I thought I might share an easy project today and some tips on using the foam stamps. I really love the new Cutout alphabets that were just released but I admit I'm always anxious about getting a good impression with foam stamps. Of course if I was using them for a mixed media background or art journal I wouldn't be as concerned about a perfect impression. That kind of project will be saved for another day.
I started with a large Vignette Tray for the surface. I prepped the edges of the tray with Picket Fence Distress paint and let that dry.
I used Collage Medium to adhere different strips of paper from the Wallflower Paper Stash and the new Worn Wallpaper pack. These two products go together so well that it will be hard to choose which pattern to use! Once the paper is secure, add a thin layer of the Collage Medium over the top to seal.
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ps) when cleaning paint out of the old bottle - do it over the trash can not the kitchen sink, as there is a mixing ball in the bottle and you wouldn't want it to go down the garbage disposal. Now if you do get a mixing ball down your garbage disposal (not that I would know anything about that) one might use a shop vac to get it out. just saying...
The Collage Paper is thin and porous so I always lay a paper towel on my Stamp Platform to absorb an excess gesso/paint. Add the Plain Collage Paper (both are held in place with the magnets) to secure everything. You might notice I have 4 magnets...I bought an extra set just so I could secure larger things like this.
I arranged each word I could on the paper. I could stamp "make" and "count" at the same time because they do not share letters. I stamped "today" in another round because I needed the o and the a from the first words. To be honest, this is actually easier than trying to gauge your word placement on the paper rather than on the project.
Now just squeeze and pounce the Black Gesso onto the Foam Stamps.
The gesso dries quickly but if you are in a real hurry, you can use a heat tool.
Once the Collage Paper was dry, I added Distress Crayon Walnut Stain around all the edges of the Vignette Tray using a wet wipe to mellow it out. I also flicked Picket Fence Distress Paint over the entire surface. I used a wet wipe to remove the paint splatters from the black letters.
The metal in the corner is from the Vignette Accents pack. I used a combination of Picket Fence Distress Paint, Patina Alcohol Ink and Gold Mixative to get this finish. Yummy right?
The Paper Doll is my favorite part. I tinted her with a hat a dress with Distress Markers then lightly wiped Collage Medium over the hat, dress and tights. I quickly sprinkled Clear Rock Candy over the surface. Once dry I added a piece of ruffle from a vintage petticoat. It was already gathered at the top so I just cut away some of the netting to expose the ruffles and glued it into place. I have been waiting about 3 years to find a way to use the old ruffle!
now carry on,