SOF '12 Craftfoam Challenge
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Posted: 8/30/2012 1:57:30 PM
I'm making this thread the 'official' one. That means you will link your entries here.

Check you stash or look in stores for craftfoam. I'm definitely using it in my SOF challenge.

Unlikely you'll find it in your recycles, but it's not super expensive. You can find shapes & sheets in craft, drug & grocery stores--as well as online.

Unfamiliar with what CF is? It looks like rubber, but it's not. Comes in sheets & shapes & often found in Kids Craft aisles.

Questions welcome, but not gonna tell you what my challenge will be. Update: Challenge Blog


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Posted: 8/30/2012 3:33:57 PM
This sounds like fun! I've done stamping on this before, really cool results!

I have purchased mine at the dollar store before( and have seen it there recently). It comes in a multicolor pack of sheets that are 4x6 or 5x7. I think i have even seen it at the drug stores and target. Like Daniel said its typically located on the kids craft section.


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Posted: 8/30/2012 3:45:10 PM
Will it actually say the words "craftfoam"? Or does it go by a different name?


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Posted: 8/30/2012 4:28:57 PM
Sounds fun, Daniel!

Melissa, it should be called either Craft Foam, or sometimes I see it as Fun Foam or just Foam Sheets. I think they are about 8.5" by 11", usually and they are only about 1/8" thick.



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Posted: 8/30/2012 8:21:48 PM
Check! Fun foam in my stash. Sounds interesting!



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Posted: 8/30/2012 9:04:02 PM
I have a ton if anyone needs some! What size will we need?



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Posted: 8/30/2012 9:17:00 PM
If I can find it in DS's room or wherever he put it, I have a bunch.


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Posted: 8/30/2012 10:22:22 PM
I have some. You can find it most anywhere -- Wal-Mart and craft stores.

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Posted: 8/31/2012 9:25:38 AM
WI Kathy. Can't (not won't) provide you with size. Can only say I'm not planning to require tons & shapes will also work for what I have in mind, but having a few pieces of sheet foam will give you more wiggle room--maybe...


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Posted: 8/31/2012 10:42:37 AM
Something I remembered... You may find adhesive-backed foam. I would avoid it unless its your only option.

It will work, but requires extra handling 'cause of the sticky backing.


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Posted: 8/31/2012 11:42:32 AM
LOL Daniel!

Well as I said, I have lots and lots of colors so I should be ok!



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Posted: 9/2/2012 12:00:46 AM
Will white colored CF be better? Or should I plan on using my favorite colors?

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Posted: 9/2/2012 10:01:15 AM
Furry. The answer is "yes". Seriously... Whatever you want to use for your foam will be fine--colors, sheets, shapes.

I will say this much. I find having sheet foam very useful--even if I'm using shapes (precut) in my creations. And I probably wouldn't choose black or dk. brown as my 'only' foam color(s).

HTH.


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Posted: 9/4/2012 8:38:58 AM
OK, I've got cf! Now if I can just keep track of it 'til the event!
Couldn't we just start NOW???

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Posted: 9/17/2012 12:12:43 PM
LOL, Marshia! Just for you (& a few otherswho might want to play around with craftfoam before SOF), I went thru my gallery--page-by-page--& found projects that include craftfoam.

Fair warning! These go all the way back to '06 when I joined & don't always provide info about 'how I did it'. That said, I'll try to add a comment where it seems appropriate.

Huge TY to Daria for linking this thread on the SOF'12 Master Thread!

nibbled arch Didn't stamp, emboss or heatshrink the foam.

foam inchie

dragonflys I used pre-cut foam shapes.

frog prince

dragon brooch

dragon bookmark

confection

The 2 remaining projects include 'altered' chenille stems along with the foam pieces. Although altered chenille will not be part of my SOF challenge, I thot you might find it interesting since I use a heat tool to alter the stem from fuzzy to 'flocked'...

may basket

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Posted: 9/17/2012 2:44:30 PM
Cool examples, Daniel. I love the ones with the pipe cleaners.

Here's a link to the pieces I made using your tutorial some time ago:
Craft Foam Three Ways

And a card using one of the flowers.

This is going to be a fun challenge.

Daria

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Posted: 9/17/2012 3:22:28 PM
Bless your heart (& memory), Daria! I knew I'd done a post/thread or three about using craftfoam, but don't often find it easy to research on 2Ps. And frankly I'm often on to the next whatever by the time someone asks about an old (for me) topic.

Folks. Take note of what Daria did & read her comments. Filled with another's experience!

I'm not going to do a link to the older CF thread 'cause Daria's works just fine.

Might start a thread about working with chenille--stems, bumps, loopy--since 'altering' with heat is very much like shrinking CF.


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Posted: 9/17/2012 4:16:40 PM
Did I miss what type of ink to use for craft foam? Is it mostly stazon?


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Posted: 9/18/2012 10:17:23 AM
I mostly use StazOn for the actual stamping on CF, Marshia. But I've used other inks--pigment & dye. They take special handling. Don't really want to get into explaining them at the moment.

Here's another bit of info, tho'. The 'dragon brooch' reminded me. If you want to use (& keep) a stamp-embossed piece of CF, you cannot shrink it. Seems obvious to me, but realize it may not be to others. To make the egg I had to heat-soften the foam & not reheat it so the embossed pattern would erase.


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Posted: 9/18/2012 1:13:47 PM
Great projects Daniel and Daria

I know I have Funfoam in my stash...what don't I have in my stash, lol.

Looking forward to seeing what you come up with on your challenge Daniel

Tracy



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Posted: 9/18/2012 5:49:23 PM

I knew I'd done a post/thread or three about using craftfoam, but don't often find it easy to research on 2Ps.

I hear that!

I recently discovered one thing that works well, and that's searching in individual galleries. If you go to a person's gallery and click on View all this Member's projects, and then do a search in current results in the left side bar, you can find what you're looking for.

It only took me how many years to see that?

Try it. Go to your gallery and search for craft foam and see what pops up.

Daria


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Posted: 9/18/2012 9:23:59 PM
Great samples, Daniel! This will be fun!

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Posted: 10/11/2012 2:42:44 PM
Have fun...


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Posted: 10/11/2012 10:15:19 PM
Oh poops, I have black craft foam...oh well, I'll look through my pile of stuff and see if I have any other colour, if not, I'll try to pick up a piece in a different colour.

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Posted: 10/12/2012 8:47:53 AM
LOL, GC! Yeah, black foam might not be the easiest color, but you could stamp with white ink/paint or heat emboss with white EP . 'Course heat-embossing CF can be tricky. And if you decide to stamp with paint, yellow might work, too.


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Posted: 10/12/2012 8:56:20 AM
Ha, I found my white craft foam. Now where the heck did I put the stamp I wanted to use?


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Posted: 10/13/2012 9:56:04 PM
I picked up a couple of small pieces in other colours so I'm good to go.

Now to go back and read the details again, before I start in and discover that I'm contravening the guidelines.

ETA: WOW, there are practically no guidelines... I should be able to come up with something within the rules.

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Posted: 10/14/2012 11:58:28 AM
does all craftfoam shrink alike? I tried some today and it shrunk some but didn't have the bumpy texture I have seen on the pieces Daniel has shared. I wonder if I didn't shrink it enough or if my foam just might not do that?

Thanks!


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Posted: 10/14/2012 12:03:04 PM
I'm just guessing, but while you are waiting for an answer from the man himself...I think Daniel often uses a stamp with texture to add that bumpy surface, I think he has mentioned that, when the foam is still warm, he presses a texture stamp against it and leaves it there till the foam cools.

If Daniel is busy crafting and doesn't get back to you soon you could give that a try.

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Posted: 10/14/2012 3:02:37 PM
Well I got out my craft foam. It is actually 'Puffy Foam' for use in machine embroidery. But it should work the same I hope.

I have 12 colors in my pack! And 2 different thicknesses. I am first using the 2mm thickness. I stamped a red rose image onto pink foam. Next to try and shrink it! It stamped beautifully.



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Posted: 10/14/2012 3:56:09 PM
Finished my piece. It combines Daniel's Craftfoam challenge and his Past and Present Challenge. That should have made it a time saver but it took me an hour to find the pumpkin stamp that I needed to comply with the Past part of the other challenge.
On a positive note, the search did turn up a couple of other cool things I haven't seen for a while.
I used white and black craft foam. Stamped on the white with black and on the black with white but since I didn't want to end up with white bats I used black EP to give a slightly shinny finish and hide the white ink.

Present Foamy bookmark

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Posted: 10/14/2012 5:49:41 PM
Gardencat, your black tags look wonderful. I just re-read the description so I think that you stamped two sides for one bookmark. Right? I love the way the pumpkin glows. Did you color with white beneath the orange so it would stand out?

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Posted: 10/14/2012 7:28:27 PM
Yes, Daria, I stamped the bookmark on both sides.

The Pumpkin side was the first and in my mind the 'front' but I didn't like the back being completely plain so I did a design on that too.

The pumpkin and the little ghost were stamped on white and then cut out and attached to the bookmark, that is why I was able to get parts of the pumpkin that brighter orange, that I never could have managed stamping directly on black.

My first thought was to pop-dot the pumpkin to make it stand out more, but then I realized that was probably not going to work too well for a bookmark so I just attached them both flat.

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Posted: 10/14/2012 7:36:17 PM
Thank you, Gardencat, for explaining. That explains the glow! LOL.

I've used colored pencils on black cardstock, and I was surprised to see that some colors work very well on it, and coloring with white first really helps some colors to pop, but I never got anything to glow that way.

I agree about not using pop-dots on a book mark; I never use anything that might make an impression on the book pages.

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Posted: 10/15/2012 9:43:39 AM
Heidi. GC got it correct. CF doesn't get 'bumpy' unless you add texture when it's still soft from heating--or by adding EP like GC did (very cool)

GC! You went above & beyond--Thank you so much for sharing pics of the stamps & so much how-to! As I said in my praise to you--I am sooo inspired by what you've done!

A quick question... Is the tree a diecut or stamp? I would love to own it either way!

And here's another way to play with CF... Cut a strip of CF (about 1/4" wide). Wrap it in a spiral around a thin kitchen skewer, chopstick or pencil. Secure both ends & heat-shrink the CF. Slide it off & you have permanent curls of CF. Tighter the spiral wrap; the tighter the curl.

Watch for more CF tips as we continue to play this week!


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Posted: 10/15/2012 11:42:07 AM
Thanks for the explanations! I need to reassess my plan for this


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Posted: 10/15/2012 12:48:59 PM
My CF tip is to make sure when heating CF that it's on a heat-resistant surface!

I am sure everyone knows this and I did too----I just didn't know that my mat I was using wasn't heat resistant! This was months ago when playing with heating CF----I totally melted the cutting mat in two places that I used to use for crafting. It's kinda warped now....but that's ok b/c I have a Ranger craft mat now that I love and can heat up to my heart's content (I'm sure there's a stopping point to that too though...).


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Posted: 10/15/2012 1:05:48 PM
LOL, Melissa! Since I'm already 'warped', I appreciate the tip! Here's another... If you do the heat CF on a glossy surface like a magazine or phonebook (my fave) & press, the CF often picks up a gloss, too.


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Posted: 10/15/2012 1:08:19 PM
Loving all of these tips! Keep em coming!

Has anyone used crayons or gelatos on craftfoam before?

I'm currently working on my entry and really like how its coming together!


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Posted: 10/15/2012 1:09:28 PM
The green tree, on the back of the bookmark,is a stamp. It is one of the Michael's Recollections halloween series put out this year. If you would like, I can check if they have any left. It might be gone because they had a sale of 40% off all stamps last week and the halloween ones were going fast. I'll look next time I go by and send it to you if they have any left.

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Posted: 10/15/2012 7:19:13 PM
Here's mine. 8 in 1

I really had fun playing with the craftfoam. Thanks Daniel for getting me to try something new.



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Posted: 10/15/2012 8:35:15 PM
I went to the store and bought some craft foam just for you, Daniel!
The block behind the phrase is die cut from craft foam.
Recycling Matters

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Posted: 10/16/2012 9:40:45 AM
I'm enjoying all your entries!

LOL, 'Sagebrush'! Love your entry, but... I don't see any stamping on your craftfoam & that's a 'must' for my challenge--actually the only one.

Any chance you can add stamping to the foam?


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Posted: 10/16/2012 9:44:44 AM
Another way to play with CF...

Cut 3 narrow strips of CF & make a flat braid. I use paper clips to secure the top & bottom of the braid.

Heat the braid to soften & press with a stamp (inked or not) to add pattern to the braid.


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Posted: 10/17/2012 12:45:19 AM
Now I remember why I am "allergic" to craft foam.

This was really hard. I tired versamark with Perfect Pearls but most of it flaked off. Then I heated the foam and stamped with pigment ink, but it was too blue, although it did have texture. That gave me the idea to rub a Platinum Brilliance ink pad over it, then I had to clear emboss over that because the pigment ink wasn't drying. Oh, and did I mention I had to fussy cut the darn snowflake too!

Anyway here is the result. It also met three other challenges too (Let it Snow, Saturday Sketch and Small Packages)

Winter Wishes


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Posted: 10/17/2012 10:36:03 AM
LOL, 'Sophi'! Despite the allergy ya done good! Thanks for playing!


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Posted: 10/17/2012 1:12:03 PM
I finished the challenge! Yay! I've never stamped on craftfoam before.
Check it out here.

Thanks Daniel for hosting this fun challenge.


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Posted: 10/17/2012 6:34:20 PM
Okay Daniel, you hooked me into trying the 3-piece flatbraid. What fun!
I used clip clothespins to hold it together as I heated it and that worked fine. Perhaps next time I will cut more off of the ends since they are not as flat...and use it across the short side.
Stamping the snowman was fun too and brought back memories of earlier stamping times.

Here is my card.
Thanks for the fun times!



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