Welcome to year 2 of the Crafter’s Companion Subscription Box! It is hard to believe how fast this year went. This month’s kit is something I had never tried before – Foam Flower Forming Kit (say that 10x fast). You will need some sort of heat source to warm the foam so that it can easily be shaped and it does also help to also have flower shaping tools. I really love how beautiful these cards came out. Let’s take a look at what is in this month’s kit…
Sara Davies, the owner of Crafter’s Companion, has given you just about everything you need to make truly beautiful cards. The June box has over 580 individual elements, a reusable template for making multiple size gift boxes with lids. The kit includes: 5 metal dies a box template 12 sheets of foam, 350 stamens, 18 card blanks, 54 foiled die-cut toppers 18 sheets of colored paper, 18 sheets of printed paper, 100 pearls and 9 ribbons in different colors. My kit was delivered with auto-ship through HSN as always. You can check out Crafter’s Companion website for more information. This kit is a wonderful bargain. Each kit offers different items and will show you new techniques.
There is a Facebook group that you can join once you subscribe which provides lots of community support and loads of examples; plus, Sara also has a monthly card kit site that you can refer to for demos/project pages.
In addition to this kit, I did use a few extra items. You will need a heating mechanism to warm the foam. Once warm, you can mold the flowers into different shapes for a more realistic look. I used a candle warmer from Darice that I found on Amazon to heat the foam. It was inexpensive and did a great job. I also used a flower shaping kit that I had from Heartfelt Creations. All of the inks used were Spectrum Noir Harmony inks. To secure my projects, I used a combination of hot glue and collall wet glue for most of the projects, but I also used a 3-D silicon glue to help raise some of my elements. Crafter’s Companion sells a 3-D glue gel that adds dimension depending on how thick you lay it on. I highly recommend this glue!!! I would also recommend the Crafter’s Companion glass mat. It is a true game changer. Once you work on a glass surface you will agree!
Now onto the cards!!! I would say the flowers on this first card were the easiest. It was straight die-cutting and then warming to add some shape. The second picture gives you a close up where you can really see the dimension.
For the next few cards I used lots of layers for the flowers and leaves. By putting together many layers, it really gives a life-like quality. I also found the best glue to hold the foam was hot glue. The first two pictures give you a close up view of what the layers look like. Notice the first pic does not use the stamens and the second does for a different affect.
This last card may be my favorite. It is simple yet I just love how these flowers turned out. I used 2 layers of the largest flower die and used them on the open side. I did purchase additional foam on Amazon because I wanted more colors. I am hoping CC comes out with their own foam soon (wink wink). Notice the stamens on this flower are longer for a very different look. I also used some iridescent sequins I had in my stash.
I know I will be making more of these unique flowers soon. I’d love to see what you create too so please feel free to share! Happy Crafting!!