Foam stamps and paint. That was my assignment for Education Week. I have to admit, I was pretty stumped about this one – I am definitely not the most creative or artistic MM designer…but I’m also not one to back down from a challenge.
Since this was a challenge for me, I decided to just sit back and play – without a plan, without a sketch, without an idea – just play. Can I just say that I need to do this more often?!? Here’s what I did.
1. I love the Simply Fabulous letters, but didn’t want to use these particular colors…so I attached the letters to my background paper and …
2. …painted over them! I used them as a mask. I painted three good heavy coats of deep coral paint and let it dry.
3. Since I was also supposed to incorporate foam stamps, I decided to use this paisley from the Easter set, along with a little bit of manila paint and stamp right over the top of my letters.
4. I also painted around the edges of my background paper, then I washed out my foam brushes while I waited for everything to dry.
5. Next, I carefully peeled up the letters (they came off beautifully and evenly, without a single tear).
6. I wasn’t so sure about the masked area on my page, but I LOVED the way the letter stickers looked now. Ultimately, I opted to use both sets on my page.
7. In keeping with the “play” theme, I added some more fun patterned papers, stickers, and ribbons – then used some rare photos of me playing with my little guys!
8. I ended up with a page that I am satisfied with…but even more importantly, it jump-started my creativity and got my mind rolling. Sometimes pulling out some of our lesser-used tools can be a very, very good thing!
Now I’ll challenge you – pull out your foam stamps and paints and see what you come up with. Post your project in our gallery or share a link here!
Have fun PLAYING!!