It’s quick and easy to add texture to a sheet of Smoothfoam with a rubber stamp and a hammer. I used a large unmounted stamp with a honeycomb pattern to create the perfect background texture for my honeybee-themed mixed media wall art. I found that by using an unmounted stamp, it was easier to see where I was tiling the pattern to prevent overlap. Click the pic to zoom in and see the detail.
12” Smoothfoam sheet
Honeycomb rubber stamp
JudiKins Big Bee rubber stamp
Stewart Superior Palette ink pads – black and brown
Faber-Castell PITT brush pens
Apple Barrel Acrylic Paint – Golden Sunset
Black grosgrain ribbon (1″ wide)
Brown grosgrain ribbon (1/2″ wide)
Hammer, foam brush, scissors
Vellum, burlap, patterned paper
Large decorative brads
Glue Dots, Glue Lines
1. Place rubber stamp face down on the Smoothfoam sheet on a firm surface. Firmly tap the hammer all over the back of rubber stamp, pressing the texture into the foam.
2. Paint the sheet with Golden Sunset and let dry.
3. Lightly rub the ink pad over painted surface to highlight raised areas.
4. Stamp the bee image with black ink onto vellum. Color the bee as desired with brush pens, let dry, then cut the vellum to a small rectangle around the image.
5. Distress the edges of the vellum with the black ink pad, let dry, then add decorative brads to each corner.
6. Frame the bee by layering the vellum on top of burlap, then layer that on top of patterned paper and secure the layers with glue dots.
7. Glue brown ribbon strips beneath the edges of the patterned paper to finish off the frame and glue the bee to the center of the Smoothfoam sheet.
8. Dove-tail trim the ends of two lengths of black ribbon and glue each ribbon to the foundation as shown.
9. Wrap brown ribbon around the outside edges of the Smoothfoam and glue in place.