Coloring on Foam Flowers Using FoamIran and InLoveArts Dies

Thanks to the nice people at for the 20% discount code for my viewers and for sending me these dies to try. The code is G-57831

I found foamIran here in the USA at Ecstasy Crafts link:

I used the following die sets from

Inloveart Christmas Theme Little Decorations (Poinsettia) Metal Cutting Dies:

Inloveart Santa Claus Driving a Car Full of Presents Metal Cutting Dies:

I took a blending brush and Gina K Cherry Red ink and colored the poinsettias. If you want a lighter color, use the blending brush with ink on it, but with most of the ink rubbed off, to ink white foam. For a darker look, add more layers of ink until you like the color.

Cut the leaves on a branch from the poinsettia die set and ink with different green inks. I used Always Artichoke from Stampin’ Up and then added Distress Inks in Forest Moss and Iced Spruce on the leaves. You can use the small cubes to touch the edges of the leaves for shading or make up sponge brushes work great for adding ink to the edges and then blend out with a blending brush.

I colored three poinsettias in a range of reds from adding more ink to ones I wanted darker, and two of the leaves on branches, as well as six small leaves. I also colored three of the bows from the set, but decided not to use the bows on the tag I made.

I took a piece of white cardstock that’s 5″ x 2 1/2″ wide and then added a piece of Christmasy paper to it. I took a ruler and measured 1/2″ from the top down the side and 1/2″ on the top across the top and made marks, then cut on a diagonal to make this look like a tag. I used my Hay Phi scissors link: to cut the marks on an angle. Take the paper you’ve just cut, and lay it over the opposite corner of the tag then trim the tag using the piece of paper as a template. Then hole punch at the top center of the tag.

McGill stylus set link: I used a piece of thicker foam under my flowers and leaves and then rubbed the underneath of the leaves with a larger ball stylus to make them 3d and then the center of the flower I rubbed face up, but did the leaves of the poinsettia from beneath.

I added small gold balls (not sure where I got them) into the center of the poinsettias with wet glue. I laid the two leaves on branches onto the tag and glued them in place with Bearly Art Glue and then I used Colall Silicone glue link: to adhere the poinsettias and the leaves to the tag, but you could also use silicone adhesive from the hardware store, link: in place of craft glue. I added big dollops of silicone glue under the center of each poinsettia, and under the leaves to they have a lot of dimension.

For the tag with the truck, I simply cut another tag and colored it with blue ink, then die cut the truck set out of white cardstock and colored them with alcohol markers. I colored the wreath with a green marker and then added diamonds to make it look more festive. I colored the bow from the wreath with a red alcohol marker. The bumper and grill I used silver embossing powder on and heat set, and the tires, I rubbed in black ink. The tag seemed to need something, so I added leftover diamonds from diamond paintings and glued them all over with Zig two way glue pen, link: There were a lot more dies for this set, but I was struggling with my coloring, so decided to stick to the larger die elements in the set. You could use these dies for any masculine cards all year round and there are a lot of small dies in the poinsettia set that could be used with any flowers to create a larger bouquet.

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