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Friday, November 7, 2014

DIY Stamping with Cricut, Part 2

In my last post, I shared my thoughts about using Cricut Cuttables Stamp Material. Not my favorite at all. Now let's talk about using craft foam. Craft foam is so cheap and works so much better. I have made a ton of foam stamps!  Just know that there will be imperfections when using raft foam. 


 
Check out the instructions, below:




Tools & Supplies:
Cricut Machine, mat
Any cartridge
Craft Foam
Wooden blocks or corrugated cardboard for foam stamp handles
Tacky glue


Instructions:
  1. Load Deep CutBlade.
  2. Load new, sticky mat with craft foam. If you have a Baby Bug or Create you’ll need to cut the foam down to mat size.  Regular scissors work fine…or a craft knife and metal ruler. If you have an Expression, load the foam at the lower left edge at the green triangle and use SET PAPER SIZE. Or use the Cricut Craft Room and design your file where you want the image to cut.
  3. Pick out your image.
  4. Adjust settings: Blade Depth=5, Speed=2 or 3, Pressure=5, Multicut=2.
  5. Cut your image. If you want a deeper stamp, cut two images and glue them on top of each other.
  6. Remove image.  To take the image out of the foam you may need to give it a cut with scissors to open an edge, but after that it should tear out easily. Be careful with thin edges.



Roller Marks: You will get roller marks on the foam, but there are two possible fixes for this.  


      Either use the reverse side as your stamp (and FLIP image before you cut) or you can take a heat gun and lightly heat the foam until the mark is gone.  It may curl just a bit, but when you glue it down you won’t see a difference.


 
Like a thicker stamp? Cut two images and stack them on your cardboard base, you can get a thicker stamp. I’ve cut two of the same image, but the bottom one can be the blackout of the image…you don’t need the cutouts from the bottom one.



Glue your stamp to wooden block or piece of corrugated cardboard.  I like and use cardboard..i't cheap! Let glue dry completely before you stamp with them.

To clean, just use a baby wipe or damp paper towel and let air dry.  They don’t need to be spotless.  Just clean them as good as you can, then let the paint or ink dry on them. It won’t rub off on your next project. DO NOT put your stamps in water.


I've labeled the back of my stamps so I know what cart and key they are from in case I need to reproduce them at some time.



Have you tried making foam stamps with your Cricut? How did they turn out? Leave me a comment...I'd love to know.

2 comments :

  1. Hope I can figure out how to save this..am on an android phone. So thankful for finding this post. Want to help DD make some Christmas gifts a la Pinterest but her project really n3eds a fun foam layer. Guess I need to get a deep housing blade now!

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    1. Hi Molly, You will not regret purchasing the deep housing blade, especially if you will be crafting with more then just paper. You can do quite a lot with that extra blade. Cutting craft foam is easy and widens what you can do with that Cricut. Enjoy!!

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