Sunday 20 May 2012

Foamboard die-cuts & Steampunk Card

I found a huge A1 sheet of foamboard for £2.99 in "The Works" this week, and have had some fun playing with it. It's hard to cut with scissors, but easy with a craft knife. The first thing I tried was to slice off a 6" strip. Just the right width for a die-cutting machine, and trying it out I found I was able to cut it pretty successfully using the Sizzix Bigz dies. The great thing about foamboard is that it squashes nearly flat in the machine, then springs out to full thickness once it's passed through, so once you've got the die started in the machine it goes through easily.

"Foamboard diecuts"

These are a good 4mm thick and make a great, cheap alternative to chipboard. You can either cut thin paper diecuts to decorate and stick them on top, or decorate them directly using alcohol inks or picket fence distress ink plus colours on top, or in any number of ways. The gears and weathered clock diecuts above have been dabbed with Adirondack gold mixative, the globe & bird were decorated with distress inks. So, once you have your diecuts, what do you do with them?

"Steampunk Parallel World"

These foamboard Townscape & Gadget Gear diecuts were used to add some dimension to a steampunk card. The background is inked with distress inks and overstamped in the same colours with a couple of the stamped images brushed with Perfect Pearls for a little added shine.

"Foamboard Townscape"

The townscape diecut was first dabbed with Pearl mixative to lighten the background colour and give a metallic sheen, then different colours of alcohol inks were dabbed onto each house. The black foamboard background makes the colours quite dark and leaves the houses looking brilliantly grimy and grungy. Mixed colours were dabbed onto the bottom edge.


The sentiment and main image were stamped in black archival ink and heat embossed in clear.

"Main image"

The mad professor was decorated with distress markers and watch parts adhered to add some dimension to the transportation contraption. My big thanks to my very talented friend Lee aka Craftyloops for the brilliant bag of watch parts she sent me, they are fabulous! Apologies for the reflection in the photographs, the light is sadly lacking today.


This side-on view shows all that yummy dimension from the foamboard diecuts.

Sizzix Bigz Dies, including Tim Holtz' Gadget Gears
Sizzix On the Edge Dies, including Tim Holtz' Townscape
Sizzix Originals Dies
Paper Artsy Hot Picks stamp set HP1106
Technique Tuesday stamp set: Get in Gear
Distress Inks & Markers: various colours
Adirondack Alcohol Inks and Pearl & Gold Mixatives
Archival Ink: Jet Black
embossing powder: Stampendous Detail Clear
watch parts
Adhesives: Pinflair dimensional glue, glossy accents, PVA

Entered for the following challenge:
Hotshot Crafts - Diecuts
Stempelssone - Headgear
Do You Stack Up? - Landscapes
Paperplay challenges - Destruction
Just Keep on Creating - Anything Goes
Truly Scrumptious - Anything Goes
Simon Says Stamp and Show - Anything Goes


  1. Great idea for dimensional elements using foamboard! The Design Team are really pleased that you joined us for the Simon Says Stamp and Show Challenge this week - Thank you!

  2. Great steampunk. What a wonderful idea.. glad it worked and didn't destroy your Sizzix!!!

  3. Na das nenn ich doch mal eine ausgefallene Kopfbedeckung! :-)

    Klasse Karte!

    Danke für deine Teilnahme an der Stempelsonnenchallenge.

    LG Dreja

  4. Very unique! Thanks for sharing this technique with us at DYSU!

  5. It's a so funny card with the mechanic as Headgear!
    Thanks for playing with us at Stempelsonnenchallenge.
    XOXO Michi

  6. Very cool! Love the dimension-the foam board was a great idea. Thanks for joining us at DYSU.

  7. Finde ich auch eine geniale Idee.

    Vielen Dank für die Teilnahme an der Stempelsonnenchallenge.

    LG Tina

  8. Wow what a creation. Great idea to use foamboard - love the distressing. Thanks so much for joining us on Paperplay Challenges this week.

  9. Wow Maddy, these look fantastic. And the details in the dies cut out perfectly. I love how the project turned out and the watch pieces look brilliant. And that row of houses looks incredible in the foam. Love it. Lee x

  10. Another work of art, how do you come up with all these great ideas. Love and hugs Kathy xx

  11. Klasse Karte.
    Vielen Dank für die Teilnahme an der Stempelsonnenchallenge.


  12. such an eclectic and artistic card, I just love it. All the texture really stands out beautifully.

    Thanks so much for sharing your creation at Anything goes, Just keep on creating, I hope you will continue to play along. Sorry about the the delay in leaving my comment I have been overseas and then got sick, I will be announcing the winners and will have the next challenge up asap :)


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