Perfectly Imperfect Stamps- Blog Hop with StencilGirl & Foam Board Express



Welcome to a new blog hop.  This time, the StencilGirl Creative Team is collaborating with Foam Board Express and asked us to show what we can do with StencilGirl stencils and FBXpress foam board.

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After you are done reading my post, I shall release you to the rest of the team members to make you even more “hoppier”. (sorry)

“Perfectly Imperfect”?  What does that mean? Well, you’ll see as you follow my steps and see the pictures.

Note: There are too many pictures, so I am making them smaller, but you can click to enlarge.

I broke a piece of the board off and peeled the first layer of paper off of it.  It left behind another thin layer.  I sprayed with water and rolled the damp paper off to reveal just the foam.

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Using StencilGirl stencils Terry Stegmiller (Layerd Salad)  and Jessica Sporn (Judy’s Trees (that’s me) and Doors & Windows) and Mary Beth Shaw (Mandala).

Update:  During the burning process, I wore a mask, had the window open and ran an air purifier. I don’t think you need to do all three, but the mask is helpful and the window open a bit.

The tool I used was the Creative Versa Tool.  I used a couple of different tips to get the result I needed.   Here is where the “perfectly imperfect” comes in.  It’s pretty impossible to get a perfect cut, but I like them that way.  So, to me they are perfect.  The idea is to burn off the white foam around the design. Not easy, but fun results.

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Only using a section of this stencil.  Can you see the burned foam? You have to move fast or the foam will just melt and you are left with bigger sections.   I used a pen for the mandala stencil.  I also make a couple of free form designs.

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Now what?  I have all these cool imperfectly perfect stamps.  I could stop there, but nope… remember THIS POST, where I took a cardboard pamphlet and made it a piece of art?  I ended up giving as a gift to my lovely friend Corrine Gillman.  Anyway, I had a mailer that was calling to me to use my new stamps on it.  On to my mixed media mailer.

First I gessoed the outside of the mailer. Then I started to paint it with simple craft paints.

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Then I pulled out my Gelli Plate and started to make designs, using the foam stamps and stencils. I put a non-skid rug mat under my Gelli Plate so it won’t move as I brayer it.  Works great!  I also use a piece of the mat as a stamp.

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I used Viva Modeling Cream in gold for some accents with a very old paper stencil.


I kept stamping (only using acrylic paint) and then did a little collaging and added some lace paper.  Here is the result.

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Wow.. what a trip.  I really hope you enjoyed that; I certainly did.

Thank you to Foam Board Express for letting me experiment with their product.  You can find FBXpress on Facebook and Pinterest.

Now, come with me to follow the other bloggers joining me on this hop.  Let’s see what everyone does with their foam board.

StencilGirl Talk
Mary Beth Shaw
Carolyn Dube
Julie Snidle
Janet Joehlin
Judy Shea (ahem, that’s moi)
Linda Kittmer
Leslie Tucker Jenison
Jessica Sporn
Maria McGuire

…. and now for the give-a-ways.

Number 1:
 Foam Board Express would like to offer a package of five (5) of its 20-inch by 30-inch flat display foam boards, including one black foam board, one white foam board and three additional foam board sheets in colors chosen by the winner.  Color choices include:  green, red, yellow, dark blue, neon yellow, neon orange and neon pink.

Number 2:
StencilGirl is giving away Mary Beth’s new DVD called: StencilGirl Mixed Media Sampler Journal

All comments on all blogs are eligible. Combined prize going to one winner.

Well, I don’ t know about you, but I’m exhausted.  That was a jam-packed post and two great prizes to win.

I can’t thank you all enough for supporting and following me.  Your comments mean a lot.

As always, thanks for stopping by.

Judy  ♥♥♥


72 responses »

  1. Wow – great great projects. I immediately ordered that tool and now you have to come over and teach me how to use it! Wish you were doing a giveaway for that mailer… hint hint.

  2. Your art pieces are always so vibrant and filled with your creative spirit, Judy! They make me feel happy. 🙂 Thanks for sharing your process!

  3. That’s such a good idea. With stamps, less accuracy gives character. Foam board is sure versatile.

  4. Un trabajo maravilloso, eres una persona muy creativa, y te doy las gracias por compartir tus tutoriales. Así podemos ir aprendiendo. Gracias!!!!

  5. WOW! You crammed so much crafty goodness in this one post! Love how you made the stamps! I love doing stuff like this and can’t wait to give it a try! Your work of art is beautiful and I love all the colors and stencils that you used! TFS!

  6. Judy!!! That mailer is STUNNING!!! All of the work you put into making those stamps was SO worth it, to get that result! I love the stamps you made with triangles, too. I’m absolutely gobsmacked! Wow! I would take that mailer and turn it into a journal. Of course! But what an interesting design. Now you’ve got me thinking. And you know how dangerous that can be!

  7. OK, first of all LOVE the colors of the mailer…
    Great idea on how to make stamps out of stencils!
    And Your SG stencil tree is marvelous!!

  8. Wow! Too small a word for your amazing “process”. Wouldn’t you love getting that mailer! I agree, his was a wonderful trip.

  9. You are one busy lady. I love the photos. kind of scares me as I am new to this type of craft/love but I am going to revisit you after the hop and get more inspiration. Great work and great giveaway. Thanks

  10. Everything you represented in this post is new to me. I especially love the very complex, multi-layered background with the addition of a simple, dark-colored stamp as a contrast.

  11. Wow, Judy! That was a lot of work, but the final product was awesome. Gotta try making some stamps with some foam board I got from my cousin and see what I can come up with! Thanks for the chance and getting some really nice foam board and the DVD.

  12. OMG, I have a ton of mailers – I can’t wait to copy your decorating ideas! FABULOUS! Not only will your recipient be delighted, think of all the ohs and aws the postal service will be saying, LOL. Love your idea and project, thanks:)

  13. Isn’t burning the foam toxic? I would be worried about fumes. However, the result is awssome!


  14. I learned something new! This is what I love about art, there is never enough time and always something new to try. Thank you for sharing this technique. 😉

  15. Hi Edie… what I didn’t mention and I should have was I had a mask on, the window open and an air purifier running (I just happen to have one).
    I will update the blog with that info. Thanks for asking the question.

  16. Lots of valuable techniques…. so much to use with my Zentangle Inspired Art and with the Gelli Plate. Thank you for sharing your creative juice with me!

  17. Wow nice job making stamps with the foam, love that you are using your very own art and then dazzle us with multiple techniques to reach your finished art! Bravo!@

  18. WoW Judy! Awesome project! Very creative and full of inspiration- thanks so much for sharing and hopping!

  19. Wow! Lots of work but looks like it wascwell worth it in the end. Awesome package to receive. I wouldn’t want it togo through the mail. Very creative use of materials!

  20. Judy, you are amazing! What a super idea and a brave one, at that, to burn the foam into your own custom stamps. Love it! And the end result is absolutely smashing. You GO girl!!!

  21. WOW w hat great projects! I cant wait to get my hands on some foam board and give them a try. Not so sure about the burning process but the result is super cool! thanks so much

  22. I don’t know how I missed you on my first visit to all the stops on this hop Judy, but this is just incredible. What a brilliant idea. You are indeed a very clever woman!!!

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