Foam stamps are an interesting alternative to traditional rubber stamps. As the name suggests they are formed from foam and not from rubber or acrylic. Foam is a softer material than rubber, which means that foam stamps are better suited to bold and distinctive rather than intricate designs. Foam stamps are often used with paints, although many are suitable for use with inks.
Features of Foam Stamps
- Cheaper to buy than rubber stamps
- Good for large, bold designs
- Easy to use
- Lightweight stamps ideal for use by children
Foam stamps can be purchased from rubber stamping and craft stores as well as from online retailers, who offer a good range at low costs.
About Foam Stamps
The principles of foam stamps are exactly the same as rubber stamps and that is the shape or die is used to create the image and this is attached to a pad or base. Unlike rubber stamps, foam stamps often do not have a cushion or pad as the construction of the die allows the pressure to be dispersed evenly through the stamp. The base or pad of a foam stamp can be made from many different materials, although a firm foam base is most common. Foam stamps can also be found attached to clear acrylic sheets.
Foam Stamps for Children
Foam stamps are popular with children. The soft construction is ideal for small hands and the large bold shapes are relatively easy to stamp. These are ideal first stamps for youngsters although not suited to very young children. Many manufacturers market their stamps as being suitable for children over the age of 3. The wide choice of foam stamps available include alphabet stamps which are great fun for stamping words on greeting paper or book covers. Alphabet stamps are also a fun way to help youngsters learn to spell.
Using Foam Stamps With Paint
Foam stamps are ideal for use with paints. The bold shapes of foam stamps mean that they can be used with different paints as well as inks. Paints can be applied using a paint brush, dipping the stamp into a saucer of paint or a brayer.
Paint is thicker than inks and can block up the recesses of intricate rubber or clear stamps. This is less of a problem with foam stamps making them ideal for stamping onto walls, painting garden pots, stamping larger surfaces etc. Thick paints form a texture as the stamp is pulled away from the page. This texture is attractive and can feature as part of the overall design.
Other Ways of Using Foam Stamps
Foam stamps can be used with inks, although some inks may stain the surface of the stamp. Staining does not matter however it is important to keep stamps clean otherwise dried ink will spoil the next project. Foam stamps can also be used with specialty paints and dyes such as fabric or glass paints.
Making Your Own Foam Stamps
It is very easy to make your own foam stamps and this is an ideal way to create your own custom designs. Craft foam can be cut into any shape and attached to a base. There is also a wide range of foam pre-cut foam shapes available in craft and toy stores that would adapt well. To turn a foam shape into a stamp the shape needs to be adhered to a firm base. Corks, pieces of acrylic packaging, spice jars and empty embossing powder jars are just a few of the items that would work well as a base for a hand made foam stamp.
Caring for Foam Stamps
Foam stamps need a little care to ensure that they continue to give reliable results. Here are some tips for looking after your stamps:
- Do not leave foam stamps to soak in water, it may loosen the glue
- Take extra care storing foam stamps, the surface can easily be damaged or distorted
- Do not use chemical cleaners on foam stamps (unless the instructions specifically say otherwise).