Make Your Own Stamps With Craft Foam
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Adhesive Back Craft Foam
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Cardboard
Scissors
Water Based Ink (optional)
Tempera Paint (optional)
Ink Pad (optional)
Paper
Brayer
Foam Roller
Paint Brush
Stamping is a form of printmaking!
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Adhesive-backed craft foam is the perfect material for making your own stamps.
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Draw a simple shape on the paper backing of the adhesive foam.
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Cut out shape. Your non-scissor hand can turn the foam while the scissor hand opens and closes.
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Peel off the backing and stick on to cardboard. Place near an edge ...
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... and trim away extra cardboard, leaving just a small border to hold and protect the foam stamp.
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There are many ways to print. This is a brayer with liquid acrylic paint and stamp pressed facedown.
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And here, we use a foam roller with tempera paint and press paper down on to stamp. Both work well.
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Paint or ink can even be added with a brush. Just a thin coat is enough - here we used too much!
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We stamped it again without adding more paint for a much cleaner stamp without the oozing paint!
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This time we apply a thin layer of paint. The prints are clean and the brush strokes add texture.
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Craft foam or foam shapes without the adhesive back will also work. Just use some Elmer’s Glue All.
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This print is with tempera paint and a foam roller.
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Drawings on the paper adhesive backing will naturally be reversed on the stamp - perfect for text!
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And for overall surface designs just repeat the stamp print many times on the same paper.
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Printed papers are a nice material to collect for collage projects.
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Stamps can be cleaned off with a damp paper towel and saved for future printing sessions!
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