Foamarin is an interesting material...it's really just very thin fun foam, but it stretching quality can make some really pretty floral shapes. I've only made these type of flowers a few times and I find the material somewhat difficult to work with...but they can make some great looking flowers. I used one of Tim Holtz small wooden frames for this mixed media piece. I cut the "Dream Big" and it's shadow with my Silver Bullet cutting machine then made some foamarin flowers and colored them with alcohol inks. The gold leaves are resin pieces I cast then gilded with Inka Gold. A little Spectrum Noir sparkle pen added a little sparkly highlight. The pattern paper is by Anna Griffin.
To be honest, I wasn't immediately drawn to the Under the Sea release, but then I saw some how great the hibiscus flowers could look and I was sold. I wanted to do a layered piece so I sandwiched a clear plastic sheet in the middle and sponged it with some alcohol ink to add dimension. I'm very happy with the final result.
Over on Stamp Nation (www.thestampnation.com) there was a great class on using stencils. There were so many individual techniques it was actually hard to keep up with them all but I learned some cool techniques and tried some new things. As part of the class there were sponsors and posting cards entered you into a drawing for various prizes. I won a gift certificate to Casual Fridays and got a stamp and dies set with a playing card theme. I created a background using alcohol inks (masked with really thin masking tape in a diamond pattern).
Kevin S. Devine
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