For my project this month, I wanted to create the letter “S” like a trophy for my name…or for Steampunk!
I started with a 12″ x 12″ foam sheet. I traced the letter “S” onto the foam and cut around the markings with my Hotwire Foam Cutter. You could also cut the letter by hand with a craft knife, but I just received my new foam cutter and wanted to try it out. Since practice makes perfect when using the foam cutter, I also used a sanding block to smooth my edges.
To give my steampunk trophy the look of metal, I used 2″ aluminum foil tape (the kind used for insulation or automotive repair) that I cut into 5″ lengths (I like the look of the tape seams showing) and ran through my die-cutting machine with a swiss dot embossing plate. I applied the foil tape to the Smoothfoam on a diagonal and cut the excess with scissors and a craft knife. I cut 3/4″ embossed strips to go down the width of the letter. To finish it off, I added a couple “faux screw” brads and a glued on a washer and nut.
I sponged on black acrylic paint and carefully wiped the excess off, allowing some of the silver foil to show through.
For the base of my trophy, I cut a 5″ length from a 2″ x 4″ x 8″ Smoothfoam block. I covered the top with paper from Authentique Paper’s Accomplished Collection. The “Genius at Work” die-cut is from the same collection.