Monday, November 11, 2013

Using Foam Board to Create Two Mixed Media Projects



Foam Board is an interesting product for the mixed media artist to utilize.  It is strong and lightweight, which makes it an interesting surface to work on.  I decided to create two different projects:  the first is a layered "clipboard" using shredded paper and a piece of black cloth that had been previously mono printed on a gelli plate.
Using a box cutter (or exacto knife) cut the foam cor to the desired size

I spread Yes! glue over the surface..

then scattered shredded paper over the glue

I used a piece of parchment paper to press the shredded paper onto the surface to assure good contact.

While the paper was drying, I glued my fabric onto the surface of a smaller cut of Foam Board.
I wrapped the fabric around to the back and glued into place. 


Once dry, I used Tacky Glue applied to the back of the small Foam Board panel
and seated the wrapped panel onto the center of the larger panel.




any shredded paper that was hanging over the edge of the Foam Board.

Finally, I glued this funky "alligator" clip to the surface.
The result is a funky note-holder that can be hung on the wall!




Next, I cut a piece of Foam Board to be just larger than a stenciled birthday card
and glued it into place.

On the back of the Foam Board, in the top center, I pressed a pop top from an aluminum can
into the foam to leave an indent.  Then, I glued it into place.

Foam Board Express comes in a nice variety of colors, so check them out:

Be sure to hop over to all the other participants in this fun blog hop:

Leave a comment and be eligible for these prizes.  The giveaway ends Thursday, November 14th at 11:59 PM CST.

Foam Board is giving away:

PRIZE PACKAGE: Foam Board Express would like to offer a package of five (5) of its 20-inch by 30-inch flat display foam boards, including one black foam board, one white foam board and three additional foam board sheets in colors chosen by the winner.  Color choices include:  green, red, yellow, dark blue, neon yellow, neon orange and neon pink. 

and 

StencilGirl is giving away:
Mary Beth's new DVD called: StencilGirl Mixed Media Sampler Journal!




51 comments:

  1. Gorgeous note holder, thanks for sharing!

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  2. Indeed as I am going along the blog hop I a ma amzed at what evrybody comes out with the foam board. Thanks for sharing.

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  3. What fun - I hadn't realised foam board was so versatile!
    Thanks!

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  4. Thanks for the info. Must now try using foam.

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  5. Great idea Leslie. I like the use of the shredded paper and that alligator is adorable!

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  6. Great projects, Leslie. Shredded paper... I would never think of that. Great hopping with you.

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  7. Cute alligator to top off your great project. xox

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  8. wonderful projects. So clever.

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  9. Love the idea of using shredded paper for texture! Great projects!
    Dianne West

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  10. The shredded paper idea is genius!

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  11. Nice work and some great tips. Love the use of the pop-top for a hanger.

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  12. Now I have something positive to do with that pesty paper shredder. Like the recycled pop top, too. Nothing like a project that is green in addition to creative!

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  13. AWESOME! Love how you did the shredded paper on top of the foam board then put the fabric wrapped piece in the center!!! That clip ROCKS!!! Such cool projects using the foam board! It is on my MUST HAVE list after seeing the different ways all of you used it!!! TFS!

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  14. Thank you for sharing your very creative ideas - love them!

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  15. How did you think of this? Cool. Thanks.

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  16. Very cute! I love your little note board.
    ...Raine

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  17. How neat! Very crafty!
    Was the foam board easy to cut
    with that blade?

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    1. Nancy, the foam cut easily, but was a bit rough at the edge. I think I will use an exacto knife for the next round. I sanded the edges a bit to even them out. Perhaps my blade was dull. In fact, I know it was!

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  18. I have a bazillion little shreds of paper and just can't make myself throw them away. Now I have an idea of what I can do with them!

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  19. Really liked both of your projects.I have just been amazed at the very different ideas all of you have had given the same materials

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  20. Oh love that soda tab idea! Brilliant!

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  21. Wonderful mixed media projects, Leslie! :)

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  22. Thanks, everyone! I hope you had fun hopping!

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  23. What a cool idea using the shredded paper. I wonder if this could translate to bits of fabric...hummm. thanks for the ideas.

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  24. Cute and clever! Like the mix of shredded paper, fabric, stenciling too!

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  25. Using the foam board was great, but using the pop can tab was simply brilliant. Love the alligator clip,too.

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  27. Cute ideas...not sure what the birthday card project was about??? I've learned through this blog hop just how versatile foam board is and I can't wait to try it! I love all of StencilGirl's stencils, of course :)

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  28. Wow - another amazing use of foam board.

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  29. Great projects. Love the shredded paper effect. tfs be blessed, Suzanne

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  30. Not only great projects but incredibly practical like with the pop tab hanger!

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  31. I am grateful for learning so many techniques using these stencils. This is so much fun.

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  32. Interesting - was the fabric stenciled?

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    1. Sandy, the black fabric was mono printed using (of all things!) a hand-made stamp created from tile separators and a toilet paper roll. I use fancy stuff…!

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  33. Love the creativity generated on this blog hop. I like the idea of using fabric or thread scraps instead of shredded paper. Endless ideas!!!

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  34. I'm not a quilter but your blog is inspiring. Love the clip board esp the alligator clip. I will have to try fabric on my gel plate and see where I can go from there..thanks for the inspiration, makes me want to run to the art room and get to work (or play),

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  35. Cool piece Leslie! thanks for sharing and hopping along!

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  36. I love how your two pieces show the diversity of using the foam board - and of course the stenciling makes it awesome!

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  37. As a community college adjunct instructor for graphic arts, I've been looking for an inexpensive way to hang foam core and/or illustration board besides the overpriced and fragile plastic/acrylic poster frames commonly available. Our students get to show their work in the "Hall Gallery" for feedback if they can hang it, but it's often out of their budget. Will have to try the impressed pop-top and glue mix. Thanks for all the ideas!

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  38. Great idea-I especially like what you did with the shredded paper!

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  39. there are an awesome project, thanks for share!!!

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  40. Very unique and original project!

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