ALERT: LOTS OF PICTURES & 2 GIVEAWAYS!!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Wow.. what a trip. I really hope you enjoyed that; I certainly did.
Now, come with me to follow the other bloggers joining me on this hop. Let’s see what everyone does with their foam board.
…. and now for the give-a-ways.
PRIZE PACKAGE: 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.
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.
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