Friday, March 18, 2011

Foam Box Instructions

Greetings all!

Recently (before this blog) I posted a couple photos to my Splitcoaststampers Gallery of foam boxes that I made by die cutting fun foam.  Since I had not seen this done before, I thought there might be interest in more details now that I can show a step-by-step series.

For this project I used fun foam with Spellbinders Labels 1 dies. The walls of the box were made by using the two smallest sizes of dies centered in each other on the foam, resulting in a foam "frame". About 10 of these were cut and stacked to form the walls, and glued together on a solid cutout of the second smallest die.  The lid was made by attaching one of the smaller cutouts to the underside of a larger cutout.

 To make the walls smooth on the outside, I covered them with Liquitex Modeling Paste gel medium (it has marble dust in it). 

After drying, I sanded the sides. Here's how it looked:

Then I covered the sides with a strip of coated laser paper to further smooth it. I stamped a strip of white tissue paper with a flourish from the PTI Fancy Flourishes set with Tsukineko glue pad, and dusted pink glitter over it. I did the same thing to the foam top. Covered the sides of the box with the glittered flourishes, and the top with paper roses. The final touch was a ridge of Scribbles white iridescent 3D paint along the upper edge (to hide where the paper didn't quite meet the sides). Also a cutout of the box top edge from white laser paper, glued on the top of the box inside, to give it a finished look.

I enjoyed the project so much, I had to do another one.  The construction of this box was the same, but instead of using a strip of paper on the outside, I painted the surface with diluted reinker.  The top was made from fun foam then covered with a piece of smooth paper stamped with one of the JustRite Applique Decorative Borders & Centers stamps, which had been painted with Stampin Up markers (Pink Passion, Pixie Pink, and Certainly Celery). The crystal embellishments are Jolee's Jewels Crystallized Swarovski Elements (hotfix).

I hope you enjoyed the process.  Stay tuned for more, I've got tons of ideas!



  1. Have never seen this done before with foam, thanks for sharing.

  2. Hi Cyndie!
    Thanks for all the help yesterday at the Copic class. I really enjoyed talking to you and learning from your artistic ability!

    Tina G.


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