.” – James Baldwin

I used a credit card to spread some acrylic paint and gouache onto the ledger page over my Fan-tastic stamp. Next I inked up wooden number blocks and pressed them onto the page – as they were wood the image is not very prominent without a press, so I enhanced and outlined a little bit by tracing and coloring on with aquarelle pencils. I left that partly as is, and partly spread it around with water.

I stamped some stars using my Star Fish rubber stamp as a complementary color in red to the green background. I also stamped my Lady Liberty foam stamp with Versafine ink onto a piece of paper, added some marks with Aquarelle Pencils and a journaling pen, then adhered it to the background as well. I finished it up with my journaling.

In addition to my large letterpress wood numbers, here are some of the supplies I used:

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  • Robin

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    I love the combination of colors, stamps and lady liberty! This page is so beautiful!

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Creative Squad: Good Morning Good Evening – Judi Kauffman

Hello from my Creative Squad! Today we have a post from Judi Kauffman that made me smile and chuckle using my Lady Liberty and Hydrant foam stamps and our theme: Good Morning Good Evening – Are you a Morning Person or a Night Owl? Or maybe neither? Create a project inspired by your preferred time of day – when you are in good spirits, doing what you love, and enjoying life.


Stamping, Day & Night! 

Imagine my delight when Nathalie’s ArtFoamies arrived for this month’s project – Lady Liberty and Hydrant! Both spoke to this city girl’s heart. The theme fit both stamps very well, I thought. And they’re big enough to fill a card front with little else.

Day person, night person? I am a bit of both. My best energy is in the morning but sometimes my best ideas take shape at night How about you?

Project 1 – Statue of Liberty cards: 

Our godson and his family live in an apartment in Brooklyn that looks out at Lady Liberty so I get to say good morning and good night to her when I visit. Each time I see the statue I thank this country for welcoming my grandparents to this country of immigrants. 

I made a pair of very simple cards that allow the beautiful image to take a starring role. Tiny glitter dot stickers create the stars in a night sky and the rays of a noonday sun.

Project 2 – The Hydrant:

Every day and each night (and many times in between…) dogs out on walks with their owners get to check their email by sniffing the fire hydrant across the street from my house. I hand-cut a wagging tail for each card. The tail becomes shorthand for a dog, just enough to create the scene! The night version of the card has a fussy-cut hydrant, offset on foam squares so the one stamped on the background stays visible and becomes a shadow. 

Bonus – Other takes on a fire hydrant:

While I was at it, I stamped extra fire hydrants to fussy-cut for more cards. Some of the extras were quite pale because I was using up paint before cleaning the stamp to put away. One thing led to another and some of those extras got turned into a bird, a vase filled with flowers, and a strange big-eyed creature wearing a knit hat. 

Have fun turning fire hydrants into something else! And be sure to share what you come up with…


Thank you Judi for this creative group of projects and unique ways to look at the stamps!

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

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  • Sue Clarke

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    Oh my…the tail to the hydrant! Funny story about our dog park. We don’t have hydrants in my area (we have many small ponds to draw water from via our fire trucks), and someone made some “fake” fire hydrants for the dog park and painted them red. The dogs from my area didn’t know what to do with them. The dogs who come up from MA “showed” the NH dogs how to pee on the hydrant. I’m not sure if that comes across as funny, but it made me laugh and your hydrants made me think of it!

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    • Nathalie Kalbach

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      LOL- that is funny ! Don’t judge a dog by the fire hydrant LOL

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  • jean marmo

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    Such wonderful cards. Love the simplicity of Lady Liberty. So clever to add the tail to the hydrant. I love how you turned them into other things!

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Strong – Art Journal

“The world breaks everyone and afterward many are strong at the broken places.” – Ernest Hemingway, A Farewell to Arms

I used some of our foam stamped masks from our Votive Candle Playdate and attached them layered to the art journal page. Here are Row Houses, Brownstone, and Lady Liberty.

I liked the raised look of the Grafix Wet Medium sheet with the acrylic paint and didn’t want to add anything to the background besides the journaling.

Here are some of the supplies I used:

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It’s not ZERO – Art Journal

“Freedom makes a huge requirement of every human being. With freedom comes responsibility.” – Eleanor Roosevelt

And I am using a bit of profanity in here too because I am annoyed with all these “but my freedom” people.

I used two collage papers from my stash for this one including the suminagashi paper above. There is also my Lady Liberty foam stamp and the zero is a block print from my wooden letter press numbers printed on deli paper using Speedball Fabric Ink and a Speedball press.

The other collage paper is my Signals stencil which I though worked nicely with the suminagashi print.

Here are some of the supplies I used:

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  • Sue Clarke

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    Love it! Especially the marble-type background paper and your quote.

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Pattern Monday 11 – Video from my Ledger

Happy Monday and welcome to another pattern in my big vintage ledger! Today I’m using one of my new foam stampsLady Liberty This stamp is nice and big so I knew I just wanted to show it off with 3 different ink colors.

Here is a look at the finished pattern and what I used:

Now it’s your turn! Here are the supplies I used:

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Lady Liberty Cupcake Card – Creative Squad

Today I’m sharing a really fun little birthday card project idea from Creative Squad member Judi Kauffman. Her creative mind saw a cupcake in the torch of my new Lady Liberty foam stamp, and that is just sooooo cute :)

I love when my stamps or stencils inspire something unexpected and this just takes the cake ;)

Thanks for sharing Judi and so happy to see Lady Liberty holding that cupcake!

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Time Traveler – Art Journal

“See… I am a time traveler… I travel 60 mins an hour to the future.”

For this art journal spread, I was playing with my new ArtFoamies on a Gelli Plate.

I rolled out magenta acrylic paint on my Gelli plate, then pushed the foam stamps into it to lift the paint and let it dry. Then I rolled out white paint on top and pulled a print while the paint was still wet – this takes off the dried paint as well. Also bits and pieces that were dried to the plate before I rolled out the magenta color came up too here and there and I love the grungy look that resulted.

Above you can see my Lady Liberty, Brownstone, and part of my Powerhouse foam stamps…

and here is Church peeking through some yummy grunginess.

I pasted these prints into my art journal and then also stamped some of the foam stamps inked up with Versafine ink in there too to add some other elements.

I used my E-Train rubber stamp with black archival ink for some detail and also my Love Knots rubber stamp with yellow ink from the Embroidery set.

Here are some of the supplies I used:

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City Scenes Votive Candles – DIY Play Date

Last week Kim and I got together for the first time since 2019 for one of our epic Play Dates!!! We had such a nice time gabbing and making art and just enjoying the experience of creating together. Our project? Votive candles using my NEW foam stamp designs! It was an easy peasy project to get us back in the groove and the results are very nice. Here’s how we did it:

The supplies are simple: my new foam stamps (Clockwise from the top they are Powerhouse, Church, Brownstone, Lady Liberty, Hydrant, and Row Houses), Grafix Dura-Lar matte film, black acrylic paint, brayer, double stick tape, LED votives, and scissors or a paper trimmer. We also dressed some up with Posca markers, but more on that in a bit ;)  The whole idea was to have the buildings and such silhouetted so that the light shines through all the details. Read on!

We started out by rolling black acrylic paint out on palette paper with a brayer. We both liked Carbon Black Golden Fluid Acrylic paint for this – a nice opaque black. Then we rolled it on the stamp (in this case, the Church stamp) and stamped it on the Grafix Dura-Lar matte plastic sheet – a matte white plastic that is kinda translucent with light behind it. You could also use a StampBuddy here too to ink up your stamps.

We left some room at the bottom of the film and stamped across the width, leaving room on either side to eventually tape the ends together. In this one I am stamping the Brownstone foam stamp.

Here I am inking up Lady Liberty

… for a nice impression :)

A lineup of Hydrant stamps… cue the dogs!

Keep in mind that when stamping on plastic film the surface is slick and the stamps can slide if you aren’t careful.

The Row Houses on the left turned out fine but I slipped a bit with Powerhouse on the right. We each had a couple misfires so plan on having some extra sheets of plastic just in case.

With some of the mistakes, we created masks to use in building up more complex, layered scenes – a great way to use those.

Kim stamped Row Houses and Brownstone and then used the masks to add Church to the background for a little streetscape.

Looks pretty neat all together like that.

I first stamped Church, then added Powerhouse, and then…

…I added Row Houses to the left…

And then I finished with Lady Liberty!

We created a variety of sheets to move on to the next step:

I broke out my new Dahle trimmer and we cut things down to size. We experimented with trimming some with a margin around the image – room for tape and a little lift off the ground.

We also fussy cut some for a different effect!

Looking pretty good there Lady Liberty! The choice is yours on how you want to trim them.

We also tried coloring some in with acrylic markers.

Here are some details in those stained glass windows.

Using double sided clear tape we got ready for the final assembly.

Coming together and holding tight with permanent tape.

Here are our City Scenes votives ready for illumination – LED lights must be used with these to be safe.

Let’s light them up!!!

For the taller ones you may want to use a taller LED votive or stack the votive on something inside the sheath.

Love this one that I fussy cut!!!

And now after dark…

I hope you enjoyed this little tutorial and maybe you’re feeling inspired to make some foam stamped votives of your own. Please do!!! And I hope you join us back here for our next Play Date :)

Here are some of the supplies we used:

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