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5 Ways: DIY Foam Stamps

Hello! Today I am sharing 5 ways to use DIY stamps made with craft foam and dies. It always amazes me how well craft foam stamps!

[All supplies are linked to multiple sources in the thumbnails at the end of this post. Multiple stores are also linked in the parentheses following the product name. Compensated affiliate links may be used at no cost to you.]

I enjoy die cutting as much as a do stamping. So anytime I can use my dies to make stamps, I am happy. I found that craft foam (THIS is the one I used and like) die cuts beautifully, and stamps beautifully. Here are five techniques using DIY stamps…

(1.) SHADOW LAYERING

One fun way to use DIY craft foam stamps is for layering. I especially like this for background dies.

Here, I used the Hero Arts Leaves & Vines Die (SSS | HA) to create a craft foam stamp for my background. I then die cut the same die from cardstock and offset the two a bit. This gives a shadow look. I also used the new Hero Arts Thanks a Bunch Monkeys Stamp Set (SSS | HA).

By the way, I used the fun Hero Arts Jungle Background Stamp (SSS | HA) to stamp the flap of my matching envelope.

Here is a variation… where I rotated the die cut and added it on top of the stamping.

(2.) REVERSE IMAGES

By creating a craft foam stamp, you can stamp with both sides. This means you can have a reverse image! There are many fun techniques you can do with mirror or reverse stamping, but I went for a subtle, layered look.

For my card, I die cut the Hero Arts Jungle Frame Die (SSS | HA) from craft foam and green cardstock. I stamped with the back of the craft foam die cut… then adhered the cardstock die cut on top. The sentiment is from the Hero Arts Huge Thanks Stamp Set (SSS | HA) and the elephant is from the Hero Arts My Monthly Hero June Kit. (More on that below.)

(3.) CREATE NEW SHAPES

After die cutting from craft foam, you can easily cut the foam to create new shapes.

For my example, I again used the Hero Arts Leaves & Vines Die (SSS | HA) to die cut from craft foam. I then trimmed three different individual leaf shapes from the background to use as smaller stamps. I added a simple sentiment from the Hero Arts Tiger Wisdom Stamp Set (SSS | HA) and a flamingo from the Hero Arts My Monthly Hero June Kit.

I am always impressed how well craft foam stamps. And it is great for blending ink colors, too.

(4.) COORDINATING LAYERS

You can create stamps from craft foam and coordinating dies for a layered look. This is fun for backgrounds!

Here, I used the coordinating dies for the Hero Arts Tropical Flowers Stamp Set (SSS | HA) to create stamps from craft foam. I stamped them with a light ink onto cardstock… and then stamped the actual stamps on top. I love this look for a fun background!

For my first card with this technique, I used green inks and added images from the oh-so-fun Hero Arts Hello Toucan Stamp Set (SSS | HA).

Such a clever sentiment!

For my second card, I stamped with the craft foam shapes with green ink on green cardstock. I then gold embossed the actual Hero Arts Tropical Flowers (SSS | HA) stamp images on top. I also added a leaf that I cut from a Hero Arts Leaves & Vines (SSS | HA) die cut and covered with gold embossing powder.

(5.) MATCHING BACKGROUNDS

Another fun technique is to create craft foam stamps from coordinating dies… and then using these stamps to create a background that matches the focal image.

This card features images from the Hero Arts Layering Palm Tree Stamp Set (SSS | HA). I stamped the coordinating craft foam stamp a few times to create a subtle background that matches the main palm tree. The sentiment is from the Hero Arts Thanks a Bunch Monkeys Stamp Set (SSS | HA).

These are just a few of the many ways you can so use craft foam stamps. I hope you give it a try!

HERO ARTS KIT

This post features the Hero Arts My Monthly Hero Kit. This kit is valued at  over $78 (!!!!)… but only costs $34.99! You can see all the details HERE. The kit is available for a limited time only – once it’s gone, it’s gone. And they sell out fast! The stamps and dies are not sold separately. (Remember that Hero Arts does have a subscription option with FREE US shipping and $9.99 international shipping in case you never want to miss out on a kit. Find out info HERE.)

Also, Hero Arts will donate 10% of the net profits from this kit to jungle habitat preservation through the World Wildlife Fund! (Inspired by them, I will also donate a portion of my affiliate sales from this post to WWF.)

HERE is the kit. All this is valued at over $78, but costs under $35…

There are also many great new products available that coordinate with the kit. Worth checking out! You can find them all HERE.

SUPPLIES

Want to find the products I used? I have listed them below. (Compensated affiliate links used at no cost to you. Thank you for your support! Affiliate and product disclosure can be found here. All products were personally purchased except the Hero Arts products which were received from the company with no expectation. As always, this post was NOT paid for or sponsored.) Click on the icons below each product picture to go to a favorite store.

Hero Arts My Monthly Hero June Kit
[ HA ]
Hero Arts Leaves Vines Die
[ HA | SSS ]
Hero Arts Jungle Frame Die
[ HA | SSS ]
Hero Arts Tropical Flowers Stamp Set
[ HA | SSS ]
Hero Arts Tropical Flowers DIes
[ HA | SSS ]
Hero Arts Thanks a Bunch Monkeys…
[ HA | SSS ]
Hero Arts Thanks a Bunch Monkeys Dies
[ HA | SSS ]
Hero Arts Layering Palm Tree Stamp Set
[ HA ]
Hero Arts Palm Tree Dies
[ HA | SSS ]
Hero Arts Huge Thanks Stamp Set
[ HA | SSS ]
Hero Arts Tiger Wisdom Stamp Set
[ HA | SSS ]
Hero Arts Hello Toucan Stamp Set
[ HA | SSS ]
Hero Arts Hello Toucan Dies
[ HA | SSS ]
Hero Arts Jungle Background Stamp
[ HA | SSS ]
Hero Arts Leafy Background Stamp
[ HA | SSS ]
Hero Arts Rectangle Infinity Dies
[ HA | SSS ]
White Craft Foam
[ SSS | AMZUS ]
MISTI Stamping Tool
[ SSS | ELH ]
Hero Arts Shadow Ink
[ HA | SSS ]
Spellbinders Platinum 6 Die Cut Machine
[ SSS | SPL ]
VersaMark Ink
[ SSS | HA | ELH ]
Anti Static Powder Bag
[ SSS | ELH ]
Hero Arts Heat Gun
[ HA | SSS | ELH ]
Gina K Connect Glue
[ SSS | GNK ]
Altenew Adhesive
[ SSS | ALTN ]


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52 thoughts on “5 Ways: DIY Foam Stamps”

  1. Oh wow, you taught me so much. I have never thought of making my own stamps from dies. And so many new techniques! THANK YOU SO SO SO MUCH.

  2. One of your best posts, ever. You are the queen and master of the stamping domain and the information presented here is the proof. Your vision and use of this stamp set is really outstanding!!

  3. I used this technique last weekend while crafting with a friend. She thought I was such a genius for using foam for stamps but I had to give you the credit. You’ve taught me almost everything I know.

  4. Awesome cards and great technique. My favorite card is the stunning background you made with the gorgeous Toucan on top.
    I wanted to make a card once and I didn’t have a stamp that matched it becauseI wanted leaves and one had to be bent to the left and another to the right. I also made them myself with a die remembering seeing an other video fromyou. I still use them because I usually use Distress ink and you can wipe that easely off with a baby wipe.
    Thank you so much for showing this great inspiration.

  5. Jennifer, your cards are beautiful and I love this technique. I learn so much from you. I can hardly wait for my Hero Arts monthly kit to come so I can play. Thanks.

  6. I love this idea and another great use for all those expensive dies that we purchase. You are amazing!!!!!

  7. WOW, this was AWESOME!! So much one can do with this new HA Monthly Kit. I am subscribed to them, and was very excited to see this June one ~ GREAT for Grandkid (ages 1.5 to 4 yrs) cards. They LOVE getting cards! I went online and got a bunch of the coordinating stamps & dies and backgrounds for this set. This will be great fun, and can maybe even get the 4 yr old grand involved in making some cards with the foam cutouts. Thanks so much Jennifer for another of your fabulous ideas blogs/videos.

  8. I have wanted to try making my own foam stamps. Thank you for making it doable. Hope you are having a great summer.

  9. Thanks so much for another informative video. This is a great technique. Your cards are very pretty. When I first saw the leaf background die I thought it would look great cut apart, so thanks for doing that.

  10. Such cute cards! What a great idea!! Your creativity never ceases to amaze me. Thanks for all the ideas and the great videos!!

  11. The foam cuts really add pizazz to this darling kit! Your instructions are so helpful and appreciated. I think the set of monkeys and the background vine die is coming to my house soon

  12. The leaves are perfect for a jungle card with wild animals. Great job on all of the cards. I’ve learned a lot.

  13. How clever! I’ve heard of using foam but not with dies. My mind was racing with which of my dies I can use for this. The cards, as always, are beautiful. This release is so much fun. TFS!

  14. I’ve die cut fun foam for stamping before, but you’ve given me so many new ideas, I’m going to have to give it another go! As always, your cards and techniques are inspiring.

  15. Brilliant ideas to make stamps with dies! And your cards are just rich with greens, my favorite color!

  16. Gorgeous cards! Such a very informative video ….
    Thanks so much for sharing your wonderful creativity.

  17. Jennifer,
    All your tips on making stamps from the dies are tremendous. I just love that new Layered Palm tree stamp set from Hero Arts. Using the foam stamps to make the background of yours cards is a great idea also keeps to cost down because the foam is so inexpensive. Thank you again for your great tips.

  18. These cards are absolutely wonderful. I would not have thought to use the dies on craft foam for stamping. Thank you for the inspiration.

  19. Wow Jennifer you’ve blown this out of the ball park. Soooo many ideas, I dont know how you do it, but month after month you show is how to make our stash go further…A LOT FURTHER 😃. All 5 of your ideas are just fantastic as are all the cards you’ve done (but that’s nothing new lol)
    Thankyou once again for sharing your talent with us all again. xxx

  20. WOW! What a fantastic video! So many creative ideas. My head is spinning but in a good way. I don’t know how you keep creating such wonderful cards using such fun techniques but I’m glad you do. 🙂

  21. Cool! I’ve used DIY foam stamps before but I had no idea you could do so many different things with them. Thanks for this, it has inspired me to get out my dies and make some stamps!

  22. Awesome cards! Fantastic idea to turn dies into stamps! You are so clever! I will be trying this! i really love the elephant card!

  23. Oh, Jennifer! Just watching your fun and informative videos inspire me to work hard to get on my feet again! Thank you!

  24. As usual Jennifer you come up with some really great ideas! Your cards are all such fun! I like those ideas of die cutting the foam and using it in different ways.

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