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Fun Foam + Butterfly Framelits = Butterfly stamps!

When I was playing with color combos for the Watercolor Wings butterfly stamps (see this post and video), I really wanted to create a monarch butterfly... but I found that I just didn't seem to have the right stamp images... but now I do!!  I die cut my own outline butterfly stamp using Fun Foam and the Butterflies Thinlits!


My fellow demonstrator Pat shared this idea with me.. she saw it on pinterest or on a blog and I thought it was genius! 

Make your own Butterfly stamp! Pick up a piece of self-adhesive Fun Foam at the local craft store, and die cut your own butterfly stamps using the Stampin' Up! Bold Butterfly Framelits and Butterflies Thinlits and your Big Shot!  Then peel n stick them to clear blocks!!  You may want to get an extra couple of blocks and leave them stuck to the block.. that's what I did. SEE the bottom of this post for all online ordering info for these Stampin' Up! products.



As noted above, I found it really easy to pick out the extra portions on the intricate butterfly piece with tweezers, then I peeled off the backing and stuck it to my clear block.



So what do you think? Did I achieve my stamped Monarch butterfly!?

I stamped the first layer of the Watercolor Wings stamp in Daffodil Delight, then the 2nd layer in Calypso Coral and the 3rd piece in Watermelon Wonder.  The detailed image die cut outline butterfly is stamped on top with Memento Black ink.



I was pretty happy with it!!!

As you can see, I also stamped the background with the same die cut butterfly "stamp".  I stamped it with Bermuda Bay ink and then put a piece of vellum cardstock over it to soften it.  It's layered onto Basic Black cardstock and onto a Daffodil Delight folded card.

The congrats wooden element is from the Expressions Natural Elements selection, pg 160 in the Stampin' UP! catalog, #138395 on your online order.  See THIS VIDEO for instructions on coloring your Natural Elements.

Do you want to make some of these pretty butterfly cards!? All of the supplies are shown below .. you can click on any item for more info or to purchase that item online!



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Lesley S.

I love the idea, and the results are very realistic. How did you clean the excess ink off your "foam" stamps, or did you stamp the background butterflies in the Bermuda Bay, before using the black ink on your Monarch? Or is this one of those techniques where it would be better to die cut a new foam stamp every time you want to change ink colours?

Mary Ann Ely

I love the idea but still a bit confused like Lesley. Can you make a video for us?Thanks for sharing... I LOVEyour card

Patty Bennett

I cleaned the stamps just as you normally would with the Stampin' Scrub clean up pad.. i just used water. . they cleaned fine.. the black stained just a little but not bad.


What a fantastic idea. I just have to give this one a try. Thanks for the tips on cleaning them too.

KerryJoy Dean

I read your instructions carefully 2 times, and I got it! That is very exciting and being able to use it as a stamp augments the versatility of the sets! Thanks for sharing :}

Mercedes Weber

Great results Patty! This may have been the blog post your friend saw ;) http://mercedesweber.blogspot.com/2015/03/how-to-make-stamps.html?m=0

Judy Andresen

I loved the idea of making a stamp from fun foam! I didn't want to permanently mount it on a clear block though, so I used clear, firm plastic from packaging material and mounted the outline onto it. Then I coated the other side of the plastic with Zig two way glue and let it dry. I can now stick it to a clear block to use as a stamp and then remove from the clear block. The stamp cleans up very nicely. Thank you for a wonderful way to extend my stamp and die use.

Judy Andresen

After I cut the butterfly stamp from the fun foam, I kept the cutout intact, took the die , cut side up and taped it to a stiff piece of plastic. I then used a tweezers and took each cut piece of the wing and placed it onto the plastic in the appropriate place, (I did not use the fun foam outline of the butterfly on this stamp, I made a separate stamp from that) so that I would have a stamp of just the cut out pieces; this works well if you want to use the plain die cut but have more variation in the wings. I used it for Butterfly Basics and Watercolor Wings. Hope you enjoy this additional use of the dies.

Judy andresen

I just reread my comment and saw that part of it might not be clear. I taped the plastic over the top of the die, with the cut side facing up, then I could see where to place each die piece. Hope this is clear, sorry for not putting that in the previous comment.

Mary Roberson

Oh no! Now you have my mind racing with thoughts of how I can do this with many other dies I own... Great Project, Patty. Thanks for the visual pics to go along with the tutorial. Love the butterflies!


Fantastic! When I saw these framelits as coordinating with the stamp set but not cutting a specific image in the stamp set, I was disappointed. Thanks to your tip, we can have our cake and eat it, too. I agree that a video would also be great for this tip. I have customers in love with anything butterfly. They are influencing me . . .

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