Monday, July 25, 2016

My Cards and Tags: Adding Texture with Dies and Fun Foam

"Adding Texture" is this week's theme at the Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge Blog.  Oh the possibilities!  After much musing, I decided to experiment with some dies and fun foam (that thin craft foam that you can buy by the boatloads for kids' crafts).  Here is what resulted:
To start this project, I whipped out a piece a white fun foam that had an adhesive back.  I peeled off the adhesive backing cover and stuck white card stock to the foam.  Then I made a quick collage on the paper with paint and ink/stamping.

Next, I trimmed down my collage to fit on top of Neat and Tangled's Punchinella die.  Then I ran the foam-backed collage through the Sizzix Big Shot with the Punchinella die.  Since this was foam and cardstock, I ran it back and forth about four times.

Here's how it looked when it came out of the Sizzix:

Next I got to working on my background.  I used a sheet of 6x6 paper from Elizabeth Craft called Through the Lens: Wood.  I smeared white and turquoise paint onto it so that my collage would blend in better.

When this dried, I flipped over my foam collage and punched out random dots and started arranging them on my background.

After I got the dots and the main part of the punched collage how I liked it, I had to go back and glue everything down.  Monotony Factor to glue all those individual dots down? About a 6.  Here's  how it was looking after I glued everything in place:

I thought I'd be done at this point (and maybe I should've been?), but being the layer addict that I am, I thought it needed another layer.  So I cut a circle out of corrugated cardboard, painted it white and pink, outlined it with black Sharpie pen and laid it on the center.  I ended up flipping the background card upside down before I glued the circle on top.  I also added some Tim Holtz stickers for the sentiment and wa-lah!  Done!

Here are the supplies I used, which you can find at Simon Says Stamp:

So how will you add texture this week?  I have so much fun going through your entries and can't wait to see what you come up with.  Be sure to upload your goodies to the Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge Blog for your chance to win a $50 voucher to the Simon Says Stamp store.


  1. I am so in love with this technique! I love how the parts of the collage (the dots) fall across the background. I love how you turned it upside down when you added the new circle layer. I love it all!!! So fun Andrea! It made my day! -- Mary Elizabeth

  2. This is so amazing, Andrea! I love, love your background and how you used the dots from the die is so clever!! Gorgeous colors as usual too.

    Cathie ♥

  3. Fabulous collage Andrea, I love thew colours and how you used the die, the whole design is absolutely fabulous! LOVE it :-)

    Lols x x x

  4. How cool... never considered running fun foam through a die-cutter! What a great effect! And yes, that corrugated layer is the bomb, yielding the linear plus circle look! C'mon, the monotany factor is just fine... that's fun stuff, and totally worth your time!

  5. You did it again! This work is fantastic, Punchinella die is so beautiful... the corrugated cardboard centre is a great idea and the colors... you're the Queen of colors!Barbara

  6. This is just the coolest! Love your process and step by step directions! I enjoy coming to your Blog after walking through my gardens in the mornings with coffee still in hand....what a feeling! Oh and now I know how to make my own 3 dimensional dots--super cool! Have a wonderful day!!!

  7. It's gorgeous Andrea! Absolutely stunning. Great use of colour and texture Karen x

  8. How cool! Loving the punchinella for texture!

    Simon Says Stamp!

  9. Wowzers! You are brilliant, Andrea!! That punchinella idea you ran with is amazing. Thanks for sharing all the steps to create this - Love it!!! You win the texture prize - a blue ribbon :) I had to laugh at your monotony factor :) LOL!

  10. Love your gorgeous creation, Andrea. The texture you created are fabulous. Love the beautiful colors, too. :)

  11. amazing the gorgeous zingy colours and now I need to get that punchinella die...hugs kath xxx

  12. What a crazy project! I love the colors nd the idea of free falling dots! This is genius! Hugs, Marzena

  13. What a stunning design and that background is amazing, Andrea! The blend of colours are out of this world and just work so well together and create yet another totally unique and wonderful project... :)