Card: Friends Are Flowers

January 31, 2014  •  Leave a Comment

2014-01-31 Card - Friends Are Flowers2014-01-31 Card - Friends Are Flowers

Gasp!  January went by fast, didn't it?  Well, they do say that time is actually speeding up, but I'm just being trite.  :-)

Today's card was a mess to make.  Luckily, I like making a mess.  It started out with me just trying to see if I could cut craft foam with our Cricut and yes.  Yes, we can.  I cut a bunch of flower shapes and made myself a stamp which I then liberally coated with a number of different pigments.  I made quite a mess and wasted quite a bit of paper before I felt happy enough.  I said "enough", not completely.  I really am not happy with how thick the gold came out on that far left flower, but as this was only an experiment, I think it will do.  In fact I know just the person I am going to mail this to.

I ended up settling on primary magenta acrylic paint Amsterdam (#369) from Talens.  The gold layer on top is made with Marvy metallics.  All of these pigmets were brushed pretty messily on the craft foam stamp.  I then heat embossed the sentiment, which is from Fiskars' Friendship Garden clear stamp set, and I embossed the whole thing using my Sizzix Damask # 4 embossing folder.

In terms of cutting the craft foam with the cricut, I found that the best settings were the lowest speed, the highest pressure and I set it to cut 6 times.  Anything less than six meant I had to actually cut the shapes out with scissors.  Only 6 passes resulted in the shapes actually popping off their backgrounds by themselves.  The foam stamps endure a lot.  I kept adding pigments and they did not need to be cleaned in between.  Of course if you do clean them I think you'd get a better result, but I was purposely going for a messy look, so I didn't care.  (you can kind of see the mess in the closeups below; there you can really see that there were other pigments and colours transferred to the paper, but in real life because you're not peering at it that closely it doesn't really show.)

Anyhoo, I have a feeling that now that I know I can cut foam, I am going to be going crazy with it, especially since our local Dollarama sells about ten sheets for a dollar.

Thank you for looking and have a wonderful, blessed day. 

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