Tuesday, 3 June 2014

Craft or Blog Everyday In June - Day 3

Good Morning Everyone, 

Well today is day three and the theme that I have been set is 

Day 3: Tell us how to do something, can be a craft technique that’s as old as the hills but your take on it OR Craft something that has the colour red in it

So I decided to show you a technique I got taught about four years ago, I love this technique and I think it looks lovely on cards and layouts.

Equipment Needed

* Funky Foam
* Scissors
* Pegs
* Paint Brush
*Heat Gun 

Step One 
 Select the funk foam that you want to use. I have picked a pale yellow.

 Step Two 

 Cut the funky foam down into strips, The thinner the strip the thinner the swirl, the thicker the thicker the swirl. I have cut three different widths.

 Step Three

 Using the pegs and the paint brush start wrapping around the funky foam securing at one end.

 I have used washing pegs, but you can use little wooden craft pegs, I used to use these but the washing pegs give it a much better hold.

 Step Four

 Continue wrapping around and secure at the other end, your paint brush should look like the picture. 

You decide at this point how tight or loose you would like the swirls.

 Step Five
 Take you heat gun and heat the funky foam up, it takes about 10 to 15 seconds to do, you will notice a very slight sheen appear on the foam, when you see this move on to the next section, I generally hold it in one hand and twist as I heat it up, this way gets and even coverage, but don't keep the heat on to long.

 Step Six

 Take the pegs off, when you have heated it and this is what should happen, it should stay attached to the paint brush, gentle pull it off!

Step Seven

 This is what the swirls should look like.

 So that is how to make funky foam swirls. 


I have a few cards that I have made over the years using it, I have previously shown these before, but thought I would show them again for inspiration. 

I hope you have liked my little tutorial on how to make funky foam swirls.  

 Don't forget about the give away. 

I have decided as well that I will also do a little give away -  3 separate winners -
Prize 1 - £10 Bee Crafty Gift Voucher
Prize 2 - £5 Craft Magazine - winner to choose
Prize 3 - Lili of the valley stamp to the value of £4.75
The only rules to be eligible are:
1. Follow my blog
2. Comment a minimum of 20 days out of the 30 
This is not a rule but I would also love for you to follow me on Facebook - if you do follow me let me know in the comments and this will give you an additional entry.
Unfortunately due to postal charges these days this give away is only open to UK friends. (I will look into how I can do a give-away for my international friends and try and do something in a few months’ time)

 Thank you for stopping in again today, don't forget to leave a comment.  I have eenjoyed making this tutorial, so if you have a technique you would like to learn, or have any ideas for a tutorial, let me know in your comment and I will have a go at doing one for you.

Crafty Hugs


Kairen said...

What a brilliant idea. I will be trying that one out for definite

Rocky said...

What a great idea, I would never have thought of that one. Now I'm off to hunt down my funky foam. Thank you for your lovely comment earlier....Rocky.

Irene said...

Hi Kelly

What a great idea, you forget some older techniques, that are effective. Thanks for showing us how to do it.


jane stillman said...

Thanks for the tutorial, a great technique

Linda Simpson said...

Brilliant technique and must try this myself, thank you for sharing. Beautiful cards as always.
Linda xxx

Mel @ Melusberry Crafts said...

Loving the funky foam swirls - a great embellishment! Great technique :) Really like the cards you posted as inspiration too! Mel xx

catherine said...

Great cards Kelly. Thanks for the tutorial on the funky foam swirls. I think they would be great for Christmas ideas.
x catherine