This class was a lot of fun! I enjoy using stencils and have done some of these techniques that Laurel Beard discusses, but there are some that I’m looking forward to putting into action. One of her techniques was stamping with a stencil which is as simple as it sounds… put some ink onto a stencil and then press it down onto your cardstock. Well, I wanted to take this idea and change it up a bit!

I’d been hearing a lot about this new tool… the stamping foam! This is just a game changer! To use a stamping foam, you heat up the foam with your heat gun for about 10-15 seconds. Then you immediately press the foam onto the tool you want to use for your project - a stencil, die, embossing folder or even a stamp! You’ll find that the negative space from your product is now raised for you to ink up. For this project, I wanted to use this beautiful Leaf Bed Stencil from Altenew. It is just a beautiful background design for any card project. When you press the stencil into the stamping foam, however, you’re still going to have the same space accented just as you would with using the stencil itself as originally designed. 

I am in love with this color pattern and has been my go-to for many of my projects. I used an ombre pattern of Altenew’s Orange Cream, Autumn Blaze, and Firebrick. I just rubbed the ink pads directly onto the foam until I got the color intensities that I wanted. At this point, you’re supposed to spray a very light mist of water onto the foam to get the inks ready for the press onto your paper. But, honestly, I forgot to do that and I think I’m glad I did! I love the way the colors turned out! 

Typically, when inking up the stamping foam, you want to rub the inks over it with a light touch, otherwise you’ll end up with ink getting into the valleys of the foam. But for this project, it’s exactly what I wanted! As you can see in this picture, the leaf images from the stencil still have color on them but not as much as you find in the negative space. It just gives the leaf pattern a very subtle coloring.

I wanted to dress up the edging of the stamped rectangle, so I lined the edges with an embossing pen and then sprinkled and heat-set the gold embossing powder. I just loved the shine and punch that the border has given this image. I then used Firebrick to ink up the sentiment from Altenew’s Never Stop Dreaming Craft Your Life Project Kit. I wanted the word “never” to stand out a bit, so I first put embossing ink on the stamp before I inked it with the Firebrick ink. This allowed the embossing ink to be on the top of the word once I stamped it on the card. I immediately covered and heat-set the word “never” and it was exactly the contrast I wanted to the rest of the sentiment.

I wanted to clean up my stamping foam, but realized it still had enough ink on it to try for a 2nd generation stamp… and it worked as you can see in this “You are incredible” card! It’s a very light display of the stencil image, but it’s a great compliment to the first card. Again, I used Firebrick to ink up the sentiment from the same project kit. I attached it to a piece of brown cardstock and cut down a couple strips of gold washi tape on either side of the stamped image. I then attached this complete brown layer to a white card base. Just like that… card number 2 is done!

At this point, I sprayed the stamping foam to get it clean and noticed that the ink was revived a bit! Well, we can’t waste that ink so I pressed that foam onto another piece of cardstock! This gave the brightest coloring of all three projects, and that would be due to the misting of the water on the foam before I pressed it. However, it makes the ink run a bit giving a messy watercolor look. It gives a completely different look to the stamped image! I used the die from this Project Kit to cut out the backing for the Firebrick inked “We believe in you” sentiment! I wasn’t quite sure how to finish out the project but then I remembered the Angled Mosaic 3D Embossing Folder from Altenew that I’d been wanting to try. Oh my word! This folder is incredible and it just popped out the most amazing background design that allowed my colored layer to stand out. 

My stamping foam was now able to be used for all 3 projects. I was just amazed at how well the stencil image remained in the foam and held the ink so well. I used the heat gun once again to hover over the foam and let the heat basically erase the embossed image. Now it’s ready to go for more magic!

I know this was a long post, but I was just so excited to share these multiple projects with you! Please be sure to let me know if you have any questions about what I’ve presented and share with me any projects you might do using this technique!

God bless!


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Leaf Bed Stencil by Altenew

Stamping Foam by Simon Hurley
Warm & Cozy Crisp Dye Ink collection by Altenew

Die and sentiments from Craft Your Life Project Kit: Never Stop Dreaming by Altenew

Gold Foil 1 inch Washi Tape from Altenew

Angled Mosaic 3D Embossing Folder by Altenew Clear Double Sided Adhesive by


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Thursday 14th April 2022

Love the color, Tammy. I can feel by reading this post that you really enjoyed this class and the process too!! I hope all the classes are like this for you :)
Thank you so much for your submission.

Wednesday 13th April 2022

Wow, love - this is really amazing! Your photos are absolutely incredible. Very professional.

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