Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Fun Foam & the Masculine Dilemma

Hello!

Today, I'd like to share with you one of my favorite new layouts for my thank you card sets, but I first want to take a look at dimensional adhesives. I love adding dimension to my cards, but I am always concerned that adding pearls or popping a piece up with foam dots will only ruin my card if/when they get torn up when mailed. I was so excited last week when Jennifer McGuire of www.jennifermcguireink.com posted a video on using foam adhesive versus sheets of fun foam. Since watching this helpful video, I have completely abandoned my formerly beloved foam dots and have been solely using fun foam cut to the exact shapes and sizes I need for my cards.  I like how thin the foam is and how much easier it is to work with. I have always wondered whether or not the adhesive on foam dots will hold up well over time. When I use my own foam, however, I know exactly what adhesive to use in order to get a strong bond between my paper and my dimensionals. I have been using the Tombow Mono Multi Glue, and so far it has worked flawlessly!




I have really been enjoying this new layout. I begin by taking a sheet of patterned paper and cutting it down to 5.25" x 4" and adhering it to my card base. I then add faux stitching with a gel pen that matches a color found in the paper. After I do this, I like to take a piece of cardstock that matches my card base and cut it into a strip that measures 4.25" x 1.5". I like to cut the bottom section of the strip into a banner, but you could leave it as a rectangle and it would look good! I then dry emboss the strip with some kind of embossing folder with a sharp geometric pattern.

Here's where the sheets of fun foam comes into play! I cut a strip of fun foam out that is .25" narrower than the cardstock strip and adhere it to the back. It gives the cardstock banner an even, yet raised appearance and is the perfect way to add dimension to a card without having to worry about pieces getting crushed in or torn. 

After I do this, I punch out a scalloped circle out of the patterned paper I used previously. Before adhering it to the banner, I like to stamp the small thanks circle stamp from Simon Says Stamp's Many Thanks stamp set on a piece of cardstock. I can use a 5/8" circle punch to cut it out exactly! I adhere this sentiment to the scalloped circle and then adhere the entire circle to the banner. Although the sentiment is small, it is so cute and looks great on so many different patterns!

I often find myself panicking when I have to send a guy a thank you or birthday card and have no masculine cards made! I tend to make very girly cards with butterflies and flowers and embellishments that guys wouldn't typically like. One of the things I really like about this layout and this stamp is that it works great for both feminine and more masculine cards. The paper collection I used for this set had a great plaid paper that works well for masculine cards, so I made sure to make one! 



I hope you enjoyed this blog post! Thank you so much for checking out my blog.

If you would like to check out Jennifer McGuire's video on foam adhesive, the link is below!



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