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DIY Foam Stamp Background Cards

May 12, 2017

Hello everyone,

It´s Sanna here, and it´s my turn to post a tutorial for the Die Cut Design Team. Today I decided to share a DIY foam stamp idea with you. Sometimes when you look at a die you wish there would be a stamp like that available too. That is what I thought when I saw the new ModaScrap dies! They can be used to create gorgeous stamps and I´d like to show you how I made some DIY foam stamps as well as how I used the stamps for card backgrounds.
Here is how to make the stamps:

1. Take a piece of thin adhesive-backed craft foam (approx. 2mm) and run it through the die cutting machine with the chosen die.
2. Take a piece of thicker foam (I saved mine from parcels I received) and adhere the die cut piece(s) onto the foam.
3. Remove the small, negative, die cut pieces with tweezers. Option: Adhere some of the negative pieces along the edges for additional pattern.
4. Use a craft knife to cut the thicker foam to match the shape of the die cut piece. (For the foam stamp with many dragonflies, cut a rectangle as shown.) That’s all there is to it!

Here is a start-to-finish video on how I created the stamps:

And now for the fun part! Here are two cards I created using the DIY stamps:

1. Take a piece of White Soft Finish Cardstock and a VersaMark/embossing ink pad. Apply ink onto the foam stamp and press the stamp onto the white cardstock.
2. Pour clear embossing powder over the stamped surface, tap off the excess, and heat set with a heat tool.
3. Take Distress Inks and apply color onto the background with an ink blending tool. The embossed areas will resist the ink and the way the stamped background pattern will remain the bright white of the cardstock.
4. Adhere to a card base and decorate with banners, doily corners, die cut words and/or stamped and die cut images – whatever you prefer!

Here is a start-to-finish video on the green “Hello” card. I hope you get inspired to make some foam stamps of your own using ModaScrap dies!

This is quite fun and actually very addictive. I could not stop creating my own stamps. Once I was finished with the first one I kept going! The dragonfly die, for example, creates a lovely background stamp and you can vary the size by just using one piece or adhering several dragonflies next to each other onto a bigger foam piece. Oh, the possibilities are almost endless!!

Have fun and happy crafting,



Elizabeth Craft Designs –
Flower Lace 1
Flower Lace 2 
Romantic Corner
Flower Power clear stamps
Flower Power die set
A way with words – Hello
Soft Finish Cardstock, white
Clear Double Sided Adhesive Tape

Other –
Distress Ink
Clear embossing powder
Heat gun
Glossy Accents
Dimensional pearls
Waterproof stamp ink
VersaMark ink
Posca pen, black

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  • Erin McKenzie-Christensen May 12, 2017 at 11:30 pm

    Great idea i am just wondering i have never received a package with that type of foam in it usually they use bubble wrap rather than foam or sometimes those pellets of foam anyway i iust wondered if you knew what type of shop would sell the foam? I’m glad y made the videos they helped explain it a lot easier for me anyeay

    • Sanna May 13, 2017 at 2:37 am

      Hi Erin, keep an eye of electronic parts/harddrive/computer packaging! They usually are protected with such/similar foam parts ?! The art supply/ paper stores usually sell the adhesive die cuttable foam! Hope this helps ?, Sanna

      • Erin McKenzie-Christensen May 13, 2017 at 3:09 am

        Hi Sanna i have been wanting to get some craft foam often called fun foam because the penny spinner cards use them sometimes and i often shop on ebay and i can get the foam a lot cheaper from china but i never really knew what thickness to buy i know what i looked at wasnt adhesivw backed but i have 6 inch wide tape and figured for most things this would work
        I havent bought or needed to buy any computer stuff for ages and so it was that foam i realise youra came as packaging i just wondered where u could buy the thicker foam and just wondered if you know where to buy it as i said ive seen craft foam on ebay and wondered if the stuff from China was any good it does come in different thicknesses but have definitely seen 2 mm thick
        I know its a bit unrelated to your post but do you know how thick the foam needs to be for a penny slider card also? Thanks so much for your help anx your instructions!

        • Sanna May 13, 2017 at 4:06 am

          Hi Erin, my adhesive back foam came in a package of 10 sheets. It is exactly 3 mm´s thick – I went back and measured it for you :). I bought mine here in Austria in an art supply store. I think I´ve heard people use “fun foam” in the US. A non adhesive one will work with adhesive tape for sure too! The Clear Double Sided Adhesive at the Elizabeth Craft Designs store should be fine for this purpose too! Like I said on the video, I don´t know how long this kind of stamps will actually last – still need to wait and see, but so far they hold really well. Yes, my thicker foam is “recycled” from packaging I got, and I am sorry I can´t tell you where to buy such foam. Maybe try hardware stores/home improvement departemens for that? you might get lucky :). Penny slider cards: take a look at this technique video by Els for the slider card: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qNmfyB3Z9ng she shares what foam she used for that purpose on her video. Wishing you a creative weekend, Sanna

  • Beverly M May 12, 2017 at 9:12 pm

    What a Great idea and wonderfully beautiful card ideas. And your videos were so fun to watch and made it look easy. Makes me think of a million new projects I can try with my dies and some foam.

    • Sanna May 13, 2017 at 3:39 am

      thank you Beverly! Glad you enjoyed the videos too! Wishing you a fun and crafty weekend!!

  • Christine May 12, 2017 at 8:02 pm

    Just love these. Now let me get to my craft supplies and start!! Thank you so much for sharing your inspiration and skills.

    • Sanna May 13, 2017 at 3:38 am

      🙂 my pleasure Christine! I can sense you will have fun with your supplies :).

      • Christine May 13, 2017 at 7:06 am

        I certainly will! Thank you.

  • Carla Hundley May 12, 2017 at 5:22 pm

    Awesome technique.
    Thanks for trying it
    and sharing it.
    Carla from Utah

    • Sanna May 13, 2017 at 3:36 am

      thanks, Carla! And since I´ve used mainly “leftover” bits plus the adhesive foam, they are quite inexpensive to make too :). Even if they don´t last long (haven´t run any long time tests yet :-)..) I can easily make new ones to replace them.

  • Martha Hazevoet May 12, 2017 at 11:51 am

    Brilliant, Sanna. I was just looking at a die yesterday and was thinking how nice it would be if that were a stamp. I will definitely try this. Thank you for the idea! – Martha

    • Sanna May 13, 2017 at 3:34 am

      my pleasure, Martha! It´s quite addictive – I might just make a few more too 🙂

  • Nancy Yoder May 12, 2017 at 10:48 am

    U r so clever! Love the boldness of ink color with the delicate die cut!
    Thank u 4 sharing.

    • Sanna May 13, 2017 at 3:33 am

      <3 thank you, Nancy!!

  • Thalia G May 12, 2017 at 10:44 am

    Wow. Fantastic idea. Have lots of dies I could use with this technique. Thanks!

    • Sanna May 13, 2017 at 3:32 am

      my pleasure – have fun 🙂

  • Sanna May 12, 2017 at 9:01 am

    Hi Patricia!! I really, really enjoyed making these stamps!! and I am for sure going to make a few more :). These dies work soooo well as stamps too! I am glad I could inspire :). Wishing you a great, creative weekend! Sanna

  • Patricia Howarth May 12, 2017 at 8:05 am

    Hi Sanna, Genius !! these dies have made fabulous stamps and your resulting cards are stunning !! I especially loved watching your videos, thank you so much for these tutorials, we will all be looking at our dies with different ‘eyes’ from now on.
    Lots of love from Patricia xx

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