SAF 2015: Unconventional Materials Challenge

Are you all hanging in there? Stamp-a-faire 2015 is so much fun and inspirational. The unconventional challenge is all about using non-crafty materials to make a design, all the while not really knowing you are using it. I visited my local hardware store and stared down just about every aisle trying to find something to use. This was definitely a challenge and really got me out of my design comfort zone. What on EARTH could I purchase in here to use other than paint card chips, which are free?! I was at a loss.

hardware receipt

I saw some foam panel boards in the insulation aisle and thought, that looks like something I could use to add dimension, so I bought it. I didn’t realize what would happen after I returned home and started using the foam panel board. Keep reading to see!

Project by Ashley Cannon Newell for Papertrey Ink + Stamp-a-faire 2015 (August 2015) #AshleyCannonNewell #PapertreyInk #PaperSuite #Stampafaire (Graceful Greetings)

I used a large piece of the foam panel behind the patterned paper panel on my card. Instead of using foam adhesive squares, circles, or pieces, I used a large foam panel for a seamless dimension.

The foam panel board is essentially sheets of styrofoam.

Project by Ashley Cannon Newell for Papertrey Ink + Stamp-a-faire 2015 (August 2015) #AshleyCannonNewell #PapertreyInk #PaperSuite #Stampafaire (Graceful Greetings)

You can’t see it because it’s dimension for the card.

Project by Ashley Cannon Newell for Papertrey Ink + Stamp-a-faire 2015 (August 2015) #AshleyCannonNewell #PapertreyInk #PaperSuite #Stampafaire (Graceful Greetings)

A peek to how it looks at an angle. Those times when you need extra height, you can use foam panel boards or styrofoam. It works great! You just need to add adhesive, like you would to your cardstock.

Supplies

Stamps: Graceful Greetings

Ink: Versamark

Cardstock: True Black

Dies: Graceful Greetings

Patterned Paper: Mood Mix

Other: white embossing powder, black twine

Project by Ashley Cannon Newell for Papertrey Ink + Stamp-a-faire 2015 (August 2015) #AshleyCannonNewell #PapertreyInk #PaperSuite #Stampafaire (Cover Plate: Snow Drifts + Holiday Home)

While creating my first card, the foam got a bit messy as I was cutting it. Pieces were everywhere. Then, I had the AH-HA moment. This looks like snow. So, I did what any paper crafter would do in this situation. Ripped out all those winter themed dies and stamps and started making snow drifts!

Project by Ashley Cannon Newell for Papertrey Ink + Stamp-a-faire 2015 (August 2015) #AshleyCannonNewell #PapertreyInk #PaperSuite #Stampafaire (Cover Plate: Snow Drifts + Holiday Home)

First, I die cut Cover Plate: Snow Drifts. I added liquid adhesive to the snow drifts and pressed the foam board panel bits and pieces. VOILA! 3D snow on a card!

Project by Ashley Cannon Newell for Papertrey Ink + Stamp-a-faire 2015 (August 2015) #AshleyCannonNewell #PapertreyInk #PaperSuite #Stampafaire (Cover Plate: Snow Drifts + Holiday Home)

I added “snow” to the die cut trees. I stamped and die cut the house and church, then added them to the snow drifts. Last, I stamped the sentiment at the top of the card.

Project by Ashley Cannon Newell for Papertrey Ink + Stamp-a-faire 2015 (August 2015) #AshleyCannonNewell #PapertreyInk #PaperSuite #Stampafaire (Cover Plate: Snow Drifts + Holiday Home)

Supplies

Stamps: Holiday Home

Ink: Hibiscus Burst, Aqua Mist, True Black

Cardstock: White, Ripe Avocado

Dies: Cover Plate: Snow Drifts, Holiday Home

Patterned Paper: Ripe Avocado bitty dot

Other: foam panel board (better yet, find some styrofoam – like a cooler)

Thank you for stopping by to see how I used an unconventional material (styrofoam) on a card in two ways. I can’t wait to see what you make!

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  • Pat Whitley - Love both of your cards, Ashley!ReplyCancel

  • Nora - Oh my! I love your FIRST card but the second with the bits from the first-GENIUS. GREAT design!!ReplyCancel

  • Amy Sheffer - Love these, Ashley! You rocked this challenge for sure!!ReplyCancel

  • GinaEgg - Your “ah-ha” card is so sweet! Love them both.ReplyCancel

  • DebbyH - Loving the snow idea, sheer genius!ReplyCancel

  • Mary W - A true crafter indeed! The energy some use to get upset at a mess, a crafter usually smiles and thinks – what can I do with this, or they run to take a photo. You are truly using your energy for good not wasting it on a mess that could be cleaned up later. I bet you are fun to hang with and not easily flustered, either. Good job!ReplyCancel

  • Bonnie - Beautiful cards, Ashley! I really love the clever idea of using the particles for snow! They work perfectly!!ReplyCancel

  • Kathy Mc - OMG, Ashley, this cracked me up. Keep looking at your card image to see what “hardware” I could see. Styrofoam to add dimension ~ OK, I guess…but for snow ~ genius!ReplyCancel

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