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Blogiversary Story & Giveaway: Art Foamies + Me

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Foam stamps have been around forever.  Well, maybe not since the dinosaurs.  But they have been kicking around craft land for a very long time because they're relatively inexpensive, easy to use, and work well with paint.  Because they're relatively inexpensive (as compared to rubber), you can make some super giant foam stamps.  That's why you often find foam stamps in the home decor section of the craft store along with oversized stencils for wall stenciling.  

I did a quick search on my blog to try and find the first time I ever mentioned foam stamps.  Back in the beginning of my scrapbooking life, Making Memories and Heidi Swapp had lots of cute foam stamps -- alphabets and flourishes and shapes.  I loved them and bought them all!  But I can't seem to find anything in my archives about them.  There's a little bit of chatter about foam stamps on the blog in 2010 when both Claudine Hellmuth and Donna Downey released foam stamps (I used one in this 2011 post).  But I only really started to talk about them when I started making my own foam stamps!

  • Here is a 2011 tutorial where I share how to make your own foam stamps from a Sizzix die.
  • This extensive 2011 post contains a video that shows how to use a stencil to create a foam stamp.
  • Check out this 2012 post (and spectacularly dark process video) where I incorporate home made foam stamps into a painting.  There are some thoughts on using foam stamps in the post, which I read with some interest -- apparently I'm still the same person in 2017 that I was in 2012.  ;)
  •  In 2012 I came out with an hour-long DVD called Stamp Making Adventures.  This video workshop includes instructions on making all kinds of stamps -- foam and rubber -- using lots of different kinds of tools.  You can buy it HERE.
  • There are a couple of art journaling posts where I mention having used foam stamps -- 2012, 2013.
  • Here is a 2015 tutorial where I share how to make foam stamps using your ScanNCut.

In 2015 I taught some classes at Scrapbook Centrale in Quebec (I'll be teaching there again April 7-9, 2017, btw).  They had a wall of gorgeous foam stamps for sale.  These were unlike other foam stamps I had seen -- the designs were so intricate and they were all foam -- not mounted on plastic.  I bought a whole bunch and posted a video review of them.

A week or so after the video review the owner of the company, Emmie, randomly reached out to me to say thank you for the video.   They saw a spike in sales and figured out that it was coming from my video.  After getting her email, I decided to take a risk.  They say that you can't get things you don't ask for, right?  So I asked if she'd be interested in having me design a few stamps for Art Foamies?  I was overjoyed when the answer came back as a yes!  In November 2015, I shared my first Art Foamies designs with you!

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And it has been a love affair ever since!  Art Foamies is a small husband and wife company based in Canada.  They are very kind and generous people and I am delighted to be working with genuinely nice people who make a wonderful and unique product.  Here are some notable Art Foamies posts for you to explore:

 Although I may not shout it from the rooftops, Art Foamies make it into my artwork all the time.  Here are some recent examples:

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To celebrate my partnership with Art Foamies -- and the fact that it was this blog that generated that partnership -- I am offering two things to you today. The first is a giveaway.  The winner will receive the Shadow Alphabet, Dinoskin and Inner Struggle stamps:

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To win:
Leave an answer to the following question in the comments section of this blog (it must be posted on the blog itself, not on Facebook and not in an email reply):

What do you like about Art Foamies?

This contest will remain open until Tuesday, January 17 at 11:59 EST.

In addition: This entire month (January 2017) you can place an order at artfoamies.com and if you mention my blogiversary celebration in the comments section, you will receive a FREE surprise stamp with your order!  This promotion only applies to new orders.  And remember, the prices on the Art Foamies website are in Canadian dollars.

Thanks for being part of the blogiversary celebration!!

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P.S. The winner of last week's stencil giveaway (ALL of the new release 12x12 stencils) is...

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E-mail balzerdesigns2@gmail.com with your contact information and I'll get that prize right out to you!

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