Hi. It’s Nadya here with my first Joggles Design Team post. I have acquired several foam stamps over the years, but when I received the Joggles Foam Stamps I was intrigued! I have been trying to get myself to art journal more, so now was my chance.
Micron Pigma Pens – 0.005, 0.01, 0.03 – Black
Other: acrylic paints, paper cutter, white cardstock, journalling pen, tape runner, embossing powder
Monoprinting has been my passion lately, so it was natural that I would try out the foam stamps with my Gel Press Reusable Print Plate – 8”x 10”.
I started off with 3 colours of acrylic paints on the Gel Plate. I used a Speedball 2” Rubber Brayer to spread the paint in a smooth, blending fashion, until the gel surface was completely covered.
I then pressed the Wonky Layered Circles Foam Stamp onto the wet paint in a random fashion, making sure to press the newly transferred paint from the foam stamp onto scrap paper each time. This allowed the foam stamp to pick up more paint when it was stamped again on the gel plate. (If you are like me, you don’t waste that stamped image but use it on other journal pages, cardstock or on tags for later.)
The 8×10 inch gel plate fit perfectly onto my Small Dylusions Creative Journal so I carefully laid it onto a blank two page spread. I pressed on the plate making sure to get it into the crease between the pages.
Pulling the gel plate off, I had effectively transferred a monoprint into my art journal!
I then added blue & green acrylic paint to the plate but instead of mixing them, I kept them separate, thinking that I wanted a blue sky, green land layout. I stamped the Teardrops in the Round Foam Stamp into the blue paint and used the end of a paintbrush to make marks in the green. Then I once again layered it onto the art journal, making sure that the blue was on top.
Using my Ranger Inkssentials Mini Ink Blending Tool, I applied Tim Holtz Distress Paint – Black Soot to the Wonky Striped Border Foam Stamp.
I then stamped it on the edge between the blue and green. I envisioned this stamp as a row of houses.
I went back to Teardrops in the Round Foam Stamp and added Tim Holtz Distress Paint – Mustard Seed using the Dina Wakley Media 1/2”flat brush. I stamped it in the left top corner of the spread to make it look like the sun.
It did not stand out as much as I had intended so after I cleaned the foam stamp and let the page dry, I embossed to add some texture. I inked the Foam Stamp using an embossing pad and tried to position it back as closely to the original as I could (without fretting too much over it). I then sprinkled Ranger Clear Embossing Powder over the stamped image and tapped off the excess powder into its container. Using my Ranger Heat It Craft Tool, I melted the embossing powder.
Now is was time to play! Using my Micron Pigma Pens (0.005, 0.01, 0.03 in Black), I doodled in house peaks, windows & doors. To highlight, I used a Uni Ball Signo Broad – White on the roof, in the windows, and doors.
At this point, I knew I wanted to write below the village but the space looked a little too big. Using the Joggles Bubbles Foam Stamp, I stamped several images side by side on white cardstock using Jet Black Archival Ink.
I then cut 1/2 inch strips from the cardstock and glued them below the houses, leaving 1/2”spaces in between.
In the space below the houses, I used a great quote by Stephen Covey but started running out of room so I had to shorten it by a few words. I could have used typed words, rub-ons or stickers but I wanted to force myself to use my handwriting, hence the human error of running out of room!
Thank you for visiting. I really enjoyed using the Joggles Foam Stamps. I found they were quick and easy to use with minimal clean-up. I think my journal page turned out really well. What do you think?