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Video: Adding Dimension to Cards + GIVEAWAY

Hi there. Today’s video is a bit different than my other videos. It’s more like a crafty service announcement. πŸ™‚ I’ve received lots of questions about why I use craft foam instead of foam tape for adding dimension to my cards. Here’s why…

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Over the year, I have been noticing that cards sent through the mail with lots of foam tape pieces don’t hold up well. So the engineer in me wanted to do a bit of research. I sent two cards to myself (the mail lady thought I was a bit crazy). One card had a panel with foam tape strips behind it and the other with craft foam. The card using the craft foam for dimension held up much better in the mail. The one using foam tape was bent and had creases. Proof! So for large panels, I use fun foam.

When I purchase my fun/craft foam, I cut it into pieces slightly smaller than a standard note card so they’re ready to go. When adhering the fun foam to a card, I use a tape runner (and also squirt some Multi Matte Medium with a fine nozzle under the corners), Stick-It or Scor-Tape (aka Be Creative Tape).Β  There is adhesive backed fun foam on the market, but I have found that it doesn’t always die-cut well.

Fun foam can also be used with your dies. They make great embellishments and can even be heated with a heat gun to be made smaller. I usually use THIS white foam but I have found THIS multi-color pack that I like as well. The colors in it are actually pretty!

I do still use my big roll of foam adhesive tape for adding small pieces. I really like it and it lasts forever.

I hope this gives you a better explanation of why I use craft foam for dimension of large pieces on my cards. I put a lot of time and love into my cards and I want to make sure they get to the recipient in good shape!

GIVEAWAY

I have THREE prizes for a luck winner: a pack of white craft foam, a pack of colored craft foam, and a huge roll of foam adhesive – – all of my favorites! (I love to share.) For your chance, leave a comment below by 11:59pmEST on 6/30/15 telling me what your favorite adhesive is. (The winner’s name will be randomly selected and posted on my “Winners page” after the giveaway closes. International folks are eligible, too!)

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1,283 thoughts on “Video: Adding Dimension to Cards + GIVEAWAY”

  1. I use the Tombo permanent mono adhesive refills and tape runner. I buy them in bulk on line from an office supply company. I also use tons of dimensionals from Stampin Up. I can see why the fun foam would be an improvement though. I’m definitely going to try the multi medium matte adhesive.

  2. I use Collall glue now for almost everything. It is easily applied from the bottle with a twist open close that regulates the flow nicely. When closed, it is air-tight and glue does not thicken. It does not buckle even thin background paper. It gives you a few seconds to reposition your work, then becomes permanent. So easy now to get evenly spaced borders on all my projects. My “go to” glue now! (Made by Crafter’s Companion, and available in both the USA and UK.)

  3. I used the Tombow multi medium and Ranger Studio matte glue and well as the tomboy tape runner. I really like your idea of using craft foam for dimension instead of the foam tape!
    Great video Jennifer.

  4. While I use a variety of adhesives, I rely heavily on my Xyron’s POSITIONABLE cartridges. They give me “second chances” so to speak and then will adhere permanently after securely pressed on to the card. (I don’t use this on really heavy cardstock, however. Nor would I use on the foam). I also like the Sookwang tape that you used in the video…it’s so easy to place and then tear as needed.
    Great video. Thanks.

  5. Great video. πŸ˜€ Thank you for sharing all tips. πŸ˜€
    My favorite adhesive is UHU universal glue. It works almost on any surface. πŸ˜€

  6. I use foam colored sheets and the foam roll tape all the time. I like the colored foama as it matches my card color most of the time. I don’t have the Big Shot, but the Big Kick and love it. I use so many of the products at one time or another. Thanks for a chance to win..

    Dianne Bell – [email protected]

  7. Love your idea with the craft foam. Would hate to send a beautiful card through the mail with the foam tape and have it looking like the one in your video. Will be buying some of those foam sheets for future benefit. Really liked the technique of shrinking the foam sheet die cut with your heat tool! Too funny, ohhh the childhood memories

  8. I use foam tape almost all the time, but I’ve never used the sheets of craft foam to protect my cards, I usually add a piece of card stock but this is incredibly better, what a fabulous idea.
    I also love your tip on how to shrink the craft foam, this is awesome, thank you for this very informative video!!!!! πŸ˜‰

  9. My favorite adhesive these days is Range Multi Medium Matte. I also use the Scotch ATG for all my big pieces of card stock. Your test with the foam tape vs. fun foam was really eyes-opening! Thanks for sharing and for the chance to win.

  10. Hmmmm……there are different ‘favorites’ and it all depends on the item being adhered to my card. Tombow Multi is the main one I use for adhering paper and such. For adhering ribbon, my fave is either glue dots or ‘two-sided’ tape, again, depending on the type of ribbon and/or design I wish to accomplish. And then there are the dimensionals! πŸ™‚ These I cut in half and/or fourths and spread them around. — HOWEVER….I LOVE YOUR IDEA OF USING FOAM SHEETS FOR LARGER AREAS that need ‘covered’….Thank You for this AH-MAZING idea! πŸ™‚

  11. ATG , Tombow Mono , Xyron runner, 3D foam tabs. I have some of foam stuff somewhere I think:) this really would be good to actually use it!

  12. I would love this giveaway. Your tips and the innovative way you use things I could never think of using always leaves me speechless.

  13. If I’m being forced to pick just ONE, I think I would have to say my favorite adhesive is Matte Multi Medium. just because it can be used for anything and you know it will stay put. Also I LOVE using craft foam for embellishments. I think my favorite is to use it with the Simon snowflake dies…I must have made dozens of foam snowflakes last year for Christmas cards! =)

  14. I love the big roll of foam tape, but I have been wanting to try the craft foam! Love your videos and tips!!

  15. The adhesive I use most is the Tombo permanent tape runner, but of course there are many types of adhesives and you can’t have just one! I also use lots of Stampin’ Up! dimensionals, and the Tombo Multi liquid glue is great for many things too.

  16. My most favorite adhesive is now the Multi Medium Matte finish by Ranger. I love that it doesn’t leave a film on my cards that I make. I’ve really enjoyed watching you create beautiful cards and love your technique and tips! Thanks for sharing your wealth of information on paper crafting!

  17. Jennifer, you’re the best! I am so grateful for you and all you share. I did follow your example and got some craft foam. And before I watched this video I cut it to size for my card fronts, as I do with much of my card stock. We hope you keep sharing with us for a long, long time. God bless you.

  18. Jennifer, I’m ecstatic that I found your blog!!! I have been looking for someone to “teach” me the techniques used in the card making videos on YouTube. I stumbled upon one of your videos and now I’m watching all the videos from the very beginning and taking notes! I do have a question, however. I seem to have a problem selecting cardstock that is the right weight. I have organized what cardstock I have according to its weight so I’ll know what to use as the base for my card. Most of my cardstock is 65#, which is what is sold in my area craft stores but it still feels a bit flimsy. I noticed you use Neenah 80# but one ream is a little expensive. Can you suggest any other brands? Thank you!

  19. Hmmm my favorite adhesive right now is my Tombow liquid glue..because I get a little wiggle room to position my piece exactly where I want it.. I do also love using paper tape, 3M foam tape and tombow tape runners.. they all have a spot in my arsenal! Always look forward to your videos because I learn new things and using foam behind my card front or to pop up sentiments etc is Genius! I also remember shrinky dinks way back in the day… I made a lot of flowers for flower power.. and I love that you can shrink the foam, I never would have thought to do that!!

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