One of the things that I found out on a workshop was that Cut ‘n’ Dry foam is MUCH easier to use if it is mounted on to a block. Having the foam on a block gives you something to get hold of and enables you to have much more control over the foam. I have used this foam to apply Adirondack dye based ink and it gives a wonderful soft effect. These are the same ones I use in my video.
Here is how to wood mount your foam
You Will Need
- Wooden blocks. If you have unmounted your stamp collection and put it all onto EZ Mount this is a good way to use up those blocks
- Double sided sticky tape; you need a good strong one I have used 25mm one from Sellotape
- Ranger; Cut ‘n’ Dry foam sheet
- Permanent marker pen
- Craft Knife
- Steel ruler
- Cutting Mat
- If you are recycling un-loved wooden stamps for this project, remove the rubber die (image) from the wooden mount
- Cut your foam sheet into squares/rectangles that will fit onto your blocks
(I was taking the photo) Do hold the foam as you cut it!
- If you are dedicating a piece of foam to each ink you have, write the name of the ink on one end of the foam and the brand on the other. (This prevents you muddying your colours)
- On the back of your foam (the grey side) attach a piece of double side tape; don’t be mean with it cover the back of the foam with tape, to ensure the maximum grip from the tape.
- Peel off your backing from the double sided tape and press the foam sticky side down onto your wooden block.
- To make sure you have a good stick, press the foam flat onto a piece of paper as if you were using a stamp
That’s all there is too it. To apply ink to your projects just dab the sponge onto your ink and working on a plastic/non stick craft sheet, starting off the paper sweep the sponge onto your project. It is better to apply several light coats of ink rather than trying to apply a heavy layer in one go. Build up your colour/s gradually for a more blended look.
Work on a plastic/ non stick craft sheet. I had to take the craft sheet away to take the picture as it reflected the light too much.
For the inspiration for this idea, thanks to;
Sorry for the bad photos they were taken about a year ago on my old camera…even Photoshop couldn’t do much with them.
Best wishes and thanks for reading, see you soon